David Curran

    David Curran

    Assistant Director of Clinical Psychology

    Phone: +44 (0)28 9097 5652

    For media contact email comms.office@qub.ac.uk
    or call +44(0)2890 973091.

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    After completing my BSc Hons degree in Psychology (1st Class), I obtained my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Queens University Belfast in 1997. Since qualifying as a clinical psychologist I have worked primarily within the field of addiction. I am a full member of the British Psychological Society, including the Division of Clinical Psychology, and am registered as a clinical psychologist with the Health & Care Professions Council.


    Since 2003 I have been employed as Consultant Clinical Psychologist with Addiction Services in the Northern HSC Trust (0.6 wte).  Clinically my areas of interest include working with individuals who have a history of trauma or co-morbid difficulties, and neuropsychological assessment.  I also have a strong interest and extensive experience in consultancy and supervision.


    I have been an Assistant Course Director with the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme at QUB since 2003.


    Research Interests

    A selection of D.Clin. Psych theses supervised to successful completion:


    The Assessment of Premorbid Intelligence in Traumatic Brain Injury (Bravey, S.A., 2008)

    Executive functioning in relation to age of onset and pattern of consumption in problem drinkers (McCullough, E., 2008)

    An exploratory analysis of voice hearing in PTSD: Potential associated mechanisms (Anketell, C., 2008)

    The Trauma Still Goes On: The Multigenerational Legacy of Northern Ireland’s ‘Troubles’ (Downes, C., 2009)

    Information Processing Biases in Adolescents at Risk of Developing Adult Alcohol Problem Drinkers (Gallagher, J., 2009)

    The Impact of Shame on therapeutic alliance and intimate relationships. (Black, R. 2010)

    The impact of trauma on Therapeutic Alliance in an Adult Addiction population (McLaughlin, E., 2011)

    Early childhood relationship experiences of individuals in treatment for sexually abusive behaviour within the context of the therapeutic relationship: An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis. (Gordon, W., 2011)

    Outcomes of decompressive hemicraniectomy following MCA infarction (McKenna, A., 2011)

    Impact of illness perceptions on outcome in alcohol problems (McMurray, K., 2012)

    Alcohol misuse therapy and child protection: an interpretive phenomenological analysis of the experiences of mothers. (McCallion, A,. 2014)

    Impact of experimental manipulation of attentional bias to alcohol-related stimuli on initial orienting and maintained attention in heavy social drinkers: An eye-tracking study (Mallon, P., 2014).

    Emotion Regulation and Alexithymia as mediators between Attachment and the Therapeutic Alliance within Addictions. (Toye, L., 2014)

    Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation and Alcohol Attentional Bias in a Sample of Outpatients Attending Addiction Services. (Darcy, D., 2015)

    The Mediating Role of Trauma Appraisals between Traumatic Experiences and Trauma-Related Distress. (Mitchell, R., 2016)

    Examining the role of compassion in predicting both resilience and psychological difficulty among a sample with a history of childhood adversity. (Brennan, K., 2016)

    Long-term Neuropsychological Outcomes Following Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Acoustic Neuromas (Brownlee, N, 2017)

    Psychometric Evaluation and Confirmatory Factor Analysis of the Childhood Trauma Questionnaire-Short Form (Moore, J., 2017)

    Evaluation of the psychometric properties of Trauma History Measures (Johnston, J.)

    An Evaluation of Trauma History Measures in Clinical and Research Practice (Coyle, L., 2018)

    Current Research Supervision

    Neuropsychological and Psychosocial Outcomes for survivors of Sub-Arachnoid Haemorrhage

    Trauma, alienation appraisals and psychological wellbeing

    Impact of experimental manipulation of attentional bias to alcohol-related stimuli on initial orienting and maintained attention in adolescent drinkers using eye-tracking methodology


    Undergraduate Teaching

    Psychological Approaches to Distress (level 3)

    Postgraduate Teaching

    DClinPsych Placement Co-ordinator                    

    DClinPsych Addictions sub-module                                           

    DClinPsych Modules (various)                               




    Frequent Journals

    • Psychopharmacology

      ISSNs: 0033-3158

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1432-2072

      Springer Verlag

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 3.5 SJR 1.395 SNIP 0.956


    • Disability and Rehabilitation

      ISSNs: 0963-8288

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1464-5165

      Informa Healthcare

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 2.16 SJR 0.846 SNIP 1.018


    • Journal of Trauma and Dissociation

      ISSNs: 1529-9732


      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 1.98 SJR 1.011 SNIP 0.996


    • Clinical Psychology Forum

      ISSNs: 1747-5732

      British Psychological Society

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 0.11 SJR 0.216 SNIP 0.164


    • Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry

      ISSNs: 1359-1045

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1461-7021

      SAGE Publications Ltd

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 1.39 SJR 0.459 SNIP 0.687


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