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Dr Allison Gillen

Lecturer in Psychology

Dr Allison Gillen

T: 01473 338547
E: A.Gillen@uos.ac.uk

Career Overview

Dr Allison M. C. Gillen (PhD, MSc, BSc, CPsychol, AFBPsS, FHEA) is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and is a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Suffolk, having joined the team in August 2015. 

At present, Allison is the Module Leader and Creator of the Academic Development module (Level 4; delivered by 8 Lecturers across the Psychology, Sociology, Youth Studies and Criminology degree programmes), is the Module Leader of the Social and Developmental Psychology module (Level 5), is the Module Leader of the Questionnaire Design and Analysis mdoule (Level 5) and is the Module Leader of the Personality and Intelligence module (Level 6).  Furthermore, Allison shares responsibility and lectures on the Social Science Research Skills module (Level 4) and the Foundations of Social and Developmental Psychology module (Level 4).

Additionally, Allison supervises final year dissertation students, is a personal tutor for Level 6 students, is a Mentor for a Research Assistant and is a PhD Advisor.  Allison also sits on the Extenuating Circumstances Panel and the Learning, Teaching and Assessment Committee.  Allison is also a reviewer on the journal "Cogent Psychology" and the journal "Child Care in Practice".  Furthermore, Allison was recently awarded Fellowship status of the Higher Education Academy (October, 2017).

Allison was awarded a full Vice Chancellors Research Scholarship to conduct her PhD entitled: The Prevalence and Mediating Intrinsic and Extrinsic Predictors of Deliberate Self-Harm in Northern Irish Adolescents from Ulster University (2011-2015; Northern Ireland) in June 2015. During this time, Allison was awarded Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (2013) and the Institute of Leadership and Management Level 5 Award in Leadership and Management (February, 2016).

Allison has extensive experience of teaching a wide range of psychology modules while at Ulster University (2011-2015; Northern Ireland). Furthermore, Allison delivered her course entitled: Introduction to SPSS for Beginners during the Statistics Summer School at Ulster University (2012-2014; Northern Ireland).

Previous to beginning her PhD, Allison was awarded a First Class Distinction in her MSc in Applied Psychology: Mental Health from Ulster University (2010; Northern Ireland). Simultaneously, Allison was awarded the Level A (Ability Tests) Certificate of Competence in Occupational Testing from the Psychological Testing Centre (2010; British Psychological Society) and is on the Register of Qualifications in Test Use, while also completing a Basic Therapeutic Counselling Skills Course. Allison completed her BSc (Hons) in Psychology at the University of Stirling (2005-2009; Scotland).

 

Professional Memberships

Allison holds the following Professional Memberships:

•  Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society.

•  Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

•  Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

•  Member of the Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology of the British Psychological Society.

•  Member of the Northern Irish Branch and Developmental Section of the British Psychological Society.

•  Member on the Psychological Testing Centres Register of Qualifications in Test Use (Level A [Ability] Certificate of Competence in Occupational Testing), British Psychological Society.

 

Teaching

Allison is currently teaching on the following modules:

Level 4

•  Academic Development (IMDPSY110; Module Leader)

•  Social Science Research Skills (IMDPSY110)

•  Foundations of Social and Developmental Psychology (IMDPSY112)

 

Level 5

•  Social and Developmental Psychology (IMDPSY219; Module Leader)

•  Questionnaire Design and Analysis (IMDPSY224; Module Leader)

 

Level 6

•  Personality and Intelligence (IMDPSY310; Module Leader)

•  Dissertation (IMDPSY399;)

 

Research Interests

Allison's research interests focus on the areas of child and adolescent mental health and wellbeing.  Allison is particularly interested in the areas of coping mechanisms, impulsivity, bullying and cyberbullying, personality, and psychological vulnerability.  Allison conducts her research both with community based populations and clinical populations.  Allison mainly focuses her research on the prevalence, predictors and mediating factors of self-harm (SH) with adolescents aged from 11 years to 18 years.

Allison has extensive skills both of a quantitative and qualitative nature, as Allison's PhD adopted a mixed methods approach.  Allison has expertise in utilising data manipulation and analyses packages such as Mplus, SPSS and Nvivo. 

 

Publications

Gillen, A. M. C., Kirby, K., McBride, O., McGlinchey, E. & Rushe, T. (2017).  Comparing self-harm (SH) thoughts and behaviours among a community sample of younger and older adolescents in Northern Ireland.  Child Care in Practice. First published online: 05/10/2017. doi:10.1080/13575279.2017.1358152

Gray, J., Hanna, D., Gillen, A. M. C. & Rushe, T. (2016).  A closer look at Carver and White's BIS/BAS Scales: Factor analysis and age group differences.  Personality and Individual Differences, 95, 20-24.  doi:10.1016/j.paid.2016.02.022| IF:  1.95, 5-year IF:  2.42.

McKenna, A. E. & Gillen, A. M. C. (2016).  Direct and indirect effects of maltreatment typologies on suicidality in a representative Northern Irish sample:  Psychopathology only partially mediates the relationship.  Journal of Psychiatric Research, 72, 82-90.  doi:10.1016/j.jpsychires.2015.11.001| IF:  4.47, 5-Year IF:  4.76.  

 

Published Abstracts and Conference Presentations

Gillen, A. M. C. (2017).  Academic skills development: A new initiative.  Oral presentation at the University of Suffolk Learning and Teaching Day Conference, University of Suffolk, 13th December 2017.

Gillen, A. M. C., Kirby, K., Tracey, A., McAteer, D. & Rushe, T. (2017).  An exploration of the experiences, attitudes and precursors to the onset of self-harm (SH) behaviour amongst a clinical sample of adolescents.  Oral presentation at the Northern Ireland Branch of the British Psychological Society Annual Conference, Dundalk, 24th March 2017.  http://www.kc-jones.co.uk/nibps2017

Gillen, A. M. C., Kirby, K., Tracey, A., McAteer, D. & Rushe, T. (2017).  Understanding self-harm: Young people's perspectives. Oral presentation at the Hidden Harms Conference, University of Suffolk, Ipswich, 23rd January 2017.  https://www.uos.ac.uk/sites/default/files/Hidden%20Harms%20Conference.pdf

Gillen, A. M. C., Kirby, K., McBride, O., McGlinchy, E. & Rushe, T. (2016). The prevalence of psychosocial and personality factors as predictors of deliberate self-harm in an 11-18 year old Northern Irish adolescent sample. Oral presentation (DCOPNI Supported Symposium: Adolescent self-harm in Northern Ireland: Rates, predictors and preventative interventions) at the Northern Ireland Branch of the British Psychological Society 60th Anniversary Annual Conference, Dundalk, 4th March 2016.

Gillen, A. M. C., Kirby, K., McAteer, D. & Rushe, T. (2014).  Demographic, lifestyle, psychological and personality factors associated with deliberate self-harm in Northern Irish adolescents.  Oral presentation (295) at the British Psychological Society Developmental Psychology Section Annual Conference, Amsterdam September 2014.  https://www.bps.org.uk/system/files/user-files/Developmental%20Section%20Annual%20Conference%202014/2014_developmental_abstract_book.pdf

Gillen, A. M. C., Kirby, K., McAteer, D. & Rushe, T. (2014). Demographic, lifestyle, psychological and personality factors associated with deliberate self-harm in Northern Irish adolescents.  Poster presentation (332) at the British Psychological Society Developmental Psychology Section Annual Conference, Amsterdam September 2014.  https://www.bps.org.uk/system/files/user-files/Developmental%20Section%20Annual%20Conference%202014/2014_developmental_abstract_book.pdf

Gillen, A. M. C., Kirby, K., McAteer, D. & Rushe, T. (2014). Lifetime, psychological and personality factors associated with deliberate self-harm in Northern Irish adolescents.  Poster presentation (23) at The 15th European Symposium on Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour, Tallinn, Estonia, August 2014.  http://esssb15.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/ESSSB-final-programme.pdf

Gillen, A. M. C., Mallett, J. & Lloyd, K. (2012).  Ageing and mental health in the United Kingdom.  Poster presentation at The Psychology, Health and Medicine 9th Annual One Day Conference in Queen's University, Belfast, April 2012.

Gillen, A. M. C., Mallett, J. & Lloyd, K. (2012).  Ageing and mental health in the United Kingdom:  The moderation effects of status strains, role strains and psychological resources.  Oral presentation at the British Psychological Society:  Northern Irish Branch, Annual Conference 2012, Enniskillen, May 2012.  http://abstracts.bps.org.uk/index.cfm?&REsultsType=Abstracts&ResultSet_ID=8182&FormDisplayMode=view&frmShowSelected=true&localAction=details|