Dr Aoife Maria Mc Tiernan

B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Contact Details

Lecturer below the bar
T: +35391494448
E: aoifemaria.mctiernan@nuigalway.ie
@aoife_mctiernan
 
researcher
 

Biography

Aoife is a lecturer in Psychology (Behaviour Analysis), Director of the PhD in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), and Clinical Placement Co-ordinator for the MSc in ABA.  She is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst – Doctoral (BCBA-D) with over thirteen years of experience working in educational settings and disability services.  Her primary interest is in the dissemination and integration of behaviour analytic and evidence-based approaches into educational settings.  She has a special interest in Precision Teaching and accelerating learning for students at risk and in areas of socio-economic disadvantage.  

Research Interests


  • Precision teaching and academic interventions for reading, writing, and mathematics.
  • Evidence-based approaches in education: accelerating learning for students at risk and in areas of socio-economic disadvantage; behaviour support strategies in schools to encourage prosocial behaviour; academic interventions for children and adults with specific learning disorders.
  • Evidence-based teaching approaches for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2019) 'A systematic review of peer-mediated interventions for preschool children with autism spectrum disorder in inclusive settings'
Gunning, C., Breathnach, Ó., Holloway, J., McTiernan, A., & Malone, B. (2019) 'A systematic review of peer-mediated interventions for preschool children with autism spectrum disorder in inclusive settings'. Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, [Details]
(2018) 'Cross-Age Peer Tutoring and Fluency-Based Instruction to Achieve Fluency with Mathematics Computation Skills: A Randomized Controlled Trial'
Greene, I., Mc Tiernan, A., & Holloway, J. (2018) 'Cross-Age Peer Tutoring and Fluency-Based Instruction to Achieve Fluency with Mathematics Computation Skills: A Randomized Controlled Trial'. Journal of Behavioral Education, [Details]
(2018) 'Employing precision teaching, frequency-building, and the Morningside Math facts curriculum to increase fluency with addition and subtraction computation: A randomised-controlled trial'
Mc Tiernan, A., Holloway, J., Leonard, C., & Healy, O. (2018) 'Employing precision teaching, frequency-building, and the Morningside Math facts curriculum to increase fluency with addition and subtraction computation: A randomised-controlled trial'. European Journal Of Behavior Analysis, [Details]
(2018) 'Teaching Phonics to Preschool Children with Autism Using Frequency-Building and Computer-Assisted Instruction'
O’Brien, M., Mc Tiernan, A., & Holloway, J. (2018) 'Teaching Phonics to Preschool Children with Autism Using Frequency-Building and Computer-Assisted Instruction'. Journal Of Developmental And Physical Disabilities, [Details]
(2016) 'A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Morningside Math Facts Curriculum on Fluency, Stability, Endurance and Application Outcomes'
Aoife Mc Tiernan, Jennifer Holloway, Olive Healy, Michael Hogan (2016) 'A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Morningside Math Facts Curriculum on Fluency, Stability, Endurance and Application Outcomes'. Journal of Behavioral Education, [Details]
(2011) 'Analysis of risk factors and early predictors of challenging behavior for children with autism spectrum disorder'
Aoife Mc Tiernan, Geraldine Leader, Olive Healy, Arlene Mannion (2011) 'Analysis of risk factors and early predictors of challenging behavior for children with autism spectrum disorder'. Research In Autism Spectrum Disorders, [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
10th Annual Conference of the Division of Behaviour Analysis, Ireland,
O’Brien, M., Mc Tiernan, A., & Holloway Teaching Phonics to Preschool Children with Autism Using Frequency-Building and Computer-Assisted Instruction. [Oral Presentation], 10th Annual Conference of the Division of Behaviour Analysis, Ireland, Ireland . [Details]
FLSE Learning, Teaching and Research Conference 2019: Making an impact on the Community, University of South Wales,
Mc Tiernan, A. & Markham, V. Behaviour Analysis Clinic Research Internship: Providing Students with Applied Research Experience and Making a Local Impact. [Poster Presentation], FLSE Learning, Teaching and Research Conference 2019: Making an impact on the Community, University of South Wales, Pontypridd, Wales . [Details]
Association for Behavior Analysis International, 45th Annual Convention,
Mc Tiernan, A. & Austin, J. The University of South Wales Academics Intervention Service (AIS): A Description and Evaluation of a University-Based Intervention Service for Teaching Academic Skills. [Oral Presentation], Association for Behavior Analysis International, 45th Annual Convention, Chicago . [Details]
Association for Behavior Analysis International, 45th Annual Convention,
Mc Tiernan, A., Holloway, J., Healy, O., Kubina, R.M. Moderators of Fluency-based Instruction: The Impact of Individual Differences on Outcomes of Intervention. [Oral Presentation], Association for Behavior Analysis International, 45th Annual Convention, Chicago . [Details]
28th International Precision Teaching Conference, Florida,
Aoife Mc Tiernan, Jennifer Holloway, Olive Healy, Michael Hogan A Randomised Controlled Trial of the Morningside Math Facts Curriculum on Fluency, Stability, Endurance, and Application Outcomes. [Oral Presentation], 28th International Precision Teaching Conference, Florida, Florida . [Details]
Association for Behavior Analysis International, 41st Annual Convention, San Antonio,
Aoife Mc Tiernan, Jennifer Holloway, Olive Healy, Michael Hogan A Randomised Controlled Trial of the Morningside Math Facts Curriculum on Fluency, Stability, Endurance, and Application Outcomes. [Oral Presentation], Association for Behavior Analysis International, 41st Annual Convention, San Antonio, San Antonio . [Details]
9th Annual Conference of the Division of Behaviour Analysis, Ireland,
Aoife Mc Tiernan, Jennifer Holloway & Olive Healy An Evaluation of Moderators of Fluency-based Instruction. [Oral Presentation], 9th Annual Conference of the Division of Behaviour Analysis, Ireland, Galway . [Details]
9th Annual Conference of the Division of Behaviour Analysis, Ireland,
Keane, K., Mc Tiernan, A., & Holloway, J Fluency-based Instruction to Teach Word Identification Skills with Children with Specific Reading Disorders. [Oral Presentation], 9th Annual Conference of the Division of Behaviour Analysis, Ireland, Galway . [Details]
Data Science for Behaviour Analysts, Teachers, and Parents,
Dr. Richard Kubina Precision Teaching: Reach every learner by adapting to how they each learn best!. [Organising Chair], Data Science for Behaviour Analysts, Teachers, and Parents, National University of Ireland, Galway; Trinity College Dublin . [Details]
8th Annual Conference of the Division of Behaviour Analysis, Ireland,
Aoife Mc Tiernan, Jennifer Holloway, Olive Healy, Michael Hogan A Randomised Controlled Trial of the Morningside Math Facts Curriculum on Fluency, Stability, Endurance, and Application Outcomes. [Oral Presentation], 8th Annual Conference of the Division of Behaviour Analysis, Ireland, Galway . [Details]
7th Annual Conference of the Division of Behaiour Analysis, Ireland,
Aoife Mc Tiernan, Jennifer Holloway & Olive Healy Efficacy of Frequency-building Component Mathematics Skills with Children in Disadvantaged Mainstream Settings. [Oral Presentation], 7th Annual Conference of the Division of Behaiour Analysis, Ireland, Athlone . [Details]
7th Conference of the European Association for Behaviour Analysis, Stolkholm,
Aoife Mc Tiernan, Jennifer Holloway, Olive Healy, Michael Hogan A Randomised Controlled Trial of the Morningside Math Facts Curriculum on Fluency, Stability, Endurance, and Application Outcomes. [Poster Presentation], 7th Conference of the European Association for Behaviour Analysis, Stolkholm, Stolkholm . [Details]
(2011) 5th Annual Conference of the Division of Behaviour Analysis, Ireland,
Aoife Mc Tiernan, Geraldine Leader, Olive Healy, Arlene Mannion (2011) Analysis of risk factors and early predictors of challenging behavior for children with autism spectrum disorder. [Oral Presentation], 5th Annual Conference of the Division of Behaviour Analysis, Ireland, Galway , 03-JUN-11 - 03-JUN-11. [Details]

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Standard Celeration Society VP International Relations /
European Association for Behaviour Analysis Member /
Applied Behaviour Analysis International Member /
Behavior Analysis Certification Board Certificant /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Standard Celeration Society VP International Relations /
Standard Celeration Society Committee member (Science and Academic Affairs) 01-NOV-15 / 01-NOV-16

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
NUI Galway Lecturer in Psychology /
University of South Wales, Pontypridd Lecturer in Applied Behaviour Analysis 06-JAN-17 / 20-DEC-19

Reviews

  Journal Role
Journal of Behavioral Education Editoral Board
Journal Of Applied Behavior Analysis Reviewer
Journal Of Applied Research In Intellectual Disabilities Reviewer
Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders Reviewer
Journal Of Developmental And Physical Disabilities Reviewer

Modules Taught

  Term/Year Module Title Module Code Subject / Desc
2020 Paediatric Clinical Behavioural Interventions PS343 UG Year 3 (Psychology)
2020 Behaviour Assessment PS6155 MSc Applied Behaviour Analysis
2020 Applied Project I PS508 MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis
2020 Ethics, Professional Conduct, and Clinical Practice PS6121/2 Supervision and co-ordination of students on clinical placements. Students accrue supervised fieldwork hours to pursue a professional credential with the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.
2020 Advanced Behaviour Systems PS6123 Contributing lectures on Precision Teaching
2016/2017 Principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis PS512
2016 Ethics, Professional Conduct and Clinical Practice 2 PS6122
2015/2016 Professional Skills and Ethical Practice PS7102
2015/2016 Behaviour Change Procedures PS7101
2015/2016 Measurement and Assessment PS7100