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College Photo Name De Vries, Jan
College Address Nursing,
D'Olier Street - School Of Nursing
Main Department Nursing
College Title Assistant Professor
College Tel +353 1 896 4032
Dr. de Vries is a psychologist who specialises in clinical and health psychology, stress management, cognitive neuroscience, and social psychology. He holds a PhD in Psychology from Trinity College Dublin and an MSc and BSc from Utrecht University in The Netherlands. Dr. de Vries started his research career in the Netherlands at Utrecht University where he was a researcher in the Theatre, Film and Television Department. The research focussed on emotions in spectators of theatre and film. At that time he also started his research on stress management in performers, which was the topic of his Masters thesis in the Netherlands and later his PhD in Ireland. The research included a survey of performers, semi-structured interviews, design and evaluation of an intervention for performers in training (including follow-up), and led to the design of stress management workshops. He moved to Ireland in 1994 to extend and complete the research started in the Netherlands. While in Ireland he got involved in a variety of projects including a feasibility study for TCD and DIT on setting up of an Arts Therapies programme. This included focus groups. Later he set up, coordinated, and evaluated an extensive programme of dialogue, healing and reconciliation at the Glencree Centre of Reconciliation (Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow). In 2000 he was offered a visiting professorship at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. He stayed in the USA for six year combining teaching of a variety of psychology classes with research on dating services. At present he is lecturing in psychology in the School of Nursing and Midwifery in TCD and involved in a variety of research programmes originating in the School. He is a reviewer for Family and Marriage review and was a member of the Stress Management Policy Development group for the Health Service Executive (HSE). This present research activities include the Cognitive Neuroscience of Cognitive Dissonance; Applications of Cognitive Dissonance (to Hand Hygiene and Conflict Management); Psychology Teaching in Nursing; Various Evaluations of Mental Health Programmes and other training programmes; Leadership in Nursing; Accident Proneness and Functional Health Patterns, and Community Integration in People with and Intellectual Disability.
Teaching interests and responsibilities
Over 20 years experience as a university lecturer in the Netherlands, Ireland, Britain, Europe and USA. I have taught most undergraduate Psychology topics, plus Health Psychology and Stress Management, Trauma Theory and Treatment, Research Methods, Psychology of Peace and Reconciliation, and Reception Research in Theatre and Film. I have developed courses and curricula and workshops for students, performers in training and academic staff. I am particularly interested in the application of psychology to fields that have a practal impact on human quality of life.
Professional Qualifications
Qualification Institution Class of Degree Title of Dissertation Date Conferred
PhD Trinity College Dublin   Stage Fright and an intervention for performers 2000
MSc Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands   Stage Fright: Fear of Sucess or Fear of Failure 1983
BSc Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands     1978
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Administrative Functions
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Membership of Professional Institutions, Associations, Societies
Details Date From Date To
Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) 2006 present
Netherlands Institute for Psychologists (NIP) 1987 present
Awards and Honours
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Education Details
School/College Date From Date To
Department of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin 1994 2000
Department of Psychology, Utrecht University, Utrecht, Netherlands 1975 1983
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
Dutch Fluent Fluent Fluent
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
French Medium Medium Medium
German Fluent Medium Medium
Research Institutes / Centres / Groups
Research Institutes / Centres / Groups Description of Role Date From Date To
Trinity Inst. of Neurosciences (TCIN) Researcher 30-SEP-09 30-SEP-13
Employment Details
Position Held Job Description Where Date From Date To
Psychology Lecturer and Subject Leader lecturer in psychology Trinity College Dublin 2007 present
part-time lecturer lecturer in stress management and health and safety Dublin Institute of Technology 2006 present
part-time lecturer lecturer in music education and psychology Griffith College Dublin 2006 present
part-time lecturer lecturer in psychology Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design, and Technology (IADT) 2006 2007
visiting professor professorship in psychology Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA, USA 2001 2006
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Description of Research Interests
Main interests: - Stress and Stress Management - Trauma and Trauma Treatment - Cognitive dissonance: neuroscience and applications General Areas of Interest: - General Psychology - Social Psychology - Health Psychology
Research Interests
Applied Psychology Behavior Modification Behavioural Neuroscience CONFLICT
Clinical Psychology Clinical psychology Cognitive science Conflict Management and Resolution
Creative music education Crisis Counseling Development, prevention and treatment of mental disease or disorder Developmental Psychology
Emotional, behavioural and cognitive disorders Health Communication Health attitudes and behaviour Health psychology
Information technology in education Innovation in learning Leadership in nursing Mental health nursing
Mental health promotion Neuropsychology Neuroscience and Cognition Nursing
Peace Psychology Peace Studies Performance practice Psychosomatic Disorders
Rehabilitation Research issues specifice to any health profession Social Psychology Stress
Stress Management Trauma Violence Prevention
Research Projects
Project title Cognitive Dissonance and fMRI
Summary The aim of this study is to investigate the neural response to cognitive dissonance (CD) using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The objective is to identify how common everyday events that could generate dissonance are processed in the brain. On the basis of present neurological evidence it is hypothesised that the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) and parts of the prefrontal cortex are implicated. Most of the research is based on relatively contrived lab tasks. This study attempts to establish whether the hypothesis still holds when CD induction takes place in a more naturalistic way presenting participants with day to day situations that generate dissonance. The study is part of a wider effort to bridge the gap between research on social cognition and neuroscience.Background Cognitive Dissonance (CD) (Festinger, 1957) is the result of simultaneously holding two or more inconsistent cognitions, or exhibiting behaviour that is inconsistent with beliefs or values. This is experienced as an uncomfortable tension motivating efforts to reduce dissonance and therefore discomfort. This is commonly done by changing cognitions or behaviours, but also by trivialising or seeking distraction. Evidence from neurological studies suggests that dissonance discomfort is detected in various brain structures, notably the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), while efforts to resolve it take place in the prefrontal cortex (Amodio et al, 2004; Harmon-Jones et al., 2008). Research Approach and Design Main Study: The study will make use of a within-subject 2 x 2 design + baseline condition. Participants will all undergo the same procedure. They will be presented with a series of questions while undergoing an fMRI scan. In the experimental condition, the stimulus consists of (1) a primer which presents a common value; followed by (2) a memory prompt to think of personal violations of this value. Dissonance is expected to occur as a result. Three control conditions will provide necessary contrasts for fMRI analysis, while an added control condition serves as a baseline comparison. They use the same format with contrasting primers and memory prompts. Pilot Study: To select the items for inclusion in the fMRI study, a pilot study will take place in which the memory prompts will be tested. Those that are recalled most consistently will form the pool of items to be used in the experimental condition of the study. Data Collection Methods Main Study: The study will use fMRI scanning. Biographical data and intervention checks will make use of yes/no questions, 4-point Likert scales, and a dissonance questionnaire (Elliot and Devine, 1994). Responses to the stimuli during the scan will be given by pushing buttons on a panel in the scanner. Pilot Study: The pilot will make use of questionnaire which participants can complete on-line in Survey Monkey.
Funding Agency Trinity College
Programme New Staff Start up Fund
Type of Project Neuroscience
Date from Sept 2009
Date to Sept 2013
Person Months 24

Project title Proneness to Accidents in a Graduate Population
Summary Sheerin, F., Curtis, E., De Vries, J.M.A. This study addresses proneness to accidents in a graduate population. Its objective is to seek for associations between personal accidents and health (as measured with the Functional Health Patterns Inventory)
Funding Agency
Type of Project
Date from 01/10/2009
Date to 01/10/2011
Person Months 3

Project title Sex Education Support in Schools
Summary a study of supports and outside facilitators for sex education in secondary schools
Funding Agency Crisis Pregnancy Agency (CPA)
Type of Project literature study
Date from 2009
Date to 2009
Person Months 6

Project title Transferable skills in Nursing Education
Summary This project is an evaluation of skills transfer between first and second year group poster projects in BSc nursing students.
Funding Agency
Type of Project
Date from 2007
Date to 2010
Person Months

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Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
De Vries, J.M.A., Impact of Self Descriptions and Photographs on Mediated Dating Interest., Marriage & Family Review, 46, (8), 2010, p538 - 562
De Vries, J.M.A., Cognitive Dissonance Meme and Psychotherapy. , Inside Out; Journal of the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative , 57, (2), 2009, p20 - 28
De Vries, J.M.A., Cognitive dissonance theory applied to CPR, DNAR, and the practice of slow codes. , British Journal of Cardiac Nursing, 3, (12), 2008, p565 - 570
De Vries, J.M.A., Cognitive dissonance in victims of political violence, Inside Out; Journal of the Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy, 52, (4), 2007, p65 - 70
Non Peer Reviewed
De Vries J., Mayock P., Higgins A., Sherlock L., Doyle L., Andrews L. & Sheaf, G, A Review of the International Literature on the Role of Outside Facilitators in the Delivery of School-based Sex Education, Dublin, Crisis Pregnancy Agency, December, 2009, 1, 190
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Name Address email Telephone Details
Dorothy Chin Department of Behavioral Studies Santa Monica College 1900 Pico Blvd Santa Monica, CA 90405 +1 (310) 434 3542 Head of Pscyhology Department
Michael O'Sullivan LMU One LMU Drive Los Angeles, CA 90045 USA +1 (310) 338 3015 Head of Department of Psychology

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