Ireland

Jenny McSharry
National University of Ireland 
Galway (Ireland)
 
 
The Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) established a Special Interest Group in Health Psychology in 1987, followed by the Division of Health Psychology (DHP) which was formally established in 2003. 
The primary aims of the DHP are to promote awareness of Health Psychology in Ireland as a distinct specialism, to develop a clearly defined career pathway for Health Psychologists in Ireland, and to promote and encourage research in Health Psychology.
The DHP organises several events throughout the year, including training workshops and an annual scientific conference ‘Psychology, Health and Medicine’. This conference attracts some 130 multidisciplinary delegates from Ireland and abroad, providing an ideal opportunity to strengthen networks of those involved in the field. The 8th annual conference was held in the National University of Ireland, Galway in April 2011; the 9th annual conference is due to be held in Queen’s University Belfast in April 2012. 
Ireland has actively engaged with the EHPS for many years. From 1998 – 2000, the EHPS President was Professor Hannah McGee, of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. The 10th EHPS Annual Conference was hosted by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1996 and the 19th EHPS Annual Conference was hosted by the National University of Ireland Galway in 2005. In 2006 – 2008, David Hevey, of Trinity College Dublin, served on the EHPS Committee. Karen Morgan, of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, is currently secretary of the EHPS Committee.
 
 
National Associations: 
The Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) Division of Health Psychology is the main advocacy group for Health Psychology in the Republic of Ireland. The Division currently has around 50 members. The DHP organises several events throughout the year, including training workshops and an annual scientific conference ‘Psychology, Health and Medicine’. This conference attracts some 130 multidisciplinary delegates from Ireland and abroad, providing an ideal opportunity to strengthen networks of those involved in the field. The 8th annual conference was held in the National University of Ireland, Galway in April 2011; the 9th annual conference is due to be held in Queen’s University Belfast in April 2012. 
 
Members of the PSI DHP work closely with the Division of Health Psychology, Northern Ireland Branch of the British Psychological Society. The NIB DHP has collaborated with the PSI DHP since 2007 in hosting the annual ‘Psychology, Health and Medicine’ Conference.
 
Education, training and professionalisation: 
In the Republic of Ireland, there is one MSc in Health Psychology programme which is offered at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI, Galway).This is a 12 month training programme with an annual intake of 15 students. More information can be found at: http://www.nuigalway.ie/psy/mhp1.html 
 
In Northern Ireland, a PgDip and MSc in Health Psychology are offered at the University of Ulster through distance learning. More information can be found at: http://prospectus.ulster.ac.uk/course/?id=7667
 
Research: 
There are a number is research hubs for Health Psychology in Ireland. Some of these are listed below: 
 
The Psychology and Health Research Cluster at the School of Psychology NUI, Galway http://www.nuigalway.ie/psy/ The Centre for Research on Occupational and Life Stress (CROLS) at NUI, Galway
 
The Health Services Research Centre at the Department of Psychology, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
 
The Health Psychology Research Group at the School of Psychology, the University of Ulster.
 
The HRB Centre for Primary Care Research based at the Department of General Practice, RCSI, is a collaborative venture between the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and Queen’s University Belfast (QUB).