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Dr. Jean Quigley
Associate Professor, Psychology
Research Associate, Children's Research Centre


Jean Quigley is a Lecturer and Researcher in the School of Psychology, Co-Director of the Infant and Child Research Laboratory and Director of the Psychology Conversion Course (H.Dip.Psych) in the School of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin. Her research interests are in the psychology of language, with particular reference to early first language acquisition and to language development in the context of neurodevelopmental disorders. Her current projects focus on the critical role of parent-infant interaction for language development. This research has been funded by the Irish Research Council and the HRB among other bodies.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Coughlan, S., Quigley, J., & Nixon, E., Parent-infant conversations are differentially associated with the development of Preterm- and Term-born infants, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 239, (105809), 2024 Journal Article, 2024 DOI

Coughlan, S., Quigley, J., & Nixon, E., The synergistic effects of preterm birth and parent gender on the linguistic and interactive features of parent-infant conversations., Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, 2024 Journal Article, 2024 DOI

Devrim Ataman, M., Quigley, J. & Nixon, E., Preterm toddlers's joint attention episodes during dyadic interactions with their mothers and fathers compared to full-term toddlers at age 2 years., Infant Behaviour and Development, 74, (101915), 2024 Journal Article, 2024 DOI

Conica, M., Nixon, E., & Quigley, J. , Talk outside the box: Parents" decontextualised language during preschool years relates to child numeracy and literacy skills in middle childhood., Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 236, (105746), 2023 Journal Article, 2023 DOI

Del Rosario, C., Nixon, E., Quigley, J., Whitehouse, A. & Mayberry, M., Parent-child interaction and developmental outcomes in children with typical and elevated likelihood of autism., Infant Behaviour & Development. , 71, (101830), 2023 Journal Article, 2023 DOI

Coughlan, S., Quigley, J., & Nixon, E, Preterm Birth and Expressive Language Development across the First 5 Years of Life: A Nationally-Representative Longitudinal Path Analysis. , Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 65, 2023, p417 - 427 Journal Article, 2023 DOI

Conica, M., Nixon, E. & Quigley, J., Interparental Relationship Satisfaction from Nine Months to Nine Years and Children"s Socioemotional Competencies at Nine Years, Journal of Child and Family Studies, 2023 Journal Article, 2023 DOI

Conica, M., Nixon, E., & Quigley, J. , Domain-Specific and Cross-Domain Effects of the Home Literacy and Numeracy Environment at Three Years on Children"s Academic Competencies at Five and Nine Years., Developmental Psychology, 2023, p1-15 Journal Article, 2023 DOI

Quigley, J. & Nixon, E., Parent-toddler play talk: Toddler speech is differentially associated with paternal and maternal speech in interaction., First Language, 2023, p1-21 Journal Article, 2023 DOI

Ataman-Devrim, M. Nixon, E., & Quigley, J. , Joint Attention Episodes during Interactions with Fathers but not Mothers at Age Two is Associated with Expressive Language at Age Three, Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 226, (105569), 2023 Journal Article, 2023 DOI

Hannigan, B., Gaffney, M., Wanrooij, T., & Quigley. J. , The personal and relational ideologies of master therapists. , European Journal for Qualitative Research in Psychotherapy,, 13, 2023, p1 - 17 Journal Article, 2023 DOI

Conica, M., Kelly, L., Nixon, E., Quigley, J. , Father and Toddler Language During Shared Book Reading with Text"Based and Wordless Picture Books, Reading Research Quarterly, 2023 Journal Article, 2023 DOI

Quigley, J. & Nixon, E. , Parent child directed speech in dyadic and triadic interaction: Associations with coparenting dynamics and child language outcomes. , Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 58, 2022, p125 - 135 Journal Article, 2022 DOI

Kelly, L., Nixon, E., & Quigley, J., The Dynamics of Conversational Turn-Taking in Father-Child and Mother-Child Interaction. , Language Development Research, 2, (1), 2022, p37 - 68 Journal Article, 2022 URL DOI

Nandy, A. Nixon, E. & Quigley, J., Communicative functions of parents' child directed speech across dyadic and triadic contexts., Journal of Child Language, 48, (6), 2021, p1281 - 1294 Journal Article, 2021 DOI

Nix, L., Nixon, E., Quigley, J., Keane, V., Perinatal depression and children's developmental outcomes at 2 years postpartum, Early Human Development, 2021 Journal Article, 2021 DOI

O'Leary, N., Jairaj, C., Nixon, E., Quigley, J. & Keane, V. , Antenatal depression and maternal infant directed speech during the first postnatal year. , Infant Behaviour & Development. , 64, 2021, p101465 - Journal Article, 2021 DOI

Nandy, A, Nixon, E., & Quigley, J. , Observed and reported coparenting and toddlers' adaptive functioning., Infant & Child Development, 2021 Journal Article, 2021 DOI

Quigley, J., & Nixon, E. , Toddler Talk: Gender and Context Effects. , IASCL 2021 , July 15-23 2021, 2021 Poster, 2021

Del Rosario, C., Slevin, M., Molloy, E., Quigley, J. & Nixon, E., How to use the Bayley Scales of Infant and Toddler Development., Archives of Disease in Childhood - Education and Practice., 106, (2), 2021, p108 - 112 Journal Article, 2021 DOI

Kelly, L., Nixon, E., & Quigley, J. , Father-child shared book-reading in light- and heavy-text conditions. , TALKBANK, 2020 Dataset, 2020 URL

Molloy, EJ, Daly, M, Ryan, P, Corcoran, P, Bokde, A, Quigley, J, Nixon, E, Brennan, S, Devane, D, Watson, M, Corcoran, B, Murray, D, O'Farrell, F, Keogh, S, Ni Bhraonain, E, Boylan, G., Parental Involvement in a Multidisciplinary PhD programme in Neonatal Brain Injury, HRB Open Research, 3, 2020, p40- Journal Article, 2020 DOI

Quigley, J. & Nixon, E., Infant language predicts Fathers' vocabulary in Infant Directed Speech, Journal of Child Language, 47, (1 Special Issue), 2020, p146 - 158 Journal Article, 2020 DOI

Nandy, A, Nixon, E., & Quigley, J. , Parental toy play and toddlers' socio-emotional development: The moderating role of coparenting dynamics., Infant Behaviour & Development , 60, 2020, p101465 - Journal Article, 2020 DOI

Ataman, M., Quigley, J. Nixon, E., Parent-Infant Interaction and Language Development of Preterm Infants, Summer Neurolingustics School 2020, 2020 Poster, 2020

Conica, M., Nixon, E., & Quigley, J. , Fathers' but not Mothers' Repetition of Children's Utterances at Age Two is Associated with Child Vocabulary at Age Four. , Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 191, 2020, Journal Article, 2020 DOI

Quigley, J & McNally, S., Maternal IDS is differently associated with ASibs language and JA ar 18 months compared ot TD peers., International Conference of Infant Studies, Virtual, July 6-9 2020, 2020 Poster, 2020

Quigley, J., Nixon, E. & Lawson, S., Exploring the association of infant receptive language and pitch variability in fathers' infant directed speech, Journal of Child Language, 46, (4), 2019, p800 - 811 Journal Article, 2019 DOI

McNally, S., McCrory, C., Quigley, J. & Murray, A., Decomposing the social gradient in children's vocabulary skills at 3 years of age: a mediation analysis using data from a large representative cohort study, Infant Behaviour & Development, 57, 2019 Journal Article, 2019 DOI

McNally, S., Darmody, M. & Quigley, J., The social-emotional development of language minority five-year-old children living in Ireland. , Irish Educational Studies, 2019 Journal Article, 2019 DOI

McEvoy, J., Treacy, B., Quigley, J. , A matter of life and death: knowledge about the body and concept of death in adults with intellectual disabilities, Journal of Intellectual Disability Research , 61, (1), 2017, p89-98- Journal Article, 2017 DOI

Hourigan, S. & Quigley, J. , Influence of the Home Learning Environment on Expressive Language Ability Age 3: Evidence from Growing Up in Ireland, Childlinks, (1), 2017, p2 - 8 Journal Article, 2017

Quigley, Jean, Babysibs: Dyadic prosody, 30th World Congress of the IALP, Dublin, Ireland, 21-25 August 2016, 2016 Conference Paper, 2016 TARA - Full Text

Quigley, J., McNally, S., & Lawson, S. , Prosodic patterns in interaction of low-risk and high-risk-for-autism infants and their mothers at 12 and 18 months. , Language, Learning & Development, 12, (3), 2016, p295 - 310 Journal Article, 2016 URL

Urm, Ada & Quigley, Jean, Father-infant interaction: 'Unpredictable' contingency & language development, XX Biennial International Conference on Infant Studies, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, May 26 - 28, 2016, 2016 Conference Paper, 2016

Parental investment and child development in, editor(s)James Williams Emer Smyth Dorothy Watson Liz Nixon , Cherishing all the children equally? Ireland 100 years on from the Easter Rising., Dublin, Ireland, Oaktree, 2016, pp80 - 106, [Quigley, Jean & Nixon, Elizabeth] Book Chapter, 2016

Ni Chuillean, S & Quigley, J.,, Recognising Voice: The Child with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Journal of Assistive Technologies, 10, (3), 2016, p140 - 152 Journal Article, 2016 URL

Quigley, Jean & Sinead Mcnally, S., Maternal Education and Child Language: Predicting Positive Outcomes for Children of Low and Highly Educated Mothers, Child Language Seminar , University of Warwick, 21 July 2015, 2015 Conference Paper, 2015

McNally, S., McCrory, C., Quigley, J., Murray, A., , RESILIENCE IN EARLY CHILD LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT , International Convention of Psychological Science, Amsterdam, NL, 12-14 March 2015 , 2015 Poster, 2015

Bubulia, J., Trimble, T., Quigley, J., & Gordon, M.S. , Impact of vicarious trauma on barristers practicing criminal law: An armoury of resilience. , Cork Journal of Applied Psychology, 1, (1), 2015, p33 - 45 Journal Article, 2015

Jean Quigley, Prosody in dyadic interaction, Autism and the Foundations of Language and Communication , Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, March 27, 2015 Conference Paper, 2015

Children's construction of porn in an Irish primary school: Implications for boys. in, editor(s)Kiely, E. & Leane, M. , Sexualities and Irish Society, Ireland, Blackhall Press, 2014, pp321 - 347, [Afra, A. & Quigley, J.] Book Chapter, 2014

Pertl, M., Quigley, J. Hevey, D. , I'm not complaining because I'm alive': Barriers to the emergence of a discourse of cancer-related fatigue., Psychology & Health, 29, (2), 2014, p141 - 161 Journal Article, 2014

Murray, A., McNally,S., Quigley, J. McCrory, C., Risk and resilience in early child language development, Psychological Society of Ireland annual conference, Galway, Ireland, 11-14 November 2014, 2014 Conference Paper, 2014

McNally, S. & Quigley, J. , An Irish cohort study of risk and protective factors for infant language development at 9 months., Infant & Child Development. , 23, (6), 2014, p634 - 649 Journal Article, 2014

Quigley, J. & McNally, S. , Mother-infant interaction corpus: Infant siblings at risk of autism spectrum disorders and typically developing infants. , Child Language Data Exchange System (CHILDES). Carnegie Mellon University., 2014 Dataset, 2014 URL

Quigley, J., Mother's Infant Directed Speech with infants at risk of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Annual conference Irish Speech & Language Therapists, Dublin, April 19, 2013 Conference Paper, 2013 TARA - Full Text

Quigley, J., McNally, S., Lawson, S. , Prosody in infant-mother dyads at-risk of autism., Child Language Seminar, Manchester, UK, June 2013, 2013 Poster, 2013

Quigley, J. & McNally, S., Maternal communicative style in interaction with infant siblings of children with autism, Language, Interaction & Acquisition, 4, (1), 2013, p51 - 69 Journal Article, 2013

Ni Chuillean, S & Quigley, J., Assessing Recollection and Familiarity in Low Functioning Autism, Journal of Autism & Developmental Disorders, 10.1007/s10803-012-1, 2012 Journal Article, 2012 URL

Quigley, J. & McNally, S., Maternal response patterns to infant vocalisations, Early Language Acquisition, Lyon, France, 5-7 December 2012, 2012 Poster, 2012

Quigley, J. & McNally, S., Maternal response patterns to infant vocalisations: A comparison of at-genetic-risk-for-autism (HR) infants and a group of low-risk (LR) controls, Neuropsychiatrie de l Enfance et de l Adolescence , IACAPAP 2012 20th World Congress, Paris, July 2012, 60, (5), Elsevier, 2012 Published Abstract, 2012 DOI

Jean Quigley, Mother's Infant Directed Speech (IDS) in face-to-face interaction with typically developing infants and infant siblings (SIBS-A) of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, aged 3 to 12 months, Enable Ireland, Dublin, 5 September 2012, 2012 Invited Talk, 2012 TARA - Full Text

Pertl, M., Hevey, D., Quigley, J., Constructing a discourse of cancer-related fatigue that can inform clinical practice, COSA-IPOS Joint Scientific Meeting 2012, Brisbane, Queensland, AUS, 13-15 November 2012, 2012 Conference Paper, 2012

Quigley, J., A grammatical analysis of Infant Directed Speech., 12th International Congress for the Study of Child Language (IASCL), Montreal, Canada, 19-23 July 2011, 2011 Poster, 2011

Quigley, J. , A longitudinal analysis of Maternal Infant Directed Speech (IDS) to preverbal infants at-risk for ASD., International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) , San Diego, California, May 11-15 2011, 2011 Poster, 2011

Quigley, J, Psychology and grammar:The construction of the autobiographical self., Theory & Psychology, 11, 2001, p147 - 170 Journal Article, 2001

Quigley, J, The Child's Autobiographical Self, Irish Journal of Psychology, Special Issue on Developmental Psychology in Ireland, 21, (3/4), 2000 Journal Article, 2000

Quigley, J., The Grammar of Autobiography: A Developmental Account, Hillsdale, NJ, Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc., 2000, 240pp Book, 2000

Quigley, J, Modality and Tense in Children's Autobiographical Accounts, Narrative Inquiry, 9, (2), 1999, p279 - 302 Journal Article, 1999

Quigley, J, The Provision of Adult Literacy Education in Ireland, Dublin, Dept. of Education, 1993 Report, 1993

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

O'Mara, S.M., Mangaoang, M.A., McMackin, D.M., Quigley, J., Relationship Of Language Disorder To Mnemonic Deficits After Unilateral Hippocampectomy In Human Patients, 2003 Meeting Abstract, 2003

Research Expertise


My research area is child language development. Language is critical for academic and social success, even in the early preschool years. The purpose of my research is to contribute to understanding how language develops and to impact on improving the language abilities of both neurodiverse and neurotypical children. I am the only academic in the School of Psychology with research expertise in this key subdiscipline of psychology. I have published a book with a key international publisher, my research is published in international high impact factor journals in the field, and is included in special issues and in metaanalyses. My datasets are archived in the largest open access repository for spoken language data and are available to researchers worldwide. I am a founding Co-Director of the Infant and Child Research Laboratory in the School of Psychology. This has attracted significant funding (e.g. Health Research Board), collaborations (e.g. TCD School of Medicine) and international postgraduate students. Currently five funded PhD candidates are working on projects related to my research agenda. My work, identifying environmental, family and child factors that impact on child language development and are amenable to intervention, as well as contributing knowledge, is directly relevant to parents, educators and children. There are three main strands to my research agenda: " Longitudinal studies that aim to elucidate the risk and protective factors associated with child language development over time; " Experimental and observational studies of Parent-Child Interaction, the infrastructure for language development, with a unique focus on measuring fathers" contribution to child outcomes; " Studies of language development in atypical contexts, for example, Down Syndrome, Neonatal Encephalopathy, Preterm Birth, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and maternal depression.


  • Title
    • Mother's Infant Directed speech in face to face interaction with normally developing infants and infant siblings of children with ASD
  • Funding Agency
    • IRCHSS
  • Date From
    • Dec 08
  • Date To
    • Dec 10
  • Title
    • Embodiment and medical technology
  • Funding Agency
    • IRCHSS
  • Date From
    • 2005
  • Date To
    • 2008
  • Title
    • Language interventions with non-verbal ASD children
  • Funding Agency
    • IRCSET
  • Date From
    • 2005
  • Date To
    • 2008


Autism; Developmental pragmatics and child discourse; Language Acquisition and Development; Psycholinguistics



President & Editor of TCD School of Psychology Student Journal 2012-2016

Reviewer: Autism & Developmental Language Impairments Child Development Early Childhood Research Quarterly First Language Journal of Nonverbal Behavior Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research Philosophical Psychology Theory & Psychology 2000-present

Member of Editorial Board Psychoanalytsiche Perspectieven 2011-

External HETAC Programmatic Review School of Arts DBS BA & HDip Psychology 2014

External Examiner PhD UU 2013

External Examiner PhD TCD 2010

External Examiner PhD DCU 2010

External Examiner MSc Thesis UCD 2011

Academic panel Grant Application reviewer AUTISTICA UK 2019

Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference Adjudication Panel Member 2008

Awards and Honours

NUI Scholarship awarded for postgraduate study, 1st Place in Class, 1st Class Honours BA. 1987


Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) 2000 – Present

International Association for the Study of Child Language (IASCL) 2020 – 2010

Irish Association of Applied Linguistics IRAAL 2006 – 1999