PSI News



We hosted our second year of Psychology Matters Day on May the 12th, and what a day we had. The sun was shining, and our speakers gave some excellent presentations from sports psychology, cyber-dating, positive psychology, and even the Eurovision. We are grateful for all the support from our presenters and the associated schools of psychology and we look forward to hosting more talks to encourage public engagement with psychology. 

If you missed out on Psychology Matters Day or want a refresh of the talks you heard, follow the links below to shared presentations on SlideShare. We will add more links as they become available.

Highlights from #psychmatters


(Left) IADT Psychology Day Matters; Hollie Byrne, Damian Lowry, Derek Laffan, Josh Moron, Rosemary Walsh, Nicola Fox Hamilton        

(Right)Limerick University; Clodagh Butler, Hannah McCormack, Jennifer McMahon   



(Left) NUI Galway; Dearbhaile Mahon, Chris Noone, Soraya Matthews, Brian Hughes     

(Right)Waterford IT; Brendan O'Connell and Presenters                      

 Dublin Business School; Leslie Schoemaker, David Hevey, Margaret Boyle Spelman, Mark Smyth, Neil Mac Dhonnágain 


Slideshare Presentation Links

Limerick University          Waterford IT             IADT 

Hannah McCormack        Cíara Losty               Josh Moron          

Jennifer McMahon           Seamus power        Derek Laffan

Clodagh Butler                 Fiona O'Donovan           




Psychological Society of Ireland releases fact-based position on abortion and mental health and supports repeal of the Eighth Amendment


The Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) has today released two papers commenting on the psychology of referendums and the Eighth Amendment and mental health. The Society wishes to draw attention to evidence-based facts on the issue and to counter “false facts” that are not based on scientific research. The PSI supports the repeal of the Eighth Amendment.


The papers released were:

  • Referendums: On the Relevance of Psychology (click here to view);
  • 5 Facts on The Eighth Amendment and Mental Health (click here to view).


The PSI President, Mr Brendan O'Connell, stated: "There have been many arguments made over several decades on the legal, physical and moral aspects of abortion and the Eighth Amendment in Ireland, but analyses and empirical research of the mental health aspects of abortion have been rare. The PSI is committed to ensuring that scientific research on relevant social issues is clearly understood by the public so that they can make truly informed decisions when deciding how to vote."


To view the full press release that was issued please click here


Launch of Report on Cybersecurity for Children and Young Adults, by  the Joint Committee on Children and Youth Affairs


The Joint Committee on Children and Youth Affairs published its Report on the topic of 'Cyber Security for Children and Young Adults' on Thursday, 29 March 2018.  The Report is available electronically here or should you wish to request a hard copy of the Report, please email with your request. The original PSI submission to the Committee can be found here.


PSI launches new Strategic Plan 2018-2022


On Monday 26 March 2018, the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) President Brendan O' Connell officially launched the Society's new Strategic Plan for 2018-2022. Brendan and PSI CEO Terri Morrissey (pictured) were joined at the PSI office by a number of invited guests in unveiling the Plan, which outlines the Society's Vision, Mission and Values (VMVs) for 2018 - 2022.

Based on the values (Evidence Based, Inclusion, Integrity, Empowerment and Member Focus), a number of specific strategic objectives are included in the Plan, which can be viewed by clicking here.


Terri Morrissey (CEO) & Brendan O' Connell (President) pictured at the launch Brendan O' Connell speaking to the launch attendees Terri Morrissey pictured at the launch with one of PSI's Past Presidents Prof. Brian Hughes