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Ian Grey

Dr. Ian Grey is Irish and is an accidental psychologist. He actually wanted to be an accountant and mistakenly selected psychology whilst at university when they let him in. Despite a lot of initial confusion, he stuck with psychology ever since. He is currently an associate professor of clinical psychology at LAU. He holds two doctoral degrees: a PhD from the National University of Ireland and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Trinity College Dublin. He holds additional post-graduate qualifications in Applied Behavior Analysis and in Forensic Psychology.

He is probably still confused.

Dr. Grey worked as a clinical psychologist for almost 20 years, and previously specialized in the application of assessment and intervention methodology to the remediation of severe behavioral disorders in children and adolescents with neuro-developmental disorders. He has held the positions of clinical director and consultant clinical psychologist. Dr. Grey has more recently worked in clinical forensic psychology settings specializing in psychometric assessment in legal settings. He gets to spend a lot of time in jail but is lucky to be able to leave everyday.

He has a varied range of interests across both applied psychology and experimental research with specific interests in neuro-developmental disorders, experiential avoidance, cultural adaptations of psychotherapy, influences on psychopathology and cognitive vulnerabilities and their relationship with culture.

His favorite hobbies include cycling in the mountains at home in Ireland, practicing Aikido, reading history, world cinema, traveling, finding the perfect pint of Guinness, using a chainsaw, and lamenting the state of American politics.

Recent Publications

  1. Grey, I., Thomas, J., Abi-Habib, R & Tohme, P. (2020).  Preferred Therapist Characteristics Amongst Female Emiratis:  Implications for Psychotherapy. Mental Health, Religion & Culture.
  2. Arora, T & Grey, I. (2020).  Health behaviour changes during COVID-19 and the potential consequences: A mini-review. Journal of Health Psychology.
  3. Lam, S., Arora, T., Grey, I., Ping Suen, A., Huang, C., & Lam, D. (2020).  Perceived risk and protection from infection and depressive symptoms amongst healthcare workers in Mainland China and Hong Kong during COVID-19: an online survey.  Frontiers in Psychiatry.
  4. Tohme, P., Grey. I., & Abi-Habib. (2020).  The Mental States Task (MST): Correlates and New Perspectives on Mentalizing in a Lebanese Student Sample. Journal of Personality Assessment.
  5. Yang, Y. & Grey, I (in press).  SIEs’ Motivational CQ on Job Satisfaction: A Two-study Examination of Power Distance.  Journal of Intercultural Relations.
  6. Thomas, J. & Grey, I. (in press).  Variation in emotional expressivity across cultures: An analysis of online drawings using Google’s Quick Draw. Computers in Human Behaviour-Reports.
  7. L Gormley, O Healy, A Doherty, D O’Regan, I Grey (2019). Staff Training in Intellectual and Developmental Disability Settings: a Scoping Review. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities, 1-26.
  8. A Al Shehhi, J Thomas, R Welsch, I Grey, Z Aung (2019).  Arabia Felix 2.0: a cross-linguistic Twitter analysis of happiness patterns in the United Arab Emirates. Journal of Big Data 6 (1), 33-45.
  9. J Thomas, A Al Shehhi, I Grey, Z (2019).  We Tweet Arabic; I Tweet English: Self-Concept, Language and Social Media.  Heliyon.
  10. Al-Shehi, Grey, I.M., Thomas (2019).  Big Data and Well-being in the Arab World.  In Louise Lambert (ed), Positive Psychology in the Middle East/North Africa pp. 159-182..  Springer: London
  11. Aurora, T., & Grey, I. (2019).  Sleep, Obesity, and Cardiometabolic Risk in Children and Adolescents.  In Sleep and Health, Michael Gardener, (Ed).  Pp. 421- 434.  Academic Press. London; United Kingdom. 
  12. L Gormley, O Healy, B O’Sullivan, D O’Regan, I Grey, M Bracken (2019). The impact of behavioural skills training on the knowledge, skills and well‐being of front line staff in the intellectual disability sector: a clustered randomised control trial.  Journal of Intellectual Disability Research.
  13. L Gormley, O Healy, B O’Sullivan, D O’Regan, I Grey, M Bracken (2019). The impact of behavioural skills training on the knowledge, skills and well‐being of front line staff in the intellectual disability sector: a clustered randomised control trial.  Journal of Intellectual Disability Research.
  14. Grey, I. & Thomas, J. (2018).  National Identity, Implicit In-Group Evaluation and Psychological Wellbeing among Emirati Women. Journal of Cross Cultural Psychology.
  15. Healy, O., Lydon, S., Brady, T., Rispoli, M., Holloway, J., Neely. J & Grey, I (2018) The Use of Differential Reinforcement of Other Behaviours to Establish Inhibitory Stimulus Control for the Management of Vocal Stereotypy in Children with Autism, Developmental Neurorehabilitation.
  16. Grey, I.M., Daly, R, & Thomas, J.T (2018). The Relationship Between Shame and Guilt: Cultural Comparisons Between Ireland and the United Arab Emirates.  Mental Health, Religion & Culture.
  17. Thomas, J.T., Al-Shetti, A & Grey, I.M (2018). The Sacred and the Profane: Social Media and Temporal Patterns of Religiosity in the United Arab Emirates. Journal of Contemporary Religion.
  18. Grey, I.M., Mazzrouie, M., Thomas, J.T. & Randall, P (2018). Forensic Psychology & Islamic Jurisprudence. Mental Health, Religion & Culture.
  19. Grey, I.M., Coughlan, B., Lydon., H & Healy, O. (2018). Parental Satisfaction with Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention. Journal of Intellectual Disabilities.

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