DR Allison (Mary Christina) Gillen

Assistant Lecturer

Contact Details

Assistant Lecturer
Address

E: Gillen.Allison@itsligo.ie
Lecturer In Psychology
Social Sciences
B1083

E: gillen.allison@itsligo.ie
 
researcher

Biography

Career Overview 
Dr Allison M. C. Gillen (PhD, MSc, BSc, CPsychol, AFBPsS, SFHEA) is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and is a Lecturer in Psychology (2019), having joined the team at the Institute of Technology Sligo in September 2018.    

Allison was awarded Senior Fellowship status of the Higher Education Academy (2018) and was also recently awarded the Level B (Personality Tests) Certificate of Competence in Occupational Testing from the Psychological Testing Centre (2018; British Psychological Society), and is on the Register of Qualifications in Test Use.  Allison is a reviewer on the journal "Cogent Psychology" and the journal "Child Care in Practice".    
Prior to joining the team at the Institute of Technology Sligo, Allison was a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Suffolk (2015-2018; England), was the Course Leader for the MSc Applications of Psychology and the PhD and Research Coordinator for Psychology.  Allison was the Module Leader and Creator of the Academic Development module, the Module Leader of: (1) Social and Developmental Psychology; (2) Questionnaire Design and Analysis and (3) Personality and Intelligence, while contributing and sharing responsibility for: (4) Social Science Research Skills and (5) Foundations of Social and Developmental Psychology.  
Additionally, Allison supervised final year dissertation students, was a personal tutor for final year students and was a Mentor for a Research Assistant alongside being a contributing member on various University Committees.
 

Allison had extensive experience of teaching a wide range of psychology modules while completing her PhD 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).   Allison was awarded a full Vice Chancellor’s 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).  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 (2016).   

Previous to beginning her PhD, Allison was awarded a First Class Distinction in the 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. 

•  Senior 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 Tests] and Level B [Personality Tests] Certificate of Competence in Occupational Testing), British Psychological Society.   

Research Interests 
Allison's research interests focus mainly 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, psychological vulnerability and resilience.  Allison conducts research both with community based populations and clinical populations.  Allison mainly focuses her research on the prevalence, predictors and mediating factors of self-harm with adolescents aged from 11 years to 18 years.  Allison has extensive skills both of a quantitative and qualitative nature, as her PhD adopted a mixed methods approach.  Allison has expertise in utilising data manipulation and analyses packages such as Mplus, SPSS and Nvivo.

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, psychological vulnerability and resilience.  Allison conducts research both with community based populations and clinical populations.  Allison mainly focuses her research on the prevalence, predictors and mediating factors of self-harm with adolescents aged from 11 years to 18 years.  Allison has extensive skills both of a quantitative and qualitative nature, as her PhD adopted a mixed methods approach.  Allison has expertise in utilising data manipulation and analyses packages such as Mplus, SPSS and Nvivo. 

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2018) 'Barriers and proposed solutions to implementing preventative mental health strategies into post-primary schools in Ireland: A qualitative inquiry'
Stenson, C., Kirby, K., McAteer, D. & Gillen, A. M. C. (2018) 'Barriers and proposed solutions to implementing preventative mental health strategies into post-primary schools in Ireland: A qualitative inquiry'. Irish Teachers' Journal, 6 (1):111-125 [Details]
(2017) 'Comparing self-harm (SH) thoughts and behaviours among a community sample of younger and older adolescents in Northern Ireland'
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, [DOI] [Details]
(2016) 'A closer look at Carver and White's BIS/BAS Scales: Factor analysis and age group differences'
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] [Details]
(2016) 'A Multiple Indicators Multiple Causes (Mimic) Model of Inattentive and Hyperactive Symptoms in a Representative Sample of British Children and Young People'
McKenna, A. E., Doyle, M. M. & Gillen, A. M. C. (2016) 'A Multiple Indicators Multiple Causes (Mimic) Model of Inattentive and Hyperactive Symptoms in a Representative Sample of British Children and Young People'. Journal of Forensic Psychology, 1 (1):1-9 [DOI] [Details]
(2016) 'Direct and indirect effects of maltreatment typologies on suicidality in a representative Northern Irish Sample: Psychopathology only partially mediates the relationship'
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] [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2017) Learning and Teaching Day Conference
Gillen, A. M. C. (2017) Academic skills development: A new initiative Learning and Teaching Day Conference [Details]
(2017) Northern Ireland Branch of the British Psychological Society Annual Confere
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 Northern Ireland Branch of the British Psychological Society Annual Confere Dundalk, Ireland, [Details]
(2017) Hidden Harms Conference
Gillen, A. M. C., Kirby, K., Tracey, A., McAteer, D. & Rushe, T. (2017) Understanding self-harm: Young people's perspectives Hidden Harms Conference Ipswich, Suffolk, UK, [Details]
(2016) (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
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 (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, Ireland, [Details]
(2014) British Psychological Society Developmental Psychology Section Annual Conference
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 British Psychological Society Developmental Psychology Section Annual Conference Amsterdam, [Details]
(2014) The 15th European Symposium on Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour
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 The 15th European Symposium on Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour Tallinn, Estonia, [Details]
(2014) British Psychological Society Developmental Psychology Section Annual Conference
Gillen, A. M. C., Kirby, K., McAteer, D. & Rushe, T. (2014) Poster Presentation: Demographic, lifestyle, psychological and personality factors associated with deliberate self-harm in Northern Irish adolescents British Psychological Society Developmental Psychology Section Annual Conference Amsterdam, [Details]
(2012) British Psychological Society: Northern Irish Branch, Annual Conference
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 British Psychological Society: Northern Irish Branch, Annual Conference Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, [Details]
(2012) The Psychology, Health and Medicine 9th Annual One Day Conference
Gillen, A. M. C., Mallett, J. & Lloyd, K. (2012) Ageing and mental health in the United Kingdom The Psychology, Health and Medicine 9th Annual One Day Conference Belfast, Northern Ireland, [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2013 Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy The Higher Education Academy
2009 BSc (Hons) Psychology The University of Stirling
2010 Level A (Ability) Certificate in Occupational Testing The Psychological Testing Centre, British Psychological Society
2017 Fellow of the Higher Education Academy The Higher Education Academy
2018 Level B (Personality Certificate in Occupational Testing The Psychological Testing Centre, British Psychological Society
2018 Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy The Higher Education Academy
2010 MSc Applied Psychology: Mental Health (First Class Distinction) The University of Ulster
2016 Institute of Leadership and Management Level 5 Accreditation of Leadership and Management Institute of Leadership and Management
2015 PhD: The prevalence and mediating intrinsic and extrinsic predictors of deliberate self-harm in Northern Irish adolescents. Ulster University

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
British Psychological Society Chartered Psychologist 18-APR-16 /
Higher Education Academy Associate Fellow 24-JUN-13 /
Higher Education Academy Senior Fellow 18-JUN-18 /
British Psychological Society Associate Fellow 21-AUG-17 /
Higher Education Academy Fellow 24-OCT-17 /
British Psychological Society Member 23-MAY-07 /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Institute Health and Safety Committee Health and Safety Representative 2019 /
Institute Research Ethics Committee Ethics Committee Member 2018 /
Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee Chair 2018 /
Chevron Consultancy Limited Academic Committee Member 2018 /

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2010 Ulster University MSc (With Distinction) Applied Psychology: Mental Health
2015 Ulster University PhD Psychology
2009 The University of Stirling BSc BSc (Hons) in Psychology

Other Activities

  Description

2017: Awarded Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS).

2013: Awarded Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

2014: Member of the British Psychological Society, Developmental Section.

2018: Awarded Senior Fellowship Status of the Higher Education Academy.

2007: Member of the British Psychological Society, Northern Ireland Branch

2010: Awarded Level A (Ability) Certificate of Competence in Occupational Testing, Psychological Testing Centre, The British Psychological Society. http://www.psychtesting.org.uk/theregisterrqtu/theregisterrqtu_home.cfm?q=166501&ret=g_

2016: Awarded Approved Chartered Psychologist Status (CPsychol), The British Psychological Society.

2018: Awarded Level B (Personality) Certificate of Competence in Occupational Testing, Psychological Testing Centre, The British Psychological Society. http://www.psychtesting.org.uk/theregisterrqtu/theregisterrqtu_home.cfm?q=166501&ret=g_

2016: Member of the Division of Academics, Researchers and Teachers in Psychology of the British Psychological Society.

2017: Awarded Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Modules Taught

  Term (ID)) Title Link Subject
201800 Research Methods for Psychology PSYC08025BA (Hons) English and Psychology
201800 Foundations of Psychology PSYC06023BA (Hons) English and Psychology
201800 Social Psychology PSYC07022BA (Hons) English and Psychology
201800 Adult Developmental Psychology PSYC07025BA (Hons) English and Psychology

External Collaborators

  Name Organisation / Institute Country
Dr Karen Kirby Ulster University NORTHERN IRELAND
Dr Orla McBride Ulster University NORTHERN IRELAND
Dr Teresa Rushe Queen's University Belfast NORTHERN IRELAND
Dr Donal McAteer Ulster University NORTHERN IRELAND
Dr John Mallett Ulster University NORTHERN IRELAND
Dr Anne Tracey Ulster University NORTHERN IRELAND