PSI News



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. To access slides from the lecture, please click here 



Dr Damien Lowry talks to WLRFM about Toxic Masculinity








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.



Prof. Brian Hughes writes on the Psychology of Christmas at the


'Christmas affects the human mind in many ways, capable of stimulating joy, nostalgia, excitement, trepidation, and stress – occasionally all at the same time’, writes Professor Brian Hughes.

To read more about the Psychology of Christmas click here. 



Terri Morrissey talks on 103.2 Dublin City FM about Brian Hughes' Upcoming Lecture on the Psychology of Christmas. 

Listen here:

There are still spaces available at the lecture. See below for details. 

Autumn Winter Free Public Lecture Series
When: Thursday 06 December 2018, 6.30pm

Where: Robert Emmet Theatre, Arts Block, Trinity College Dublin



Dr Damien Lowry talks on WLRFM about cleaning influencers  

Mrs Hinch is one of the main cleaning influencers to grab people's attention. Why are people so obsessed with watching her clean her home? Damien Lowry spoke on WLRFM to discuss this cleaning phenomenon and the potential therapeutic effects it's having on followers. Click here to listen from 33:00 minutes into the show.  



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.