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Dr Geraldine Leader BA, PhD

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Geraldine Leader is the Director of the Irish Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Research.  Geraldine joined the School of Psychology as a lecturer in 2002.  She established the MSc in ABA in 2006.  This programme was established to meet the growing need for practitioners to be skilled in the principles and applications of ABA in Ireland.  Geraldine established the Structured PhD programme in ABA in 2008. This was the first programme of its kind outside North America.  Geraldine is the founding chair of the Division of Behaviour Analysis in the Psychological Society of Ireland (DBA) and is also a member of the International Association for Behaviour Analysis and the European Association for Behaviour Analysis.  Her research interests lie in areas of stimulus overselectivity and the development of classroom remediation strategies, biobehavioural analysis of stress in caregivers of children with ASD and early screening.

Email: geraldine.leader@nuigalway.ie


Dr Olive Healy PhD, BCBA-D

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Olive Healy is Research Director at the Irish Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Research and a lecturer in Psychology.  She is a certified Behaviour Analyst with the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board® with over 15 years of experience in the application of behaviour analysis to the treatment of developmental disorders and intellectual disability.  In 1998, Olive was involved in opening and directing the first government funded ABA school for the treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in Ireland. She has been involved in the establishment of four additional treatment centres for ASD using Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) as the primary educational intervention. Olive is Programme Director of the structured PhD in Applied Behaviour Analysis, and lectures on the MSc programme. Her research focus is on the assessment and treatment of behavioural problems across populations, design of treatments to remediate reading difficulties, examination of co-occurring conditions in ASD and Asperger’s syndrome.

Email: olive.healy@nuigalway.ie


Dr Jennifer Holloway PhD, BCBA-D

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Jennifer Holloway is Clinical Services Director in the Irish Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Research.  Jennifer is a lecturer in Psychology and a lecturer on the MSc and PhD programmes in ABA. She is a certified behaviour analyst and psychologist who, has worked in the treatment of autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disorders for over fourteen years. Her clinical experience extends to include; early intensive behavioural intervention (EIBI), mainstream inclusion programmes and assessment & design of behaviour supports for individuals who present with challenging behaviour.  She is a member of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) and is the treasurer/secretary for the Division of Behaviour Analysis (DBA) in Ireland. Her research interests include early intensive behavioural intervention and autism, family interventions (design, implementation and assessment of sibling and parent training programs), verbal behaviour and interventions for challenging behaviour.  

Email: jennifer.holloway@nuigalway.ie

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ICAN, in partnership with Autism Speaks and The American Ireland Fund, hosted Ireland's first International Autism Conference, 'Autism Spectrum Disorder: from Clinical Practice to Educational Provision' on January 12th - 13th, 2012.

Speakers from left to right: Lynn Brennan, Connie Kasari, Nancy Jones, Richard Foxx, Geraldine Leader, Laura Klinger, Joe McAllister.


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