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Lecturer, Contributor & Public Speaker

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Dr Mary O’Kane is a Lecturer in Psychology, Early Childhood Studies and Education.

Mary started working in the media in 2015 with a Monthly Parenting Slot on the Anton Savage Show on Today FM. She continued working with Anton and his team for two years answering parent queries and giving advice on how to support children’s social and emotional development. She continues to work with Today FM, now on the Alison Curtis Weekend Morning show.

Mary is also a regular contributor on Ireland AM discussing a broad range of parenting and childhood issues while responding to viewers parenting queries.

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She also shares her expert parenting advice on radio, and in print media. Mary frequently appears on both national and local media, such as Virgin Media, Today FM, Newstalk, KFM Radio, KCLR 96FM, Northern Sound Radio, Tipp FM and Highland Radio, to discuss a range of parenting and education topics.

Mary gives public talks on a range of topics related to child wellbeing, parenting, and education. She is passionate about translating research-based information into practical advice, and sharing it with her students, parents and educators.

Early childhood studies expert, Dr Mary O'Kane, on Newstalk
Alison Curtis
Early childhood studies expert, Dr Mary O'Kane in front of a Virgin Media poster


Mary originally studied for her Honours Degree in Psychology then specialised in the area of early childhood while undertaking her MPhil and Doctorate at Dublin Institute of Technology. She also has a Postgraduate teaching qualification.

Mary lectures in Psychology, Early Childhood Studies and Education with the Open University, and taught for many years on the BA in Early Childhood – Teaching and Learning in Maynooth University. She is a Guest Lecturer on the Dublin Institute of Technology MA in Child, Family and Community Studies. She also worked as the External Examiner for BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies, Dundalk Institute of Technology.

Mary lectures in the areas of Child Development; Play and Creativity, Exploring Children’s Lives and Learning; Childhood Studies and Child Psychology; Children’s Wellbeing; Educational Transitions; Professional Practice in the Early Years; Educational Theory; Working with Families and Communities; and Communication Studies. She has taught at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels.

Early childhood studies - a mother with a child
A little girl looking out of a tent
A little girl with a toy trailer full of leaves


Mary has held various research positions, working with children and families; preschools and primary schools; and community organisations. Her research interests include childhood transitions; self esteem and wellbeing, and the value of play.

Published Book

of Happy Schools and Preschools

Decades Experience

of Hours of Talks and Lectures

This evening’s Webinar was brilliant and I love listening to Dr Mary when I get a chance on Ireland AM, she has great advice and tips that I will be sure to put in practice at home.

– Attendee at Sligo-Leitrim Parenting Champions Webinar




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