Dr. Ann Marie Halpenny


Lecturer in Psychology


Ph.D., Dublin University, Trinity College, Dublin.

Doctoral thesis on post-separation child-parent relationships, with a particular focus on children’s perceptions of closeness and security with resident and non-resident parents. Supervised by: Professor Sheila Greene and Dr. Diane Hogan. Funded by The Children’s Research Centre, TCD.

B.A. Single Honours Psychology. Dublin University, Trinity College, Dublin

B.A. (Hons) Modern Languages, National University of Ireland, University College, Dublin

Postgraduate Diploma in Statistics. Dublin University, Trinity College, Dublin


Parenting and child development, Family transitions, Changing childhoods, Child-parent relationships, Researching young children's experiences, Childhood and adversity, Young carers


Halpenny, A. M. & Pettersen, J. (2014). Introducing Piaget: A Guide for Practitioners and Students in Early Years Education. London. Routledge.

Kelleher, C., Seymour, M. &Halpenny, A. M. (2014). Promoting the Participation of Seldom Heard Young People: A Review of the Literature on Best Practice Principles. Dublin.Department of Children and Youth Affairs.

Wieczorek-Deering, D. &Halpenny, A. M. (2012). Theoretical Perspectives on Children’s Development during the Early Years. In MhicMhathúna, M. and Taylor, M. (Eds).  Early Childhood Education and Care. An Introduction for Students in Ireland. Gill and Macmillan. Dublin.

Wieczorek-Deering, D., Halpenny, A. & Deering, J. (2010). Irish Fathers’ Involvement with their Toddlers in Dual Earner Families: Antecedent and Concurrent Correlates. In Zukauskiene, R. (Ed.), Proceedings of the XIV European Conference on Developmental Psychology ECDP. Vilnius, Lithuania, August 18-22, 2009 (pp.289-292). Pianoro: Medimond

Halpenny, A. M., Nixon, E & Watson, D. (2010). Parents’ Perspectives on Parenting Styles and Disciplining Children. Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. Dublin.

Nixon, E. &Halpenny, A. M. (2010). Children’s Perspectives on Parenting Styles and Disciplining Children. Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs. Dublin.

Halpenny, A.M., Greene, S. M. & Hogan, D. M. (2008). Children’s Perspectives on Coping and Support Following Parental Separation. Child Care in Practice. Vol. 14, No. 3, 311-325

Keogh, A.F., Halpenny, A.M. & Gilligan, R. (2006). Educational issues for children and young people in families living in emergency accommodation: an Irish perspective. Children and Society.

Smyth, C., Hogan, D., Halpenny, A., Greene, S. (2005). A study of Irish children's experience of parental separation. Dissemination issues and approaches in C. Klockner and U. Paezel (Eds.) Kindheitsforschung and Kommunale Praxis, Germany: VS Verlag.

Halpenny, A.M., Greene, S. & Hogan, D. (2005). Children's experiences of parental separation. Childlinks.



Physical Punishment of Children in Ireland: Parental Attitudes and  Practices. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of national Council for Families and Relationships (NCFR) in Minneapolis, Minnesota, November 2010.

Balancing Work and Family Commitments: Perspectives of First-time Mothers.Poster presented  at Biennial Conference of International Society of Behaviour and Development (ISSBD), Wurzburg, Germany , July 2008.

The Transition from Maternity Leave to Returning to Work. Paper presented at PSI Annual Conference in Killarney, November 2007.

Relations among Relationships Post-Separation: Poster  presented at the 2007 Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Biennial Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, USA , April 2007.

Children's Perspectives on Inter-parental Relationships in Post Separation Families. Poster presented at the 19th Biennial Conference of International Society for Study of Behaviour and Development (ISSBD) in Melbourne, Australia, July 2006.

Children's Perspectives on Relationships with Non-Resident Parents following parental Separation. Paper presented at International Conference on Divorce and Children (ICCD), University of East Anglia, Norwich, July 2006.

Play opportunities for children living in emergency accommodation. Paper presented at OMEP (Ireland) Annual Research Conference, University College, Cork, April 2006.

Renegotiating relationships with parents post-separation: Key issues in facilitating closeness and security. Paper presented at Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) Annual Conference, Derry, November, 2005.

Security in relationships with parents post-separation. Poster presented at the 18th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development, Ghent, July 2004.

Children's Experiences of Parental Separation. Poster presentation at the Biennial. Meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Tampa, Florida, April 2003.

  • Tel 01-4024255
  • Email AnnMarie.Halpenny@dit.ie
  • Teaching Areas

    Psychology and Child Development; Lifespan Development; Research Methods; Transitions across the Lifespan; Interventions in Child & Adolescent Mental Health