PFL Research Team


Members of the PFL Research Team at the Children’s Research Network Conference, Dublin, September 2012. Edel Mc Glanaghy, Orla Doyle & Ailbhe Booth.











Dr. Orla Doyle (Principal Investigator)

Dr. Orla Doyle is an associate professor in the UCD School of Economics and a research fellow of the UCD Geary Institute. She received her Ph.D. in economics and a B.A. in economics and social science from Trinity College Dublin. The core focus of Orla’s research is a micro analysis of human behaviour using rigorous econometric techniques. She applies her quantitative microeconometrics skills to multiple disciplines including the economics of human development, health economics, labour economics, political behaviour, early child development and education, and methods for evaluating policy interventions. She is the principal investigator on three projects – the six year evaluation of the ‘Preparing for Life‘ early childhood intervention, a HRB project grant on experimental methodology, and the evaluation of the ‘Ready, Steady, Grow‘ early intervention programme, and co-investigator on an evaluation of Tús Maith early years service.


Dr. Ailbhe Booth

Dr. Ailbhe Booth is the research manager for the Preparing for Life Age 9 Follow-up Study. She completed her PhD in Psychology through UCD in 2018 under the supervision of Dr. Eilis Hennessy and Dr. Orla Doyle. Her PhD thesis investigated self-regulation in early childhood and was funded by the Irish Research Council and the Northside Partnership. She completed her MSc in Applied Psychology in Trinity College Dublin and has a BA in Psychology from University College Dublin. Ailbhe’s research interests include self-regulation, early child development, school readiness, early intervention, and factors influencing programme participation.