School of Psychology

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Pauline Adair.jpg DR PAULINE ADAIR takes up the role of Programme Director for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at QUB from January 2017. Pauline completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from QUB in 1997 and graduated with a PhD from St Andrews University in 2005. She is registered as a clinical and a health psychologist and has split her working time between NHS and academic posts since qualifying. Pauline’s research is in the area of the development and evaluation of psychological interventions to improve the psychological sequelae of physical health (cancer, chronic pain, asthma, IBD) and prevent disease (diet). This includes psychological interventions based on a CBT framework as well as health behaviour change interventions. She also investigates the behaviour of health care professionals in implementing evidenced-based guidance.
David Curran.jpg DR DAVID CURRAN: David has been an Assistant Course Director with the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology course since 2003. After obtaining a first class honours degree, and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (1997), he worked in the Addiction and Adult Mental Health specialisms. Since 2005 he has had a specific remit for coordination and development of the academic programme of the D.Clin.Psych. and is the Curriculum Coordinator. In the other part of his working life he is employed as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist by the Northern Health and Social Care Trust (Addiction Specialism). David has a particular interest in working with individuals who have co-existing mental health and drug and alcohol problems.
Ciara Downes.jpg DR CIARA DOWNES: Ciara has been an Assistant Course Director with the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology course since September 2016. She completed her BSc. (2003), PhD. (2006) and D.Clin.Psych. (2009) at QUB and went on to work within Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (2009-2012). Since 2012, she has worked with Looked after and Adopted Children and Families within the Southern Health and Social Care Trust. Her main area of clinical interest is enhancing attachment security within families and enhancing development in the context of early life and complex trauma. Her research interests include multigenerational complex trauma and its impacts, developmental trauma, enhancing attachment in foster care and adoption, and adult attachment.
Kevin Dyer.jpg DR KEVIN DYER: Dr Dyer has been a member of the D.Clin.Psych. 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 D.Clin.Psych. qualifications at QUB. His current research interests include OCD, Complex PTSD, and the therapeutic alliance. In 2015, Dr Dyer won the prestigious May Davidson Award presented by the British Psychological Society’s Division of Clinical Psychology for clinical psychologists who have made an outstanding contribution to the development
Donncha Hanna.jpg DR DONNCHA HANNA: Donncha has been the Research Coordinator on the D.Clin.Psych. course since 2015. He has ten years’ experience teaching research methods and statistics to both undergraduates and postgraduates. In 2013 he was recognised with a QUB teaching award for his work in this area. He has co-written two books on statistics & research methods. His primary research interest is mental health including the measurement and modelling of psychological trauma, anxiety disorders, psychosis and related constructs.
 Nicola Henderson.jpg NICOLA HENDERSON: Nicola joined QUB as D.Clin.Psych. course secretary in 2007. She works part time carrying out secretarial and administrative duties in the department’s general office where her door is always open to trainees and staff alike. After 12 years in the banking sector she really enjoys the variety and challenges her role in QUB brings.
Aiveen Higgins.jpg DR AIVEEN HIGGINS: Aiveen has been an Assistant Course Director with the D.Clin.Psych. programme since 2008 and holds responsibilities as Selection Coordinator, Year Tutor and Supervision Training Coordinator. She completed her undergraduate degree and clinical psychology training at Trinity College, Dublin. She worked at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children between 1999 and 2014, specialising in paediatric cancer. She is currently a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust and is responsible for leading the Psychological Therapies Service within Occupational Health. Her research interests include the psychological impact of childhood cancer on the family, the role of fathers in childhood chronic illness, fathers’ mental health in transitioning to fatherhood and staff psychological wellbeing.
Michele Kavanagh.jpg DR MICHELE KAVANAGH: Michele joined the clinical psychology training programme at Queen’s in 2005. She has specific responsibilities in the areas of User Involvement; Personal and Professional Development; and as Year Tutor. She works clinically in the area of social care and child protection. Her specific areas of clinical and research interest are child trauma, attachment, enhancing development and self-esteem and transition planning.
Ciaran Shannon.jpg DR CIARAN SHANNON: Ciarán has been an Assistant Course Director for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at QUB since 2008. He is Placement Coordinator and Year Tutor. He is also a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in The Northern Health and Social Care Trust, based in Holywell Hospital, Antrim. His area of specialism is in psychological intervention and service provision to those diagnosed with severe mental illness – in particular, on the application of CBT to psychosis. His particular research interest is on the effect that trauma (including "Troubles-related" trauma) has on the presentation of these disorders.
Caroline Sinclair.jpg CAROLINE SINCLAIR: Caroline joined the QUB clinical psychology department in 2003 in the role of Course Coordinator. Prior to this, she graduated from QUB (BA Joint Hons French and Spanish) in 1997. She then completed the Première Management Development Programme. She has held NHS posts in both the Central Services Agency and in the NI Council for Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education.

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