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Chief nourisher in life’s feast – Sleep, Workshop in collaboration with University of Ulster, School of Psychology

Date: Wednesday 23rd July 2014
Location: QUB, Lanyon/Canada Room 14.00-16.00
Speaker: Professor Neville M Blampied, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.
Registration: Please register by e-mailing Jan Speer

For human beings, from birth to death, regular and refreshing sleep is vital to health and happiness. Nevertheless, significant numbers of infants, children, adolescents and adults experience sleep difficulties and disruptions. Chronic settling difficulties and nightwaking is common in infancy, sleep disruptions can occur in childhood and especially adolescence, and insomnia is a major issue for adults. Beginning with the work of Bootzin and his Stimulus Control Theory of Adult Insomnia, a behavioural perspective has contributed in important but under-appreciated ways to understanding and treating sleep disturbances across the lifespan. This talk will try to answer questions such as What is sleep? Why do we sleep? What can go wrong with sleep at different ages? and, How can we solve and prevent sleep problems? – all from a behavioural science viewpoint. Recent unpublished results from our lab on treating sleep problems in typically developing children and children with ASD will be presented.

Brief Biography for  Professor Neville M Blampied

‌Neville was born in Auckland, NZ and is a third generation New Zealander of Irish and Jersey Is ancestry and the son of a dairy farmer. He graduated MSc in Psychology from the University of Auckland in 1970, having been introduced to behaviour analysis by Ivan Beale and John Irwin. He started as a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology University of Canterbury, Christchurch, in 1970, planning to stay three years! Over time at Canterbury he morphed from a physiological psychologist to a behavioural pharmacologist to an experimental behaviour analyst and then (finally) to an applied behaviour analyst. His major research area for the past 20 years has been in applied family psychology, notably pediatric sleep disturbances. Recently, he also got involved in research into the psychological effects of the Canterbury earthquakes, for which, under his leadership, the Department of Psychology was awarded the inaugural College of Science Research Team award in December, 2012. In 2012 he completed a 7-year stint as Head of Department and member of the Executive of the College of Science and the University’s Academic Board. He has also served six years as Director of Scientific Affairs for the New Zealand Psychological Society (2004-2010), two years as National President of the Association of University Staff (now the TEU; 2000-2001), three years on the Board of the NZ Universities Academic Audit Unit (2001-2003), and has just finished a term as President of Division 6, International Association of Applied Psychology.

A list of recent publications on sleep is below:

Blampied, N.M. (2013). Functional behavioral analysis of sleep in infants and children. In Wolfson, A., & Montgomery-Downs, H. (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Sleep: Development & Problems (pp 169 – 188). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Henderson, J, Moti, G., & Blampied, N.M. (2013). Sleeping through the night: A community survey of parents’ opinions about and expectations of infant sleep consolidation. Journal of Pediatrics and Child Health 49(7): 535-540.
France, K.G., & Blampied, N.M. (2013). Services and programs proven to be effective in managing pediatric sleep disturbances and disorders and their impact on the social and emotional development of young children. In R.E. Tremblay, R.G. Barr, & R.DeV. Peters (Eds.). Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development [online]. Montreal, Quebec: Centre for Excellence for Early Childhood Development. Revised Ed. Pp 1-8.
Blampied, N.M. & Bootzin, R.R. (2013). Sleep – A behavioral account. In G. Madden (Ed.). Handbook of Behavior Analysis Vol 2. (pp 425 – 453). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Henderson JMT, France, K.G., & Blampied, N.M. (2011), The consolidation of infants’ nocturnal sleep across the first year of life. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 15(4), 211-220 Doi:10.1016/j.smrv.2010.08.003
Kemp, S., Helton, W.S., Richardson, J., Blampied, N.M. and Grimshaw, M. (2011). Sleeplessness, Stress, Cognitive Disruption and Academic Performance Following the September 4, 2010, Christchurch Earthquake. Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies 2011(2): 11-18.
Henderson, J.M.T., France, K.G., Joseph L. Owens, J.L., & Blampied, N.M. (2010). Sleeping Through the Night: The Consolidation of Self-regulated Sleep Across the first year of life. Pediatrics (published online Oct 25, 2010). DOI: 10.1542/peds.2010-0976.
Henderson, J.M.T., France, K.G. and Blampied, N.M. (2011) The consolidation of infants' nocturnal sleep across the first year of life. Sleep Medicine Reviews 15(4): 211-220.




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Employment of adults with disabilities:Policies and Practice

DATE: Thursday 23rd October 2014 
TIME: 1pm – 4.30pm
VENUE: Canada Room & Council Chamber, Lanyon Building, QUB.
FACILITATOR: Lynnae Ruttledge, ; Appointee by U.S. President Obama on the National Council on Disability.
REGISTRATION: This is an open and free event, but for numbers for catering please register with

Employment of adults with disabilities is a topic of great interest and importance today. Our discussion will focus on strategies, research and best practices that can assure that adults with disabilities have the skills and opportunity to compete in the local and global economy and in the 21st century workplace.  Too often, adults with disabilities face significant challenges in accessing and maintaining employment opportunities that maximize their skills, talents and abilities. For many, low expectations, under-employment and limited access to meaningful careers have been the reality. For others, adult onset of disability has meant the untimely shortening or termination of a career.Promising strategies that involve business, education and the disability community abound. There is a growing body of research and development of evidence-based practices in the field of employment of youth and adults with disabilities. Disability employment policy can and should be viewed in the context of the local and global economy.  As importantly, we can learn to tell a better story - from the perspective of the adult with a disability, from the perspective of employers and from the perspective of the community that benefits.

Short Biography:
Lynnae Ruttledge has committed her career to disability-related public policy and program development with a focus on employment of adults with disabilities. In her work in the fields of education, independent living, vocational rehabilitation and international exchange, Lynnae has provided effective leadership for collaborative partnerships with educators, researchers, advocates, business, community-based organizations and governmental agencies.  Lynnae currently serves as a Presidential appointee to the National Council on Disability, an independent federal agency that advises the President, Congress and other federal agencies on disability policy. In addition, she serves as a disability policy advisor to DOCTRID (Daughters of Charity, Technology  Research into Disability) and Michigan State University. In 2013, Lynnae also served as a Presidential appointee to the fifteen member US Senate Commission on Long Term Care.  Lynnae provided national leadership to the public vocational rehabilitation program as Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration with the US  Department of Education from 2010 - 2012. Throughout her extensive public service career, Lynnae has held policy development and executive level leadership positions at the local, state and national levels.  Committed to international disability rights advocacy, Lynnae is a strong supporter of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She has been affiliated with Mobility International USA, a US-based disability rights NGO, since 1988 and has served as a citizen diplomat in educational exchanges in South America, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Australia/New Zealand, Russia and Europe.  Lynnae and her husband (an Irish citizen) make their home in the state of Washington in the Pacific Northwest.

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