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PhD projects

- ABA-focussed PhD in any social important area (on-campus or distant learning options) - Applicants have to be Board Certified Behaviour Analysts or at least hold a MScABA

1992 …2020

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Personal profile

Research Statement

I am the Director of the Centre for Behaviour Analysis (www.qub.ac.uk/cba)

I co-ordinate the MScAutism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) that has been offered in the School of Education since 2002. This course includes modules on Understanding children with ASD as well as Understanding adults with ASD, and Fundamentals of Behaviour Change, as well as Research in Education, and 2 optional modules.

I developed the online/blended learning MSc Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and while Dr Katerina Dounavi co-ordinates this course now, I continue to teach on this course. My work in this area has lead to the establishment of 4 full-time lecturer in ABA posts.

My main research leadership concerns Applied Behaviour Analysis and evidence-based decision making in clinical and educational interventions.

Over the years I have been involved in a range of research regarding evidence-based practice, most notably in clinical psychology, parent training, child sex abuse, child protection, behavioural social work, and child behaviour management. My most sustained input into the literature in the field has been in relation to early behavioural interventions, social validity, and parent training in autism. 

I have collaborated with the colleagues from other national and international Universities as well as the third sector in securing a number of substantial grants, including local government and European Funding (e.g., www.stamppp.com). 

I was the driving force in obtaining a number of book contracts from internationally renowned publishers in the field of autism and disabilities.

Parents' Education as Autism Therapists ABA in Context (2000, Jessica Kingsley Publishers) with contributions from UK and Ireland enjoys world-wide acclaim in reviews, very healthy worldwide sales, and is used as core text in parent training as well as academic courses (including Masters level courses) in England, USA, and Australia. "Parent training groups are buying it by the box" (Dr Gina Green, QUB Hon Doctorate). In 2005, the book was translated into Japanese (Prof Naoji Shimizu, Toyo University) and German (2014).

Applied behaviour analysis and autism: Building a future together ( 2005, Jessica Kingsley Publishers) features contributions from Ireland, UK, Australia, USA, and New Zealand.

Job coaches for adults with disabilities: Practical guidelines (2019, Jessica Kingsley Publishers) features contributions from Ireland, UK, Australia, USA, Poland, Netherlands, and Germany. 

I was Principal Investigator on a large scale Government funded project (BASE Project) that has major impact in autism policy and practice (reports available at www.qub.ac./cba under projects).

I am the keycontact at QUB for the DOCTRID Institute (www.doctrid.ie) and ASSISTID Fellowships.

I have successfully supervised many Masters and Doctoral students and invite interest from Board Certified Behaviour Analysts (BCBA) who want to conduct ABA-based doctoral research via distant learning.

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Projects

Research Output

European Qualification Profile of Job Coach for Persons with Disabilities

Matuska, E. (ed.) & Job Coach Project team, 2017, European Commission. 13 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Open Access
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    Guideline for handling specific disabilities

    Job Coach Project team, 2017, European Commission. 37 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

    Open Access
    File
  • 318 Downloads (Pure)
    Open Access
    File
  • 125 Downloads (Pure)

    European quality standards for the profession Job Coach for persons with disabilities

    Job Coach Project, 2016, European Commission. 18 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

    Open Access
    File
  • 69 Downloads (Pure)

    User Centered Reading Intervention for Individuals with Autism and Intellectual Disability

    Yakkundi, A., Dillenburger, K., Goodman, L. & Dounavi, K., 13 Sep 2017, Harnessing the Power of Technology to Improve Lives. Netherlands: IOS Press, Vol. 242. p. 249-256 (Studies in Health Technology and Informatics; vol. 242).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

    Open Access
    File
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    422 Downloads (Pure)

    Prizes

    Faculty poster award 2016

    Yini Liao (Recipient) & Dillenburger, Karola (Recipient), Jun 2016

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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  • Outstanding Service/Project Award (Professional)

    Dillenburger, Karola (Recipient), 2006

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

    Patric McCrystal Poster Award

    Yini Liao (Recipient) & Dillenburger, Karola (Recipient), Nov 2014

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • The use of 'Precision Teaching' in enhancing medical students' dermatological diagnostic skills. Received 1st prize for poster presented in Medical Education Category.

    Conor McGrath (Recipient), Collette McCourt (Recipient), Andrea Corry (Recipient), Dounavi, Katerina (Recipient), Dillenburger, Karola (Recipient) & Gormley, Gerard (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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  • Activities

    QUB Learning and Teaching Conference

    Carl Brennan (Participant), , Gerry Gormley (Participant), , Dempster M (Participant), , Karola Dillenburger (Participant), & Keenan Mickey (Participant)

    28 Mar 2018

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

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    Applied Behaviour Analysis in Northern Europe

    Karola Dillenburger (Advisor)

    24 Jan 201826 Jan 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    Pediatrics & Pediatrics Neurology 2017, Prague, Czech Republic

    Karola Dillenburger (Participant)

    30 Aug 201702 Sep 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Autism research at Queen’s

    Karola Dillenburger (Advisor), & Lynne McKerr (Advisor)

    09 Jun 2017

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

    File

    Can precision teaching enhance medical students’ dermatology diagnostic skills?

    Gerard Gormley (Advisor), , Karola Dillenburger (Advisor), , Aikaterini Dounavi (Contributor), , Collette McCourt (Advisor), , Andrea Corry (Advisor), & Conor McGrath (Advisor)

    29 Apr 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

    Press / Media

    Living with autism

    Karola Dillenburger

    26/04/2016

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Autism Conference

    Karola Dillenburger

    23/03/2016

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Autism

    Karola Dillenburger

    23/03/2016

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    northern-ireland/autism-kids-face-life-of-poverty-if-they-dont-get-help

    Karola Dillenburger

    23/03/2016

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    BBC News

    Karola Dillenburger

    06/05/2015

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities

    Thesis

    Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Challenging Behaviours (CB): Training and content knowledge of teachers in the Republic of Ireland

    Author: Fennell, B., Apr 2014

    Supervisor: Dillenburger, K. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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    Behavioural parent training: The development of a high intensity programme for children diagnosed with conduct disorder.

    Author: O'Reilly, D., 2000

    Supervisor: Dillenburger, K. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

    Childhood maltreatment: Developing a child protection training programme for student educators

    Author: McKee, B., 2009

    Supervisor: Dillenburger, K. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

    Children drawing their own conclusions: Trans-generational transmission of experiences of war and peace

    Author: Fargas, M., Nov 2011

    Supervisor: Dillenburger, K. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

    File

    Early Applied Behaviour Analytic Interventions for Children Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A cross-national study of the UK and China

    Author: Liao, Y., Apr 2017

    Supervisor: Dillenburger, K. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

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