My research interests fall under the following areas: - Child development, socio-emotional wellbeing and mental health My doctoral research, undertaken at the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work at Queen's University Belfast (QUB), focused on early child development. Through the lens of attachment theory, I examined parent-child interactions during caregiving and assessed the relationship between caregiver responsiveness and child self-regulation. Subsequently, at the School of Education at QUB, my research focused on social and emotional wellbeing in school-aged children. I am particularly interested in: 1) the development of social and emotional skills in early childhood and how this relates to 'school-readiness', engagement with learning, and academic (under)achievement; 2) how schools can support the development of socio-emotional competencies using evidence-based programmes and strategies; and 3) prevention and early intervention in children's wellbeing through school-based programmes and practices. - Evaluative research and evidence synthesis I am interested in the implementation and effectiveness of school- and classroom-based programmes, practices and interventions. In this area, I have led and contributed to a number of large-scale projects, using randomised controlled trial and process evaluation methodologies, to assess the impact of interventions on pupils, teachers and schools. Current and recently completed research projects Children's School Lives: the National Longitudinal Study of Primary Education in Ireland, 2018 - 2024 (Funder: National Council for Curriculum and Assessment; PIs: Prof Dmpyna Devine and Dr Jennifer Symonds). Evaluation of the Safe Learning Model in Sierra Leone, 2016 - 2022 (Funder: Concern Worldwide; PIs: Prof Dympna Devine and Prof Ciaran Sugrue). A cluster-randomised controlled trial and process evaluation of Zippy's Friends: A school-based coping and social skills programme for young children, 2016 - 2018 (Funder: Education Endowment Foundation; PI: Dr Seaneen Sloan). A systematic review of interventions to improve mathematical achievement in school-aged children, 2016 - 2018 (Funder: Nuffield Foundation; PI: Dr Victoria Simms, Ulster University). The effectiveness of school-based social-emotional learning programmes: A systematic review and meta-analysis (Funder: HSC Research and Development Office; PI: Prof. Paul Connolly, Queen's University Belfast). Interventions to build resilience children of problem drinkers (Funder: HSC Research and Development Office; PI: Dr Aisling McLaughlin, Queen's University Belfast). Evaluation of the Success for All literacy programme in England (Funder: Education Endowment Foundation; PI: Dr Andy Biggart, Queen's University Belfast).