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					                              WENDY E.COUSINS
                            Chartered Psychologist

Education:
              B.A. Honours Psychology, The School of Psychology, Queens
              University Belfast.

              MSc Occupational Psychology, The School of Psychology, Queens
              University Belfast. (Full scholarship).

              PhD School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, Queens
              University Belfast (P/T)

              Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice, University of
              Ulster. (P/T)

                            Certificate in clinical hypnosis (BST Foundation)
                            Currently studying for a Practitioner Diploma in clinical
                            hypnosis (BST Foundation)


Employment History:

Current Employment :        University Lecturer/ Course Director
Appointed October 2005      School of Nursing, Faculty of Life & Health Sciences
                            University of Ulster
                            Shore Road, Newtownabbey
                            Northern Ireland, BT37 0BQ.

Personal Email: wendyecousins@gmail.com

Past Employment:

October 2004 -October 2005: Research Fellow, Queens University Belfast School of
Pharmacy, Clinical and Practice Research Group.
January 1999- October 2004:Research Fellow, Institute of Child Care Research,
Queens University.
September 1997- December 1998: Research Officer at the University of Ulster
Department of Student Affairs.
March 1996-September 1997: Research Officer at the University of Ulster, School
of Social and Community Sciences.
April 1995-March 1996: Research and Information Officer at the Southern Health
and Social Services Council, Portadown.
May 1993 - April 1995: Research Assistant at the University of Ulster Business
School, Centre for Executive Development.
October 1992 - May 1993:Teaching Company Associate University of Ulster
Business School / Harland and Wolff Shipbuilding & Heavy Industries.



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FULL-TIME ACADEMIC WORK

Teaching::

Psychology applied to Health, Communication Skills & the Therapeutic Relationship
(undergraduate)

Advanced qualitative research methods for health care professionals (postgraduate)

Evidence-informed health care (postgraduate)

Spiritual & Cultural Awareness & Complementary Therapies for mental health nurses
(undergraduate) also developed an e-learning unit on Spirituality, Ethics and Mental
health as part of web-supported teaching on the Principles of Mental Health Nursing

Dissertation supervision for MSc students in Health Promotion & Population Health.

Administration:

Course Director for Health and Social Care programmes (previously Course Director
for the Postgraduate Diploma and MSc Health promotion and population health April
2008-October 2008.)

Member of the research ethics filter committee for the School of Nursing.

External Member of the research ethics filter committee for the school of Art, Design
and the Built Environment (Attended the three day training course for Research Ethics
Committees run by the University of Keele at the Office for Research Ethics
Committees Northern Ireland, 2006).

Member of the University of Ulster Multi-disciplinary Forum on Children and
Adolescents.

Current Research:

The development and evaluation of a patient care plan for newly diagnosed adults
with epilepsy (on behalf of the UK charity Epilepsy Action).

An examination of referral patterns and health outcomes for children with rare
metabolic disease.

My research interests are: Health Communication, mental health promotion, trauma,
spirituality, rare metabolic disease, evidence-based practice and qualitative research
with vulnerable populations




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Grants Held:


2009 £25,000 Developing An Epilepsy Care Plan, Epilepsy Action (with
Kernohan,G., Barr, O. & McConkey, R.)

2009 £5,000 Care for the Rare: Inherited Metabolic Disease and Paediatric Pathways
in Primary Care, Institute of Nursing Research Fellowship

2006 £29,381 A Review of Mental Health Advocacy Arrangements for Children in
the Care of Relevant Authorities, Northern Ireland Children’s Commissioner (with
McGowan, I.)

2003 £5,982 The Rights and Representations of Young People in Residential Care in
the Republic and Northern Ireland, Nuffield Foundation Small Grant, (with Milner,
S.)

2001 £15,1000 Children as Complainants in N.I Health and Personal Social Services.
The Northern Ireland Health and Social Services Councils (with McLaughlin, E.)


Awards:

2009 Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning CETL(NI) Reward and
Recognition Scheme (Programme 3 ‘Community-building and the Use of
Communication Tools’ for the development of Postgraduate Evidence-based Health
Care modules (with Kernohan & McGowan).


Publications:

Peer Reviewed Journals:

Cousins, W. & McGowan, I.(Under Revision) Speaking Out: Child and Youth
Advocacy in Health And Social Services Complaints.

Cousins, W., McGowan, I. & Milner (2008) Self-Harm and Attempted Suicide in
Young People Looked After in State Care. Journal of Children’s and Young People’s
Nursing, 2 (2) 51- 53.

Bishop, H., Cousins, W., Casson, K. & Moore, A. (2008) Culture & Caregivers:
Factors influencing breastfeeding among mothers in West Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Child Care in Practice, 14 (2) 165-179.

Taggart, L., Cousins, W. & Milner, S. (2007) Young people with learning disabilities
living in state care: their emotional, behavioural and mental health status. Child Care
in Practice, 13 (4), 401 – 416.

Cousins, W. & Milner, S. (2007) Small Voices: Children’s Rights and Representation
in Social Research. Journal of Social Work Education, Vol 26 Issue 5 pp 447 – 457


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Cousins, W. & Milner, S. (2006) Children’s Rights: A Cross-border Study of
Adolescent Residential Care. Irish Journal of Psychology, Vol. 27 Nos 1-2 pp 88-96.

Cousins, W & Milner, S (2006). Drug Abuse and Parenting: The Impact on Young
Children in the Social Care System in Northern Ireland, Irish Journal of Applied
Social Studies, 7 (1), 95-108.

Cousins, W. & Wells, K. (2005) One More for my Baby: Foetal Alcohol Syndrome
and its Implications for Social Workers. Child Care in Practice, Vol. 11(3) pp 375-
384.

Cousins, W., Milner, S. & McLaughlin, E. (2003). Listening to Children, Speaking
for Children: Health and Social Services Complaints and Child Advocacy. Child Care
in Practice. Vol 9 (2), 109 – 116.

Cousins, W., Monteith, M. & Kerr, N. (2003). Living Away From Home: The Long
Term Substitute Care of Disabled Children. Irish Journal of Applied Social Studies.
Vol 4 (1).

Monteith, M. & Cousins, W. (2003). The Importance of Stability in the Lives of
Looked After Children: A Study of Under Fives in Northern Ireland. Child Care in
Practice, Vol. 9(1) pp 62-73.

Monteith, M. & Cousins W. (2000). Implementing The Children (NI) Order 1995 -
Researching the Initial Impact on Social Services Provision to Disabled Children in
Northern Ireland. Child Care in Practice, Vol. 6, (3), pp. 240-252.

Published Reports:

Taggart, L.,Cousins, W.& Milner, S.(2008)Young people with learning disabilities
living in state care: their emotional, behavioural and mental health status. Made in
Northern Ireland: local research for children & young people – an evidence base for
policy and practice. Belfast: Child Care Research Forum.
http://www.qub.ac.uk/sites/ccrf/FileStore/Filetoupload,131690,en.pdf

Cousins, W., Monteith, M., Larkin, E., Percy, A. (2003) The Care Careers of Younger
Looked After Children: Findings from the Multiple Placements Project. Belfast:
Institute of Child Care Research. ISBN: 1900725150

Cousins, W., Milner, S. & McLaughlin, E. (2003). Children as Complainants in the
Health and Personal Social Services in Northern Ireland. Report for the four Health
and Social Services Councils in N. Ireland. http://www.ehssc.org/children.htm

Cousins, W. & Monteith, M. (2002). The Lives of Younger Looked After Children:
Preliminary Findings from the Multiple Placements Project. Belfast: Institute of Child
Care Research. ISBN: 1900725150




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Monteith, M. & Cousins W. (1999). Children and Young People with Disabilities in
Northern Ireland: Part III Report. Social Services Developments and the Impact of
the Children (NI) Order 1995. Belfast: Institute of Child Care Research.

Caul, B., Cousins, W. & McGivern, D. (1998). Guidance and Counselling Provision
for Higher Education in Northern Ireland. Belfast: University of Ulster/Queens
University/Open University and the Northern Ireland Higher Education Council.

Gray, A.M., Heenan, D. and Cousins, W. (1998) An Examination of the System of
Public Appointments in Northern Ireland, Report for the Northern Ireland Office.
Government of Northern Ireland.

Unpublished Reports to Funders:

The T.A.C.T Project (2006) Mental Health Advocacy for Young People Living in the
Care of Relevant Authorities, Research Report for the Northern Ireland Commissioner
for Children and Young People.

Milner, S. & Cousins, W., (2004) The Rights and Representation of Adolescents in
Residential Care in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. End of Project
Report to the Nuffield Foundation.

Book Reviews:

Cousins, W (in Press) Child Protection: An Introduction by Chris Beckett, Child Care
in Practice.

Cousins, W. (2008) Making an Impact: Children and Domestic Violence A Reader by
Marianne Hester, Chris Pearson, Nicola Harwin, Hilary Abrahams. Child Care in
Practice, 14 (2) 231-232.

Cousins, W. (2001) When Father Kills Mother: Guiding Children Through Trauma
and Grief by Jean Harris-Hendricks, Dora Black and Tony Kaplin. Child Care in
Practice, 7 (1)

Conference Presentations:

Cousins, W., McGowan, I. & Milner, S. (2009) Hurting Inside: Suicidal Behaviour
and Self-Harm In Adolescents Living In State Care. Oral Presentation at the 10th
Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference, Transforming Healthcare through
Research & Education, Trinity College Dublin.

Cousins, W., Taggart, L. & Milner, S. (2009) Looked after or over-looked? the
emotional, behavioural & mental health status of young people living in state care
Oral Presentation at the 10th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference,
Transforming Healthcare through Research & Education, Trinity College Dublin.




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Tiffney, E., Cousins, W. & Keeney, S. (2009) Standing On Your Own Two Feet? A
Service Evaluation Of Foot-Care Empowerment Talks And Their Effect On Self-
Care. Oral Presentation at the 10th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference,
Transforming Healthcare through Research & Education, Trinity College Dublin.

Cousins, W., Taggart, L. & Milner, S. (2008) Looked After Or Over-Looked? Mental
Health And Risky Behaviour In Adolescents Looked After In State Care. Oral
Presentation. ‘Psychology, Health and Medicine’: The 5th Annual Conference of the
Psychological Society of Ireland Division of Health Psychology in Association with
the British Psychological Society, Derry.

Taggart, L., Cousins, W. & Milner, S. (2008) In The Shadows: The Mental Health
Needs Of Young People With Learning Disabilities Looked After In State Care. Oral
Presentation. ‘Psychology, Health and Medicine’: The 5th Annual Conference of the
Psychological Society of Ireland Division of Health Psychology in Association with
the British Psychological Society, Derry.

Taggart, L & Cousins, W. (2007) Young People and Women: Experience of Learning
Disabilities, Psychiatric Disorders and State Care. Oral presentation. The 4th Annual
World Mental Health Day Conference, Derry.

Cousins, W. (2004) The Lives of Younger Looked After Children: Findings from a
longitudinal study on under fives in state care in Northern Ireland, NI Branch of the
British Association of Social Workers, Belfast.

Cousins, W. (2003) “Parental Alcohol Abuse and the Lives of Younger Looked After
Children” Trust 7th March 2003. Changing Lives: Better Understanding Better
Outcomes Symposia Series, Eastern Health and Social Services Board, Belfast.

Cousins, W. (2003) The Multiple Placements Project: Investigating the Lives and
Care Careers of Younger Children in State Care. Substitute Care Conference,
Stranmillis College, Belfast.

Cousins, W. (2002) The Lives and Care Careers of Younger Looked after Children.
Care Pathways and Fostercare Research Conference, Stranmillis College, Belfast.

Cousins, W. (2000) Implementing the Children (NI) Order 1995 for Disabled
Children and Young People - the Initial Impact. Social Services for Children and
Young People with Disabilities in Northern Ireland Conference, Belfast.

Cousins, W. (1999) Career Guidance and Personal Counselling for students in
Northern Ireland Further and Higher Education. NIHEC sponsored Conference on
Personal Development and Graduate Skills for Employment, Belfast.

Cousins, W. (1993). Everything Ship-Shape. Creating a Safety Culture in a Shipyard.
MSc Occupational Psychology Conference, Nottingham.




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Conference Posters:

Cunningham, M. & Cousins, W. (2009) Stress in the lives of individuals with
relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis: a phenomenological study. Poster presentation
at the Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society. Brighton, April 2009
and the 10th Annual Interdisciplinary Research Conference, Transforming Healthcare
through Research & Education, Trinity College Dublin, November 2009.

Kernaghan, D. & Cousins, W. (2009) Beyond breast is best: an exploration of
knowledge & attitudes towards breastfeeding in Northern Irish university students.
Poster presentation at the Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society.
Brighton, April 2009 and the 2nd International Nursing and Midwifery Conference,
Galway, April 2009.

Cousins, W., Taggart, L. & Milner, S. (2009) Looked after or over-looked? The
emotional, behavioural & mental health status of young people living in state care.
Poster presentation at the Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society.
Brighton, April 2009 and the 2nd International Nursing and Midwifery Conference,
Galway, April 2009.

Cousins, W., McGowan, I. & Milner, S. (2008) Self harm and attempted suicide in
young people living in state care. Poster presentation at the Annual Conference of the
British Psychological Society. Dublin, April 2008 and the 12th European Symposium
on Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour. Glasgow August 2008.

Taggart, L., Cousins, W. & Milner, S. (2008) Young people with learning disabilities
living in state care. Poster presentation at the Annual Conference of the British
Psychological Society. Dublin, April 2008 and the 2nd International Nursing and
Midwifery Conference, Galway, April 2009.

Cousins, W., McGowan, I. & Milner, S. (2007) Suicidal Behaviour and Self Harm in
Adolescents living in State care, Poster presentation at the Biennial Conference of the
International Association for Suicide Prevention. Killarney, August 2007 and the 4th
Annual World Mental Health Day Conference, University of Ulster, Magee College,
Derry, November 2007.

Hughes C., Cousins W., Wilson R., McElnay J. and Hughes C.M. (2006) Health
professionals’ information needs relating to the pharmaceutical care of cancer
patients poster presentation at the British Pharmaceutical Conference, Manchester.

Memberships:
British Psychological Society, Chartered Psychologist. Full member of the BPS
Division for Teachers and Researchers in Psychology and member of the
Consciousness and Experiential Psychology and Transpersonal Psychology Sections.
Member of the European Health Psychology Society
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Member of the N.Ireland Childcare Research Forum
Associate Member of the Doctoral Midwifery Research Society
Reviewer for the Child Care in Practice Journal, Health Sociology Review and the
Open University Press.


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OTHER ACTIVITIES (carried out in my own time):



Associate of the Centre for Research on Consciousness and Anomalous Psychology
(CERCAP) University of Lund, Sweden.


Research Interests:


I have an historical interest in the paranormal experiences and experiments of the
writers and artists of the Irish literary revival examined in the light of the Trickster
archetype. This is an abstract constellation of qualities, particularly manifest in times
of great social change, usually personified in the form or a person or a group (but
potentially including entire cultures) involving tales of “disruption, loss of status,
boundary crossing, deception, violation of sexual mores and supernatural
manifestations” (Hansen, 2001). I am especially interested in exploring issues of
liminality, creativity, dissociation, multiple personas, the practice of automatic writing
(psychography) and hypnotic phenomena.


Publications:


Cardena, E. & Cousins W.E. (In press) From artifice to actuality: Ritual,
shamanism, hypnosis, and healing. In: The Varieties of Ritual Experience (ed. By
Jan Weinhold & Geoffrey Samuel) as section of the series "Ritual Dynamics and the
Science of Ritual", Volume II: Body, performance, agency and experience”.
Wiesbaden, Germany: Harrassowitz, p. XXX - XXX .

Cousins, W.E. (2008) The Spirited Life of Edith Somerville. Paranormal Review,
Issue 47, 11-15.

Cousins, W.E. (2008) When the Devil went down to Dublin: Annie Besant in
Ireland, Psypioneer, http://www.woodlandway.org/PDF/PP4.8August08..pdf

Sherwood, S.J. & Cousins, W.E. (2008) The Black Dog of Whitby and Kettleness
Anomaly, 42, 2-9.

Cousins, W.E.(2008)An English Medium in the Celtic Twilight:Alfred Vout
Peters in Ireland. Psypioneer, http://www.woodlandway.org/PDF/PP4.3March08..pdf

Cousins, W.E. (2008) Writer, Medium, Suffragette, Spy? The Unseen Adventures of
Geraldine Cummins Paranormal Review, 45, 3-7.




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Conference Proceedings:

Cousins, W.E. (2009) Just Sex Lies and Séances? The Curious Chronicles of Science
and the Psychics. The UK Skeptics Conference, Muncaster Castle, England.

Cousins, W.E. (2009) Hyphenated Culture, Haunted People: The Anglo-
Irish and theDiaries of Edith Somerville (1858-1949) The 33rd Annual convention of
The Incorporated Society for Psychical Research, Nottingham, England

Cousins, W.E. (2009) An Altered State: Radical Politics and The Literate Dead In
Ireland’s Celtic Revival. Proceedings of the 52nd Annual convention of the
Parapsychological Association, Seattle, USA.

Cousins, W.E (2009) An Altered State; Automatic Writing and the Irish Literary
Revival, Towards A Science Of Consciousness, Hong Kong, China.

Cousins, W.E. (2008) Ireland the Anomalous State: Writing in the Celtic Twilight
Zone. Proceedings of the 51st Annual convention of the Parapsychological
Association, Winchester, England, 333-337.

Cousins, W.E. (2008) Rebel Heart, Bartered Soul: the Haunted life of Maud Gonne
Proceedings of the 32nd Annual convention of the Incorporated Society for Psychical
Research, Winchester, England, 25-26.


Invited Talks:

Cousins, W.E. (2009) Haunted Inkwells: A Story of Automatic Writing, Invited
Lecture for the Danish Society for Psychical Research, Copenhagen, October 2009.

Cousins, W.E. (2009) Footfall on the Haunted Stairway: WB Yeats’ Adventures in
Psychical Research. Invited Lecture for the Society for Psychical Research, London,
July 2009.


Book Reviews:

Cousins, W.E. (In Press) Book Review of The Parapsychology Revolution:
A concise anthology of Paranormal and Psychical Research by Robert M. Schoch and
Logan Yonavjak. The European Journal of Parapsychology

Cousins, W.E. (2009) Book Review of Outside the Gates of Science by Damien
Broderick, Public Parapsychology
http://publicparapsychology.blogspot.com/2009_06_01_archive.html

Cousins, W.E. (2008) Book review of The Rediscovery of Glastonbury: Frederick
Bligh Bond Architect of the New Age by Tim Hopkinson-Ball. Journal
of the Society for Psychical Research, Vol. 72.3, N. 892, 182-183.




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Association for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena (ASSAP)
Newsletter Articles:

Cousins, W.E. (2009) On her Majesty’s Supernatural Service: The Life of Dr John
Dee (1527-1608) ASSAP Newsletter, Issue 128.

Cousins, W.E. (2009) Interview with Dr Julie Beischel of the Windbridge Institute
ASSAP Newsletter, Issue 128.

Cousins, W.E. (2009) Seeing Things That Ain’t So:Charles Bonnet Syndrome,
ASSAP Newsletter, Issue 127.

Cousins, W.E. (2009) Interview with Damian Hamill, ASSAP Newsletter, Issue 127.

Cousins, W.E. (2009) Things to do in Dublin when You’re Dead, ASSAP
Newsletter, Issue 126.

Cousins, W.E. (2009) Interview with John Jackson (UK Skeptics Director), ASSAP
Newsletter, Issue 126.

Cousins, W.E. (2008) Interview with Professor Etzel Cardena, ASSAP Newsletter,
Issue 125.

Cousins, W.E. (2008) Timeslips, ASSAP Newsletter, Issue 124.


UK Skeptics Newsletter (Co-Editor)

The UK Skeptics Newsletter (July) http://ukskeptics.com/newsletters/2009-1.pdf
The UK Skeptics Newsletter (August) http://www.ukskeptics.com/newsletters/2009-2.pdf

Other Activities:

Full member of the Parapsychology Association, Member of the Society for Psychical
Research, Member of the Scientific and Medical Network, Member of the Association
for the Scientific Study of Anomalous Phenomena (ASSAP), Non-executive director
of UK-Skeptics, a UK registered educational charity (No: 05819701).


Reviewer for Anomaly- the Journal of the Association for the Scientific Study of
Anomalous Phenomena (http://www.assap.org/)

Conference Organisation:

Uk Skeptics Conference (2009) Things That Go Bump In The Brain: Interdisciplinary
Perspectives On Paranormal And Anomalous Experiences. Muncaster Castle,
Cumbria, September 18th-20th.

For further details see: http://www.skeptics.org.uk/conference-2009.php



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