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Dr. Jan De Vries

Assistant Professor (School of Nursing & Midwifery)

Dr. de Vries is a psychologist who specialises in clinical and health psychology, stress management, cognitive neuroscience, and social psychology. He holds a PhD in Psychology from Trinity College Dublin and an MSc and BSc from Utrecht University in The Netherlands. Dr. de Vries started his research career in the Netherlands at Utrecht University where he was a researcher in the Theatre, Film and Television Department. The research focussed on emotions in spectators of theatre and film. At that time he also started his research on stress management in performers, which was the topic of his Masters thesis in the Netherlands and later his PhD in Ireland. The research included a survey of performers, semi-structured interviews, design and evaluation of an intervention for performers in training (including follow-up), and led to the design of stress management workshops. He moved to Ireland in 1994 to extend and complete the research started in the Netherlands. While in Ireland he got involved in a variety of projects including a feasibility study for TCD and DIT on setting up of an Arts Therapies programme. This included focus groups. Later he set up, coordinated, and evaluated an extensive programme of dialogue, healing and reconciliation at the Glencree Centre of Reconciliation (Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow). In 2000 he was offered a visiting professorship at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He stayed in the USA for six year combining teaching of a variety of psychology classes with research on dating services. At present he is lecturing in psychology in the School of Nursing and Midwifery in TCD and involved in a variety of research programmes originating in the School. He is a reviewer for Family and Marriage review and was a member of the Stress Management Policy Development group for the Health Service Executive (HSE). This present research activities include the Cognitive Neuroscience of Cognitive Dissonance; Applications of Cognitive Dissonance (to Hand Hygiene and Conflict Management); Psychology Teaching in Nursing; Various Evaluations of Mental Health Programmes and other training programmes; Leadership in Nursing; Accident Proneness and Functional Health Patterns, and Community Integration in People with and Intellectual Disability.
  Applied Psychology   Behavior Modification   Behavioural Neuroscience   Clinical psychology   Cognitive science   CONFLICT   Conflict Management and Resolution   Creative music education   Crisis Counseling   Development, prevention and treatment of mental disease or disorder   Developmental Psychology   Emotional, behavioural and cognitive disorders   Health attitudes and behaviour   Health Communication   Health psychology   Information technology in education   Innovation in learning   Leadership in nursing   Mental health nursing   Mental health promotion   Neuropsychology   Neuroscience and Cognition   Nursing   Peace Psychology   Peace Studies   Performance practice   Psychosomatic Disorders   Rehabilitation   Research issues specifice to any health profession   Social Psychology   Stress   Stress Management   Trauma   Violence Prevention
 NETHATE - Network of Excellence of Training on Hate
 Depression and inner conflict: the neuroscience of cognitive dissonance
 Cognitive Dissonance: foundations and applications
 Narratives of Nursing Leadership
 Graduate Entry Nursing (GEN) facilitation study

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Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) 2006 present
Netherlands Institute for Psychologists (NIP) 1987 present
Higgins A., Downes C., Daly L., Begley T., Sharek D. and De Vries J., Capacity building in sexual health promotion: a longitudinal evaluation of a training-the-trainer programme in Ireland, Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 2019, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Elizabeth McCarthy Quinn, Louise Gallagher, Jan de Vries, A qualitative exploration of breastfeeding support groups in Ireland from the women's perspectives, Midwifery, 78, 2019, p71 - 77, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Bagnasco, A., Aleo, G., Timmins, F., DeVries, J. Bressan, V., Bianchi, M., and Sasso, L. , A response to Sabatino et al 2015 regarding Italian nurse education and practice., Nurse Education in Practice, 28, 2018, p76 - 79, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
McSherry, R., Timmins, F. De Vries, J. and McSherry, W., A Reflective Qualitative Appreciative Inquiry Approach to Restoring Compassionate Care Deficits at one UK Healthcare Site, Journal of Nursing Management, 2018, Journal Article, ACCEPTED
Timmins, F., Parissopoulos S., Plakas, S., Naughton, M.T., de Vries, J.M.A. and Fouka, G, Privacy at end of life in ICU - a review of the literature, Nursing in Critical Care, 27, (11-12), 2018, p2274-2284 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
de Vries, J, and Curtis, E., Nursing Leadership in Ireland: experiences and obstacles, Leadership in Health Services, 00, 2018, p1 - 16, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Timmins, F., King, CB, De Vries, J.M.A., Johnson, M. Haigh, C., Cullen, J, Altruism, honesty and religiosity in nursing students., Journal of Clinical Nursing, 00, 2018, p1 - 32, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Husain, M. and de Vries, J., Declining Quality of Care: Is the clock ticking?, The 37th RCSI Annual International Nursing & Midwifery Research and Education Conference 2018, Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland, 28 Feb - 1 Mar, 2018, Poster, PRESENTED
De Vries, J. and Timmins, F., Understanding Psychology for Nursing Students, Exeter, UK., Sage (Learning Matters), 2017, 1 - 214pp, Book, PUBLISHED
Timmins, F. and De Vries, J. , Care Erosion and What to do about it., Nursing and Midwifery Values in Practice., Conference Centre, Dublin Castle, Dublin, Ireland, Tuesday 16th May, 2017, Department of Health, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED

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de Vries, J,, Critical Reflection in Health Care. , CPC LEADERSHIP Embracing the Challenges, The Richmond Education and Event Centre, Dublin, 17 May, 2018, INMO Professional development Centre, 1 - 23pp, Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Monahan M, Holme I, Stacey G, Morrissey J, De Vries J, McKenna H, Nash M, Higgins A., Report of the Scoping Exercise on the Introduction of Graduate Entry Mental Health Nursing in Ireland, Dublin, DoH, 2017, Report, COMPLETED
de Vries, J., Stress and Workplace Stress Management, Annual Meeting, Camden Court Hotel, Dublin, 20 April, 2016, Association of Irish Risk Managers (AIRM), Invited Talk, PRESENTED
Higgins A., Downes C., Daly L., Begley T., DeVries J. and Sharek D. , The Development and Piloting of the Sexual Health Promotion Education Evaluation Tool (SH-PET). , School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 2016, Report, PUBLISHED
Higgins, A. Doyle, L. Downes, C., Murphy, R., Sharek, D., deVries, J., Begley, T., McCann E., Sheerin, F. & Smyth, S. , The LGBTIreland Report: national study of the mental health and wellbeing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in Ireland, Dublin, GLEN and BeLonG To. , March, 2016, p1 - 310, Report, PUBLISHED
Doyle L., O'Shea M.T., Keogh B., de Vries J., McBennett P. and Higgins A., Suicide or Survive: Wellness Workshop Longitudinal Evaluation Report , Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, September, 2014, 147, Report, PUBLISHED
Higgins A, Daly L, de Vries J, Keogh B, McCann E, Sharek D, Capacity Building Impact of the Foundation Programme in Sexual Health Promotion: A Multiple Stakeholder Perspective. , HSE, HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme, 2013, p1 - 128, Notes: [Report prepared for the Crisis Pregnancy Programme], Report, PUBLISHED
Higgins A., Daly L., de Vries J., Keogh B., McCann E., and Sharek, Capacity Building Impact of the Foundation Programme in Sexual Health, Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, June, 2013, 127, Report, PUBLISHED
Doyle L., Higgins A., Sharek D., Keogh B., De Vries J., McBennett P. , Suicide or Survive: Wellness Workshop Evaluation Final Report. Dublin: School of Nursing and Midwifery Trinity College Dublin., Dublin: School of Nursing and Midwifery Trinity College Dublin, August, 2012, Report, PUBLISHED
Higgins, A., Callaghan, P., de Vries, J.M.A., Keogh, B., Morrisey, J., Ryan, D., Gijbels, H. & Nash, M., Evaluation of the Mental Health Recovery and WRAP Education Programme, Dublin, IMHREC, May, 2010, 1, 81, Report, PUBLISHED


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Main interests: - Stress and Stress Management - Trauma and Trauma Treatment - Cognitive dissonance: neuroscience and applications General Areas of Interest: - General Psychology - Social Psychology - Health Psychology