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Principal Investigators:
Dermot Barnes-Holmes

Faculty:
Yvonne Barnes-Holmes

Post-Doctoral Researchers:
Ciara McEnteggart

Doctoral Students:
Martin Finn; Colin Harte; Deirdre Kavanagh; Aileen Leech


Principal Investigators

Prof. dr. Dermot Barnes-Holmes

Head of the Odysseus research group
Research interests
Dr. Dermot Barnes-Holmes graduated from the University of Ulster in 1985 with a B.Sc. in Psychology and in 1990 with a D.Phil. in behavior analysis. His first tenured position was in the Department of Applied Psychology at University College Cork, where he founded and led the Behavior Analysis and Cognitive Science unit. In 1999 he accepted the foundation professorship in psychology and head-of-department position at the National University of Ireland Maynooth. In 2015 he accepted a life-time senior professorship at Ghent University in Belgium. Dr. Barnes-Holmes is known internationally for the analysis of human language and cognition through the development of Relational Frame Theory with Steven C. Hayes, and its application in various psychological settings. He was the world's most prolific author in the experimental analysis of human behavior between the years 1980 and 1999. He was awarded the Don Hake Translational Research Award in 2012 by the American Psychological Association, is a past president and fellow of the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science, is a fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis, International, is a recipient of the Quad-L Lecture Award from the University of New Mexico and most recently became an Odysseus laureate when he received an Odysseus Type 1 award from the Flemish Science Foundation in Belgium.
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Faculty

Prof. dr. Yvonne Barnes-Holmes

Research interests
Since October 2015, Dr. Yvonne Barnes-Holmes has been the Senior Research Fellow of an Odysseus I Award on "Toward a Relational Frame Theory Account of Human Psychopathology within a Functional-Cognitive Framework" and Associate Professor in Behaviour Analysis, both at the Department of Experimental-Clinical and Health Psychology, Ghent University. She was formerly tenured faculty, including Head of Department, at the Department of Psychology, National University of Ireland Maynooth since 2003. She graduated from the latter in 2001 after completing an experimental Ph.D entitled Analysing relational frames: Studying language and cognition in young children. Since 2001, she has been involved in attracting 4million+ euros in funding. She is supervising or has graduated 19 doctorates and 7 Masters. She has published 120+ articles and book chapters and given 400+ talks and workshops. She is a recognized World Trainer in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Her areas of research interest include: the development of language and cognition; functional analyses of psychological suffering, especially depression, PTSD and psychosis; Behavioural and cognitive psychotherapies, especially acceptance and change therapies; and Critical psychology/psychiatry.
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Post-Doctoral Researchers

Dr. Ciara McEnteggart

Research interests
My research interests centre around the conceptual development of Relational Frame Theory (RFT; a basic account of human language and cognition), and how such developments can facilitate a deeper understanding of human psychological suffering and its alleviation. As part of the Odysseus project, we are currently investigating various relational features of human behaviour and how they may function in psychological suffering (e.g. the impact of rules on behaviour, relational perspective-taking, distinctions between fear and avoidance), with the principal aim of creating a functional taxonomy of various patterns of suffering. In parallel, we are also working on a number of clinical conceptual developments, for example, how RFT can both inform and enhance clinical work in areas such as assessment, interventions, and the therapeutic relationship. More specifically, we have recently offered a relational frame account of dissociation and its relationship with hearing voices in psychosis using a trauma-based developmental model. Creating linkages between the basic science and clinical applications is central to our research.
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Doctoral Students

Martin Finn

Research interests
My main research interest is the analysis of relational networking as defined by Relational Frame Theory. Other research interests parallel to this include procedural features of the IRAP, measurement and experimental manipulation of implicit attitudes, and the assessment of predictive validity of implicit measures.
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Colin Harte

Research interests
My main research interest is the analysis of relational networking as defined by Relational Frame Theory. Other research interests parallel to this include procedural features of the IRAP, measurement and experimental manipulation of implicit attitudes, and the assessment of predictive validity of implicit measures.
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Deirdre Kavanagh

Research interests
Relational Frame Theory, Behavior Analysis, Perspective-taking and the self
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Aileen Leech

Research interests
My main research interest is in the transformation of functions of derived fear and derived avoidance as defined by Relational Frame Theory. Other research interests include procedural features of the Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure (IRAP) and the measurement and experimental manipulation of implicit attitudes.
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