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William Kinsella

Lecturer/Assistant Professor
School of Education
01 716 7974
University College Dublin, School of Education, Roebuck Offices Belfield Dublin 4

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Dr William Kinsella, BA, BSc(Psych.), MA(Ed.Psych.), H.Dip.Ed., H.Dip. Remedial and Special Education, PhD. William is an Educational Psychologist who has been Course Director of the professional training programme in Educational Psychology at School of Edducation, UCD for 15 years. In 2003, William assumed the role of Course Director of the Master's Degree Course in Educational Psychology. In 2008, he established a PhD in Educational Psychology programme. Subsequently, he set up the Professional Doctoral programme in Educational Psychology. Currently, there are 40 doctoral students registered on this programme. He is also involved in Teacher Education and in the training of Special Education Teachers in the School of Education. He has also directed both the Graduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs and the Masters in Special Educational Needs programmes. He is currently Director of Inclusive Education at the School of Education and is Course Director of the Graduate Diploma in Inclusive and Special Education. Prior to his appointment to UCD, he worked as a second level teacher in Mathematics and History in both urban and rural schools. He also worked as Special Needs Teacher at both primary and secondary level. William's areas of research include inclusive education, educational provision for pupils with Special Educational Needs, with particular interest in Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD), and early childhood numeracy skills. He has published on Inclusive Education, ASD, and Intellectual Disability. He was the Principal Investigator on a study, funded by the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) that evaluated the effectiveness of a system of additional resource provision for pupils with special educational needs in Irish schools. William's doctoral supervision topics include Epilepsy; the Role of Educational Psychologists in Promoting Mental Health; Cognitive Psychology; ASD (numerous theses); Dyslexia; Dyscalculia;, Professional Ethics, with a focus on Child Informed Consent; Teacher Well being; and Inclusive Education. William has presented his research internationally at conferences that have included American Educational Research Association (AERA), European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) and the WorldAutism Conference. He is a peer reviewer for the Inclusive Education Network within the ECER conference. He is a Graduate Member of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). He was a founding member of the Division of Educational Psychology within PSI. He is currently a member of the Executive Council and is Honorary Secretary of the PSI. He has been appointed by the PSI to chair a number of accreditation panels for postgraduate psychology programmes in Ireland. He is a member of the Expert Validation Committee that validates the professional psychology qualifications of international applicants on behalf of the Health Services Executive. William was invited to act as an evaluator and interviewer for a National University of Ireland Scholarship programme. Internationally, William has acted as an External Examiner at doctoral level in the United Kingdom in the area of Educational Psychology. Since 2015, William has been involved as an Educational Consultant on a project aimed at improving the educational system in schools in Southern Nigeria, especially in relation to provision for pupils with Special Educational Needs. ORCID: 0000-0002-8134-597X


  • BA
    NUI Maynooth IRL
  • BSc
    Open University
  • H Dip in Education
  • MA
    University College Dublin
  • PhD
    University College Dublin