Research-related service on National or International bodies
Adamson, Lewis and Stringer serve as Committee Members of the Northern Ireland Branch of the British Psychological Society, with Lewis acting as N.I. B.P.S. Secretary. Lewis is also a member of the Standing Conference Committee of the B.P.S. Bunting serves on the International Scientific Committee of the Society for Multivariate Analysis in the Behavioural Sciences and is a member of the Committee of the Mathematical and Statistical Section of the B.P.S. Cairns was Co-chair of the International Alliances and Ventures Task Force, Division 48 (Division of Peace Psychology) of the American Psychological Association. Keenan is Director and Co-founder of the Northern Ireland charity Parent’s Education as Autism Therapists (P.E.A.T.). Kim is a Research Associate at the Minnesota Obesity Center, University of Minnesota. Leader is President of the Behaviour Analysis in Ireland Group. Leslie was Chief Organizer of the Third European Meeting for the Experimental Analysis of Behaviour, Dublin 1997, and was Chair of the Scientific Committee for the Fourth European Meeting of the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behaviour in Amiens, France in 2000. Liddell is External Grants Officer for the N.Ireland National Lottery Charities Board (2000) and is a consultant to the Child, Youth and Family Consortium, Penn State University and advisor to their South African intervention program. O’Hare is a Research Associate, Geriatric Research at the Educational and Clinical Center, Department of Veterans Affairs Hospital, Minneapolis.
Editorial activities (e.g. membership of editorial boards, refereeing papers)
Bunting has refereed books for Sage and Wiley and journal articles for the British Journal of Psychology, the British Journal of Health Psychology and the British Journal of Educational Psychology. Cairns is a Member of the Editorial Board of the APA journal, Peace and Conflict, and has refereed papers for Child Development, the British Journal of Social Psychology and the International Journal of Behavioral Development. He has also reviewed grants for the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust. Cornish has refereed papers for the 13th European Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Brighton, 1998. Giles has acted as a referee for the British Journal of Social Psychology, the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, and Psychology and Health. Kim is a Member of the Editorial Review Board for Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. Leslie has been on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis and the European Journal of Behaviour Analysis, and has refereed papers for Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior and the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology (part B). Lewis is Co-editor of Mental Health, Religion and Culture, and is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Beliefs and Values; he also reviews for the British Journal of Clinical Psychology, and Personality and Individual Differences. Liddell has refereed for the International Journal of Educational Development and the South African Journal of Psychology. McConville has refereed for Personality and Individual Differences, the British Journal of Medical Psychology, and the British Journal of Psychology. O’Hare served on the Review Board for Neural and Behavioral Sciences, United States Institute of Health, Bethesda (1996-1999). Rae has refereed for Psychological Methods, and Psychometrika. Rushe has refereed for Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, and Archives of General Psychiatry. Reinhardt-Rutland has reviewed for Perception, the International Journal of Cognitive Ergonomics, Fire and Materials, Neurocomputing Letters, the Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, and the British Journal of Psychology. He has also acted as a Grant Proposal Referee for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Leverhulme Trust. Shevlin has reviewed for the British Journal of Psychology, Personality and Individual Differences, and Psychological Assessment, and contributed to academic debates in Nature (1997, 388, p.14).
Awards and distinctions
Cairns was the recipient of British Council Awards to travel to Israel and Sweden. Kim (1997-1999) was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Neuroendocrinology, Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota, and O’Hare was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Behavioral Pharmacology and a Postdoctoral Fellow in Behavioral Neurobiology of Ageing at the University of Minnesota (1996-1998). Reinhardt-Rutland was awarded DM 1878 from the Vielberth Foundation in connection with an invited paper at the University of Regensburg, Germany 1997, and £1120 by the Society for Minimally Invasive Therapy for an invited paper to their Annual Conference in 1998. Lewis is a Research Associate in the School of Social Studies, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic, and a Research Associate at the Centre for Theology and Education, Trinity College, Carmarthen, University of Wales.
Invited talks at conferences / keynote addresses etc.
Bunting has been an invited speaker at the International Conference on Methodology and Statistics organized by the Slovenian Statistical Association on two occasions (1997, 1999). Cairns was the invited Keynote Speaker at the Annual Conference of British Psychological Society held in Belfast in 1999. Keenan gave an invited address to the Experimental Analysis of Behaviour Group Annual Conference (London, 1998). Leader is an invited speaker at the American Behavior Analysis Conference (Venice, 2001). Liddell gave an invited paper at International Society for the Study of Behavioral Development Annual Conference (Beijing, 2000). O’Hare was an invited speaker at the Sixth International Conference on Geriatric Medicine at Llandudno, Wales (2000). Reinhardt-Rutland was an invited contributor to the 14th International Symposium on Transportation and Traffic Theory (Jerusalem, 1999). Stringer was an invited contributor and discussant at the 22nd Annual Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology (Amsterdam, 1999).
Following grants awarded by Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst, Reinhardt-Rutland has collaborated with Walter Ehrenstein at the Institut fur Arbeitsphysologie at the University of Dortmund in the areas of auditory psychophysics and remote operation. This collaboration has produced a number of publications and conference papers. Bunting is a member of the International Research group on Methodology and Comparative Survey Research. Members of this group meet each year to discuss developments in research methodology. Stringer and Lewis are active collaborators with Hunter (University of Otago, N. Zealand, see RA2 for publications) This cross-cultural programme of research allows theoretical ideas to be tested through data collection in Northern Ireland and New Zealand and builds upon joint research carried out by these authors. Cairns and Lewis are involved in collaboration in a five-nation study that attempts to understand the maintenance and reproduction of social identities and social memories in the larger Irish Diaspora, and to explore this Diaspora’s attitudes toward the political violence in Northern Ireland. The study has research teams in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Australia, England and the United States, and is directed by Prof. Michael Roe (University of Seattle). Four of the five teams came together to present their findings in international symposia, first in 1998 at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association in San Francisco, and again in 2000 at the Annual Meeting of the American Conference for Irish Studies in Limerick. Evidence of the effectiveness of this international collaboration was Cairns’s invitation in 1999 to Stanford University to give a talk on Creating Citizenship: Youth Development for a Free and Democratic Society and his membership of the Planning Group for the Global Training Institute on Ethnopolitical Warfare (a joint APA/CPA venture). Liddell was Founding Member, University of Natal International Research Exchange Program, 2000, and with Rae has developed extensive research links between researchers in South Africa and Ulster.
Evidence of Research Impact on the Wider Community
Keenan's applied work in the area of autism is recognised throughout Ireland. As noted earlier, he established the first charity in Ireland devoted to training parents to be therapists (Parents' Education as Autism Therapists). He organised the First International Conference in Ireland on Autism and Applied Behaviour Analysis in Belfast (October 2000), attracting over 200 people from across the U.K. and Ireland. Bunting was Chair of the Discussion Group on the Statistics Section of the ‘A’ Level Mathematics paper for the Northern Ireland Council for the Curriculum Examinations and Assessment (C.C.E.A.), and prepared a report for this body on disputed questions.
Leslie was Consultant to Sir Louis Blom-Cooper, Independent Commissioner for the Holding Centres, 1996-2000, and a Director of the Institute for Counselling and Personal Development (a registered charity). Leslie was also Chair of the Board of Professional Conduct, Psychological Society of Ireland that produced a number of ethics-related publications: Leslie, J.C. (1996). The dilemmas of sexual abuse counselling. Irish Psychologist, 22, 70-71. Leslie, J.C. (Ed.) (1996). Contemporary ethical issues for psychologists, Special Issue. Irish Journal of Psychology, 17, No. 2. 106 pp. (ISBN 09504570 8 6); Leslie, J.C. (1996). The data collection dilemma : An ethical issue for all psychological research. Irish Journal of Psychology, 17, 148-155.; Leslie, J.C. (1997). Ethical and conceptual implications of behaviour modification: historical and current issues. Psychological Record, 47, 637-648. This contribution is worthy of particular mention as the Psychological Society of Ireland’s guidelines in this area have been highlighted in a recent report as the most advanced in European Psychology.
Adamson, Bunting, Cornish, Stringer and Giles have produced a range of research reports that have been influential in policy formation and the promotion of evidence-based practice. These include: Improving the Effectiveness of Further Education Provision by Reducing Non-completion Rates on GNVQ/NVQ Courses in Colleges of Further Education, Department of Education Northern 1998 (Adamson); The Causes and Epidemiology of Vocal Strain as a Prelude to Voice Disorder in Teachers, Health and Safety Executive, 1999 (Adamson); The Needs of Adult Learners in the Context of Incorporation of Colleges of Further and Higher Education, Research Report, Department of Education, 1999 (Adamson); The Provision for Health Education in Schools, Department of Education, 2000 (Adamson); The Impact of Schooling on the Social Attitudes of Children, Department of Education, 2000 (Stringer and Giles); Evaluation of the STAC and Ramoan Programmes: A Summary of the Main Findings, 1999 (Giles); Report to the Probation Board for Northern Ireland: A Two-Year Reconviction Study of the STAC and Ramoan Programmes, Report to the Probation Board for Northern Ireland, 2000 (Giles); and The Effects of the Peace Process on the Direction of Research in Northern Ireland, Central Community Relations Unit, 1997 (Stringer and Cornish, see RA2). In addition, Bunting has conducted evaluation research for numerous local groups: Homefirst Trust, Northern Ireland Community Addition Service, Causeway Health and Social Services Trust, and the Ulster Cancer Foundation.