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MA (NU Ireland); PhD (London); CPsychol, AFBPsS



Crowley, K (2017). Child Development: A Practical Introduction (second edition). London: Sage.

Keenan, T., Evans, S. & Crowley, K. (2016). An Introduction to Child Development (third edition). London: Sage.

Crowley, K. (2014) Child Development: A Practical Introduction. London: Sage.

Journal Articles

McInnes, K., Howard, J., Crowley, K. & Miles, G. E. (2013). The nature of adult-child interaction in the early years classroom: Implications for children’s perceptions of play and subsequent learning behaviour. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 21(2), 268-282.

McInnes, K., Howard, J., Miles, G. & Crowley, K. (2011). Differences in practitioners’ understanding of play and how this influences pedagogy and children’s perceptions of play. Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 31(2), 121-133.

Clack, G., Crowley, K., Waycott, L., Prince, J. & Birdsey, N. (2010). Childcare practitioners’ knowledge and perceptions of play therapy. British Journal of Play Therapy, 6, 19-34

McInnes, K., Howard, J., Miles, G. & Crowley, K. (2010). Differences in adult-child interactions during playful and formal practice conditions: An initial investigation. The Psychology of Education Review, 34(1), 14-20.

Crowley, K., Mayer, P. & Stuart-Hamilton, I. (2009) Changes in reliance on reading and spelling sub-skills across the lifespan. Educational Gerontology, 35(6), 503-522.

McInnes, K., Howard, J.L., Miles, G.E., & Crowley, K. (2009). Behavioural differences exhibited by children when practising a task under formal and playful conditions. Educational and Child Psychology, 26(2), 31-39.

Mayer, P., Crowley K. & Kaminska, Z. (2007) Reading and spelling processes in Welsh/English bilinguals: Differential effects of concurrent vocalisation. Reading and Writing, 20, 671-690.

Crowley, K. (2005). Explaining that feeling of familiarity: review of The Deja vu Experience (author: A.S. Brown). Applied Cognitive Psychology, 19, 379-380.

Evans, J. Workman, L., Mayer, P. & Crowley, K. (2002). Differential bilingual laterality: Mythical monster found in Wales. Brain and Language, 83, 291-299

Conference Presentations

Crowley, K and Costelloe, J. (2011). Engaging children in play therapy research. ‘Playing it better’ International Play Therapy Conference, Dunboyne, Co. Meath, Ireland.

McInnes, K., Howard, J., Miles, G & Crowley, K. (2009) Transitions in adult-child interactions during playful and formal practice conditions. BPS Psychology of Education Section Annual Conference, Preston.

Smalley, N & Crowley, K. (2001). Music as a cue to autobiographical memory. Third International Conference on Memory, Valencia.

Crowley, K.J., Wilding, J.M and Day, A. (1998). The effects of articulatory suppression on short-term retention of musical and verbal stimuli. Conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology, Jerusalem.

Crowley, K.J, Lambert, J and Tewkesbury, E. (1997). The wordlikeness effect in good and poor readers. Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society, Cognitive Section, Bristol.

Crowley, K.J. and Hampson, P.J. (1995). Sampling memory in the laboratory and in the ‘real world’. Conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology, Rome.


Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society

Associate member, British Association of Play Therapists


STEMNET Schools Science Ambassador


  • Play and early years education
  • Early reading development
  • Reading and spelling skills across the lifespan
  • Language and literacy in bilingual individuals

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