The Psychological Society of Ireland



The Psychological Society of Ireland,
Floor 2, Grantham House,
Grantham Street, Dublin 8, D08 W8HD.

Special Interest Group in Autistic Spectrum Disorders


The Autistic Spectrum Disorders SIG was formed at the PSI Annual Conference in Westport in November 2001. Among its stated aims is the promotion of research related to ASD and awareness of the needs of people with an ASD. It is an inclusive active group with regular meetings, events, and contributions to the Annual Conference.


1. To provide a forum for members to share knowledge and skills, and to promote good professional training and practice with regard to working with those with an ASD.

2. To promote understanding and awareness of the needs of people with an ASD, their families and carers.

3. To promote research related to ASD’s and to disseminate findings.

4. To develop and respond to policy statements on matters relating to ASD’s.

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The Psychological Society of Ireland
Floor 2,
Grantham House,
Grantham Street,
Dublin 2.

The Committee Members 2017

Chair: Barry Murphy

Secretary: Miriam O'Donoghue

Treasurer: Jacinta McComish

Barry Murphy 

Barry currently works in the area of eating disorders and communications. His interests include eating disorders, research, ASD and disability studies. He enjoys contributing to policy documents and reports, and reading a range of literature.

Denise Rogers

Dr Denise Rogers, Senior Clinical Psychologist, Mental Health Services for Older People, HSE Mid West and private practice, has completed specialist training in developmental and diagnostic assessments and therapeutic intervention across the lifespan. She has over 16 years experience working with children and adults who present with a range of developmental, neurological and/ or psychological difficulties. She has worked as part of multidisciplinary teams in both disability and mental health services in the HSE and has developed a skill set to include autism spectrum disorder (ASD) assessment across the lifespan across these care groups. She continues to work in with adults with ASD attending Adult Community Mental Health Services. She has delivered well received workshops to psychologists and to adult mental health teams on assessment and intervention with individuals with ASD. 

Angela Murphy

Angela is a Senior Clinical Psychologist on an Early Intervention Team in Dublin North. Clinical Work: ASD assessments, Parents groups post diagnosis, Supervision, Parent workshops-behaviour, regulation and sleep. Areas of interest: Family functioning and disability, attachment, reflective practice.

Jacinta McComish

Jacinta McComish is a qualified Counselling Psychologist with current registered membership of the Psychological Society of Ireland. Jacinta attained her honours degree in Psychology at the School of Psychology, NUI, Maynooth. 

Jacinta went on to complete her Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology at the School of Psychology, Trinity College, Dublin. During this time, she completed a number of placements working with children, adolescents and adults with behavioural, cognitive, and emotional difficulties. Jacinta also gained more specialised experience working with young adults with Asperger’s Syndrome registered with the AS Project at Trinity College.

Jacinta also completed an additional course in Psychometrics at Trinity College. She has a particular interest in working with and supporting clients and their families in seeking assessment in relation to Autistic Spectrum Disorder and in subsequent Psycho-Educational work with both children and adults.
In clinical practice, Jacinta takes an integrative approach to working with people. Drawing on different psychotherapy approaches to provide psychological intervention adapted to the individual’s needs.
Jacinta is currently a Chartered member of the Psychological Society of Ireland and the Treasurer of the Autistic Spectrum Disorder Special Interest Group.

Anita Hyland

Anita is a BCBA and clinical psychologist trainee. She has worked with young children, adolescents and young adults with ASD in the United States and in Ireland. This has included working in residential settings, community support work, running sibshops (sibling workshops), and designing behavioural programmes for children in their homes. She has also completed placements in Early intervention and Assessment of Need in Ireland.


Ordinary Committee Members:

  • Angela Murphy
  • Anita Hyland
  • Arthur O'Reilly
  • Chris Chapple
  • Denise Rogers
  • Emily Dillon
  • Mitchel Fleming
  • Rita Honan
  • Ruth Acheson
  • Ruth Connolly
  • Sinead Egan
  • Sonia MorrisZara Flynn

Membership Information

The group is open to and welcomes all members of PSI.
The group is always interested in new members joining and adding to the group, as well as establishing links to further enhance the basis of professional psychological knowledge in the area of Autistic Spectrum Disorders. If you are interested in joining the group, have questions, or would like more information please contact us.

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