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Elizabeth Nixon
Assistant Professor, Psychology

Biography

Elizabeth Nixon is a Lecturer in Developmental Psychology based in the School of Psychology and a Senior Research Fellow at the Children's Research Centre. Elizabeth received a BA and MLitt Degree in Psychology from UCD and a PhD in Psychology and Post-graduate Diploma in Statistics from TCD. Her doctoral research explored how parenting practices and family relationships are negotiated and experienced by children and their mothers within lone-mother households and was carried out at the Children's Research Centre. Prior to taking up her lectureship in psychology in October 2006, Elizabeth worked as a Research Fellow at the Children's Research Centre where she was involved in the First National Study of Intercountry Adoption in Ireland, funded by the Adoption Board (published in 2007). Her research focuses onparenting and family as a context for children's development.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Greene, S & Nixon, E, Children's Agency, London, Routledge, 2019 Book, 2019

Lawler, M., Hickey, A., Hevey, D., Doyle, F., & Nixon, E., Darker, C., Barry, M., Field, C. , Effects of a Peer-Led Motivational Interviewing Intervention on Physical Activity Levels of Adolescents in Low SES Communities, Psychology Health and Medicine Conference 2019, Maynooth University , 22nd March, 2019 Oral Presentation, 2019

Framing Research in Community Settings in, editor(s)Guerin, S., Hayes, N. & McNally, S. , Research and Evaluation in Community, Health and Social Care Settings, London, Routledge, 2018, pp11 - 26, [Nixon, E. & Palamaro-Munsell, E.] Book Chapter, 2018

Hayes, C., Kelly, C., Taut, C., Nixon, E., Zgaga, L., Williams, J., O'Dowd, T. & Reulbach, U. , Health care utilisation by bullying victims: a cross-sectional study of a 9-year-old cohort in Ireland, Healthcare, 6, (1), 2018, p19 - 21 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

McCarthy-Jones, S., Bulfin, A., Nixon, E., O'Keane, V., Bacik, I. & McElvaney, R., Associations Between Forced and "Persuaded" First Intercourse and Later Health Outcomes in Women, Violence Against Women, 2018 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Hadfield, K., Ungar, M. & Nixon, E., Rethinking discourses of family instability, Journal of Family Social Work, 21, (2), 2018, p172 - 187 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Nixon, E. & Hadfield, K., Construction of Single Mothers' Roles as Gatekeepers Between Children and Nonresident Fathers, Journal of Family Issues, 39, (14), 2018, p3732 - 3752 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Hadfield, K. & Nixon, E., "He's Had Enough Fathers": Mothers' and Children's Approaches to Mothers' Romantic Relationships Following the Dissolution of Previous Partnerships, Journal of Family Issues, 39, (1), 2018, p271 - 295 Journal Article, 2018 DOI

Hadfield, K. & Nixon, E. , Benefits of and barriers to romantic relationships among mothers in Ireland. , Family Relations, 66, (3), 2017, p383 - 398 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Lawler, M., Heary, C. & Nixon, E., Variations in adolescents' motivational characteristics across gender and physical activity patterns: A latent class analysis approach. , BMC Public Health, 17, 2017, p661 - 674 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Parental Investment and Child Development in, editor(s)Williams, J., Nixon, E., Smyth, E. & Watson, D. , Cherishing all the Children Equally?, Dublin, Oak Tree Press, 2016, pp80 - 106, [Quigley, J. & Nixon, E.] Book Chapter, 2016

Williams, J. Nixon, E., Smyth, E. & Watson, D. , Cherishing all the Children Equally? Ireland 100 Years on from the Easter Rising, Cork, Oak Tree Press, 2016 Book, 2016

Is Family Structure a Source of Inequality in Children 's Lives? in, editor(s)Williams, J., Nixon, E., Smyth, E. & Watson, D. , Cherishing all the Children Equally?, Dublin, Oak Tree Press, 2016, pp58 - 79, [Nixon, E. & Swords, L. ] Book Chapter, 2016

Blended Families, Shehan, C.L., Encyclopedia of Family Studies , 2016, [Nixon, E. & Hadfield, K. ] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 2016 DOI

Non-Custodial Parents, Shehan, C.L., Encyclopedia of Family Studies, 2016, [Nixon, E.] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 2016 DOI

Parenting and Children's Development in Ireland: Lessons from Psychology in, editor(s)C. O'Doherty & A. Jackson , Learning on the Job: Parenting in Modern Ireland, Cork, Oak Tress Press, 2015, pp119-134. - [Nixon, E.] Book Chapter, 2015

Byrne, S., Swords, L. & Nixon, E., Mental Health Literacy and Help-Giving Responses in Irish Adolescents, Journal of Adolescent Research, 30, (4), 2015, p477 - 500 Journal Article, 2015 DOI

(ed.), Bullying and healthcare utilisation in 9 year old children: A cross sectional study, Dublin Castle, 185, 2015, 2015 Proceedings of a Conference, 2015

Nixon, E., Greene, S., Hogan, D., "It's What's Normal for Me": Children's Experiences of Growing Up in a Continuously Single-Parent Household, Journal of Family Issues, 36, (8), 2015, p1043-1061 Journal Article, 2015

Lawler, M., Nixon, E., & Heary, C. , The relationship between physical activity behavioural patterns, BMI and body image among adolescents in Ireland. , Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, USA, 2015 Poster, 2015

Lydon, D.M., Nixon, E., Facial mimicry interference affects reaction time but not accuracy on an emotion recognition task in children, adolescents and adults, Irish Journal of Psychology, 35, (2-3), 2014, p106-120 Journal Article, 2014

Family Policy in Ireland in, editor(s)Robila, M. , Handbook of Family Policies across the Globe, New York, Springer, 2013, pp125 - 136, [Fahey, T. & Nixon, E.] Book Chapter, 2013

Hadfield, K. & Nixon, E., Including those that exclude themselves: Comparisons of self-identifying and non self-identifying stepfamilies., Journal of Family Studies, 19, (2), 2013, p209 - 218 Journal Article, 2013

Fitzgerald, A., Heary, C., Kelly, C., Nixon, E. & Shevlin, M., Self-efficacy for healthy eating and peer support for unhealthy eating are associated with adolescents' food intake patterns, Appetite, 63, 2013, p48 - 58 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

Lawler, M., Nixon, E., & Heary, C. , Patterns of physical activity among Irish adolescents: A latent class analysis approach. , - Annual Meeting of the International Society for Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity, Ghent, Belgium , 2013 Poster, 2013

Reulbach, U., Ladewig, E.L., Nixon, E., O'Moore, M., Williams, J. & O'Dowd, T.C., Weight, body image and bullying in 9-year-old children., Journal of Pediatrics & Child Health, 49, (4), 2013, pE288 - E293 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

Nixon, E., Swords, L. & Murray, A., Growing up in Ireland: Parenting and Infant Development, Dublin, Department of Health and Children, 2013, 64 Report, 2013

Hadfield, K. & Nixon, E., Comparison of relationship dynamics within stepmother and stepfather families in Ireland., Irish Journal of Psychology, 33, 2012, p100 - 106 Journal Article, 2012 DOI

Lawler, M., Nixon, E., & Heary, C. , Exploring psychological influences on adolescents' participation in organised sport: A self-determination theory perspective., 9th Annual Psychology, Health and Medicine Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland Division of Health Psychology & British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology, , Northern Ireland. , Belfast, Northern Ireland, 2012 Oral Presentation, 2012

Nixon, E., Growing up in Ireland: How families matter for social and emotional outcomes of 9-year-old children., Dublin, Department of Health and Children, 2012, 66 Report, 2012 URL

Cleary, A. & Nixon, E., Early adult outcomes for Irish children with behavioural difficulties, International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 58, 2012, p643 - 651 Journal Article, 2012 DOI

Ethics of Oral Interviews with Children in, editor(s)L. Hogan, M. Junker-Kelly & C. Russell , Ethics for Graduate Researchers: A Cross-Discipline Approach., Elsevier, 2012, pp183 - 199, [Nixon, E.] Book Chapter, 2012

Nixon, E., Greene, S. & Hogan, D., "Like an uncle but more, but less than a father"-Irish children's relationships with nonresident fathers., Journal of Family Psychology, 26, (3), 2012, p381 - 390 Journal Article, 2012 DOI

Lawler, M., Nixon, E., & Heary, C. , Examining social and psychological predictors of continued participation in team sport during adolescence. , 22nd Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development, Edmonton, Canada, 2012 Poster, 2012

Nixon, E., Greene, S. & Hogan, D., Negotiating relationships in single-mother households: Perspectives of children and mothers, Family Relations, 61, (1), 2012, p142 - 156 Journal Article, 2012 DOI

Lawler, M. & Nixon, E., Body Dissatisfaction Among Adolescent Boys and Girls: The Effects of Body Mass, Peer Appearance Culture and Internalization of Appearance Ideals, Journal of Youth & Adolescence, 40, (1), 2011, p59 - 71 Journal Article, 2011 DOI

Coyne, I., Nixon, E., Greene, S., Doyle, E., Lawler, M., & Nugent, K. , Influence of parental ethnotheories on mother infant co-sleeping practices: Implications for health promotion. , 10th International Family Nursing Conference, Kyoto, Japan, 2011 Meeting Abstract, 2011

Theoretical & Methodological Considerations in Assessing Body Image among Children & Adolescents. in, editor(s)S.B. Greene , Body Image: Perceptions, Interpretations and Attitudes. , Nova Publishers, 2011, pp227 - 244, [Lawler, M. & Nixon, E.] Book Chapter, 2011

Understanding Bullying in, editor(s)V. O'Donnell, V. Lam & R. Gillibrand , Developmental Psychology: Fundamental and Critical Issues in Developmental Psychology., Pearson, 2011, pp418 - 450, [Nixon, E. & Guerin, S. ] Book Chapter, 2011

Nixon, E. & Halpenny, A.M., Children's Perspectives on Parenting Styles & Discipline: A Developmental Approach, Dublin, Government of Ireland, June, 2010, 85 Report, 2010 URL

Nixon, E., Whyte, P., Buggy, J. & Greene, S. , Sexual responsibility, fatherhood & discourses of masculinity among socially and economically disadvantaged young men in Ireland, Dublin, Crisis Pregnancy Agency, June , 2010, p1 - 200 Report, 2010 URL

Halpenny, A.M., Nixon, E. & Watson, D., Parents' Perspectives on Parenting Styles & Discipline, Dublin, Government of Ireland, June, 2010, 111 Report, 2010 URL

Fitzgerald, A., Heary, C., Nixon, E. & Kelly, C., Factors influencing the food choices of Irish children and adolescents: A qualitative investigation, Health Promotion International, 25, (3), 2010, p289 - 298 Journal Article, 2010 DOI

Williams, J., Greene, S., Doyle, E., Harris, E., Layte, R., McCoy, S., McCrory, C., Murray, A., Nixon, E., O'Dowd, T., O'Moore, M., Quail, A., Smyth, E., Swords, L., Thornton, M., Growing up in Ireland: The lives of 9 year olds, Dublin, The Stationery Office, 2009, 161 Report, 2009 URL TARA - Full Text

Greene, S., Kelly, R., Nixon, E., Kelly, G., Borska, Z., Murphy, S. Daly, A., Children's recovery after early adversity: lessons from intercountry adoption, Child Care in Practice, 14, 2008, p75 - 81 Journal Article, 2008 DOI

Cleary, A, Nixon, E. & Fitzgerald, M., Psychological health and well-being among young Irish adults, Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 24, (4), 2007, p139 - 144 Journal Article, 2007 URL URL

Nixon, E. Greene, S., Hogan, D., Concepts of family among children and young people in Ireland, Irish Journal of Psychology, 27, 2006, p79 - 87 Journal Article, 2006

Nixon, E., The social competence of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: A review of the literature, Child & Adolescent Mental Health [previously Child Psychology & Psychiatry Review], 6, (4), 2001, p172 - 180 Journal Article, 2001

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Greene, S., Kelly, R., Nixon, E., Kelly, G., Borska, Z., Murphy, S., Daly, A., Whyte, J., Murphy, C., A Study of Intercountry Adoption Outcomes in Ireland , Dublin, The Adoption Board, 2007, 361 Report, 2007 URL TARA - Full Text

Byrne, T., Nixon, E., Mayock, P., Whyte, J., Research Briefing - Free Time and Leisure Needs of Young People Living in Disadvantaged Communities. , Dublin, Children's Research Centre, TCD., 2006 Report, 2006 URL

Cleary, A., Fitzgerald, M. & Nixon, E., From child to adult: A longitudinal study of Irish children and their families., Dublin, Department of Social & Family Affairs, 2004, 96 Report, 2004 URL

Research Expertise

Projects

  • Title
    • Parental Ethnotheories among Immigrant and Irish Parents of Infants in Ireland
  • Summary
    • Principal Investigator. Co-investigators: Prof. Sheila Greene, Children's Research Centre, TCD; Prof. Imelda Coyne, School of Nursing, TCD & Prof. Kevin Nugent, University of Massachusettes at Amherst, USA.
  • Funding Agency
    • Irish Research Council for Humanities & Social Sciences (€99,970)
  • Date From
    • December 2008
  • Date To
    • March 2011
  • Title
    • National Longitudinal Study of Children in Ireland - Growing up in Ireland
  • Summary
    • Member of the Management Team of the Study. The study is being conducted by a consortium led by the Economic and Social Research Institute (Principal Investigator Prof. James Williams) and the Children's Research Centre (Lead Co-Investigator, Prof. Sheila Greene).
  • Funding Agency
    • Office of the Minister for Children
  • Date From
    • 2006
  • Date To
    • 2013
  • Title
    • Discourses of Masculinity, Sexual Responsibility and Fatherhood among Disadvantaged Young Men in Ireland
  • Summary
    • Principal Investigator
  • Funding Agency
    • Crisis Pregnancy Agency (€90,000)
  • Date From
    • October 2007
  • Date To
    • September 2009
  • Title
    • Children's Perspectives on Parenting Styles & Discipline: A Developmental Perspective
  • Summary
    • Principal Investigator
  • Funding Agency
    • Office of the Minister for Children (€17,000)
  • Date From
    • December 2006
  • Date To
    • October 2007
  • Title
    • A National Survey of Parenting Styles in Ireland
  • Summary
    • Co-investigator with Dr. Ann Marie Halpenny (PI) from School of Social Sciences, Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Funding Agency
    • Office of the Minister for Children (€125,000)
  • Date From
    • June 2007
  • Date To
    • June 2009
  • Title
    • A National Study of the Outcomes of International Adoption in Ireland
  • Funding Agency
    • Adoption Board Ireland
  • Date From
    • December 2005
  • Date To
    • April 2007
  • Title
    • Transitions in Physical Activity among Irish youth
  • Funding Agency
    • Irish Research Council for Humanities & Social Sciences (€16,000 per annum)
  • Date From
    • 2009
  • Date To
    • 2012
  • Title
    • Psychological Factors in Children's Food Choices
  • Summary
    • Co-Investigator with Dr. Caroline Heary (PI) and Dr. Colette Kelly (Co-Investigator), both from National University of Ireland, Galway.
  • Funding Agency
    • Irish Heart Foundation (€9,000)
  • Date From
    • 2007
  • Date To
    • 2010

Keywords

Adoption; CHILDREN'S EXPERIENCES; Developmental Psychology; Irish childhoods, change and diversity; PARENT-CHILD RELATIONS; PARENTING

Recognition

Representations

Member of the Governing Council of the Psychological Society of Ireland 2008

Member of the Board of Professional Conduct, Psychological Society of Ireland 2008

Awards and Honours

Best Research Article Finalist (2012) - One of my papers: Nixon, E. Greene, S. & Hogan, D.M. (2012, June). "Like an uncle but more, but less than a father"-Irish children's relationships with nonresident fathers. Journal of Family Psychology, 26(3), 381-390 was selected by the United States National Council of Family Relations Men in Families Group as a finalist for the 2012 "Best Research Article by a New Professional" award for research advancing scholarship on men in families. The Men in Families awards committee considered 30 articles from 2012 and this paper was judged to be one of the top three. 2012

British Psychological Society Annual Conference Poster Prize (2008) - I was awarded the Prize for Best Poster Presentation at the British Psychological Society Annual Conference (out of approximately 250 poster presentations). 2008

Memberships

Member of the Psychological Society of Ireland 1997

Member of the British Psychological Society 1997

Member of the Society for Research in Child Development 2000

Member of the Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health 2000

Member of the United States National Council for Family Relations 2004