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Claire Griffin 

C. Psychol., Ps.S.I. (Educational Psychologist)

Chartered member of the Psychological Society of Ireland

Academic Qualifications:

  • B.Ed in Education and Psychology (UL), Grad Dip SEN (UL), MA Educational Psychology (UCD)

Current Studies/Research:

  • PhD: Educational Psychology
  • University College London, Institute of Education
  • Supervisor: Professor Peter Blatchford

Current Position:

  • Lecturer in Educational and Developmental Psychology
  • Placement Coordinator and supervisor: Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology (DECPsy) programme

Contact Details:

Department of Educational Psychology, Inclusive and Special Education (EPISE)
Mary Immaculate College,  
South Circular Road,
Limerick
 
Telephone: +353 61 774701
Email:
claire.griffin@mic.ul.ie
Office: G52

Research Interests:

  • The role of the Special Needs Assistant/paraprofessional in the educational system
  • Positive behaviour support
  • The role of assessment in teaching and learning
  • Supporting and enhancing educational engagement
  • The use of 'Precision Teaching' in mainstream and special education
  • Inclusive practices in education - a systemic approach
  • The role of the Educational Psychologist in schools and organisations
  • Life-long learning and development

Publications:

Griffin, C. P. & O'Sullivan, S. (2017). Educational psychology at Mary Immaculate College - Reflections from the 46th annual PSI conference. The Irish Psychologist, 43(7), 170 - 172.

Griffin, C. P. & Howard, S. (2017). Restructuring the college classroom: A critical reflection on the use of collaborative strategies to target student engagement in higher education. Psychology Learning and Teaching. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/1475725717692681

Loftus, S. & Griffin, C. P. (2017). Can apps support the learning of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder? A review of the research. Invited public engagement paper at Autism Awareness Week, University of Bristol.

Daly, P., Ring, E., Egan, M., Fitzgerald, J., Griffin, C. P., Long, S. et al. (2016). An evaluation of education provision for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Ireland: NCSE research report no. 21. Trim: Co. Meath: NCSE. See: http://ncse.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/5_NCSE-Education-Provision-ASD-Students-No21.pdf 

Griffin, C. P. & Ryan, M. C. (2016). Active student responding: Supporting student learning and engagement. In Touch,161(May), 46-47.

Keane, L. & Griffin, C. P. (2016). Testing the limits of self-assessment: A critical examination of the developmental trajectories of self-assessment processes. Irish Teachers’ Journal, 3(1), 37-51.

Griffin, C. P. (2015). Learning and Assessment in Education: Implications for Practice: Reflections from the PSI Conference Symposium. The Irish Psychologist. December 2015/January 2016, 42(02/03), 44-45.

Griffin, C. P. (2015). 'The Pursuit of Independence? Reconsidering the Role of the Special Needs Assistant in Inclusive Education', in A. O'Donnell (Ed.), The Inclusion Delusion? Reflections on Democracy, Ethos and Education, Oxford: Peter Lang, pp. 61-76.

Pennycook, C. & Griffin, C. P. (April, 2015). Critically discuss the role of society in impacting on the subjective experience of ageing. Irish Psychologist, 41(6), 136-140.

Griffin, C.P. (April, 2015). Bringing Research to Life: TILDA meetings Mary Immaculate College. Irish Psychologist, 41(6), 149-150.

Griffin, C. P. & Ryan, M. (May, 2015). Bridging the Gap between College and Community: Psychological Theory and Research in Practice. Irish Psychologist, 41(7), 174-175.

Griffin, C. P. & Murtagh, L. (2015). Increasing the sight vocabulary and reading fluency of children requiring reading support: the use of a Precision Teaching approach. Educational Psychology in Practice: theory, research and practice in educational psychology, 31(2), 186-209. Available at: 
 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/02667363.2015.1022818#.VYA0gvlVhHw
 
 
Griffin, C. P. (2013). Linking Activities - Strategies for Quality Development in General Education: A reflection on the Léargas study visit in Stuttgart, Germany entitled, 'Linking Activities - Strategies for Quality Development in General Education'. Available at: http://www.leargas.ie/media/Claire%20Griffin%20Germany.pdf 
 
Griffin, C. P. (2008). Facilitating children's intrinsic motivation for academic activities - an investigation into teachers' views regarding motivational strategy effectiveness and classroom practices (Abstract). The Irish Psychologist. Dublin: Psychology Society of Ireland.  

Conference Presentations: 

Griffin, C.P. (2017). 'An evaluation of education provision for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Ireland: The role of the Special Needs Assistant'. 19th International Conference on Special Needs Education, Educational Reforms and Practices. Venice, Italy, 13th April 2017.
 
 Griffin, C.P. (2016). The Special Needs Assistant Scheme – Ireland 2016: Critical Reflection through a Psychological Lens. Presentation at the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) Annual Conference. Sheraton Hotel, Athlone, 29th November 2016.
 
Griffin, C.P. (2016). The Special Needs Assistant Scheme – Ireland 2016: Time to Critically Reflect? Paper presented at the National Council for Special Education Council Meeting, Trim Castle, Meath, 19th October 2016.
 
Crowley, A. & Griffin, C.P (2016). A Precision Teaching Approach to Teaching Social Sight Vocabulary to Young Adults with Moderate Intellectual Ability. Paper presented at the 46th Annual Psychological Society of Ireland Conference, Sheraton Hotel, Athlone, 12th November 2016.
 
Mannion, L. & Griffin, C.P. (2016). Precision Teaching through Irish: effects on reading fluency and attitudes towards the language. Paper presented at the 46th Annual Psychological Society of Ireland Conference. Sheraton Hotel, Athlone, 12th November 2016.
 
Loftus, S. & Griffin, C.P (2016). The use of apps as ‘tools’ to support the learning of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: An exploratory study into the role of the Educational Psychologist in an Irish context. Paper presented at the 46th Annual Psychological Society of Ireland Conference, Sheraton Hotel, Athlone, 11th November 2016.
 
Griffin, C.P. (2016). ‘The Special Needs Assistant: Bridging the gap between policies, theory and practice’. JMB Education Conference 2016: Special Educational Needs – Understanding Policy, Updating Practice, Unlocking Potential. Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin, 15th September 2016.
 
Griffin, C. P. (2016). ‘Looking Forward, Looking Back: A Critical Reflection on the Impact of the Special Needs Assistant Scheme on Inclusionary Practices for Children with Significant Care Needs in the Irish Education System’. Paper presentation at ICBEP 2016: 18th International Conference on Behavioral and Educational Psychology, Barcelona, Spain, 15 February 2016.

 Griffin, C. (2015). Learning and assessment in education: Implications for practice. Symposium Presentation at the 45th Annual Psychological Society of Ireland Conference, 14th November, 2015, Radisson Blu, Galway.

Ahern, E. & Griffin, C. P. (2015). Learning by teaching: Is it worth the effort? Symposium Presentation at the 45th Annual Psychological Society of Ireland Conference, 14th November, 2015, Radisson Blu, Galway. 

Daly, P., Ring, E., Egan, M., Fitzgerald, J., Griffin, C.P, Long, S., McCarthy, E., Moloney, M., O’Brien, T., O’Byrne, A., Ryan, M. and O’Sullivan, S. (2015). “Educational Provision for Children with Autism in Irish Schools: A National Evaluation”. Paper presented in the symposium entitled, Educational Effectiveness and Improvement at the British Educational Research Association Annual Conference 2015, Belfast, 16 September, 2015.

Keane, L. & Griffin, C. P. (2015). ‘Can developmental trajectories predict the accuracy of schoolchildren's academic self-assessments?’ Poster presentation at the Junior Researcher Programme (JRP) Conference. Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge, London. 14 August, 2015.

Griffin, C. P. (2015). “Fostering independence through care? A critical reflection on the role of the Special Needs Assistant in inclusive education”. Paper presented at the Irish Association of Teachers in Special Education 27th Annual Conference. All Hallow’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin, 13th June 2015.

Griffin, C. P., Parkinson, S. & Ryan, M. (2015). “Reflecting, Reconceptualising and Reviewing Pre-Service Teacher Engagement: Promoting ‘Assessment of and for Learning’ through Portfolio Methodology”. Paper presented at ‘Conversations in the Consortium’. Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. 22nd April 2015.

Griffin, C. P. (2015). “Fostering Independence Through Care? A Critical Reflection on the Role of the Special Needs Assistant in Ireland's Inclusive Education System”. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting: Toward Justice: Culture, Language, and Heritage in Education Research and Praxis. Chicago, Illinois, 19th April 2015.

Griffin, C. P. (2015). “Restructuring the College Classroom: The use of Jigsaw Groups, Online Fora and Collaborative Processes to support Student Engagement and Higher-Order Learning”. Paper presented at ‘Conversations in the Consortium’. University of Limerick, 24th February, 2015.

Griffin, C. P. (2014). “Research in assessment and feedback: Implications for educational practice”. Symposium discussant presentation at the Psychological Society of Ireland Annual Conference. Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny, 15th November, 2014.

Keane, L. & Griffin, C. P. (2014). “Can developmental trajectories predict the accuracy of Irish school children’s academic self-assessments in literacy?” Paper presented at the Psychological Society of Ireland Annual Conference. Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny, 15th November, 2014.

Barrett, A. & Griffin, C. P. (2014). “Figuring out feedback: Can goal orientation further our understanding?” Paper presented at the Psychological Society of Ireland Annual Conference. Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny, 15th November, 2014.

Griffin, C. P. (2014). “Precision Teaching in Ireland 2014: The Decade in Review”. Paper presented at the 40th Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. Chicago, Illinois, 27 May, 2014.

Griffin, C. P. (2013). “Formative assessment with large student cohorts: A reflection on the use of online quizzes”. Paper presented at the Blended Learning Innovation Special Interest Group Autumn Semester Showcase. Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, 13 December, 2013.

Griffin, C. P. & Murtagh, L. (2013). “Increasing the Sight Vocabulary and Reading Fluency of children requiring Reading Support: The use of a ‘Precision Teaching’ approach”. Paper presented at the 43rd Annual Psychological Society of Ireland Conference, Sligo, 8 November, 2013.

Griffin, C. P. & O’Sullivan, S. (2013). “Precision Teaching: Supporting Students’ Mastery of Basic Skills in Literacy and Numeracy”. Paper presented at the 25th Annual International Conference: ‘Back to Basics – Portfolio of Practice’ of the Irish Association of Teachers in Special Education. Dublin, 8 June, 2013.

Griffin, C. P. & Murtagh, L. (2013). “Increasing the Sight Vocabulary and Reading Fluency of children requiring Reading Support: The use of a ‘Precision Teaching’ approach”. Paper presented in the symposium entitled, ‘Precision Teaching: Achieving fluent performance of academic skills in mainstream settings’ at the 7th Annual Conference of the Division of Behaviour Analysis. Galway, 27 April, 2013.

Griffin, C. P. (2013). “Standards, quality and accountability arrangements in the Irish school system”. Poster presentation at a study visit for education and vocational training specialists entitled, ‘Linking Activities - Strategies for Quality Development in General Education’. Stuttgart, Germany, 23 April, 2013.

Funding:

July 2017: Seed funding from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick for the development of qualitative research skills

July 2017: Seed funding from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick for the hire of a  research assistant

May 2016: Funding from the 'Centre for Teaching and Learning', Mary Immaculate College, Limerick to attend 'Advanced Professional Training in the Therapeutic use of Mindfulness', Irish Mindfulness Institute, Dublin

November 2015: Seed Funding: Development of Research Skills Fund (MIC) to attend training on advanced systematic observational data collection methodologies in Cambridge, London (28th – 29th October 2015) and Manchester (9th – 13th November, 2015), as delivered by Rob Webster, University College London, Institute of Education.

June 2015: Erasmus Plus: Selected as one of three Irish participants for an international project on Universal Design for Learning (UDL); organised by the 'Association for Higher Education Access & Disability' (AHEAD) and formally coordinated by 'Universell' (Norway). Two-day workshop and research group gathering in Ghent, Belgium (June 24th -25th 2015).

September 2013: Comenius In-service Training Funding: Successful applicant to the 'Léargas Lifelong Learning Programme'. Attendance at the '16th European Conference on Developmental Psychology', Lausanne, Switzerland.

April 2013: Léargas Study Visit: 'Linking Activities - Strategies for Quality Development in General Education'. Attendance at a 'Léargas study visit for 15 European education and vocational training specialists' Stuttgart, Germany (21st - 26th April, 2013).

January 2013: Research team member of the 'National Council for Special Education' (NCSE) research project entitled: ‘An Evaluation of Educational Provision for Students with Autistic Spectrum Disorders in the Republic of Ireland’.

Educational In-Services and Workshops:

Griffin, C. P. (2016). 'Observations and Assessments: A focus on observational methodology'. Inservice provided to staff in Airne Villa, Assessment and Resource Unit, Killarney, Co. Kerry, 15 April, 2016.

Griffin, C. P., Parkinson, S. & Ryan, M. (2015). 'Learning for Positive Living: Exploring topical issues through a psychological lens'. Keynote lecture and poster exhibition organised with Bachelor of Education in Education and Psychology students as part of Limerick's Lifelong Learning Festival, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, 23 March, 2014.

Ryan, M. & Griffin, C. & Ryan, M. (2014). ‘Learning for Life or Life for Learning: Exploring topical issues through a psychological lens’. Two workshops organised with Bachelor of Education in Education and Psychology students as part of Limerick’s Lifelong Learning Festival, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, 9 April, 2014.

Griffin, C. & O’Sullivan, S. (2013). ‘Precision Teaching: Data-based Decision Making in an Educational Context’. Presentation at Scoil Chríost Rí, Caherdavin, Limerick, 17 October, 2013.

Griffin, C. & Ryan, M. (2013). ‘Administration and Scoring of the Woodcock Johnson III Brief Battery’. A training session for teachers in Limerick Education Centre as part of the Limerick DEIS Primary Schools’ Literacy Initiative, Limerick, 16 February, 2013.

Griffin, C. (2013). ‘An Introduction to Moderating Focus Groups’. A training session for teachers in Limerick Education Centre as part of the Limerick DEIS Primary Schools’ Literacy Initiative, Limerick, 1 February, 2013.

Griffin, C. & Ryan, M. (2013). ‘An Introduction to Psychometric Attainment Test Administration’. A training session for teachers in Limerick Education Centre as part of the Limerick DEIS Primary Schools’ Literacy Initiative, Limerick, 10 January, 2013.

Griffin, C. & Ryan, M. (2013). ‘Administration and Scoring of the British Picture Vocabulary Scales’. A training session for teachers in Limerick Education Centre as part of the Limerick DEIS Primary Schools’ Literacy Initiative, Limerick, 10 January, 2013.  

Awards:

  Psychological Society of Ireland STIPEND (2016)

·      Supervisor of ‘Masters of Arts in Educational Psychology’ student who was awarded a STIPEND from the Psychological Society of Ireland Division of Educational Psychology to present her research at the 46th Annual Psychological Society of Ireland Conference, Sheraton Hotel, Athlone (11th November 2016)

·      Loftus, S. & Griffin, C.P (2016). The use of apps as ‘tools’ to support the learning of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: An exploratory study into the role of the Educational Psychologist in an Irish context. Paper presented at the 46th Annual Psychological Society of Ireland Conference, Sheraton Hotel, Athlone, 11th November 2016

‘Certificate of Best Presentation Award’ (2016)

  • Griffin, C. P. (2016). ‘Looking Forward, Looking Back: A Critical Reflection on the Impact of the Special Needs Assistant Scheme on Inclusionary Practices for Children with Significant Care Needs in the Irish Education System’. Paper presentation at ICBEP 2016: 18th International Conference on Behavioral and Educational Psychology, Barcelona, Spain, 15 February. 

 Shannon Consortium Teaching Excellence Award (2014):

  • Shortlisted candidate - see link     

Undergraduate Awards Supervisor (2013 & 2014 & 2015 & 2017):

  •  Lecturer and supervisor of four 4th Year B. Ed (Education and Psychology) students who were awarded Highly Commended in the international 'Undergraduate Awards' competition (2013 & 2014 & 2015 & 2017) for their final year education and psychology essays.

Research Project/Teams

  •  Research team member of the NCSE-funded research project entitled, research study entitled: An Evaluation of Education Provision for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the Republic of Ireland’. (2013-2017).  
  • Module design team on the Child Development module of the LINC programme (September 2016).
  • Member of the implementation group on the ‘Limerick DEIS Primary Schools’ Literacy Initiative’ (2013)

  Psychology Adjudicator

  • Adjudicator at the 36th Annual Congress of Psychology Students in Ireland, Dublin City University, 12 April, 2014.

  • Adjudicator at the 35th Annual Congress of Psychology Students in Ireland, Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology, 12 April, 2013.

 

 

 

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