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Psychology Department Staff

Dr. Niall Pender, Principal Clinical Neuropsychologist / Head of Department

Niall is a clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist. His work involves the assessment and management of patients with neurological and neurosurgical illnesses or injuries. He also holds a part-time lectureship at Trinity College Dublin, is a Member of the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience and the Irish Institute of Clinical Neuroscience. Niall is a former president of the Psychological Society of Ireland.  

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Mr. Mark Mulrooney, Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist     

Mark works with neurology patients with a focus on pre/post surgical patients with epilepsy and supportive counselling with patients with this condition. He also provides services to patients with other neurological conditions including MS, Parkinson's disease and also in the Memory Clinic. He has a particular interest in supporting patients with General Learning Disability attending the Hospital. 

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Dr. Jennifer Wilson O'Raghallaigh, Principal Clinical Psychologist

Jenny is a Principal Clinical Psychologist working on the Liaison Psychiatry Team.  She specializes in the assessment and treatment of patients in the hospital who are experiencing significant distress.  Jenny manages and delivers the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) programme for patients of the hospital and co-directs the Better Health, Better Living (BHBL) programme, which is the Beaumont Hospital delivery of the Chronic Disease Self Management Program from Stanford University.  Jenny has a background in personality assessment as well as training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, EMDR, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Mindfulness Based Interventions and is a master trainer for the Chronic Disease Self Management Program.

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Dr. Ailín O'Dea, Senior Clinical Psychologist

Ailín has worked as a Senior Clinical Psychologist in cystic fibrosis (CF) since 2012.  She has a particular interest in psychological therapy and has completed training in Gestalt therapy, Motivational Interviewing and currently training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  Ailín engages with CF patients around issues such as managing treatments, coping with mood difficulties/ emotional distress and supporting patients to pursue what is important to them alongside managing their condition.  She is part of the network of psychologists working in CF in Ireland.  She has developed a booklet about self-care for people with CF, “Living Well with CF: Taking Care of You”.  She has a special interest in the role of the arts in health care settings.

  • Email: ailinodea@beaumont.ie
  • Telephone: (01) 809 2881 (direct line) 809 2223 (dept secretary)
  • Referrals:  Referrals are made by the CF team.   Patients of the service are also welcome to   request an appointment by contacting Ailín directly on the phone or e-mail.
  • Availability: 8am-6pm Wednesdays and Thursdays
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Mr. Jonathan Gallagher, Senior Psychologist

Jonathan is a Senior Psychologist in the Cardiology Department, where he provides a psychology service to the Cardiac Rehabilitation Programme. His work ranges from psycho-education to therapeutic intervention for psychology difficulties co-occurring with heart disease. Jonathan has a background in Health Psychology as well as specialist training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Interviewing. Areas of interest include: assessment and intervention in cardiac patients; stress management; health beliefs, illness cognitions and health behaviour change; as well as self-management in heart failure. 

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Ms. Mairead Dempsey, Senior Clinical Psychologist

Mairead is a Senior Clinical Psychologist with the cochlear implant programme working with children, adults and their families with a profound hearing loss. Her work involves cognitive and behavioural assessment and therapy with children who are having additional difficulties either prior to or since their cochlear implant. She also works with some adults when there are concerns about whether a cochlear implant is advisable for them and with adults who are finding it challenging adjusting to life after a cochlear implant.

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Dr. Sarah Clarke, Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist

Sarah is a clinical neuropsychologist who works with patients with a variety of conditions that impact on brain functioning. Such conditions include brain injury, stroke, epilepsy, dementia, MS, encephalitis, brain tumours and functional neurological symptoms such as non-epileptic attack and functional movement difficulties. Sarah works with both in-patients and out-patients, and carries out assessments and interventions to help those affected cognitively, emotionally and psychologically by their conditions. Sarah is a committee member of PSI’s Division of Neuropsychology and of the Irish Brain Council.

  • Email: sarahclarke2@beaumont.ie
  • Telephone: 01 809 3260
  • Referrals: Referrals are received through the Department of Psychology on 01 809 2223
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Dr. Frances Dawson, Senior Clinical Psychologist

Frances is a Senior Clinical Psychologist with the Cochlear Implant Programme, working across adult and paediatric teams. Her main work in the paediatric team involves cognitive and/or behavioural assessment of children where required, and therapeutic work with children and/or their families. In adult services, involvement may centre on assessing whether an implant is advisable, on providing psychological support to patients pre-implantation where required, or in adjusting to life post-implant. Frances' previous experience includes working in early intervention and adult disability.

  • Email: francesdawson@beaumont.ie
  • Telephone: 01 809 2223
  • Referrals: Referrals are received through the Cochlear Implant Programme and the Living Related Donor Programme

Dr. Diane Gillan, Senior Clinical Psychologist

Diane is a clinical psychologist who provides a service to patients with a range of neurological and neurosurgical illnesses or injuries such as stroke, dementia and acquired brain injury. She also completes neuropsychology assessments as part of the National Epilepsy Surgery Programme. Diane also provides a service to patients with functional neurological symptoms such as non-epileptic attack disorder and functional movement and sensory difficulties. She is a committee member of PSI’s Division of Neuropsychology. Diane has also previously worked in the Renal Transplant service providng psychological assessment and support to potential kidney donors and she also previously worked with the Liaison Psychiatry service in Beaumont Hospital.

Areas of interest include neurodegenerative conditions; neuropsychology role in epilepsy surgery; dissociative conditions; attachment processes; functional neurological symptoms.

  • Email: dianegillan@beaumont.ie
  • Telephone: 01 809 2963
  • Referrals: Referrals are received through the Department of Psychology on 01 809 2223

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Ms. Vicky Lunt, Senior Clinical Psychologist

Vicky is Senior Clinical Psychologist in Beaumont Hospital and St Luke's Radiation Oncology Centre. She is particularly interested in the areas of anxiety management and sexuality. In addition to her clinical role she presents on a number of academic courses including Radiation Therapy. Being part of the Beaumont Psychology Department, means that research is a core part of her role and she is presently involved in researching the efficacy of a self management programme (which is part if a wider project in Beaumont by her colleaugue, Dr Jennifer Wison O'Raghallaigh) for breast cancer patients as well as the psychological adjustment of patients diagnosed with breast cancer.

  • Email: victorialunt@beaumont.ie
  • Telephone: 01 704 5580
  • Referrals: Referrals are received throughSt Luke's Radiation Oncology Network at Beaumont Hospital.

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Dr. Isabela Caramlau, Clinical Psychologist

Isabela is a Chartered & Clinical Psychologist in the Cardiology Department. She has a background in physical health, with a particular interest in adjustment to living with a chronic condition. Isabela has specialist training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, and Compassion Focused Therapy.

Together with her colleague Mr. Jonathan Gallagher, Senior Psychologist, Isabela works as part of a multidisciplinary team alongside doctors, nurses, dieticians, and pharmacists, encouraging a psychological approach in their work.

She provides psychological assessment and therapeutic intervention to people with a cardiac condition, as well as psychological support for carers. In her work, she draws from a variety of psychological therapies to reduce patients’ psychological distress, help them develop new coping strategies, and enhance their quality of life and wellbeing. She is also involved in ongoing evidence-based service development and evaluation, in order to ensure an optimum level of patient care, in line with national and international guidelines.

Isabela teaches on the Postgraduate Diploma in Coronary Care Nursing.

Email: isabelacaramlau@beaumont.ie

Telephone: (01) 809 2570

Referrals: Referrals are accepted via the Cardiac Rehabilitation Department, Corrigan Ward, Coronary Care Unit, and the Supportive Heart Unit.

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Dr. Niall Galligan, Senior Clinical Psychologist

 Niall is a Senior Clinical Psychologist working in the Care of the Elderly Service at Beaumont Hospital and St. Joseph’s Hospital Campus, Raheny. His role involves completing neuropsychological assessments and therapeutic interventions in relation to cognitive, emotional and behavioural aspects of patient care. Niall has previously worked in an Older Adult Mental Health Service providing psychological services to inpatient and community-based service users. In recent years he has provided teaching on the TCD Clinical Psychology Doctorate Programme, on the RCSI Gerontological Nursing Post-Graduate Diploma, to Beaumont Hospital Staff and Mental Health service users in relation to team working, psychological aspects of ageing, self-care and self-compassion. Clinical and research interests include neuropsychological sequelae of various health conditions, the role of compassion in promoting wellbeing and, factors influencing healthy adjustment.

 Email: niallgalligan@beaumont.ie

  • Telephone: 01 809 3262
  • Referrals: Referrals are received through the Department of Psychology on 01 809 2223

 Ms. Cheryl Fynes, Department Secretary

Cheryl co-ordinates the activities of the Department of Psychology.  She organises  clinics and provides up to date information on scheduling to patients and referrers.  Cheryl has many years of experience in several departments of Beaumont Hospital, and provides information and friendly support to patients and staff.


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