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Professor Alan Carr
Professor of Clinical Psychology, University College Dublin, Ireland
About Professor Alan Carr:
Professor Alan Carr, BA, MA, PhD, Reg Psychol FPsSI, C Psychol AFBPsS, Reg FT (FTNI), ECP a reputed and outstanding expert in field of Psychology and Psychological Disorders currently holds a personal chair in clinical psychology at University College Dublin (UCD), where he is director of clinical psychology training.
Professor Carr also has a clinical practice at the Clanwilliam Institute, Dublin. The Clanwilliam Institute is the oldest marital and family therapy institute in Ireland. He is a Registered Psychologist and a Fellow of the Psychological Society of Ireland. He is also a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Professor Carr is a Registered family Therapist with the Family Therapy Network of Ireland and an associate editor of the UK-based Journal of Family Therapy. He received the Award of Special Merit from the Psychological Society of Ireland in 2001 for his contribution to the development of clinical psychology training and research.
Over the past 30 years Professor Carr has worked in the fields of clinical psychology and family therapy in Ireland, Canada and the UK. In 2005 he was a visiting professor at the University of Aarhus.
Professor Carr has produced 21 books, 241 papers and book chapters, and 142 conference presentations in the areas of clinical psychology and family therapy. His books, which have had significant international impact, have sold over 25,000 copies; two have been published in second editions; and five have been translated into other languages including Chinese, Korean, Polish and Spanish.
In the field of clinical psychology three handbooks represent his major contribution. These are: The Handbook of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology: A Contextual Approach (Routledge. 1999 and 2006). The Handbook of Adult Clinical Psychology: An Evidence Based Practice Approach (Routledge, 2006, with M. McNulty), and The Handbook of Clinical Psychology and Intellectual Disability (Routledge, 2007, with G. O'Reilly, P. Walsh and J. McEvoy). Collectively they cover much of the core academic syllabus for doctoral level training in clinical psychology practice and research in the UK and Ireland. They are used as textbooks on a number of clinical psychology training programmes in the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA.
In the field of family therapy, Professor Carr is best known for his text on family therapy: Family Therapy: Concepts, Process and Practice (Wiley, 2000 and 2006). This volume provides a critical overview of prominent theories of family therapy, a review of the evidence-base for systemic practice, and in light of this, proposes an integrative model for practice, which is distinctive and original.
Evidence-based practice in the provision of mental health services is a central theme of Professor Carr's clinical and academic work and is exemplified by his recent critical review of the evidence base for psychotherapy: What Works With Children Adolescents and Adult? A Review of Research on The Effectiveness of Psychotherapy (Routledge, 2008). This volume reviews scientific evidence for the effectiveness of psychological interventions in the fields of child, adolescent and adult mental health and also in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities. It addresses, in a critical way, key issues in the area of evidence-based practice including evidence for the role of specific and common factors in psychotherapy, and the implications of the psychotherapy evidence-base for policy development as well as research and practice.
With colleagues and postgraduates, Professor Carr has conducted a series of empirical studies on various aspects of the profession of clinical psychology in the Irish heath service, and on various patient groups to whom clinical psychologists provide services. Peer reviewed international journal articles describing this work have been brought together in five volumes in the Clinical Psychology In Ireland series published by Edwin Mellen Press and edited by Professor Carr. These are: Volume 1. Empirical Studies of Professional Practice, Volume 2. Empirical Studies of Problems and Treatment Processes in Adults, Volume 3. Empirical Studies of Problems and Treatment Processes in Children and Adolescents, Volume 4. Family Therapy Theory, Practice and Research and Volume 5: Empirical Studies of Child Sexual Abuse (with G. O'Reilly).
At a national level, Professor Carr has produced a number of major reports describing reviews of psychological services, or literature relevant to the provision of psychological services within an Irish context. These reports have contributed to the expansion and refinement of psychological services in Ireland. They include: The Effectiveness of Psychotherapy. A Review of Research prepared for the Irish Council for Psychotherapy, The Clonmel Project. Mental Health Service Needs of Children and Adolescents in the South East of Ireland: Final Report (with M. Martin, L. Burke, L. Carroll, L. & S. Byrne); The Psychological Effects in Adulthood of Institutional Living. Report prepared for the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse, and An Independent Evaluation of the Irish Prison Service Sexual Offender Intervention Programme (with G. O'Reilly).
Professor Carr established one of the first doctoral level programmes in clinical psychology in the Republic of Ireland at UCD. He has also supported the development of other similar programmes and played a role in their accreditation by sitting on accreditation panels for the Psychological Society of Ireland.
Professor Carr has held numerous research grants from a variety of health and social service funding agencies. He has also co-ordinated a sponsorship programme involving Irish Health Boards and agencies which since 1997 has supported the training of over 50 doctoral students in clinical psychology and involved funding of over *9 million.
University College Dublin, Ireland
UCD traces its origins to the Catholic University of Ireland founded in 1854 by Cardinal John Henry Newman. Newman was author of the celebrated The Idea of a University. The university was established as UCD in 1880 under the auspices of the Royal University, and received its charter in 1908. Originally located in Dublin city centre, since the 1960s UCD has gradually been relocated to a 365 acre leafy park campus at Belfield, four kilometres to the south of the centre of Dublin city.
UCD has played a central role in Ireland's advancement as a dynamic and successful European state and has established a long and distinguished tradition of service to scholarship and the community. Among its most accomplished alumni and faculty are four of the eight former presidents of Ireland and five of the ten former prime ministers. Examples of other well known UCD alumni include writers such as James Joyce, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Flann O'Brien, Joseph Skelly and Roddy Doyle; actors including Dermot Morgan, Gabriel Byrne and Brendan Gleeson; film directors, notably, Neil Jordan and Jim Sheridan; businessmen, for example, Tony O'Reilly and Denis O'Brien; and sportspeople such as Brian O'Driscoll and Michelle Smith.
UCD is consistently ranked as one of the two best universities in the Republic of Ireland. In 2008 the Times Higher Education Supplement ranked UCD 108 in the world and its global Shanghai Jiao Tong University Ranking was 301-400. UCD attracts students from throughout Ireland as well as international students from over 50 countries. Currently over 22,000 students are enrolled at UCD. The University is a leading research centre within Ireland and has a research community of approximately one thousand faculty members, one thousand postdoctoral researchers and two thousand PhD students.
UCD consists of five colleges, their 35 associated undergraduate schools, five postgraduate schools, and eighteen research institutes and centres. The five colleges are: Arts and Celtic Studies; Business and Law; Engineering, Mathematical and Physical Sciences; Human Sciences; and Life sciences.
The University has modern buildings and first-class academic and sporting facilities. It has a busy extracurricular life and students are encouraged to become actively involved in the wide range of social, cultural and sporting activities available. UCD also has comprehensive student support services, including a student health centre, student advisors, counselling, and careers advisory facilities. Student accommodation is available for 2000 students and assistance is provided by UCD's International Office to international students who seek off-campus accommodation. Student health, welfare and counselling services are second-to none and there are also superb opportunities for sports and recreation.
UCD has extensive facilities to support teaching and learning including well-resourced libraries and computing facilities. As the university rapidly moves forward in the e-learning arena, an increasing number of resources to support learning and research are electronically available, both on- and off-campus.
UCD today is a research-intensive university, which has the twin aims of advancing knowledge through cutting-edge research and disseminating knowledge through excellence in teaching.
UCD and its faculty are members of many international research and university networks including Universities 21, an international group of 21 leading research-intensive universities in thirteen countries. The University maintains an active programme of exchange possibilities worldwide, which enables students to study in many different countries from around the world.
At the beginning of the 2005/2006 academic years UCD introduced the Horizons curriculum, which completely semesterised and modularised all undergraduate programmes for incoming first years. Previously, new students chose from a specific set of subjects in their individual programmes. Under the Horizons curriculum, new undergraduate students have greater choice in what exactly they study in their programme. Now students choose ten modules from their specific subject area and two other modules, which can be chosen from any other programme across the entire University.
In April 2006, UCD announced an ambitious building and redevelopment plan of its Belfield campus. The new developments include the redevelopment and expansion of the Newman Building, the James Joyce Library, the Science Complex, and an extension to the Student Centre so it will include a new swimming pool, debating chamber and theatre. In addition a new Gateway centre will be built at the north end and main entrance to the Belfield campus that will include a welcome centre, an art house cinema, an exhibition centre, hotel and conference facilities, office space for campus companies, some retail space and new student residences with space for an extra 3,000 students.