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Ciaran is a Lecturer in Psychology and co-ordinates the Doctor of Psychology Clinical Placements. She has substantial research and teaching experience in Clinical and Health psychology. She has published numerous research articles, particularly in the area of panic disorder, internet therapy and neurotransmitters associated with human anxiety. Ciaran also supervises fourth year and higher degree students.
Ciaran teaches into several units of the Doctor of Psychology including Studies in Psychopathology, Interview and Intervention Skills and Case Analysis Seminar. Additionally, she teaches Psychopathology at 3rd year level and Health Topics within the Graduate Diploma. She also supervises student research projects and Doctor of Psychology placements.
Ciaranís particular research interests include cognitive, emotional and behavioural aspects of anxiety disorders, internet-delivery of cognitive behavioural therapy within community and general practice settings and the association between cardiovascular disease and depression.
Ciaran is recipient of a Beyond Blue VcOE research grant and conducts collaborative research with several external agencies.
Associate Member Australian Psychological Society; Australian Association of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Through her research and coordination of the Doctor of psychology placements Ciaran has established collaborative links between Deakin University and several external agencies.
Pier, C. & Bond, R. (2008). Evaluation of PaceHeart Lifeskills: A program for the prevention of psychological ill health in the workplace. Presented at The 9th International Mental Health Conference, Gold Coast, Australia.
PIER, C. (2007). Interoceptive accuracy for changes in sympathetic nervous system activity in people with panic disorder. Presented at the AACBT conference, Gold Coast
PIER, C., ESLER, M. (2006, September). An investigation of expectancy bias in interoceptive accuracy research. Presented at the 40th APS conference, Auckland
PIER, C. AUSTIN, D., MITCHELL, J., SCHATTNER, P., PIERCE, D., WADE, T., CANNARD, G. (2006). Evaluation of Internet-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Panic Disorder in General Medical Practice. Presented at the AACBT conference Sydney.
PIER, C. ALVARENGA, M., RICHARDS, J.C., LAMBERT, G., ESLER, M. (2005, September) Cardiac mortality in frequent panic: neurochemical abnormalities and
their modification. Presented at the European Health Psychology Conference, Galway, Ireland.