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Dr Aiveen Higgins

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Assistant Course Director Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

Email: aiveen.higgins@qub.ac.uk

Address

Room 03.525, David Keir Building
School of Psychology
Queen's University Belfast
Belfast, BT7 1NN
Northern Ireland, UK

Telephone

+44 (0)28 9097 4516

Assistant Course Director, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology  (Wed pm, Thurs, Fri)

Principal Clinical Psychologist (Paediatric Oncology/Haematology Specialism), Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, (Mon, Tues, Wed am)

Background

1990-1994 - Trinity College Dublin BA Two Subject Moderatorship (BA Mod.) 

1996-1999 - Trinity College Dublin Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psych.)

1999-2008 - Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children Clinical Psychologist (Basic Grade through to Principal)

2008-present - Belfast Health and Social Care Trust/ The Queen’s University Of Belfast Principal Clinical Psychologist/Assistant Director Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

Professional Post-qualification Training

Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing (EMDR) Level I Training and EMDR with Speciality Children Workshop, 2001 (Accredited by the EMDR Institute, USA)

Certificate in Supervision, Centre for Staff Team Development, 2005 (Accredited by the British Psychological Society)

Certificate in Family Therapy and Systemic Practice, The Queen’s University of Belfast, 2006 (Accredited by the Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice in the UK)

Professional Affiliations

  • Registered Clinical Psychologist, Health Professions Council (HPC)
  • Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Full Member, BPS Division of Clinical Psychology (DCP)

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

Research Interests

  • Family adjustment to childhood chronic illness
  • Role of fathers in families adjusting to chronic illness
  • Psychological impact of childhood cancer
  • Long-term survival of paediatric cancer

Publications: Peer Reviewed

Hill, K., Higgins,. A., Dempster, M. & McCarthy, A. (in press). Fathers’ views and understanding of their roles in families with a child with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. Journal of Health Psychology.

Scully, A., Fitzgerald, M., Kinsella, A. & Higgins, A. (2003). Fears in Irish children and maternal
anxiety. In M. Fitzgerald (Ed), Irish Families under Stress Volume 7. Dublin: South Western Area
Health Board, pp. 239-245.

Higgins, A., Webb, M., O’Neill, G., Brosnan, R. & Keane, J. (1996). The needs for care of the
chronic mentally ill relocating from psychiatric hospital to the community: A pilot study. The
Irish Journal of Psychology, 18(3), 307-320.

Published Peer Reviewed Abstracts (from Poster Presentations and Conference Proceedings)

Hill, K., Higgins,. A., Dempster, M. & McCarthy, A. (2008). Fathers’ views and understanding of their roles in families with a child with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. Proceedings of the British Psychological Society, Northern Ireland Conference: Symposium in Health, Belfast

Casey, M., Higgins, A., McCusker, C., Burns, G. & McCarthy, A. (2005). Psychological Outcomes for Adolescent and Young Adult Long-term Survivors of Paediatric Cancer Proceedings of the Paediatric Psychology National Study Day, Glasgow

Casey, M., Higgins, A., McCusker, C., Burns, G. & McCarthy, A. (2002). The Influence of Medical, Socio-demographic, Familial, Coping and Illness Impact Perception Factors on Psychological Functioning among Paediatric Cancer Survivors. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Long Term Complications of Treatment of Children and Adolescents for Cancer, Canada

Higgins, A.,  Kunin, H. & Greene, S. (2002). Irish Adolescent and Young Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer: Quality of Life, Impact of the Illness and Recollections of Illness Experiences. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Long Term Complications of Treatment of Children and Adolescents for Cancer, Canada

Higgins, A., Burns, G., Scullion, C., White, O. & McCarthy, A. (2002). Psychological and Medical Complications for Survivors of Paediatric Cancer Attending a Late Effects Clinic in Northern Ireland Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Long Term Complications of Treatment of Children and Adolescents for Cancer

Invited Conference Presentations

Irish Institute of Radiographyand Radiation Therapy  (Dublin, November 2009) Psychological Challenges of Paediatric Cancer for the Child and Family

National Conference of Cancer Support Groups: Teenage Forum (Dublin, February 2009) The Emotional Impact of Cancer: Young People’s Stories

Royal College of Nursing Adolescent Conference: Sexual Health, Engaging with Young People (Antrim, May 2008) Understanding Adolescent Developmental Challenges

Adolescent Study Day (Belfast, October 2007) The Developmental Challenges and the Impact of Chronic Illness          

Irish Psycho-oncology Conference (Dublin, April 2007) Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with Children in Paediatric Cancer

UK Childhood Cancer Survivors Conference (Prestwick, December 2006) Surviving Childhood Cancer: Young People’s Stories

Royal College of Nursing & Young People’s Annual Conference (Belfast, September 2006) The Developmental Challenges of Adolescence and the Impact of Illness

Psychological Initiatives in Health Conference (Belfast, September 2003) Chronic Illness in Adolescents: Lessons from Haematology and CF

Cancer Care Ireland Paediatric Symposium (Belfast, October 2002) Psychological Consequences for the Long-term Survivor of Childhood Cancer