Research Profile

Christian Ryan

Biography

Before joining UCC in August 2017, I was the head of psychology at Cope Foundation, managing a team of clinical, counselling and educational psychologists in a service that supports children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and services for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. I am a chartered clinical psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) and a former member of the PSI Council. I was the Academic Director of the Diploma in Autism Studies at University College, Cork. Since 2015 I have been a member of the Programme board on the Doctor of Clinical Psychology in UCC. As a clinician in the field, I have supervised many trainee clinical psychologists and am delighted to be involved in the development of the new programme for clinical psychology training in UCC. 

Research Interests


My research interests are quite varied, but include: 
  • Many themes relating to Autism Spectrum Disorder and Asperger Syndrome
    • Theory of mind
    • Emotion regulation
    • Alexithymia
    • Simulationist theory
    • Sensory difficulties 
    • Teaching social skills
    • ASD in girls and women
    • Food aversions
  • Emotion recognition from facial expressions, posture, gesture and movement
  • Folk psychology
  • Intellectual disabilities – particular dementia care, staff training, personality theory

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2017)'Single Session Psychology Clinic for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Feasibility Study'
Ryan, Christian and O'Connor, Shona (2017) 'Single Session Psychology Clinic for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Feasibility Study'. JOURNAL OF CHILD AND FAMILY STUDIES, 26 (6):1614-1621 [DOI] [Details]
(2017)'Whoever shouts the loudest: Listening to parents of children with disabilities'
Christian Ryan and Elizabeth Quinlan (2017) 'Whoever shouts the loudest: Listening to parents of children with disabilities'. Journal of applied research in intellectual disabilities : JARID, [Details]
(2016)'Seeing the man in the moon: Do children with autism perceive pareidolic faces? A pilot study'
Ryan, C., King, R. J., & Stafford, M. (2016) 'Seeing the man in the moon: Do children with autism perceive pareidolic faces? A pilot study'. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, [DOI] [Details]
(2016)'Judgments of Nonverbal Behaviour by Children with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder: Can they Detect Signs of Winning and Losing from Brief Video Clips?'
Ryan C;Furley P;Mulhall K; (2016) 'Judgments of Nonverbal Behaviour by Children with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder: Can they Detect Signs of Winning and Losing from Brief Video Clips?'. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46 (9) [DOI] [Details]
(2010)'Teaching emotion recognition skills to children with autism'
Ryan C;Charragáin CN; (2010) 'Teaching emotion recognition skills to children with autism'. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 40 (12) [DOI] [Details]
(2007)'British outpatient norms for the Brief Symptom Inventory'
Ryan C; (2007) 'British outpatient norms for the Brief Symptom Inventory'. Psychology And Psychotherapy, 80 (Pt 2) [DOI] [Details]
(2004)'Differences in the appraisal of intrusive thoughts and contamination fears in obsessive-compulsive disorder'
Ryan, C (2004) 'Differences in the appraisal of intrusive thoughts and contamination fears in obsessive-compulsive disorder'. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 32 :235-238 [DOI] [Details]

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