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.

Registered Charity Number is 20016524 

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.


Organisational Chart of 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

Shane Kelly Chief Executive Officer
Mayra Jones Office Manager
Lisa Stafford Head of Communications
Marianne Plenty Membership Coordinator
Alison Corr Communications & Branding Coordinator

Karen Byrne

General Administrative Officer

Eimear Farrelly

General Administrative Officer


Shane is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Society. He acts as the main point of communciation to PSI Council, advising on corporate decisions and strategy, as well as resources. 

Mayra oversees the office operations and procedures, ensuring smooth running of Society business.  She also administers all of the organisation’s Council support and coordinates PSI accrediation processes.

Lisa develops and organises all communications from media to brand promotion and website, external and internal stakeholder communication, national Society 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.

Alison coordinates all of the PSI's social media platforms, manages the PSI website and assists with the Society's brand position and reputation management via her work with Division and Interest Groups, as well as other internal and external stakeholders. 

Karen is responsible for event management and the PSI Annual Conference with the PSI and works with the Divisions and Interest Groups.