Prof Fiona Lyddy

Psychology, ALL Institute, Graduate Research Academy

Director of Graduate Research

Education House
(01) 708 6183


I hold qualifications in psychology from University College Cork (BA, PhD) and in law from the Honorable Society of King’s Inns (Degree of Barrister at Law, Dip. Media Law). I am a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Maynooth University and have served as Adjunct Professor in the School of Applied Psychology at University College Cork. I was Head of the Department of Psychology (2008-13) and Dean of Faculty and Vice President for Science and Engineering (2013-2019) at Maynooth University. I was appointed to the role of Director of Graduate Research in 2023.  I am a Fellow of the Psychological Society of Ireland and was founding chair of the Society's Division of Teachers and Researchers in Psychology. 

My research is concerned with the psychology of language, in particular reading and writing, bilingual education and how language shapes misconceptions in educational contexts. I am also interested in understanding how technology is influencing language use, and cognition more generally, including issues related to cognitive privacy.

Research Interests

Psychology of language. Reading and writing. Bilingual education. Computer-mediated communication. Language, technology and cognitive privacy. Psychological misconceptions and language use. 


Year Publication
2021 Gilhooly, K., Lyddy, F., Pollick, F. & Buratti, S. (2021) Cognitive Psychology, 2nd edition. London: McGraw Hill.
2008 McCarthy, J., Quayle, E., Aylwin, S. & Lyddy, F. (2008) Applying psychology: A feitschrift for Dr Elizabth A. Dunne. Special Issue of the Irish Journal of Psychology. : Psychological Society of Ireland.
2014 Gilhooly, K., Lyddy, F. & Pollick, F. (2014) Cognitive Psychology. : McGraw Hill.

Book Chapter

Year Publication
2011 Lyddy, F., & Hughes, S. (2011) 'Attitudes towards psychology as a science and the persistence of psychological misconceptions in psychology undergraduates' In: S. McCarthy, K.L. Dickson, J. Cranney, A. Trapp & V. Karandashev(Eds.). Teaching Psychology around the World (Vol. 3). UK : Cambridge Scholars Publishing. [Full-Text]
2009 Lyddy, F. (2009) 'Language effects on children's Irish-English homograph interpretation. Paper #70, Spring Issue, pp 1-20' In: Trinity College Dublin. Dublin : Centre for Language and Communication Studies.
2010 Koller, J. & Lyddy, F. (2010) 'Interference from reading in a digit/word counting task: The role of mathematical experience in digit processing' In: Concannon-Gibney, T., Kelly, A., & Willoughby, K(Eds.). Literacy in the 21st Century. Dublin : Reading Association of Ireland.
2006 Lyddy, F., Roche, B., & Ambrose, H. (2006) 'Children's reading of Irish-English homographs: The role of language background and task context' In: Hickey, T.M(Eds.). Literacy and Language Learning: Reading in a First or Second Language. Dublin : Reading Association of Ireland.
2005 Lyddy, F., O Loinsigh, B. and Parsons, C.  (2005) 'Reading processes in Irish-English bilinguals: Evidence from the Stroop interference effect' In: Kennedy, E. & Hickey, T.M(Eds.). Learning to Read: Reading to Learn. Dublin : Reading Association of Ireland.

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2015 Parsons C.; Lyddy F. (2015) 'A longitudinal study of early reading development in two languages: comparing literacy outcomes in Irish immersion, English medium and Gaeltacht schools'. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, . [DOI] [Full-Text]
2013 Hughes, S; Lyddy, F; Kaplan, R (2013) 'The Impact of Language and Response Format on Student Endorsement of Psychological Misconceptions'. Teaching of Psychology, 40 :31-37. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2015 Hughes, S; Lyddy, F; Kaplan, R; Nichols, AL; Miller, H; Saad, CG; Dukes, K; Lynch, AJ (2015) 'Highly Prevalent but Not Always Persistent: Undergraduate and Graduate Student's Misconceptions About Psychology'. Teaching of Psychology, 42 :34-42. [DOI]
2014 Lyddy, F; Farina, F; Hanney, J; Farrell, L; O'Neill, NK (2014) 'An Analysis of Language in University Students' Text Messages'. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 19 :546-561. [DOI]
2014 Tobin G.; Lyddy F. (2014) 'Media representation of depression in young people: A corpus-based analysis of Irish newspaper coverage'. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 31 (1):21-30. [DOI]
2013 Hughes S.; Lyddy F.; Lambe S. (2013) 'Misconceptions about Psychological Science: A review'. Psychology Learning and Teaching, 12 (1):20-31. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2013 Kingston, JA; Lyddy, F (2013) 'Self-efficacy and short-term memory capacity as predictors of proportional reasoning'. Learning and Individual Differences, 26 :185-190. [DOI]
2008 McCarthy J.; Quayle E.; Aylwin S.; Lyddy F. (2008) 'Editorial: Applying psychology: A feitschrift for Dr. Elizabeth A. Dunne'. Irish Journal of Psychology, 29 (1-2):1-5. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2001 Lyddy, F; Barnes-Holmes, D; Hampson, PJ (2001) 'A transfer of sequence function via equivalence in a connectionist network'. Psychological Record, 51 :409-428. [Full-Text]
2015 McCausland S.; Kingston J.; Lyddy F. (2015) 'Processing costs when reading short message service shortcuts: An eye-tracking study'. Writing Systems Research, 7 (1):97-107. [DOI]
2013 Lyddy F.; Porter N. (2013) 'Not purely academic: Supporting teachers and researchers in psychology'. Irish Journal of Psychology, 34 (3-4):137-146. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2012 Lyddy F. (2012) 'What can homograph interpretation tell us about language status in Irish/English bilinguals?'. International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 22 (1):105-123. [DOI] [Full-Text]
2009 Parsons, C; Lyddy, F (2009) 'The sequencing of formal reading instruction: reading development in bilingual and English-medium schools in Ireland'. International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 12 :493-512. [DOI]
2014 Tobin, G. & Lyddy, F. (2014) 'Media representation of depression in young people: a corpus-based analysis of Irish newspaper coverage'. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 31 :21-30. [DOI]
2013 Parsons, C. and Lyddy, F. (2013) 'Early reading strategies in Irish and English: Evidence from error types'. To be added, 21 :22-36. [Full-Text]
2010 Mahon, C., Lyddy, F. & Barnes-Holmes, D (2010) 'Recombinative Generalization of Sub-Word Units Using a Matching-To-Sample Protocol'. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 43 :303-307.
2009 Deasy, K. and Lyddy, F. (2009) 'Facilitating Communication with a Congenitally Deafblind Child by Imitation of a Repetitive Routine'. REACH: JOURNAL OF SPECIAL NEEDS EDUCATION IN IRELAND, 22 :101-112. [Full-Text]
2009 McCarthy, J., Quayle, E., Aylwin, S. and Lyddy, F. (2009) 'Editorial: Applying psychology: a feitschrift for Dr Elizabeth A. Dunne'. Irish Journal of Psychology, 29 :1-5. [Full-Text]
2008 Martin, E. & Lyddy, F. (2008) 'Well read: take one book weekly for mental health'. FORUM (JOURNAL OF THE IRISH COLLEGE OF GENERAL PRACTITIONERS), :10-12.
2008 Lyddy, F. and Roche-Dwyer, C. (2008) 'A bilingual word superiority effect in Irish speakers'. Written Language and Literacy, 11 :1-14.
2007 Lyddy, F. (2007) 'Use of an Irish-English lexical decision task to examine children’s word recognition as a function of language context and language background'. BRITISH STUDIES IN APPLIED LINGUISTICS, 22 :43-55.
2005 Munro, S., Ball, M.J., Muller, N., Duckworth, M. & Lyddy, F. (2005) 'Phonological acquisition in Welsh-English bilingual children'. JOURNAL OF MULTILINGUAL COMMUNICATION DISORDERS, 3 :24-49.

Published Report

Year Publication
2017 McCarthy, J. & Lyddy, F. (2017) Robotics and Personhood: Towards an Ethical Experience-Centred Design. Royal Irish Academy, . [Link] [Full-Text]
2013 Ní Ghallachair, A. and Lyddy, F. (2013) Tionchar na gColáistí Gaeilge ar an teanga agus ar phobal na Gaeltachta, (The Impact of the Irish Summer Colleges on the language and community of the Gaeltacht). An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta agus Gaelscolaíochta, An Roinn Oideachais agus Scileanna, . [Full-Text]
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Professional Associations

Description Function From / To
Psychological Society of Ireland Fellow -
British Psychological Society Associate Fellow and Chartered Member -

Teaching Interests

Cognitive Psychology. Psychology of Language. Higher Cognitive Processes. Human Computer Interaction.