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Dr. Sharon Houghton


Profile My current role is Assistant Director on the Doctoral programme in Clinical Psychology at the University of Limerick, having joined the programme team in 2009. After Obtaining my degree in Social Psychology and Sociology at the University of Ulster at Coleraine in 1990, I then commenced my Ph.D. by research entitled ‘Depressive Symptomatology in Childhood: An Exploration of Contributory Factors.' at the University of Ulster, Coleraine. During this period I was successful in obtaining a place on the Doctoral programme in Clinical Psychology at Trinity College Dublin in 1998 and later finished my PhD by research in 2000.

Clinical & Research Interests
I have worked as a clinical child psychologist for almost 20 years in a number of settings, This period has included international experience including working in both New Zealand and the US. My range of work has included areas such as child sexual abuse, early and school-age disability services, child and adolescent mental health in both the state and private sector. I currently contribute to the North Tipperary Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service through my work there as a senior clinical psychologist on the CAMHs team. I have previously worked as a lecturer in Mary Immaculate College, and more recently while in the US, I held an adjunct faculty post with Whitworth University, Spokane, Washington, alongside my clinical post, having established myself as a licensed independent practitioner within the state of Washington. My research and clinical interests are in the area of Child & Adolescent Mental Health. One of my areas of research and clinical interest is the clinical application of mindfulness as an approach with children and adolescents. This has lead to an interest in therapeutic landscapes and how elements of our physical space and our interaction with them, impacts mental health. I am interested in a broad array of developmental disorders as they present to services including, Behavioural disturbance, Parenting, ADHD, Issues of separation and loss, viewed through an attachment lens and evidenced-based interventions.

Supervised Clinical Psychology PhD Research Postgraduate Students
I have supervised numerous doctoral level theses in clinical psychology and am currently joint supervisor on two structured PhDs within the faculty.