Special Interest Group in Autism

The Special Interest Group in Autism (SIGA) promotes research related to autism and awareness of the needs of Autistic individuals, their families and carers.


The SIGA (previously the SIG in Autism Spectrum Disorder) was founded in November 2001.

Recent Work

Professional Practice Guidelines for the Assessment, Formulation, and Diagnosis of Autism in Children and Adolescents, 2nd Edition (Published May 2022 - see downloads section)

Past Projects

Best Practice Guidelines for the Assessment and Diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorders for children and adolescents (birth to 18 years), first edition (2010 - see downloads section)

Supporting PSI response to HSE Draft Autism Protocol

Supporting PSI response to HSE Autism Services Review

Autism Assessments

Psychological assessments for Autism should be comprehensive and person-centred. Assessments take time to carry out, for both young people and adults, exploring a person's developmental history, strengths, needs, social interaction style, and presenting behavioural and/or sensory issues. Psychology is not currently regulated in the Republic of Ireland. CORU will regulate the profession in the future, however the current time frame for this is unknown.

For those seeking an Autism assessment, it is recommended to speak to a professional who is a Chartered Psychologist with PSI or BPS, to ensure you are confident in his/her experience, expertise, qualifications and competencies. Whilst there is currently no statutory regulation of psychologists under Irish law, all psychologists who have designated chartered status with PSI or BPS are bound by ethical and governance standards of their respective professional body.


Got a question?

Email us at this address: autism@psychologicalsociety.ie

Find us on social media:

Facebook - @PSIAutismSIG 

Twitter - @PSIAutismSIG


Jessica K Doyle


Assistant Psychologist

Ailish Mooney


Clinical Psychologist

Jacinta McComish


Counselling Psychologist

Ruth Connolly

Ordinary Member

Aine Kennedy

Ordinary Member

Rebecca Martin

Ordinary Member

Mitchel Fleming

Ordinary Member

Sonia Morris

Ordinary Member

Miriam O'Donohue

Ordinary Member

Keeley White

Ordinary Member

Emma Daly

Ordinary Member

Stephen Carson

Ordinary Member

Elaine Walsh

Ordinary Member

Margo Grudzien

Ordinary Member

Sinéad Egan

Ordinary Member