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Academic Research

I am currently a part-time researcher in Disability Studies at the School of Social Work and Social Policy in Trinity College, Dublin, where I have been based for the past 5 years. 

My research focuses on childhood disability, and in particular how the outcomes of children with disabilities can be explored and understood using data from large-scale, longitudinal population studies. I have several years of experience working with such data, in particular Ireland's national Growing Up in Ireland study - the biggest and most complex social science project ever to be undertaken in the State (Irish Times, 7 Nov 2018) - and IDS-TILDA, the Intellectual Disability Supplement to the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing.


I am particularly interested in how populations of children labeled with the 'social category' of disability are identified in population data, and how different approaches to defining this category affect our understanding of outcomes for these children.



Swift, A., Iriarte, E. G., Curry, P., McConkey, R., Gilligan, R., & Antunes, M. (2021). How Disability and Other Socio-Economic Factors Matter to Children’s Socio-Emotional Outcomes: Results from a Longitudinal Study Conducted in Ireland. Child Indicators Research, 14(1), 391-409


Swift, A., McConkey, R., Curry, P., & Iriarte, E. G. (2021). Social-Emotional Difficulties in Irish Children Aged Five and Nine Years: A National, Longitudinal Study. Children, 8(8), 656


McConkey, R., Swift, A., & Titterington, J. (2021). Changes in Children’s Speech and Language Difficulties from Age Five to Nine: An Irish National, Longitudinal Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(16), 8483

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