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Department of Psychology  

Dr. Suzanne Egan

B.A., M.A., Dip. Stat., Ph.D.

Room G63

Tel: 00 353 (0)61 204333

Email: Suzanne.Egan@mic.ul.ie  


Suzanne Egan joined Mary Immaculate College (MIC) as a Lecturer in Psychology in 2004. She teaches modules in Statistics, Cognitive Psychology and Lifespan Development as well as supervising undergraduate and postgraduate research. Suzanne currently serves on the committee for the Division of Teachers and Researchers in the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) and is a member of the course advisory board for the B.Ed in Education and Psychology. She is also part of the Children’s Research Network Outdoor Play and Participation Research Group. 

Suzanne graduated from University College Dublin with a BA in Psychology and an MA in Cognitive Science. She completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Statistics and was awarded her PhD from Trinity College Dublin for her work on conditional reasoning and counterfactual thinking. She regularly publishes and presents her research at national and international conferences and her research has been reported by the national and international media.

Research Interests

Suzanne Egan’s main research interests lie in the area of social cognition and cognitive development. She has a particular interest in the processes involved in thinking, reasoning and imagination, particularly related to counterfactual thinking, and in factors that support cognitive development in young children, particularly the home learning environment and play. For more information on some of her current and recent projects please see the Department Research page

Professional Memberships

Psychological Society of Ireland
European Society of Cognitive Psychology
Cognitive Science Society
Children’s Research Network
Early Childhood Ireland


Egan, S.M. (forthcoming). Memory and learning: How we learn by remembering what happened and imagining what could have happened. In C. O’Siochru (Ed.) Advances in the Psychology of Education. London: Routledge.

Egan, S.M. & Pope, J. (in submission). On your bike: Outdoor play in Irish 5 year olds. Children’s Research Digest.

Egan, S.M. (in preparation). School readiness: What is important to primary school teachers.

Maloney, D.M., & Egan, S.M. (2017). The Effect of Autonomy on Counterfactual Thinking about Controllable Events. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 29(3), 337-351.

Frosch, C.A, Egan, S.M. & Hancock, E. (2015). The effect of controllability and causality on counterfactual thinking, Thinking and Reasoning, 21 (3), 317-340.

Murray, A. & Egan, S.M. (2014). Does reading to infants benefit their cognitive development at 9-months-old? An investigation using a large birth cohort study. Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 30 (3) 303-315.

Egan, S.M. & Byrne, R.M. J. (2012). Inferences from counterfactual threats and promises. Experimental Psychology, 59(4), 227-35.

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Recent conference presentations  

Hoyne, C. & Egan, S.M., (2017). Mothers and fathers involvement in early childhood caregiving and home learning activities. 47th Annual Psychology Society of Ireland Conference, Limerick, Ireland, 8th-11th November, 2017.

Beatty, C. & Egan, S.M. (2017). Exploring Screen-Time in Young Children: Passive Exposure versus Active Use. 22nd Annual CyberPsychology, CyberTherapy & Social Networking Conference (CYPSY22), Wolverhampton, England, 26th-28th June, 2017.

Egan, S.M. & Murray, A. (2017). ABCs and 123s: The effect of home based language and learning activities on reasoning and vocabulary development in young children. Sixth Annual International Research Methods Summer School (IRMSS), Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland, 19th-21st May 2017.

Hoyne, C. & Egan, S.M. (2017). The role of fathers in early childhood caregiving and home learning activities. Sixth Annual International Research Methods Summer School (IRMSS), Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, Ireland, 19th-21st May 2017.

Pope, J. & Egan, S.M. (2017). From research to practice: The Relevance of findings from large cohort studies for day to day early childhood practice, Early Childhood Ireland Research and Practice Conference, UCD. 31st March, 2017.

Egan, S.M. & Frosch, C.A. (2016). Statistical versus causal evidence in health related decisions. International Conference on Thinking, Providence, Rhode Island, USA, 4th-6th August, 2016.

Egan, S.M. & Frosch, C.A. (2016). Blame assignment to multiple contributory events: The interaction between causes, enablers and controllability. International Conference on Thinking, Providence, Rhode Island, USA, 4th-6th August, 2016.

Egan, S.M. & Frosch, C.A. (2016). What else could have caused it? Counterfactuals, Enablers and Alternatives. European Association of Social Psychology Small Group Meeting on Counterfactual thinking and Causality, Aix-en-Provence, France, June 4th-6th, 2016. 

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