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Dr Seaneen Sloan


Seaneen Sloan

Lecturer/Assistant Professor In Education
School of Education
01 716 7987
University College Dublin, School of Education, Roebuck Offices Belfield Dublin 4


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).


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Children’s School Lives (CSL)
National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA)
19 Oct 2018 - 31 Dec 2025
PINNACLE (Phase 1) Pilot Study of Women Teachers and Higher Education in Developing Countries
University College Dublin Foundation CLG
1 Sep 2018 - 31 Aug 2021
Safe Learning Model in Sierra Leone
Concern Worldwide
1 Sep 2017 - 31 Aug 2022
Report on the Children's Equality Commission consultation by the DCYA
Dept. of Children and Youth Affairs (CYA)
1 Oct 2016 - 31 Mar 2019
A cluster randomised controlled trial and process evaluation of the 'Zippy's Friends' social and emotional learning programme
Education Endowment Foundation
15 Aug 2016 - 30 Nov 2017