Dr Selina McCoy is Associate Research Professor in Social Research and joint research area coordinator for education at the ESRI and Adjunct Professor at Trinity College Dublin. Her broad areas of interest are social inequality, school leaver transitions, special educational needs and the role of digital technologies in child development. Most recently, she examined the impact of the new Leaving Certificate grading scheme on student perceptions and behaviour. Other recent projects include an evaluation of the Youthreach Programme, a study of gender balance in the civil service and an assessment of the potential of digital video in initial teacher education. She has published extensively on the Growing Up in Ireland study, including articles on children's engagement at school, the role of digital technologies in children’s academic and socio-emotional development, and the impact of school social mix in SEN identification and children's academic development. Selina is the Irish national expert at the European Commission Independent Experts in Education and Training and is Senior Expert on the DG EAC Graduate Tracking Programme.
Her work has been published in American Behavioral Scientist; Higher Education; Research in Social Stratification and Mobility; Work, Employment and Society; Higher Education Quarterly; Child Indicators Research; Economics of Innovation and New Technology; International Journal of Inclusive Education; European Journal of Special Needs Education; Educational Review; The Economic and Social Review; and Irish Educational Studies.