Dr. Helena Lydon

B.A.,H.Dip.,M.A.,PhD

 
researcher
 

Biography

Helena is a graduate from NUI, Galway having completed a Masters in Applied Behaviour Analysis and a PhD in Applied Behaviour Analysis. She is a certified Behaviour Analyst with the Behaviour Analyst Certification Board®. She has worked for seven years as a Behaviour Therapist and Senior Behaviour Specialist with children and adults in Intellectual and Developmental Disability Services, and with private children’s residential care service providers, throughout Ireland. Her clinical experience is in the treatment of challenging behaviour and individuals presenting with a dual diagnosis across educational, residential and respite settings. Helena is a member of the Forensic and Intellectual Disability and ASD Group which based at NUIG. In 2013, Helena began lecturing on the MSc and structured PhD programmes in Applied Behaviour Analysis which prepares students to become expert practitioners who can work effectively within systems to improve the quality of services in the fields of intellectual and developmental disabilities, education, rehabilitation, and mental health. She is a member of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) and the Division of behaviour analysis (DBA) in Ireland. 


 


Research Interests

  • Feeding problems
  • Sleep Problems
  • Behavioural Interventions for challenging behavoiur and mental health issues
  • Increasing language in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Teaching play skills to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2018) 'An analysis of reading abilities in children with autism spectrum disorders'
Nally, A,Healy, O,Holloway, J,Lydon, H (2018) 'An analysis of reading abilities in children with autism spectrum disorders'. Research In Autism Spectrum Disorders, 47 :14-25 [DOI] [Details]
(2018) 'An Evaluation of a Social Skills Intervention for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disabilities preparing for Employment in Ireland: A Pilot Study'
Walsh, E,Holloway, J,Lydon, H (2018) 'An Evaluation of a Social Skills Intervention for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Intellectual Disabilities preparing for Employment in Ireland: A Pilot Study'. Journal Of Autism And Developmental Disorders, 48 :1727-1741 [DOI] [Details]
(2018) 'Increasing appropriate conversation skills using a behavioral skills training package with adults with intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder'
Ryan, G., Brady, S., Holloway, J., & Lydon, H. (2018) 'Increasing appropriate conversation skills using a behavioral skills training package with adults with intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorder'. Journal Of Intellectual Disabilities, [DOI] [Details]
(2018) 'An analysis of reading abilities in children with autism spectrum disorders'
Nally, A., Healy, O., Holloway, J., Lydon., H. (2018) 'An analysis of reading abilities in children with autism spectrum disorders'. Research In Autism Spectrum Disorders, 47 :14-25 [DOI] [Details]
(2018) 'Chronic pain: a source of disability in its own right'
McGuire, B.E., Lydon, H. (2018) 'Chronic pain: a source of disability in its own right'. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 60 (4):538-538 [DOI] [Details]
(2017) 'Comparison of behavioral intervention and sensory integration therapy on challenging behavior of children with autism'
Lydon, H,Healy, O,Grey, I (2017) 'Comparison of behavioral intervention and sensory integration therapy on challenging behavior of children with autism'. Behavioral Interventions, 32 :297-310 [DOI] [Details]
(2017) 'Parental Satisfaction with Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention'
Grey, I. Lydon, H., Healy, O. (2017) 'Parental Satisfaction with Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention'. Journal Of Intellectual Disabilities, [Details]
(2017) 'Using Novel Variantof Stimulus Fading in the Treatment of Food Refusal and Co-Morbid Challenging Behaviour in a Child with Autism'
Grey, I., Lydon, H., Healy, O. Thomas, J. (2017) 'Using Novel Variantof Stimulus Fading in the Treatment of Food Refusal and Co-Morbid Challenging Behaviour in a Child with Autism'. Global Journal of Intellectual & Developmental Disaiblities (GJIDD), 1 (5):1-7 [Details]
(2017) 'An Evaluation of Positive Behaviour Support for Children with Challenging Behaviour in Community Settings'
Grey, I., Mesbur, M., Lyon, H. Healy, O. (2017) 'An Evaluation of Positive Behaviour Support for Children with Challenging Behaviour in Community Settings'. Journal Of Intellectual Disabilities, [DOI] [Details]
(2016) 'Positive behaviour support: What model of disability does it represent?'
Grey, I,Lydon, H,Healy, O (2016) 'Positive behaviour support: What model of disability does it represent?'. Journal of intellectual & developmental disability, 41 :255-266 [DOI] [Details]
(2016) 'Technology-aided interventions for employment skills in adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A systematic review'
Walsh, E. Holloway, J., McCoy, A., Lydon, H. (2016) 'Technology-aided interventions for employment skills in adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder: A systematic review'. Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, [DOI] [Details]
(2012) 'Sensory integration therapy for autism spectrum disorders: A systematic review'
Lang, R,O'Reilly, M,Healy, O,Rispoli, M,Lydon, H,Streusand, W,Davis, T,Kang, S,Sigafoos, J,Lancioni, G,Didden, R,Giesbers, S (2012) 'Sensory integration therapy for autism spectrum disorders: A systematic review'. Research In Autism Spectrum Disorders, 6 :1004-1018 [DOI] [Details]
(2011) 'A comparison of Video Modeling and Pivotal Response Training to teach pretend play skills to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder'
Lydon, H,Healy, O,Leader, G (2011) 'A comparison of Video Modeling and Pivotal Response Training to teach pretend play skills to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder'. Research In Autism Spectrum Disorders, 5 :872-884 [DOI] [Details]
(2008) 'The effects of daily tact instruction on the emission of pure mands, tacts and conversational units in non-instructional settings by two preschool children with Autism'
Lydon, H., Healy, O., Leader, G, & Keohane, D.D. (2008) 'The effects of daily tact instruction on the emission of pure mands, tacts and conversational units in non-instructional settings by two preschool children with Autism'. Journal Of Speech And Language Pathology And Applied Behavior Analysis, 3.2-3.3 :35-46 [Details]

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Board Analyst Certification Board BCBA-D /
Chartered Psychologist Psychological Society of Ireland /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Special Interest Group in Paediatric Psychology Committee Member /
Division Of Behaviour Analysis Committee member /

Current Postgraduate Students (Research)

  Student Degree Type Type
Dearbhaile Mahon Doctorate - Ph.D (Applied Behaviour Analysis) Supervisor
Edith Walsh Doctorate - Ph.D (Applied Behaviour Analysis) Co-supervisor (1)

Modules Taught

  Term/Year Module Title Module Code Subject / Desc
Behaviour Change Procedures PS 511
Ethics, Professional Conduct and Clinical Practice 1 PS 6121
Advanced Behaviour Systems PS6123
Ethics, Professional Conduct and Clinical Practice 2 PS 6122
Psychological Measurement PS 420