Staff

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  • Peter Archer

    Chief Executive Officer

    Dr Peter Archer is ‎Chief Executive Officer of the Educational Research ‎Centre, Drumcondra. He is ‎involved in all aspects of the Centre’s work but has a particular interest in ‎educational disadvantage ‎and the relationship ‎between research and ‎policy.‎

  • Emma Chubb

    Research Assistant

    Emma is a Research Assistant at the ERC and works on TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study), and the development of the computer- based testing system. A member of staff since 2016, Emma has previously been involved in the standardisation of the computerised versions of the Drumcondra Post Primary Tests (DPPT-READING, DPPT-MATHS) andRead more…

  • Aidan Clerkin

    Research Associate

    Aidan is a Research Associate. Since joining the ERC in 2007, his work has included large-scale national and international assessments of student achievement at primary level, including TIMSS and PIRLS, as well as study of social and personal development and student participation in Transition Year at post-primary level. He is the National Research Coordinator forRead more…

  • Seán Close

    Research Associate

    Seán works as a part-time Research Associate at the Educational Research Centre. He was formerly a Lecturer in Mathematics Education in St. Patrick’s College from 1976 to 2007, and, before that, a mathematics teacher in from 1964 to 1974. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from the University of Connecticut in 1976. HeRead more…

  • Anne Comey

    Senior Administrator

    Anne is a Senior Administrator for the ERC responsible for all office management issues ‎from accounts and HR to the general day to day running of the office. She joined the ERC in 2015 ‎after working for the French Embassy and the Planning and Transport sector as an Accounts and HR ‎Manager. She has aRead more…

  • Rachel Cunningham

    Research Associate

    Rachel is a Research Associate at the ERC and specialises in mathematics education. She had a central role in developing test content for the Drumcondra Post-Primary Test – Maths and is currently managing the development of the new and updated Drumcondra Primary Maths Tests. Rachel returned to work at the ERC in February 2015, havingRead more…

  • Emer Delaney

    Research Associate

    Emer is a Research Associate at the ERC and specialises in literacy. She is currently managing the development of the new and updated Drumcondra Primary Reading Tests. A member of staff at the ERC since 2013, Emer has previously worked on PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study) and an evaluation of the JUMP MathRead more…

  • Sylvia Denner

    Research Assistant

    Sylvia joined the ERC in 2013 and is currently working on PISA (Programme of International ‎Student Assessment). She has also worked on the evaluation of DEIS (Delivering Equality of ‎Opportunity in Schools) and data management for TIMSS (Trends in Maths and Science Study). ‎Sylvia previously worked in the ESRI as a research analyst in theRead more…

  • Brenda Donohue

    Research Assistant

    Brenda is a Research Assistant at the Education Research Centre, specialising in Reading Literacy. She worked on the PIRLS 2016 assessments of reading, played a central role in developing test content of the Drumcondra Post-Primary Reading Test, and is currently working on the redevelopment of the Drumcondra Reading Tests for primary schools. Brenda holds aRead more…

  • Eemer Eivers

    Research Fellow

    Eemer is a Research Fellow at the ERC, with specific responsibility for the development of our computer-based testing system. She has also led the updating and development of the new Drumcondra Reasoning Test, and has previously developed test content for National Assessments at primary level. Eemer oversees a number of international assessment studies in theRead more…

  • Lorraine Gilleece

    Research Associate

    Lorraine is a Research Associate at the ERC, specialising in the analysis of complex large scale survey data. She is currently working on the analysis of Irish data from the 2016 cycle of the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS). She has previously worked on the administration and analysis of the National Assessments ofRead more…

  • Lauren Kavanagh

    Research Associate

    Lauren is a Research Associate at the ERC. She currently works on the evaluation of the School Support Programme under DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity In Schools). A member of staff at the Centre since 2013, she previously worked on the 2014 National Assessments of English Reading and Mathematics, and the 2013 ICT Census inRead more…

  • Cathy Kelleher

    Research Assistant

    Cathy joined the ERC in 2015 and is currently part of the teams evaluating DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools) and preparing the PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) 2015 national report. Previously, Cathy worked as a researcher at the Centre for Social and Educational Research (CSER) at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), andRead more…

  • Blána Kelly

    Executive Officer

    With extensive experience in office management and customer service, Blána has worked with the ERC since 1999. She is responsible for the efficient and effective running of the Test Department. Blána and the Test Department team ensure that the service delivered to schools is of the highest possible standard.

  • Joanne Kiniry

    Research Assistant

    Joanne’s work in the ERC focuses on the development of assessments of Reading comprehension. She has worked on the development of tests such as the National Assessments (2009, 2014), the development and standardisation of the Drumcondra Post Primary Tests (DPPT-READ, DPPT-MATHS) and The Drumcondra Test of Early Literacy and Numeracy (DTEL, DTEN). Joanne has alsoRead more…

  • Mary Lewis

    Research Associate

    Mary is a Research Associate. She joined the Educational Research Centre after completing a ‎year of European Studies at the College of Europe in Belgium and some postgraduate ‎research and lecturing experience at University College Dublin (UCD) and the Institute of ‎Public Administration (IPA). Mary has worked on a number of evaluations, in particular, onRead more…

  • Sarah McAteer

    Research Assistant

    Sarah works as part of the team conducting the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) for 2018. This is an international assessment of ‎the skills and knowledge of 15-year-olds and is conducted in Ireland every three years. She has a BSc in Applied Psychology from University of Ulster and an MRes in Social Research MethodsRead more…

  • Caroline McKeown

    Research Associate

    Caroline is a Research Associate at the ERC, and is the National Project Manager for the OECD’s ‎Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) 2018 Study. She is also involved in the ‎‎2015 PISA study, and in the analysis of Growing Up in Ireland (GUI) data for the National Council ‎for Special Education (NCSE) on educationalRead more…

  • David Millar

    Research Associate

    David is a Research Associate at the ERC, with responsibility for the standardisation of the computer based versions of the DRT, DPPMT and DPPRT. He has been involved in all stages of the computer-based tests project. David has D.Phil. in psychology from Ulster University and has worked at the Educational Research Centre since 1994. HisRead more…

  • Eva Moran

    Research Assistant

    Eva has been a member of staff at the Centre since 2008, and mainly works in the area of ‎educational disadvantage. She is on the evaluation team of the SSP (School Support Programme) ‎under DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools). Most of her involvement has been with ‎the urban (primary) component of the evaluation,Read more…

  • Robyn Mulligan

    Research Assistant

    Robyn joined the ERC in 2016 and is working on the development of standardised tests at primary and post-primary levels. She is involved in the development and review of content for new reading and abstract reasoning tests. She has also been involved in the standardisation of second-level reading and maths tests. Robyn has a B.A.Read more…

  • Terry O’Brien

    Research Assistant

    Terry is currently assisting with the development of the new and revised Drumcondra Primary Maths Test. He has a B.Ed. (St Patrick’s College, DCU), a Masters in the Psychology of Education (University of Bristol), and a Ph.D. in Psychology (University of Nottingham). Terry is particularly interested in numerical development and numerical cognition.

  • Adrian O’Flaherty

    Research Assistant

    Adrian manages technical aspects of the computer-based testing system, and is the main point of contact for technical queries you may have about any of the online tests. A member of staff at the ERC since 2005, Adrian has previously worked on projects such as PISA (Programme of International Student Assessment), and an evaluation ofRead more…

  • Desmond O’Mahony

    Research Assistant

    Des is a Research Assistant at the ERC and works on developing content for the Drumcondra Primary Maths Tests as well as working on standardisation of the computerised versions of the DRT, DPMT and DPRT. Des has a BSc in Applied Psychology from UCC, an MSc in Applied Psychology from TCD, a Higher Diploma inRead more…

  • Barry Paterson

    Clerical Officer

    Barry has been working as a Clerical Officer in our Test Department since 2007, where he performs various clerical duties.​​ He​​ has over twenty years’ software development experience, having worked on software titles spanning seven platforms over two decades with several million SKU’s in combined sales.

  • Rachel Perkins

    Research Associate

    Rachel is a Research Associate at the ERC, with responsibility for TIMSS at Eight grade. She ‎was also National Project Manager for TALIS in 2008 and PISA in 2009 and 2012. Rachel has an ‎M.Psych.Sc. in Health Psychology from the National University of Ireland, Galway and is currently ‎completing a Ph.D. thesis at Dublin CityRead more…

  • Gerry Shiel

    Research Fellow

    Gerry is a Research Fellow at the ERC. He has overall responsibility for the development of standardised tests of reading and mathematics at primary and post-primary levels, and for science at post—primary level. A member of staff at the ERC since March 1993, he is also National Project Manager for the OECD PISA (Programme for InternationalRead more…

  • Susan Weir

    Research Fellow

    Susan is a Research Fellow at the Educational Research Centre (ERC) in Drumcondra, Dublin, ‎where she has worked since 1995. Susan’s work is mainly focused on educational disadvantage, ‎and she has had responsibility for several evaluations of programmes aimed at addressing ‎disadvantage on behalf of the Department of Education and Skills. The most recent ofRead more…