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Dr. Olive Healy

Assistant Professor in ABA (Psychology)


 Dissemination of evidence-based practice to professionals working in the field of intellectual disability: An evaluation of training protocols, treatment compliance, and generalisation.
 An evaluation of a psychosexual intervention with adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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External Examiner MSc Applied Behaviour Analysis Programme at Queens University Belfast 2015
Founding Director of the Irish Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Research (ICAN) at NUI Galway 2012
External Examiner for PhD viva voce examinations Swansea University 2018 University of Kent 2018 Queens University Belfast 2017 University of Ulster 2016 Swansea University 2016 Swansea University 2014
AsIAm National Charity-DCU Partnership External Academic Assessor for initiative to develop Europe's first autism friendly campus 2017
The Undergraduate Awards: Judge 2016
Pint of Science Ireland Guest Speaker 2015
International Expert Advisor to the Scientific Committee, International Section of SIACSA Italy (Associazione Società Italiana degli Analisti del Comportamento in campo Sperimentale ed Applicato) 2015
Associate of The Queen's University Autism Research and Treatment (QUART) School of Education, Queens University Belfast 2012
Division of Behaviour Analysis (Psychological Society of Ireland)Secretary to Committee 2008
Associate Editor: Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities Impact Factor: 1.305 Action up to 3 manuscripts per month 2011
Associate Editor: Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders Impact Factor: 1.475 Action up to four manuscripts per month 2012
Associate Editor: Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders Action one manuscript monthly 2016
Associate Editor: Journal of Behavioral Education Impact Factor: 1.348 Action two manuscripts monthly 2019
Editorial Board Member: Behavior Analysis in Practice 2017
Editorial Board Member: Research in Developmental Disabilities Impact Factor: 1.630 2010
Editorial Board Member: Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders Impact Factor: 2.907 2010
Editorial Board Member: Experimental Analysis of Behavior Bulletin 2000
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Psychological Society of Ireland 2006 Present
Division of Behaviour Analysis in Ireland (Psychological Society of Ireland) 1998 Present
The European Association of Behaviour Analysis 2000 Present
Association for Behavior Analysis International 2000 Present
International Society for Autism Research 2018 Present
Nally, A., Healy, O., Holloway, J., & Lydon, H. , An analysis of reading abilities in children with autism spectrum disorders, Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders , 47, 2018, p14 - 25, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Elmore, T., Healy, O., Lydon, S., & Lydon, C. , An Evaluation of Teaching with Acoustical Guidance (TAGteach) for Improving Passing Skills among University Rugby Athletes. , Journal of Sport Behavior, 41, (4), 2018, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
McTiernan, A., Holloway, J., & Healy, O. , Employing precision teaching, frequency-building, and the Morningside Math facts curriculum to increase fluency with addition and subtraction computation: A randomised-controlled trial., European Journal of Behavior Analysis, 2018, p1 - 15, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Herman, C., Healy, O., & Lydon, S. , An Interview-informed Synthesized Contingency Analysis to Inform the Treatment of Challenging Behaviour in a Young Child with Autism. , Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 2018, p1 - 16, Notes: [10.1080/17518423.2018.1437839], Journal Article, PUBLISHED
I Grey, M Mesbur, H Lydon, O Healy, J Thomas, An evaluation of positive behavioural support for children with challenging behaviour in community settings, Journal of Intellectual Disabilities, 2018, p1 - 21, Notes: [10.1177/1744629517716545], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
C Gunning, J Holloway, O Healy, Evaluating the preschool life skills program to teach school readiness skills: An irish pilot study, European Journal of Behavior Analysis, 2018, p1 - 21, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
O Healy, S Lydon, T Brady, M Rispoli, J Holloway, L Neely, I Grey, The Use of Differential Reinforcement of Other Behaviours to Establish Inhibitory Stimulus Control for the Management of Vocal Stereotypy in Children with Autism, Developmental neurorehabilitation, 2018, p1 - 11, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Multilevel analysis of multiple-baseline data evaluating precision teaching as an intervention for improving fluency in foundational reading skills for at risk readers, J Brosnan, M Moeyaert, K Brooks Newsome, O Healy, M Heyvaert, ... Exceptionality 26 (3), 137-161, Exceptionality , 26, (3), 2018, p137 - 161, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
McTiernan, A., Holloway, J., & Healy, O., RCT of Morningside Maths Curriculum, Association for Behavior Analysis International, Chicago, USA, May 2018, 2018, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Nally, A, Healy, O., Holloway, J. & Lydon, H., An evaluation of reading skills in children with ASD, Association for Behavior Analysis International, Chicago, USA, May 2018, 2018, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
  

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McTiernan, A., Holloway, J., & Healy, O., RCT of Morningside Maths Curriculum, Association for Behavior Analysis International, Chicago, USA, May 2018, 2018, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Gormley, L., Healy, O., & O'Regan, D., Dissemination of Evidence-Based Practice to Professionals Working in the Field of Intellectual Disabilities, Association for Behavior Analysis International, Paris, May 27th 2016, 2016, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Ciara Gunning, Jennifer Holloway & Olive Healy , The Preschool Life Skills Programme , 10th Annual Conference Division of Behaviour Analysis, NUI Maynooth, June 2016, 2016, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Joan Somerville & Olive Healy, An Evaluation of the Tackling Teenage Training Program and its Effects on Achieving Healthy Social and Sexual Wellbeing in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Ireland. , 10th Annual Conference Division of Behaviour Analysis, NUI Maynooth, June 2016, 2016, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Lydon, S., Healy, O., Roche, M., Henry, R., Mulhern, T., & Hughes, B. M., Salivary cortisol levels and challenging behaviour, The 9th Annual Conference of the Division of Behaviour Analysis, NUI Galway, April 2015, 2015, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Lydon, S., Healy, O., Challenging behavior, salivary cortisol in ASD, Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI), Las Vegas, NV, USA, January 2015, 2015, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Lydon, S., Healy, O., Mulhern, T., & Hughes, B. M., Heart rate measurement during functional assessment of stereotyped motor behaviour, The 9th Annual Conference of the Division of Behaviour Analysis, NUI Galway, July 2015, 2015, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Hughes, B. M., Lydon, S., Healy, O., Roche, M., Henry, R., Mulhern, T., Reed, P.,& Goodwin, M. S., Psychophysiological stress responses and challenging behaviour in children with autism spectrum disorder., The 36th Annual Conference of the Stress and Anxiety Research Society, TelAviv, Israel, July 2015, 2015, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Mulhern, T., Lydon, S., Healy, O., & Mollaghan, G., A systematic review and evaluation of procedures for the induction of speech among persons with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities., The Autism and the Foundations of Language and Communication Conference, Dublin, Ireland, March 2015, 2015, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
Mulhern, T., Lydon, S., Healy, O., , Evaluation of procedures for the induction of speech among persons with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities, The 9th Annual Conference of the Division of Behaviour Analysis, NUI Galway, April 2015, 2015, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED

  

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Award Date
Nomination MacJannet Prize 2015
Nomination, Rising Star, Association for Psychological Science 2014
Research Scientist Award for The Comprehension Application of Behaviour Analysis to Schooling, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York 2014
Distinguished Lecturer: Mollie Villeret Davis Annual Lecture. The Meadows Centre, College of Education, University of Texas at Austin 2013
Association of Professional Behavior Analysts 2009
My research is directly focused on behavioural, developmental and healthcare streams. The aim of my research is to increase the understanding of how children with complex needs learn and how they change across developmental spans. I have a particular interest in the application of findings to neurodevelopmental disorders conducting research that addresses intervention, health care and prevention by engaging in a fully integrated approach linking basic and clinical research. Key aspects include conducting early-stage research in areas of unmet clinical need including diagnostics, therapeutic intervention and strategies targeted at prevention. Further, I am passionate about the dissemination of behavioural interventions as evidence-based practices to healthcare workers. My research programmes are typically carried out in community settings/clinics/hospitals and involve working with children and families individually including ASD/ID; Fragile X, Neurofibromatosis; ADHD. I have created a pivotal hub in the emerging network of European and global networks through collaborations and partnering, and to enhance the educational capacity of autism research, not only in Ireland but in a larger European and international setting. The complementarity of my research here at Trinity College and that of my international research partners, represents a considerable degree of interdisciplinary coherence and compatibility, consistent with Trinity College's deep commitment to the ethos of interdisciplinary collaboration and research. I am fully committed to building this capacity for greater research partnerships in the future. My contribution to the behavioural literature, on intervention research studies conducted in real-world clinical settings, has demonstrated the effectiveness of novel strategies to reduce well-documented core symptomatic and co-occurring challenges, in children and adolescents with ASD. My research has had an impact on driving international policy in best treatment practices for Autism. The American Academy of Pediatrics utilised my research in constructing their policy statement on Sensory Integration Therapies for children with Developmental and Behavioural Disorders.