Sharon completed her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Maynooth University in 2016 where her final year research project titled ‘Personality in Text-Messages: An Analysis of Self-Monitoring Skills and Textual Features among University Students’ as supervised by the Dean of Science and Engineering Prof. Fiona Lyddy received the ‘Best Thesis Award’. She then completed her Masters in Psychological Science at University College Dublin in 2017 under Dr. Brendan Rooney while working as a Research Assistant at the UCD Media Lab, where she utilised virtual reality to investigate cognitive and attention processes in entertainment and media engagement. Her Masters’ thesis, ‘Concept Explication of Perceived Realism: A Neurological Perspective’ examined specifically whether realism in media can be defined in dichotomous terms using the dual-process model.
Sharon is passionate about collaborating digital innovation with mental health treatments and clinical applications. Having worked as a clinical Assistant Psychologist providing support through internet-delivered Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (iCBT) to service users with a range of mental health problems, Sharon now seeks to continue developing her research interests through a PhD at TCD, where she will be using machine learning and network analysis in internet-delivered psychological treatment prediction, to better understand who does iCBT work for and why. Sharon’s PhD is fully supported by the Irish Research Council, where she is an awardee of the Enterprise Partnership Scheme 2020.
Publications & Presentations
Enrique, A., Mooney, O., Salamanca-Sanabria, A., Lee, C. T., Farrell, S., & Richards, D. (2019). Assessing the efficacy and acceptability of an internet-delivered intervention for resilience among college students: A pilot randomised control trial protocol. Internet Intervention. 17, 100254·
Lee, C. T., Palacios, J., Richards, D. IAPT integrated care: iCBT for comorbid depression and anxiety in people with long-term conditions. Conference presentation at the 6th European Society for Research on Internet Interventions (2019). Denmark: Copenhagen.·
Rooney, B., Burke, C., Bálint, O’Leary, T., Parsons, T., Lee, C. T., Mantei, C. (2017). Attention and Social Cognition in Virtual Reality: The effect of engagement mode and character eye-gaze. Annual Review of CyberTherapy and Telemedicine, 15, p. 82-88.·
Lee, C. T., Bálint, K., Parsons, T., Rooney B. (In preparation). Concept explication of perceived realism: A neurological perspective.·
Rooney, B., Burke, C., Bálint, O’Leary, T., Parsons, T., Lee, C. T., Mantei, C. (2017). Piloting, validating and applying a virtual eye-gaze task to measure social cognition responses. Conference presentation at the F69 Interactive Eye Gaze.·
Lee, C. T. (2016). Personality in text-messages: An analysis of self-monitoring skills and textual features among university students. Conference presentation at Student Congress, Ulster University 2016
Long-term conditions and iCBT in December 2018 (https://www.silvercloudhealth.com/uk/news/iapt-integrated-care).
Online therapeutic alliance in iCBT in March 2019
silvercloudhealth.comIAPT Integrated Care – iCBT for Comorbid Depression and Anxiety in People with Long-term ConditionsIn the UK, as part of their agenda, IAPT services are working towards an integrated model to extend their access to people with LTCs for the treatment of comorbid depression and anxiety in this population. Silvercloud put this model to test.(95
silvercloudhealth.comOnline therapeutic alliance in ICBT – why is it so important?It is common practice for therapists, in addition to discovering clients’ troubles, to develop and maintain a good working relationship with clients, a vital factor contributing to therapeutic change. This working relationship is coined as therapeutic alliance.(57 kB)