International Presentation of Research

Researchers from the Lab presented a paper at the XX Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies in New Orleans, Louisiana in May. The title of the paper was 'Father-infant interaction: 'Unpredictable' contingency and language development'. The paper was based on research conducted by Ada Urm, Dr Jean Quigley, and Dr Elizabeth Nixon. 
The paper's abstract may be found in the Previous Research section of this website, and any enquiries regarding the paper or its findings may be directed to

Ongoing Research in the Infant and Child Research Lab

A wave of new research has been completed by our assistant researchers for the academic year of 2015–16. Titles and abstracts summarising the research may be found in the Previous Research section of this website. The research was conducted by Eoin Howley, Anna Sakura Connolly, Eilis O'Leary, and Julia McGrath as part of their Final Year Projects. Any queries about the research may be sent to

Infant and Child Research Lab in the News!

Experiments in playtime Irish Times Tuesday 21 July 2015

New infant research lab seeks Irish fathers and babies for 'play study' Irish Independent Thursday 22 January 2015

Radio Interview with Dr Jean Quigley about lab Kildare FM 26 January 2015

Time to shine for Dads and little Scientists Press Release January 2015

A team of psychologists interested in childhood and parenting are calling on dads and toddlers to contribute to science – by playing.

Unlike other laboratories, the newly opened infant development lab in the School of Psychology in Trinity College Dublin is filled with toys aimed at children aged 22 to 26 months.

The researchers are calling on mums, dads and pre-schoolers to take part in a short study which involves playing together, just like they do at home.

Trinity psychologist Dr Jean Quigley says that in the past research has mostly focused the role of mothers, while fathers have been mostly neglected by psychology. “We are particularly interested in studying the specific patterns of father-child interactions and their unique contributions to children’s development”.

The researchers say they hope to show that dads also play a special role in parts of their child’s growing up such as learning to speak, while also giving families with small children something fun to do.

Families can find out about taking part in the research by going to, calling (01) 896 2697 or 896 2867, or emailing