Aileen Leech

Aileen Leech
Carlow College

Doctor of Psychology

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Introduction
I recently graduated from the CBS lab in Ghent University. My main research area is exploring the functional independance of derived fear and derived avoidance according to Relational Frame Theory (RFT). I am also interested in the experimental manipulation of fear and avoidance and broader areas involving the experimental analysis of human behaviour and neuropsychology. I also have a keen interest in mindfulness based therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
Additional affiliations
February 2020 - present
Carlow College
Position
  • Lecturer
May 2019 - August 2019
Trinity College Dublin
Position
  • Researcher
September 2015 - September 2020
Ghent University
Position
  • PhD Student
Education
October 2015 - October 2019
Ghent University
Field of study
  • Psychology
September 2014 - June 2015
September 2011 - June 2014

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Publications (9)
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Recent research suggests that fear and avoidance responding based on derived transformation of functions may be considered functionally independent. The current study examined the impact of a fear-related verbal-rehearsal task on performance on two implicit relational assessment procedures (IRAPs), actual approach behavior towards a live spider (a...
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Experiment 1 of the current research attempted to establish fear and avoidance functions for arbitrary stimuli via combinatorial entailment using training and testing versions of the Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure (IRAP). The critical tests for the transformation of functions involved exposure to two separate Test-IRAPs (one for fear and...
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Experiment 1 aimed to establish "fearful" and "pleasant" functions for arbitrary stimuli (geometric shapes) by relating those stimuli to pictures of spiders and pets using a training version of the Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure (IRAP). The transformation of these functions for the arbitrary stimuli was assessed by exposing participants t...
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The current study examined the impact of a brief “verbal rehearsal” task on performance on two Implicit Relational Assessment Procedures (IRAPs), actual approach behavior towards a live spider (a BAT), and the relationship between the IRAPs and the BAT. Participants first completed the Fear of Spiders Questionnaire (FSQ), followed by one of two ver...
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The current study examined the use of the Implicit Relational Assessment Procedure (IRAP) as a measure of spider fear, approach, and avoidance. Participants were drawn from a normative sample of university undergraduates. Experiment 1employed two IRAPs, one targeting spider fear, the other targeting spider approach/avoidance. The Fear of Spiders Qu...

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