About Us

The Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) is the learned and professional body for psychology and psychologists in the Republic of Ireland. Since its birth in 1970 the Society has grown from a mere 17 members and now represents circa 3,000 members.

The PSI is an independently governed, registered charity and our office is located in Dublin 8.

The PSI was established during a time when psychology as a subject and a profession was in its infancy in Ireland. Since its creation the members of the PSI have helped shape and develop psychology as a science in Ireland and their work and commitment has given Irish psychology a voice and standing on not only the European but also the world stage. 

The PSI is committed to maintaining the high standards of practice in psychology that have been set by its members since the founding of the Society and also to exploring new and innovative ways of furthering psychology as an applied science.

What do we do?

When the Psychological Society of Ireland was established its primary objective was the advancement of psychology as a pure and applied science in Ireland and elsewhere. 

The PSI has helped cultivate a high standard of psychology in Ireland which is visible in both academic and professional settings. These high standards provide psychologists who study and work in Ireland with the qualifications and experience that is needed to gain membership with the PSI.

Aims and Activities of PSI:

  • Advance and promote the discipline of psychology
  • Promote high standards of training and education for psychologists in Ireland
  • Promote high professional and ethical standards within the profession
  • Provide professional learning, development and networking opportunities
  • Sustain growth in PSI membership
  • Annual scientific and professional conferences
  • Public talks and media communications
  • Update members on psychology matters in Ireland

In an effort to further ensure high standards in all areas of psychology in Ireland the PSI has established Divisions for all psychology specialisms and Special Interest Groups (SIGs), membership of which is based on the applicant's experience and qualifications. Each Division or SIG deals with a specific area and provides lectures, resources, professional learning and development events, and a voice for psychologists not only within the PSI but within Ireland.

Since its inception, the PSI has had and continues to have, many dealings with various government agencies with the aim of protecting, promoting and furthering the profession of psychology in Ireland.


The PSI Team

We are a small team based in the Grantham Street headquarters lead by CEO Terri Morrissey and supported by

Mayra Jones PSI Council Secretariat and Learning & Development Coordinator
Shane Kelly Head of Innovation & Development
Lisa Stafford Head of Communications
Marianne Plenty Membership Coordinator
Marie Loughman Science & Public Policy Lead
Alison Corr Communications & Branding Coordinator


Mayra administers all of the organisation’s Council support, BPC, evaluation, accreditation and learning support, as well as general administration of day to day events which take place at the PSI offices.

Shane is responsible for all membership development, new services, and special projects.

Lisa develops and organises all communications from media to brand promotion and website, external and internal stakeholder communication, events and the PSI Annual Conference.

Marianne supports membership services from joining the Society to progressing through the membership categories, whilst offering general member support and dealing with enquiries.

Marie supports the Divisions and Special Interest Groups within the Society in the area of knowledge transfer and advocacy.