PSI News


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. 

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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.   



Launch of PSI Division of Neuropsychology (DoN) Inaugural Early Career Award 2018

The Division of Neuropsychology (DON) is delighted to launch the inaugural DON Early Career Award 2018. The DON Early Career Award is a new initiative to support and encourage early career researchers and clinicians in developing their interest and experience in the field of neuropsychology.

The 2018 DON Early Career Award will be awarded to a candidate judged by a DON Judging Panel to have made a significant contribution to the field of Neuropsychology. This contribution will be evidenced by the submission of an abstract for review, and being short-listed and selected to present the findings of their study detailed therein in poster format at the DON Annual Symposium and AGM (this year being held on Friday 14th December 2018 at PSI Buildings, Grantham House). The award recipient will be presented with a certificate of recognition and a sponsored award to the value of €250 (2018 Sponsorship by Brainworx).

For more information on how to enter, follow this link here



PSI and MHR Hosted Event: eMental Health: The Next Big Thing in Psychological Practice

eMental Health technologies are an important part of the future of mental health services in Ireland and can complement person-centred, face-to-face therapies, a seminar has heard today. The event entitled, eMental Health: The Next Big Thing in Psychological Practice? was hosted by Mental Health Reform and the Psychological Society of Ireland as part of the eMEN project, an Interreg North West Europe and HSE funded project aiming to improve mental health in Europe through increased use of eMental Health interventions.

Terri Morrissey, CEO of the Psychological Society of Ireland, said, “The PSI is delighted to co-present this conference on eMental Health. The PSI core values include evidence-based and scientific psychological knowledge in practice. Our speakers address the evidence for the efficacy of various therapies, including e therapy approaches.  It is important, that as psychologists, we are all able to stand over our practices in working with clients whether it be face-to-face or online. Hopefully, this conference will open up further the discussion on these issues, including the potential for access, reach and inclusion opportunities.”

(PSI CEO, Terri Morrissey. Photo Credit: Kenneth O'Halloran) 

Attracting a range of national and international expert speakers, the seminar was addressed by Minister of State for Mental Health and Older People, Jim Daly, T.D. The Minister explained how e-space offers access and imagination to mental health issues. At a time when people don't know who to call, technology can provide help. We should embrace communication but understand the challenge in how to add quality to the service. 

Dr Marie Murray, Clinical Psychologist and PSI member, presented several questions on the future of technology and the implications of eMental Health in her talk The Future: Utopia or Dystopia? Dr Murray explained how Twitter has demonstrated the enormity of pain in society and made people feel less alone. However, Murray posed the question if people's discourse is becoming too problem saturated, and are we over-rating ourselves? Should we not learn from the human condition as we grow? Speaking to the broader Irish context, Dr Murray said, “Technology cannot become a cheap alternative to effective political intervention to provide services that, not only support those that are suffering from depression, anxiety and despair, but that seek to address the societal factors that may cause such distress in the first place.”

Brian Hughes, Terri Morrissey, Marie Murray

(Prof Brian Hughes, PSI CEO Terri Morrissey, Dr Marie Murray)

A few more inspiring speakers on the day were Prof Brian Hughes of NUIG who spoke on eTherapy: What the Evidence Shows ... and Doesn't Show. Prof Hughes highlighted the importance of doing more research into what the "e" means in eMental health; psychologists need to tailor and personalize therapies.

Prof Youssef Shiban, University of Gottingen, gave a talk on Virtual reality for Anxiety Disorders. Prof Youssef explained how research using virtual reality is helping people to overcome their phobias. This talk served as a prime example of the strides technology is making in eMental health and how it’s ever expanding into new territories. 

Dr Alison Darcy founder and CEO of Woebot was the last of the speakers, yet her talk certainly demonstrated how far mental health has come in catering for the needs of those who've grown up in the digital age. Dr Darcy gave her talk on Woebot, an exciting new startup that's created a chatbot that helps people regulate their moods and learn powerful techniques to challenge distorted and negative thinking. 



PSI makes submissions to A Vision for Change Oversight Committee and the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Future of Mental Health Care

Over the past number of weeks, the PSI Council has ratified two important documents:

  1. PSI submission to A Vision for Change Oversight Group;
  2. PSI response to the Houses of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on the Future of Mental Health Care's Second Interim Report.

Both of these douments have been sent to the relevant Group/Committee for consideration. Please click here to view these submissions, as well as other submissions made by the Society.