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Dr. Jean Quigley
Assistant Professor, Psychology
Research Associate, Children's Research Centre


Jean Quigley is a Lecturer and Researcher in the School of Psychology, Co-Director of the Infant and Child Research Laboratory and Director of the Psychology Conversion Course (H.Dip.Psych) in the School of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin. Her research interests are in the psychology of language, with particular reference to early first language acquisition and to language development in the context of neurodevelopmental disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorders. her current projects focus on the critical role of parent-infant interaction for language development. This research has been funded by the Irish Research Council and the HRB among other bodies.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Kelly, L., Nixon, E., & Quigley, J., The Dynamics of Conversational Turn-Taking in Father-Child and Mother-Child Interaction. , Language Development Research, 2, (1), 2022 Journal Article, 2022 URL

Quigley, J. & Nixon, E. , Parent child directed speech in dyadic and triadic interaction: Associations with coparenting dynamics and child language outcomes. , Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 58, 2022, p125 - 135 Journal Article, 2022 DOI

Nandy, A, Nixon, E., & Quigley, J. , Observed and reported coparenting and toddlers' adaptive functioning., Infant & Child Development, 2021 Journal Article, 2021 DOI

Del Rosario, C., Slevin, M., Molloy, E., Quigley, J. & Nixon, E. , How to use the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development., Archives of Disease in Childhood - Education and Practice., 106, (2), 2021, p108 - 112 Journal Article, 2021 DOI

Quigley, J., & Nixon, E. , Toddler Talk: Gender and Context Effects. , IASCL 2021 , July 15-23 2021, 2021 Poster, 2021

O'Leary, N., Jairaj, C., Nixon, E., Quigley, J. & Keane, V. , Antenatal depression and maternal infant directed speech during the first postnatal year. , Infant Behaviour & Development. , 64, 2021, p101465 - Journal Article, 2021 DOI

Nix, L., Nixon, E., Quigley, J., Keane, V., Perinatal depression and children's developmental outcomes at 2 years postpartum, Early Human Development, 2021 Journal Article, 2021 DOI

Nandy, A. Nixon, E. & Quigley, J., Communicative functions of parents' child directed speech across dyadic and triadic contexts., Journal of Child Language, 48, (6), 2021, p1281 - 1294 Journal Article, 2021 DOI

Quigley, J. & Nixon, E., Infant language predicts Fathers' vocabulary in Infant Directed Speech, Journal of Child Language, 47, (1 Special Issue), 2020, p146 - 158 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

Nandy, A, Nixon, E., & Quigley, J. , Parental toy play and toddlers' socio-emotional development: The moderating role of coparenting dynamics., Infant Behaviour & Development , 60, 2020, p101465 - Journal Article, 2020 DOI

Conica, M., Nixon, E., & Quigley, J. , Fathers' but not Mothers' Repetition of Children's Utterances at Age Two is Associated with Child Vocabulary at Age Four. , Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 191, 2020, Journal Article, 2020 DOI

Ataman, M., Quigley, J. Nixon, E. , Parent-Infant Interaction and Language Development of Preterm Infants, Summer Neurolingustics School 2020, 2020 Poster, 2020

Kelly, L., Nixon, E., & Quigley, J. , Father-child shared book-reading in light- and heavy-text conditions. , TALKBANK, 2020 Dataset, 2020 URL

Molloy, EJ, Daly, M, Ryan, P, Corcoran, P, Bokde, A, Quigley, J, Nixon, E, Brennan, S, Devane, D, Watson, M, Corcoran, B, Murray, D, O'Farrell, F, Keogh, S, Ni Bhraonain, E, Boylan, G., Parental Involvement in a Multidisciplinary PhD programme in Neonatal Brain Injury, HRB Open Research, 3, 2020, p40- Journal Article, 2020 DOI

McNally, S., Darmody, M. & Quigley, J., The social-emotional development of language minority five-year-old children living in Ireland. , Irish Educational Studies, 2019 Journal Article, 2019 DOI

McNally, S., McCrory, C., Quigley, J. & Murray, A., Decomposing the social gradient in children's vocabulary skills at 3 years of age: a mediation analysis using data from a large representative cohort study, Infant Behaviour & Development, 57, 2019 Journal Article, 2019 DOI

Quigley, J., Nixon, E. & Lawson, S., Exploring the association of infant receptive language and pitch variability in fathers' infant directed speech, Journal of Child Language, 46, (4), 2019, p800 - 811 Journal Article, 2019 DOI

Hourigan, S. & Quigley, J. , Influence of the Home Learning Environment on Expressive Language Ability Age 3: Evidence from Growing Up in Ireland, Childlinks, (1), 2017, p2 - 8 Journal Article, 2017

McEvoy, J., Treacy, B., Quigley, J. , A matter of life and death: knowledge about the body and concept of death in adults with intellectual disabilities, Journal of Intellectual Disability Research , 61, (1), 2017, p89-98- Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Ni Chuillean, S & Quigley, J.,, Recognising Voice: The Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Journal of Assistive Technologies, 10, (3), 2016, p140 - 152 Journal Article, 2016 URL

Quigley, Jean, Babysibs: Dyadic prosody, 30th World Congress of the IALP, Dublin, Ireland, 21-25 August 2016, 2016 Conference Paper, 2016 TARA - Full Text

Parental investment and child development in, editor(s)James Williams Emer Smyth Dorothy Watson Liz Nixon , Cherishing all the children equally? Ireland 100 years on from the Easter Rising., Dublin, Ireland, Oaktree, 2016, pp80 - 106, [Quigley, Jean & Nixon, Elizabeth] Book Chapter, 2016

Urm, Ada & Quigley, Jean, Father-infant interaction: 'Unpredictable' contingency & language development, XX Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, May 26 - 28, 2016, 2016 Conference Paper, 2016

Quigley, J., McNally, S., & Lawson, S. , Prosodic patterns in interaction of low-risk and high-risk-for-autism infants and their mothers at 12 and 18 months. , Language, Learning & Development, 12, (3), 2016, p295 - 310 Journal Article, 2016 URL

Quigley, Jean & Sinead Mcnally, S., Maternal Education and Child Language: Predicting Positive Outcomes for Children of Low and Highly Educated Mothers, Child Language Seminar , University of Warwick, 21 July 2015, 2015 Conference Paper, 2015

Bubulia, J., Trimble, T., Quigley, J., & Gordon, M.S. , Impact of vicarious trauma on barristers practicing criminal law: An armoury of resilience. , Cork Journal of Applied Psychology, 1, (1), 2015, p33 - 45 Journal Article, 2015

Jean Quigley, Prosody in dyadic interaction, Autism and the Foundations of Language and Communication , Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, March 27, 2015 Conference Paper, 2015

McNally, S., McCrory, C., Quigley, J., Murray, A., , RESILIENCE IN EARLY CHILD LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT , International Convention of Psychological Science, Amsterdam, NL, 12-14 March 2015 , 2015 Poster, 2015

Quigley, J. & McNally, S. , Mother-infant interaction corpus: Infant siblings at risk of autism spectrum disorders and typically developing infants. , Child lanChild Language Data Exchange System (CHILDES). Carnegie Mellon University., 2014 Dataset, 2014 URL

Children's construction of porn in an Irish primary school: Implications for boys. in, editor(s)Kiely, E. & Leane, M. , Sexualities and Irish Society, Ireland, Blackhall Press, 2014, pp321 - 347, [Afra, A. & Quigley, J.] Book Chapter, 2014

Murray, A., McNally,S., Quigley, J. McCrory, C., Risk and resilience in early child language development, Psychological Society of Ireland annual conference, Galway, Ireland, 11-14 November 2014, 2014 Conference Paper, 2014

McNally, S. & Quigley, J. , An Irish cohort study of risk and protective factors for infant language development at 9 months., Infant & Child Development. , 23, (6), 2014, p634 - 649 Journal Article, 2014

Pertl, M., Quigley, J. Hevey, D. , I'm not complaining because I'm alive': Barriers to the emergence of a discourse of cancer-related fatigue., Psychology & Health, 29, (2), 2014, p141 - 161 Journal Article, 2014

Quigley, J., McNally, S., Lawson, S. , Prosody in infant-mother dyads at-risk of autism., Child Language Seminar, Manchester, UK, June 2013, 2013 Poster, 2013

Quigley, J. & McNally, S., Maternal communicative style in interaction with infant siblings of children with autism, Language, Interaction & Acquisition, 4, (1), 2013, p51 - 69 Journal Article, 2013

Quigley, J., Mother's Infant Directed Speech with infants at risk of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Annual conference Irish Speech & Language Therapists, Dublin, April 19, 2013 Conference Paper, 2013 TARA - Full Text

Jean Quigley, Mother's Infant Directed Speech (IDS) in face-to-face interaction with typically developing infants and infant siblings (SIBS-A) of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, aged 3 to 12 months, Enable Ireland, Dublin, 5 September 2012, 2012 Invited Talk, 2012 TARA - Full Text

Pertl, M., Hevey, D., Quigley, J., Constructing a discourse of cancer-related fatigue that can inform clinical practice, COSA-IPOS Joint Scientific Meeting 2012, Brisbane, Queensland, AUS, 13-15 November 2012, 2012 Conference Paper, 2012

Quigley, J. & McNally, S., Maternal response patterns to infant vocalisations, Early Language Acquisition, Lyon, France, 5-7 December 2012, 2012 Poster, 2012

Ni Chuillean, S & Quigley, J., Assessing Recollection and Familiarity in Low Functioning Autism, Journal of Autism & Developmental Disorders, 10.1007/s10803-012-1, 2012 Journal Article, 2012 URL

Quigley, J., A grammatical analysis of Infant Directed Speech., 12th International Congress for the Study of Child Language (IASCL), Montreal, Canada, 19-23 July 2011, 2011 Poster, 2011

Quigley, J. , A longitudinal analysis of Maternal Infant Directed Speech (IDS) to preverbal infants at-risk for ASD., International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) , San Diego, California, May 11-15 2011, 2011 Poster, 2011

Quigley, J, Psychology and grammar:The construction of the autobiographical self., Theory & Psychology, 11, 2001, p147 - 170 Journal Article, 2001

Quigley, J, The Child's Autobiographical Self, Irish Journal of Psychology, Special Issue on Developmental Psychology in Ireland, 21, (3/4), 2000 Journal Article, 2000

Quigley, J., The Grammar of Autobiography: A Developmental Account, Hillsdale, NJ, Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc., 2000, 240pp Book, 2000

Quigley, J, Modality and Tense in Children's Autobiographical Accounts, Narrative Inquiry, 9, (2), 1999, p279 - 302 Journal Article, 1999

Quigley, J, The Provision of Adult Literacy Education in Ireland, Dublin, Dept. of Education, 1993 Report, 1993

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

O'Mara, S.M., Mangaoang, M.A., McMackin, D.M., Quigley, J., Relationship Of Language Disorder To Mnemonic Deficits After Unilateral Hippocampectomy In Human Patients, 2003 Meeting Abstract, 2003

Research Expertise


My research area is the Psychology of Language. Language is central to all our lives and to the discipline of psychology. How we acquire, produce, understand, and use language, and how these processes are affected by a variety of factors and environments, are core topics in understanding human behaviour. Most of my research to date has centered on language acquisition and development, with a particular interest in socio-communicative and language development in the context of neurodevelopmental disorders, especially Autism Spectrum Disorder. Developments in language acquisition research are coalescing on earlier and earlier stages of development as the crucial times and my work focusses on the identification and analysis of important interpersonal interactional variables for language acquisition and for overall optimal development. Using video microanalysis and advanced software and analysis programmes there are now real possibilities for identifying critical factors during the infancy period.


  • Title
    • Mother's Infant Directed speech in face to face interaction with normally developing infants and infant siblings of children with ASD
  • Funding Agency
    • IRCHSS
  • Date From
    • Dec 08
  • Date To
    • Dec 10
  • Title
    • Embodiment and medical technology
  • Funding Agency
    • IRCHSS
  • Date From
    • 2005
  • Date To
    • 2008
  • Title
    • Language interventions with non-verbal ASD children
  • Funding Agency
    • IRCSET
  • Date From
    • 2005
  • Date To
    • 2008


Autism; Developmental pragmatics and child discourse; Language Acquisition and Development; Psycholinguistics


Awards and Honours

NUI Scholarship awarded for postgraduate study, 1st Place in Class, 1st Class Honours BA. 1987;

Grant, Provost's Academic Development Fund. University of Dublin, Trinity College. 1999

Arts & Social Science Benefactions Fund. University of Dublin, Trinity College. 2000

New Lecturer's start-up Fund, Trinity College Dublin. 2001

IRCHSS Research Development Initiative 2008

Arts & Social Sciences Benefaction Fund 2012

Arts & Social Sciences Benefaction Fund 2014


Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI); International Association for the Study of Child Language (IASCL)