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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am open to PhD applications in the fields of: - applied behaviour analysis - developmental disorders including autism - applications of the analysis of verbal behaviour for teaching communication skills - effective, values-driven professional training in behaviour analysis - socially valid parent-mediated interventions and parental training - the use of telehealth in the provision of evidence-based interventions - behaviour analytic interventions that address wider societal challenges - high quality systematic reviews for informed decision making and policy changing


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Research Statement

As a Senior Lecturer in Behaviour Analysis and Autism at Queen's University Belfast and a BCBA-D, my responsibilities involve serving as the Director of the MSc in ABA (includes an ABAI VCS), leading and teaching modules in the MScABA and MScASD, supervising MSc dissertation projects and PhD students and conducting research in the areas of applied behaviour analysis, evidence-based inclusive education, values-driven professional and parental training, autism spectrum disorders, telehealth, verbal behaviour, health andwell-being, brain injury andcommunity-wide applications of behaviour analysis. Since my appointment at Queen's in 2012, I have been instrumental, together with Professor Karola Dillenburger, in the design of the MScABA and its inauguration in 2014-15 and I have since then led its continuous growth and international success converting it in one of the most sought-after programmes in the field internationally.

My overall aim, which I seek to achieve through a number of research, educational and clinical activities internationally, is to improve the provision and quality of life for individuals with special needs and empower their families by creating inclusive environmentshighly trained values-driven professionals and evidence-based educational service delivery models.

I welcome applications from students wishing to undertake the MSc in ABA or further their research skills through a PhD in a related area.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education


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