Ph.D. (Clinical Developmental Psychology); Diploma in Health Psychology
M.A. (Clinical Developmental Psychology; York University) M.A. (Forensic Psychology, Carleton University) B.A. (Honours Psychology; Wilfrid Laurier University)
Poor attachment in early childhood has been related to developmental psychopathology across the life span, and the immunization is a naturally occurring setting for which primary health care professionals may screen for attachment difficulties and promote early intervention. Accordingly, my doctoral research will examine the relationship between preschoolers’ pain-related distress behaviours and caregiver sensitivity with subsequent assessments of preschool attachment. The overarching goal of this research is to inform our understanding of the acute procedural pain context (i.e., child vaccinations) as a paradigm in which to understand preschool attachment. Moreover, examining the unique and respective contributions of preschoolers’ pain-related distress behaviours, caregiver sensitivity, and preschool attachment as predictors of developmental psychopathology symptomology may shed light on indicators that health care providers may use to screen for difficulties in preschoolers’ social, emotional, behavioural, and cognitive functioning early on.
Honours and Awards:
Awards: 2014: CIHR Canada Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral Award 2014: Ontario Graduate Scholarship – Doctoral (Declined) 2013: Ontario Graduate Scholarship – Master’s Award 2013: Lillian Meighen Wright Maternal Child Health Graduate Scholarship 2012: CIHR Pain In Child Health (PICH) Research Stipend 2012: SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship - Doctoral (Declined) 2008: Ontario Graduate Scholarship – Master’s Award 2007: SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship - Master’s Award 2006: Ontario Graduate Scholarship – Master’s Award (Declined)
Travel Awards: 2016: York University Graduate Development Fund Travel Award 2016: Lillian Meighen Wright Maternal Child Health Travel Award 2015: York University Graduate Development Fund Travel Award 2015: Lillian Meighen Wright Maternal Child Health Travel Award 2014: York University Graduate Development Fund Travel Award 2014: Canadian Pain Society Trainee Travel Award 2014: Lillian Meighen Wright Maternal Child Health Travel Award 2013: Lillian Meighen Wright Maternal Child Health Travel Award 2013: Pain In Child Health (PICH) Travel Award 2013: York University Graduate Development Fund Travel Award
Peer Reviewed Publications:
Gennis, H., Pillai Riddell, R., O’Neill, M.C., Katz, J., Taddio, A., Garfield, H., & Greenberg, S. (in press). Parent psychological distress moderates the impact of a video intervention to help parents manage young child vaccination pain. Journal of Pediatric Psychology.
Pillai Riddell, R., O’Neill, M.C., Campbell, L., Taddio, A., Greenberg, S., & Garfield, H. (2018). The ABCDs of pain management: A double-blind randomized controlled trial examining the impact of a brief educational video on infants’ and toddlers’ pain scores and parent soothing behaviour. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 43(3), 224-233. https://doi.org/10.1093/jpepsy/jsx122 Editor’s Choice Distinction
O’Neill, M.C., Pillai Riddell, R., Garfield, H., & Greenberg, S. (2016). Does caregiver behaviour mediate the relationship between cultural individualism and infant pain at 12 months of age? The Journal of Pain, 17(12), 1273-1280. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpain.2016.08.008
O’Neill, M. C., & Pozzulo, J. D. (2013). Juror decisions when there are multiple witnesses: Victims and Bystanders. American Journal of Forensic Psychology, 31, 49-71.
O’Neill, M. C., & Pozzulo, J. D. (2012). Jurors’ judgments across multiple identifications and descriptor inconsistencies. American Journal of Forensic Psychology, 30(2), 39-66.
Pozzulo, J. D., & O’Neill, M. C. (2012). Juror decision making when a witness makes multiple identification decisions. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 42(5), 1192-1217.
Pozzulo, J. D., Dempsey, J., O'Neill, M., & Grech, D. (2009). The relationship between recalling a person and recognizing that person. American Journal of Forensic Psychology, 27, 19-36.
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