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Dr. Rita Honan

Adjunct Assistant Professor (Psychology)


After a teaching career with children with profound disabilities and then kindergarten students, Dr. Honan practiced 8 years as a school psychologist in the U.S. (Florida), followed by 13 years in private practice in Counselling Psychology and Psychological and Behavioural Consultancy in a range of Developmental Disability Services, and Adolescent assessment and residential services. Since moving to Dublin in 1994, she has maintained an interest and practice in Counselling, Clinical and Educational Psychology as well as Applied Behaviour Analysis. She initatied the concept of 2 classes for students with Autism in mainstream primary schools which is now widespread in Ireland, and introduced the first University training programme in ABA in Ireland leading to an international qualification (Board Certified Associate Behaviour Analyst). She is very active in the Psychological Society of Ireland's ABA and Autism groups. Her research has been primarily in the area of Pivotal Response Training to improve the social development of children and young adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorders by involving mainstream peers.
  Behavior Modification   Clinical Psychology   College Students   Educational Planning/Policy   Educational Psychology   Special Education
 Development & Delivery of supports to young adults with Autistic Spectrum conditions
 Furthering Inclusive Education in Irish Primary Schools

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Association of Behavior Analysis (International), invited member of Supervision Task Force 2006-07
Minister of Education and Science's Task Force on Autism, Invited Member 2001
National Educational Psychological Services (NEPS) Advisory Board Member 2000-2002
Special Olympics World Games: Entertainment team co-ordinator for TCD based athletes and coaches 2003
Human Rights Advocacy Committee, Developmental Services, Broward County, Florida(appointed by Governor) 1987-1993
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American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (since 1971)
Association of Behavior Analysis (International and Florida), member ABA Autism Special Interest Group
American Psychological Association, Divisions of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Behavior Analysis
Autism Society of America
Psychological Society of Ireland Associate Fellow, Registered Psychologist; Division Member- Counselling Psychology, Behaviour Analysis (founding committee member), and Educational Psychology. Special Interest Groups: Autism (founding committee member, treasurer), and Intellectual Disabilities. 6 year (former) member of Council.
Florida Psychological Association 2007 Present
Teehee, E., Honan, R. & Hevey, D. , Factors contributing to stress in parents of individuals with autistic spectrum disorders, Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 2008, Notes: [ ], Journal Article, IN_PRESS
Grey, I.M., Bruton C., Honan R. , McGuinness, R. & Daly, M., A Comparison of Co-operative Learning in Mainstream versus Special Class Settings: Implications for Practice, Educational Pyschology in Practice, 23, (4), 2007, p317 - 327, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Murphy, E., Grey, I.M. & Honan, R., A Review of Co-operative Learning, British Journal of Special Needs Education, Research Section, 32, (3), 2005, p157 - 164, Notes: [ ], Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Grey, I. M & Honan, R., Evaluating the Effectiveness of Teacher Training in Applied Behaviour Analysis., Journal of Learning Disabilities, 9, ((3)), 2005, p209 - 227, Notes: [ ], Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Grey, I.M., Honan, R. & Murphy, E. , Increasing social behaviours in children with Aspergers Syndrome using pivotal response training procedures, Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities., Journal Article, SUBMITTED
McCann, J., Minihan, E., Honan, R. and Grey, I. , Increasing social success for children with Asperger's Syndrome through peer-implemented Pivotal Response Training, Teaching Exceptional Children, Journal Article, SUBMITTED

Honan, R., ASDs for Clinicians - CD-ROM, Dept. of Health & Children Disabilities Office, 2006, -, Software, PUBLISHED
McCann, J. & Honan, R., Supporting Inclusion: Strategies and accommodations for the primary classroom for students with intellectual disabilities and autistic spectrum disorders, 2005, - 11 pages, Notes: [Booklet- distributed to all primary schools in Ireland ], Protocol or guideline, PUBLISHED
Murphy, E., Grey, I & Honan, R. , Implementation of a co-operative learning programme with a child with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder, REACH Journal of Special Needs Education in Ireland, 18 , (1), 2004, p39 -49 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Multiple Authors, Educational provision and support for persons with autistic spectrum disorders: Report of the task force on autism to the Minister of Education and Science, Dublin, Ireland, Government Print Office, 2001, Report, PUBLISHED


Award Date
"Tigh Rita - Honan House", respite care facility named for contributions to the ERHA Beechpark Services for children with autism and their famiies 9.2000
Outstanding Advocate of the Year, ARC Broward, Florida 1994
PSI Division of Counselling Psychology, Recognition of Contribution to the Advancement of Counselling Psychology in Ireland 2003
Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis, International Development Grant Award 2002
Autistic Disorder, Asperger Syndrome: Supporting those affected, their families and schools, including third level institutions. Focus on the development of key social interaction skills including 'training' of mainstream peers to elicit improved social behaviours of those with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Within TCD, the ASProject both provides direct services and explores how to identify and support students with an Autistic Spectrum Disorder to insure they complete college and maintain good mental health during these vulnerable years.