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Dr. Kathleen Mc Tiernan
Assistant Professor, Clin Speech & Language Studies

Biography

Kathleen McTiernan is Assistant Professor in Psychology, an elected Board Member of Trinity College Dublin and Director of Postgraduate Teaching and Learning in the School of Linguistics Speech and Communication Sciences.

Professor McTiernan (C.Psychol.,Ps.S.I.) is a Chartered Member of the Psychological Society of Ireland. Her research and teaching interests are in the area of the psychology of education and wellbeing. Professor McTiernan has received a Provost's Teaching Award Commendation for excellence in the scholarship of teaching and learning and a Provost's Teaching Award Commendation for excellence in curriculum design.

Professor McTiernan holds a BA from Georgetown University, an MSc. from Case Western Reserve University and an MPhil, MA(jo) and PhD from Trinity College Dublin.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Multilingual Practices in Primary Education in Europe: A Scoping Review in, editor(s)Carson, Lorna, Chung Kam Kwok and Caroline Smyth , Language and Identity in Europe: The Multilingual City and its Citizens, Oxford, Peter Lang, 2020, pp125 - 144, [McTiernan, Kathleen, Aoife Parkes and Lorna Carson] Book Chapter, 2020

Quarry, L. & McTiernan, K. , Developmental transitioning in education: Does the communication ability of adolescents on the autistic spectrum impact experience? , IASLT Biennial Conference, Dublin, 17 May, 2019 Conference Paper, 2019

Quigley, D., Smith, M., McTiernan, K., Evaluating the impact of a universal language enrichment programmes in an area of low SES, IASLT Biennial Conference, Dublin, 16/05/2019, 2019 Poster, 2019

Brunton, J. and McTiernan, K. , Supporting Transitions in Education, 08/11/2018, In:Psychological Society of Ireland Annual Conference , 2018, Wexford, Ireland Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2018

McTiernan, K. , Supporting Transitions in Education: Educational Transitioning into Second Level and Higher Education for Adolescents on the Autistic Spectrum, Psychological Society of Ireland Annual Conference , Wexford, Ireland, 08/11/2018, 2018 Conference Paper, 2018

Ceroni, A., McTiernan, K., La Morgia, F. , The vocabulary richness of children's television in Ireland: A cross-generational comparison., The Journal of the Irish Association of Applied Linguistics, 25, 2018, p138 - 153 Journal Article, 2018 URL TARA - Full Text

Quarry, L. & McTiernan, K. , Developmental transitioning in education: Does the communication ability of adolescents on the autistic spectrum impact experience? , Psychological Society of Ireland Annual Conference , Wexford, Ireland, 08/11/2018, 2018 Poster, 2018

McTiernan, K., Sourcing Coping Mechanisms from the Past: Using the Life Histories Archive as a Resource for Building Resilience in Today's Uncertain World. , Psychological Society of Ireland Annual Conference, Limerick , 08/11/2017, 2017 Poster, 2017

Sheehy, A., McTiernan, K, Walsh , I.P. , Communication and the Adult with ADHD: Duties & Dilemmas in the Workplace , Creating the Future Now: Advancing Research and Clinical Practice, 30th World Congress IALP, Dublin Ireland , August 21-25 2016 , 2016 Conference Paper, 2016 TARA - Full Text

Ni Dhufaigh, N. McTiernan, K. & Leahy, M., Does Students' Knowledge of Acquired Neurological Conditions Influence their Future Careers Preferences: A Survey of Irish SLT Students? , Creating the Future Now: Advancing Research and Clinical Practice. 30th World Congress IALP, Dublin, August 21-25 2016 , 2016 Conference Paper, 2016

Conway A, Gilheaney O, McTiernan K, Walshe M, Validating a Novel Tongue Pressure Measurement Device: Research challenges , Dysphagia , European Society of Swallowing Disorders Congress, Brussels, Belgium, Oct 23rd 25th 2014, 30, 2015, pp242- Conference Paper, 2015 TARA - Full Text

Storied Lives: Connecting Life Course Narrative Identities and Eudaimonic Happiness in Later Life. in, A. Nicolas & I. Flaherty , Growing Up, Growing Old: Trajectories of Times and Lives., Oxford, Oxford Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2013, pp151 - 174, [O'Donnell, D. & McTiernan, K.] Book Chapter, 2013

McTiernan, K., Knowing What We Know: Competencies, Careers, Education and Society , 17 April, 2013, In:Knowing What We Know: Competencies, Careers, Education and Society , 2013 Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2013

McTiernan, K. , The role of higher education in developing discipline specific ways of knowing and discipline neutral transferrable competencies, . Knowing What We Know: Competencies, Careers, Education and Society Symposium, Trinity College Dublin, 17 April, 2013 Conference Paper, 2013

McTiernan, K. & O'Donnell, D. , Reflections in Context: The Creation of Life Meaning and Wellbeing through Reminiscence and Generativity, 7th Biennial International Meaning Conference July 26-29, 2012, Toronto, Canada., Toronto, Canada, July 26-29, 2012 Poster, 2012

McTiernan, K., The Life Histories Digital Archive: Narratives facilitating intergenerational knowledge exchange, Center for Social Concerns, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, 2012 Conference Paper, 2012

McTiernan, K. , 'Life Histories Archive', 2012, - Digital research resource production, 2012 URL

Quinn, A. Leahy, M. & McTiernan, K. (2012), Evaluating language assessments with members of the travelling community. , Journal of Clinical Speech and Language Studies, 18, 2012, p1 - 16 Journal Article, 2012 TARA - Full Text

McTiernan, K., The importance of reminiscence in the creation of intergenerational knowledge exchange: Recapturing the art of storytelling in Ireland., Life Histories Archive:A digital exhibition of the autobiographical narratives of older women and men, The Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin, May, 2012, 2012 Conference Paper, 2012

O'Donnell, D & McTiernan, K. , Connecting narrative complexity, ego integrity and later life eudaimonic well-being through an exploration of personal stories of self. , 7th Biennial International Meaning Conference , Toronto, Canada, July 26-29 , 2012 Conference Paper, 2012

McTiernan, K. , The meaningful life: Constructing eudaimonic happiness in later life through storytelling, Center for Social Concerns, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, February 2012, 2012 Conference Paper, 2012

McTiernan, K. , Life Histories Archive: A digital exhibition of the autobiographical narratives of older women and men, 29 May , 2012 Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2012

O'Donnell, D. & McTiernan, K. , Local stories in global contexts: An exploration of the construction of eudaimonic happiness in later life through the scaffolding of life stories onto wider social ad cultural narrative frames, Ageing Globally, Ageing Locally, Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI), Dublin Ireland, November 2011, 2011 Conference Paper, 2011

Molloy, J., Flynn, E., McTiernan, K. & O'Leary, D. , Influence of television viewing on vocabulary development in children under five years of age, IASLT Biennial Conference, Dublin Ireland, 24-25 November , 2011 Conference Paper, 2011

McTiernan, K. & O'Donnell, D. , The Life Histories Archive: Exchanging knowledge of the lived life, Ageing Globally, Ageing Locally, Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI) , Dublin Ireland, November 2011, 2011 Conference Paper, 2011

Li-Rong Lilly Cheng, Fernanda Dreux M Fernandes, Claudia RF de Andrade, Debora M Befi-Lopes, Haydée F Wertzner, Suelly CO Limongi, Kyoko Iitaka, Kiyoshi Otomo, Helen Grech, MM Leahy, K McTiernan, MM Smith, Dobrinka Georgieva, Hilde Chantrain, P Sloane, IP Walsh, M Walshe, C Ni Cholmain, Revised IALP Education Guidelines (September 1, 2009): IALP Guidelines for Initial Education in Speech-Language Pathology, Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica, 62, 2010, p210 - 216 Journal Article, 2010 TARA - Full Text

Leahy,M., McTiernan, K., Smith, MM,, Sloane, P,. Walsh, I,, Walshe, M,, Ni Cholmain, C. , Foundation studies in education for therapy practice: curriculum updating, Folia Phoniatrica et Logopedica: Special Education Issue., 62, (2), 2010, p255 - 259 Journal Article, 2010 DOI

Storied Lives: An Exploration of Life Course Narrative Identities and the Factors Linked to Happiness in Later Life. in, editor(s)Blatterer, H. & Glahn, J. , Times of Our Lives: Making Sense of Growing Up & Growing Old , Interdisciplinary Press, 2010, pp145 - 159, [O'Donnell, D. & McTiernan, K. ] Book Chapter, 2010 URL

O'Donnell, D. & McTiernan, K., Narrative biography and the construction of happiness in later life. , International Positive Psychology Association First World Congress on Positive Psychology, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania , May, 2009 Conference Paper, 2009

McTiernan, K. & Garry, J, What Makes People Happy? An Exploration of the Links between Happiness and Lifestyle Factors across the Lifespan, International Positive Psychology Association First World Congress on Positive Psychology, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May, 2009 Conference Paper, 2009

Sloane, P. & McTiernan, K., Vocal symptoms and stress in student teachers. , Choice for Voice 2008: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Performance, Health and Research in Voice. The British Voice Association, London, 2008 Conference Paper, 2008

The 'triple jump' assessment in problem based learning: An evaluative method used in the appraisal of both knowledge acquisition and problem solving skills in, editor(s)G. O'Neill, S. Huntley-Moore, and P. Race , Case Studies of Good Practice in Assessment of Student earning in Higher Education, Dublin, AISHE, 2007, pp116 - 119, [K. McTiernan, M. Leahy, I.P. Walsh, P. Sloane, M. Smith] Book Chapter, 2007 TARA - Full Text URL

Examining students' clinical skills: Assessment of the 'unseen' client in a speech and language therapy clinic in, editor(s)G. O'Neill, S. Huntley-Moore, and P. Race , Case Studies of Good Practices in Assessment of Student Learning in Higher Education, Dublin, AISHE, 2007, pp16 - 20, [I.P. Walsh, K. McTiernan, and M. Leahy] Book Chapter, 2007 URL TARA - Full Text

McTiernan, K., Leahy, M., Walsh, I.P. , Evaluation of problem based learning through the use of intermittent, semi-structured feedback surveys: Are course learning outcomes being met?, Linkopings Universitet, Lonkoping, Sweden, May, 2006 Conference Paper, 2006

McTiernan, K., The use of the "one minute paper" in the evaluation of a problem based learning psychology course: Can outcomes be measured using this evaluation method? , 114th American Psychological Association Convention, New Orleans, August, 2006 Poster, 2006

Leahy, M.M., Dodd, B.J., Walsh, I.P. and Murphy (McTiernan) K., "Education for practice in the UK and Ireland: Implementing problem based learning", Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica, 58, 2006, p48 - 54 Journal Article, 2006 DOI

Leahy, M.M., Delaney, C.M, Murphy, K., Student clinicians' preferences for (not) working with stuttering, Proceedings of the Fourth World Congress of Fluency Disorders, 4th World Congress of the International Fluency Association, Montreal, Canada, July, Nijmegen University Press, 2004, pp539 - 545 Conference Paper, 2004

Murphy, K., Psychology and problem based learning: First, second and third year student perceptions of this innovative education method compared, 26th Annual National Institute on the teaching of psychology, St. Petersburg Beach, Florida, USA,, January, 2004 Conference Paper, 2004

Sloane, P., Murphy, K., Stress and vocal attrition in student teachers, The Psychological Society of Ireland Division of Health Psychology Conference, Psychology, Health and Medicine, Galway, April, 2004 Conference Paper, 2004

Murphy, K., Psychology and Problem Based Learning: Do student's Perceptions of the Advantages and Disadvantages of PBL Change?, Psychology Learning and Teaching Conference, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, April, 2004 Conference Paper, 2004

Murphy K., Student perceptions of the advantages and disadvantages of problem based learning., Journal of Clinical Speech and Language Studies, 14, 2004, p64 - 76 Journal Article, 2004 TARA - Full Text

Gerry Shiel, Ursula Ni Dhalaigh (ed.), Psychological profiles of mature third level students with dyslexia. Other Ways of Seeing: Diversity in Language and Literacy, Proceedings of the 12th European Conference on Reading, Dublin City University, 2, July, Reading Association of Ireland , 2003, 32-37 p Proceedings of a Conference, 2003

Murphy, K., Psychology and problem based learning: Advantages and disadvantages of innovation, Teaching Pedagogy. American Psychological Association 111th Annual Convention, Toronto, Canada, July, 2003 Conference Paper, 2003

Murphy, K.(ed.), 4th Anual International Research Conference of the School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies (TCD) Transforming Healthcare Through Research, Education and Technology, Education decisions at third level: a study of the factors which influence choices, Dublin, Ireland, 2003 Proceedings of a Conference, 2003

Murphy, K.(ed.), 3rd Annual International Research Conference Transforming Healthcare Through Research, Education and Technology, Nursing as a career choice: A study of the decision making factors which influence the trajectory, Trinity College Dublin, November, 2002 Proceedings of a Conference, 2002

Murphy, K., Nursing as a career choice: A study of the decision making factors which influence the trajectory, 3rd Annual International Research Conference Transforming Healthcare Through Research, Education and Technology, Trinity College Dublin, November, 2002 Conference Paper, 2002

Murphy, K., Level of education and global self worth of women in midlife, The British Psychological Society Northern Ireland Branch Annual Conference, 2002 Conference Paper, 2002

Murphy, K.(ed.), 12th European Conference on Reading, Psychological profiles of mature third level students with dyslexia. Other Ways of Seeing: Diversity in Language and Literacy, 2001 Proceedings of a Conference, 2001

Murphy, K., Women and education in Ireland: Factors linked to the cessation of formal education in adolescence and re-entry into formal education in midlife, Oideas, 49, 2001, p56 - 65 Journal Article, 2001 TARA - Full Text

Research Expertise

Description

My research is in the psychology of language and communication and consists of three interlinked strands: (1) identity formation and life-long learning, (2) comparative curriculum analyses, and (3) multilingualism and schooling in Ireland and Europe. My research strongly links to Trinity's interdisciplinary research theme "Identities in Transformation". My work focuses on transformative identities in relation to life-long learning and meaning making, multilingualism and social cohesion, integrated schooling in Ireland and Europe, curriculum design and development. I have published widely on these topics in peer reviewed international journals and I am internationally recognised for my work in these areas. My work creates new knowledge by asking important research questions: How can societies benefit from life-long-learning through intergenerational knowledge exchange? How do national school curricula address multilingualism and diversity? How can the needs of children with specific language and communication disorders be effectively met in schools and education systems? My work has strong policy resonance allowing me to build bridges between academic and community stakeholders in Ireland and in Europe. The outcomes of my research have shaped education policy-making, have contributed to wider academic debates in Ireland and internationally and have led to practical improvements in multilingual education in primary school settings.

Projects

  • Title
    • VirtuLApp
  • Summary
    • The VirtuLApp project is delivered by an international consortium, comprising the Fryske Akademy/Mercator Research Centre (The Netherlands), ATiT (Belgium), Luca School of Arts (Belgium), Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) and Universidad del Pais Vasco (Spain). Together, we are developing an innovative multididactic approach which teachers can use in the classroom in any multilingual situation. The needs of teachers (more knowledge about and tools for multilingual education, integration of migrant languages and lesser language separation) will be addressed with the development of a multi-player augmented and virtual reality app about multilingual education and the development of a digital handbook and toolkit with video-based documentation of best-practices of schools already using the heteroglossic approach in the classroom.
  • Funding Agency
    • European Commission
  • Date From
    • 01-09-2018
  • Date To
    • 31-08-2021
  • Title
    • Multilingualism and Language Learning: 'Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community'
  • Summary
    • This research project forms part of a large-scale research initiative 'Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community', an AHRC-Funded OWRI Programme, based at the University of Manchester, and in collaboration with the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Its focus is the intersection between multilingualism, language learning and higher education. The constantly increasing voluntary and forced mobility of people resulting from the forces of globalisation and political instabilities in various regions are having a dramatic impact on the linguistic make up of many nation-states, especially in Europe. New forms of linguistic diversity and multilingualism are emerging, involving different linguistic practices. These developments may result in changing attitudes towards multilingualism and in different views about the learning of other languages (e.g., which and how?). To date these issues received limited attention in the context of higher education. As universities play a key role in the preparation of the next generation of global citizens, it is important to examine students' linguistic profiles, language attitudes and language learning experiences as well as to gauge their language learning needs to operate successfully in the linguistically diverse and complex environments created by globalisation.
  • Funding Agency
    • AHRC
  • Date From
    • 2016
  • Date To
    • 2019
  • Title
    • Life Long Learning in Applied Fields
  • Summary
    • This project is a European Commission funded TEMPUS project. The project is focused on implementations of Lifelong Learning in applied health related fields.
  • Funding Agency
    • European Commission
  • Date From
    • 2013
  • Date To
    • 2016
  • Title
    • The Life Histories Archive: Exchanging Knowledge of the Lived Life
  • Summary
    • The Life Histories Archive is a digital collection of autobiographies written by Irish women and men, over the age of 70, living in Dublin and Belfast.
  • Funding Agency
    • Irish Research Council
  • Date From
    • 2010
  • Date To
    • 2012
  • Title
    • Knowing What We Know: Paradigmns of Knowledge Creation and Diversity in Problem Solving Approaches
  • Summary
    • Irish Research Council funded project to investigate how different groups of students from different disciplines at Trinity College Dublin create knowledge and approach problems solving.
  • Funding Agency
    • Irish Research Council
  • Date From
    • 2012
  • Date To
    • 2013

Keywords

bilingualism and multilingualism; Educational Psychology; Migration, multilingualism, multiculturalism; Narrative Complexity; Psycholinguistics; Psychology and Communication

Recognition

Representations

Steering Committee of Psychological Society of Ireland Division of Academics, Teachers, and Researchers in Psychology 2017

As part of an expert team, I facilitated video recordings of multilingual class activities in primary schools. We documented best practice examples of how teachers and parents are making multilingual education a reality. I also contributed to a video series on education and multilingualism, as part of the VirtLApp FAQ series. The video recordings are available online as an educational resource for primary school teachers. MARCH 2020

National Contribution to Teaching and Learning Excellence: Educational Psychologist Consultant for the Development of Degree Programme NUIG. By invitation of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapy (IASLT) and the National University of Ireland Galway, I was a member of the original accreditation team requested to review the curriculum of the Bachelors in Speech and Language Therapy (NUIG). As the Consultant Psychologist on the initial accreditation team, I advised the Committee on issues relating to both the structure and design of the degree course. This led to the successful development and accreditation of a new Degree programme in Speech and Language Therapy at NUIG. 2003

Chartered Psychologist, Psychological Society of Ireland (C.Psychol.,Ps.S.I.) 2010

Awards and Honours

Provost's Teaching Award Commendation for Excellence in Curriculum Design 2014

Provost's Teaching Award Commendation for Excellence in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 2014

Provost's Teaching Award Commendation 2013

Visiting Fellow University of Notre Dame, South Bend Indiana 2013

Who's Who in Histories and Humanities Award 2008

Memberships

Psychological Society of Ireland Chartered Member (C.Psychol.,Ps.S.I.) 2010 – Present

American Psychological Association International Affiliate Member 2019 – Present

European Educational Research Association 2018 – Present

International Association of Language and Social Psychology 2019 – Present

Educational Studies Association of Ireland 2018 – Present

Psychological Society of Ireland Division of Academics, Teachers and Researchers 2010 – Present

American Psychological Association 2002 – 2017