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Dr Kevin Dyer

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Assistant Course Director with responsibility for Diploma/Masters in Applied Psychology (Clinical Specialism)



Room 01.502, David Keir Building
School of Psychology
Queen's University Belfast
Belfast, BT7 1NN
Northern Ireland, UK


+44 (0)28 9097 5632



Dr Dyer has been a member of the QUB DClinPsych course staff since September 2009 and is Co-ordinator of the Diploma/MSc in Applied Psychology (Clinical Specialism). He is also a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lead of the Psychological Therapies Service in the Northern HSC Trust. He has a specialist background in working with Complex PTSD and trauma after working in the Belfast HSC Trust Trauma Resource Centre for 4 years. He completed his undergraduate, PhD and DClinPsych qualifications at QUB. His current research interests include OCD, Complex PTSD, and the therapeutic alliance.


  • 1997 – 2000: 1:1 BSc. Single Hons. Psychology (Queen’s University Belfast)
  • 2000 – 2004: PhD in Psychology (Queen’s University Belfast)
  • 2004 – 2007: Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Queen’s University Belfast)
  • 2007 – 2009 Clinical Psychologist, Adult Mental Health, BHSC Trust
  • 2009 – 2012 Clinical Psychologist, Trauma Resource Centre, BHSC Trust
  • 2012 – 2013 Principal Clinical Psychologist, Northern HSC Trust
  • 2013 – Present Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Northern HSC Trust
  • 2008 – Present Chartered Clinical Psychologist (CPsychol)


Course Co-ordinator, Diploma/MSc in Applied Psychology (Clinical Specialism)

Assistant Course Director, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology


Undergraduate Modules

  • Thesis supervision

Diploma/MSc in Applied Psychology Modules

  • Clinical Presentations
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Low Intensity Interventions and CBT
  • Foundations of Clinical Practice

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Modules

  • Clinical Presentations of Adult and Childhood
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Psychological Therapies 1
  • Personal and Professional Development 1, 2 & 3


Research Interests

  • Attentional bias and cognitive processes in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Complex PTSD phenomenology, theory, and interventions
  • Troubles-related trauma
  • Trauma-related shame and guilt
  • Factors influencing the therapeutic alliance
  • Dyslexia and psychological wellbeing

Current research positions

  • Chair of Psychological Therapies Research Workstream – Northern HSC Trust

Research Awards

  • Praxis Prize for outstanding research in the field of mental health (April 2008)


McAleese, A., Lavery, C. & Dyer, K. F. W. (in press). Evaluating a psychoeducational, therapeutic group for parents/carers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Child Care in Practice.

Dyer, K. F. W., Dorahy, M., Shannon, M., & Corry, M. (2013). Trauma typology as a risk factor for aggression and self-harm in a complex PTSD population. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 14, 56 – 68.

Dorahy, M., Corry, M., Shannon, M., Webb, K., McDermott, B., Ryan, M., & Dyer, K.F.W. (2012). Complex trauma and intimate relationships: The impact of shame, guilt and dissociation. Journal of Affective Disorders, 147, 72 – 79.

Black, R., Curran, D., & Dyer, K. F. (2013). The impact of shame on the therapeutic alliance and intimate relationships. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 69, 646 – 654.

Dyer, K. F. W., Dorahy, M., Hamilton, G. et al. (2009). Anger, aggression, and self-harm in PTSD and complex PTSD. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 65, 1099 – 1114.

Dyer, K. (2008). Practice guidelines in clinical psychology: An uncertain future for a clinical profession. Clinical Psychology Forum, 190, 17 – 20.

Dyer, K. & Teggart, T. (2007). Bullying experiences of Child and Adolescent Mental Health service-users: A pilot study. Child Care in Practice, 13(4), 351 – 365.

Dyer, K. F. W., Bell, R., McCann, J. & Rauch, R. (2006). Aggression after traumatic brain injury: Analysing socially desirable responses and the nature of aggressive traits. Brain Injury, 20(11), 1163 – 1173.

Dyer, K., Bell, R. & Rauch, R. (2005). Psychological disturbance following traumatic brain injury. The Irish Psychologist, 31(9), 258.

Dyer, K. (2002). Aggression after head injury: Causes and consequences. The Irish Psychologist, 28(8), 98.