Children’s Research Network PhD Symposium 2019: “Doing research for and with children and young people”

Location: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre – NUI Galway

Date: August 28th

The Children’s Research Network (CRN) and National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG), in association with Trinity Research in Childhood Centre, Trinity College Dublin, held a one-day PhD Symposium for doctoral students from all over the island of Ireland who are currently undertaking or have just completed research related to children and young people.

A major focus of this Symposium was to facilitate dissemination and discussion of PhD research related to children and young people. It offered an exciting opportunity to share research, meet and learn from other researchers and academics and exchange ideas in a friendly and supportive environment.

There were keynote presentations, masterclasses and workshops from experts from the field of children and young people’s research.


  • 09:30 - 10:00 Registration
  • 10:00 – 10:05 Symposium Opening
  • 10:05 – 10:15 Welcome Address, Dr Danielle Kennan, UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway
  • 10:15 – 10:45 Keynote by Professor Pat Dolan, UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, NUI Galway
  • 10:45 – 11:20 Poster Guided Tour , Chair: Dr Danielle Kennan
  • 11:20 – 11:45 TEA & COFFEE
  • 11:45 – 13:00 PhD Presentations Parallel Sessions
  • 13:00 – 13:50 LUNCH
  • 13:50 – 15:00 PhD Presentations Parallel Sessions
  • 15:00 – 15:30 Masterclass: Publishing from your PhD by Professor Trevor Spratt
  • 15:30 – 15:50 Self-care for researchers led by Dr Leonor Rodriguez
  • 15:50 – 16:00 Closing Remarks by Dr Derina Johnson

Book of Abstracts:

View the Book of Abstracts

Download a selection of the presentations:

Fatimah Alsaggaf - School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin / Nursing College, King Abdul-Aziz University - 15min Presentation - A systematic review of the impact of chronic pain on adolescents’ school functioning and pain management in school setting

Rong Bao - School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin - 15min Presentation - The lived experience of young migrant mothers in China

David Byrne - TU Dublin - 15min Presentation - Examining Irish Educators’ Attitudes regarding the Promotion of Student Social and Emotional Wellbeing: Preliminary findings

Rachel Clifford - Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick - Poster - Good Grief: Changing Attitudes to Childhood Grief in Children’s Literature

Nathan Gavigan - Dublin City University - 15min presentation - An examination of the impact and fidelity of implementation of the Moving Well-Being Well physical literacy intervention

Desiree Grafton-Clarke - Infant and Child Research Lab / School of Psychology / Children’s Health Ireland, Trinity College Dublin - Poster - The Power of Parents: The Significance of Parent-Child Interaction for Child Development in Down Syndrome

Linda Kelly - Infant and Child Research Lab, Trinity College Dublin - Poster - An experimental investigation of father-child conversational balance using a shared book-reading paradigm

Nicola Lagoda - School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin - 5min Presentation - A systematic review of healthcare provider-patient-parent communication and decision-making within pediatric healthcare

Daráine Murphy - University College Dublin & NUI Galway - Poster - Challenges for parents seeking help for an adolescent mental health concern

Angana Nandy - Infant and Child Lab, School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin - Poster - Associations among co-parenting, parental play and toddlers’ socio-emotional competencies

Siobhán O’Connor - School of Nursing & Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin - Poster - Family-centred care of children and young people in the acute hospital setting: A concept analysis.

Margaret O'Donoghue - Technology University Dublin - 15min Presentation - Understanding the Link between Context and Curriculum Change in Early Years Education

Grace O'Sullivan - School of Psychology / Centre for Pain Research, NUI Galway - 15min presentation - The influence of social context on ‘everyday’ pain experiences in childhood

Amy Stapleton - School of Social Work and Social Policy, Trinity College Dublin - 15min presentation - Participatory Action Research with Separated Young people: Overcoming dilemmas on the field

Deborah Webster - Queen’s University Belfast - 15min presentation - “Everyone looks perfect on Instagram”. Social media use and subjective wellbeing: the perspective of young people.

Here's a sample of what our 2019 attendants thought about the day:

  • "I really appreciate having the opportunity to share my research and to listen to others. The keynote, masterclass and self-care sessions were fantastic. Organisation of poster session was great too - more engaging than any poster session I have ever been at!"
  • "It was my first time presenting my work and I just found it to be such a nice, open and friendly atmosphere in which to do so"
  • "Enjoyed hearing from candidates at different stages of their PhD about their research and their experiences"
  • "Very warm welcome, very well organised, lovely venue and lunch. Will start a self-care diary"

Attendance Fee:

  • Children’s Research Network members: FREE!
  • Non-members: €20*

*Students can join the Children’s Research Network for just €15/~£14 per year!

Call for Abstracts

Now closed

2019 Special Presenter Travel Bursary

Now closed

CRN receives support from the Department of Child and Family Affairs as part of What Works (formerly QCBI), funded by the Dormant Accounts fund