PSI News


Inaugural PSI Member Awards

The PSI is delighted to announce that the Inaugural PSI Member Awards will take place this November at the PSI Annual Conference. These Awards are designed to recognise excellence in research, practice and education in psychology by members. 


The categories will include: 

  1.  Early Career Psychologists
  2. Award for contribution to Research in Psychology
  3. Award for contribution to Professional Practice Psychology

To nominate an individual, please download the nomination form here.




Chief Executive Officer Role with The Psychological Society of Ireland

The Society now seeks to appoint a CEO who has the strategic vision and highly developed management skills to lead the Society into the future.

The primary function of the CEO position, is the effective leadership and stewardship of the PSI so that its activities are planned, delivered, and developed in line with the mission, vision and values of the PSI.

To learn more about this role and to apply, please click here.



PSI Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2019 Notice

The PSI Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on 31 August 2019 at the PSI Offices, Grantham House, Grantham Street, Dublin 8.

More information and registration is available here.




Psychology and LGBT: Reflections on Equality and Diversity

In 2014/2015 the Psychological Society of Ireland developed and launched guidelines for good practice with lesbian, gay and bisexual clients. In addition, the issue of equality and diversity is a key feature of the PSI Society and Public Policy Committee's work plan for 2019.

As we look forward to Dublin LGBTQ PRIDE 2019 (taking place in June – see, we have invited some members of the Society to reflect on the way in which the profession recognises and addresses issues for and with LGBT individuals.

We hear from PSI Past President, Brendan O'Connell, who reflects on LGBT and Psychology, Ger Moane who looks back on PSI Guidelines for Good Practice with LGB Clients, Aisling Leonard-Curtin on accessing training and development on LGBT issues and PSI Membership Secretary, Megan Gaffney, on moving forward. 

You can read this special feature here.



PSI Interim Chief Executive Officer appointed

Following the departure of Terri Morrissey from the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) position, the Society Council has confirmed an interim staff arrangement until the CEO position is filled. PSI staff member Shane Kelly (Head of Development and Innovation) has taken up the role of Interim CEO. Mayra Jones has stepped up from her position as PSI Council Secretariat/Learning and Development Coordinator to be appointed as Office Manager.

The CEO position will be advertised in the coming weeks. Council will work closely with the PSI staff team during this interim period to ensure the smooth running of Society matters.

Ian O'Grady, PSI President, said: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank our members for their support and engagement with the Society, and also to thank the PSI staff for their motivation and enthusiasm during this transition period.

I look forward to continuing in my role as PSI President for the remainder of 2019 and working with staff and members in the lead into 2020 as we celebrate 50 years of the PSI."


PSI offers advice to parents with children who are sitting the Junior and Leaving Certificate

The Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) is offering advice to parents with children that are due to sit the Junior and Leaving Certificate state exams in June. The run-in to starting the exams can be daunting for students, but also for parents who can sometimes feel at a loss as to what they can say or do to offer their children support during what can be a challenging time.

The press release in full can be read here



PSI makes commendations to address psychology recruitment crisis

The Health Service Executive (HSE) report ‘Workforce Planning – Mental Health: Assessing Supply and Demand’ is welcomed by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). The PSI is pleased to see the HSE Mental Health Services setting-out to design a workforce planning process to proactively manage staffing types, and levels, according to demand for services arising from current and future models of care. However, it is a source of some frustration that after such significant gaps being highlighted, the decision to implement a recruitment embargo exacerbates the gaps in service provision already emphasised in the report.

The press release in full can be read here



PSI statement regarding establishment of permanent Oireachtas Mental Health Committee 

PSI President Ian O’Grady said: "For far too long mental health services have been the
Cinderella of our health services in terms of funding and direct political action. At a time when we have had more mental health awareness and stigma-reducing campaigns, it is an incredible source of frustration that the appropriate resources to meet the needs of people looking for help have not been put in place alongside these campaigns."

The press release in full can be read here


10. 04.2019

PSI Annual Conference 

The 2019 Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland will take place from 07 - 08 November at the Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny.

This year, The Psychological Society of Ireland is delighted to announce that the first 100 PSI Student Members in Undergraduate & full-time Postgraduate education can avail of a significant discount! 

Click here to learn more



The Psychological Society of Ireland advises on Conversion Therapy

The Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI), the learned and professional body for psychology in the Republic of Ireland, wishes to provide advice in regard to the recent public commentary with regard to the practice known as ‘Conversion Therapy’.

Conversion therapy refers to any form of psychological intervention which aims to change a person’s sexual orientation. 

The entire press release can be read here



Is it ok to be superstitious in modern Ireland? 

The Psychological Society of Ireland's Chief Executive Officer Terri Morrissey, was on the Ivan Yates Show on Newstalk with folklorist Eddie Linehan debate the topic of superstition and luck. You can listen back here



Professor Sonia Livingstone Presentation

The Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) was delighted to host Professor Sonia Livingstone OBE to talk about Children's personal data and privacy online: it’s neither personal nor private.

Kindly supported by the School of Psychology Trinity College Dublin, her talk surmised of the below: 

The transformation of ever more human activities into data means that managing one’s privacy is becoming highly complex, co-opted by practices of state regulation and emerging business models. Our project, “Children's data and privacy online: growing up in a digital age,” funded by the UK’s data protection authority, prioritises children’s voices, experiences and rights within a wider framework of evolving policy-making. In this talk, I draw on a recent systematic evidence mapping and a series of workshops with children around the UK to distinguish interpersonal, institutional and commercial contexts within which children of different ages make decisions about data and privacy online. While the regulatory focus post-GDPR is increasingly on commercial and institutional uses of children’s data, families conceptualise privacy in interpersonal (often, e-safety) terms, resulting in a clash of values and misunderstandings which demand urgent resolution.


The recording of this lecture is available to PSI members in the Member Dashboard area and to members of the public by clicking here. To access slides from the lecture, please click here 




The Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) has issued a statement in response to the prolonged concerns in relation to recruitment in mental health teams in Ireland. In particular, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS).

The PSI shares the concerns of those who have noted the long waiting lists and unmet need of those requiring support at all levels of the mental health system.

The press release can be found here



Ways to help yourself through the hardest of times

As part of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) Annual Conference, the Society was delighted to host a free Public Talk, Resilience in the Real World, presented by psychologist Niamh Fitzpatrick and supported by Wexford's "ask" mental awareness campaign. Niamh began her career as a Sports Psychologist and such experience led her on to working in areas of business psychology, performance and life coaching. It was a privilege to hear Niamh share her personal experience of Resilience with nearly 200 people in the audience. If you didn't make it on the night, click here for a summary on how to cope in hard times.