Qualifications: BComm University College Dublin, 1989; BSc (Hons) Psychology, Middlesex University 1998; PhD 'Unconscious Processing in Insight Problem-Solving', Middlesex University, May 2007; PGCertHE 2010.
Joined Middlesex University in a full-time capacity in 2009, having previously held part-time and associate lectureship roles, and is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Psychology Department.
Programme Leader for BSc Psychology with Counselling.
Module Leader for 'Research Methods & Design in Psychology' and 'Foundation Counselling Skills' at undergraduate level.
Research Output & Interests:
Has recently (2015) supervised two doctoral candidates to completion, one on the topic of the relationship between sub-clinical traits of schizophrenia ('schizotypy') and creativity, the other investigating stigma towards parents diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, and related barriers to effective treatment; currently supervising doctoral research comparing psychiatric stigma in the UK and Norway.
Research interests include investigation of the relationship between creativity and subclinical traits of psychiatric diagnoses, including schizotypy and hypomania.
Psychiatric stigma is also a topic of interest, with a particular focus on the relationship between dehumanization, stigma, and biogenetic causal beliefs.
Also leading a project with the Centre for Abuse & Trauma Studies (CATS) to train staff in residential family assessment units in the use of the Parenting Role Interview, as well as researching the impact of the use of this tool in the context of child protection and the assessment of 'good enough' parenting. Other research investigating recurrent care proceedings is planned as part of a growing research and knowledge exchange partnership with St. Michael's Fellowship.
LeBoutillier, N., Barry, R., & Westley, D. (2015). Creativity and the measurement of sub-clinical psychopathology in the general population: schizotypy, psychoticism and hypomania. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts (in press).
LeBoutillier, N., Barry, R., & Westley, D. (2014). The Role of Schizotypy in Predicting Performance on Figural and Verbal Imagery-Based Measures of Creativity. Creativity Research Journal, 26(4), 461-467.
Irving, L., Barry, R., LeBoutillier, N., & Westley, D. (2011). The image control and recognition task: a performance-based measure of imagery control. Journal of Mental Imagery, 35(3 & 4), 67-80.
Frost, N. & Barry, R. (2010) Developing a Qualitative Research Culture in a Psychology Department. QMiP Bulletin, 1(2).
LeBoutillier, Nicholas and Barry, Richard and Westley, David (2014) The role of schizotypy in predicting performance on figural and verbal imagery-based measures of creativity. Creativity Research Journal, 4 (26). pp. 461-467. ISSN 1040-0419
Irving, Lucy and Barry, Richard and LeBoutillier, Nicholas and Westley, David (2011) The image control and recognition task: a performance-based measure of imagery control. Journal of Mental Imagery, 35 (3 & 4). pp. 67-80. ISSN 0364-5541
Frost, Nollaig and Barry, Richard (2010) Developing a qualitative research culture in university psychology departments. QMiP Newsletter, 1 (2). ISSN 1751-2662