Fionnuala is the lead behavioural scientist in the fairer start mission and is currently seconded from the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) until March 2023.

At BIT Fionnuala led the team’s work on early years, which included projects to improve access to, and the quality of, early childhood education. She has also worked with various partners to help parents foster effective learning environments at home.

Fionnuala is currently working towards a PhD in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford. Her research explores the development of executive function in 2-5-year-old children. She also holds degrees in Behavioural Science from the University of Stirling (MSc), and in Economics and French from the University of Limerick (BBS).