Christian Ryan

Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology & Chartered Clinical Psychologist

University College Cork


I am a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at the School of Applied Psychology in University College Cork and a Clinical Psychologist in private practice. I am involved in all aspects of the doctoral programme in Clinical Psychology including teaching, research, selection and placement visits. I have specific responsibilities for placement coordinator and lead the modules on Intellectual disabilities and Autism. I also contribute to the MA programme in Mental Health and supervise students for MA research projects. Since moving to the university in August 2017 I have started learning R as a tool for research, statistical analysis and text mining. My blog posts below are an attempt to explore some of the ways in which R can be used in psychology. Feel free to message me if you have ideas to improve the code or have other comments or feedback.


  • Clinical Psychology
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Eating Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder


  • DClinPsych, 2001

    University of Leicester

  • BSc in Psychology, 1997

    Open University

  • MA (Research) Theory of Mind Explanations of Autism, 1996

    University of Sheffield

  • BA in Philosophy, 1989

    Huddersfield Polytechnic







Emotion Recognition




Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology

Univeristy College Cork

Aug 2017 – Present Cork
Responsibilities include:

  • Placement coordination
  • Module coordinator Intellectual Disabilities and Autism

Psychology Manager

Cope Foundation

Dec 2013 – Aug 2017 Cork
Managed the psychology service for a large Section 38 organisation in Cork

ASD Coordinator

Cope Foundation

Dec 2013 – Jul 2015 Cork
Coordinator for the North Lee ASD Service

Senior Clinical Psychologist

Cope Foundation

May 2005 – Dec 2013 Cork
Working with children with ASD and their families

Clinical Psychologist


Jun 2004 – Apr 2005 Cork
North Lee Adult Mental Health Service & St.Raphael’s Centre, Youghal

Clinical Psychologist


Oct 2001 – May 2004 Nottingham
Nottingham Primary Care Mental Health Service

Recent Posts

2.4 - Sentiment analysis of dreams

In the last post we compared the dream sets by graphing the most frequently occurring words and calculating correlation coefficients. …

2.3 - Using tidytext to compare samples of dreams

This is the third post in the series exploring text analytics with data from the dreambank.com. In the first post ‘Pulling text data …

2.2 - Manipulating text data from dreams

In the previous post on ‘pulling text data from the internet’, I experimented with pulling out the dream text from a sample of dreams …

2.1 - Pulling text data from the internet

I have been working on the area of alexithymia for the last couple of years, a sub-clinical condition in which people find it difficult …

1 - Plotting multiple histograms on the same graph

Recently, while trying to compare the distribution of two samples, I discovered that you can plot both on the same graph in base R, …


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