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Staff directory

Our Staff

Senior Staff Management

Prof Jim Lucey

Tom Maher

Frank Byrne

Brendan Power

Orla Gogarty

Tamara Nolan

John Creedon

Paul Gilligan

Paul Gilligan, B.A, M.A, DipClin Psych, ApPSI, RegPsychol,  is a clinical psychologist and Chief Executive of St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services, the largest independent provider of mental health care in Ireland. He is an internationally recognised children’s rights and child protection advocate and provides consultancy services to a number of child protection organisations in Ireland and Europe.

He is former Vice-Chairman of the National Children’s Advisory Council and the Children’s Rights Alliance. He is also former President of the Psychological Society of Ireland. Before taking up his current post with St. Patrick’s, he was Chief Executive of the ISPCC. He is the author of “Keeping Your Child Safe” and “Raising Emotionally Healthy Children” and is a regular contributor to T.V., radio and print media.


Dr Richard Booth

Dr Paddy Power

Dr Dympna Gibbons

Trained in Medicine in NUGalway; postgraduate training in Psychiatry in West of Ireland and National Higher Training Scheme; Masters in Cognitive Therapy in Trinity College Dublin; worked as a Lecturer in Communication Skills in NUIGalway and Consultant Psychiatrist with HSE-West. With Dean Galway since 2011.

Dr Treasa O'Sullivan

Dr Maria Morgan

Dr Susan Healy

Dr Michael Mc Donough

Dr Sarah Prasad

Dr Declan Lyons

Dr Declan Lyons Ph.D. M.Sc. M.R.C.P. (U.K.) M.R.C.Psych is a Consultant Psychiatrist at St Patrick’s Mental Health Services. He is a medical graduate of Trinity College Dublin and trained in General Medicine and Psychiatry in Dublin before undertaking specialist training in the Maudsley Hospital in London.

He has an interest in the mental health of older adults and works with a multidisciplinary team on Vanessa Ward, an acute older adults’ in-patient facility. He is Director of the Evergreen Programme - a therapeutic group psycho educational programme for the rehabilitation of older adults with mental health difficulties. He jointly conducts a memory assessment service in conjunction with the Psychology Department at St Patrick’s Mental Health Services.

He lectures in psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin. His clinical and research interests include ethical issues as they impinge on psychiatric practice, medical education, psychological rehabilitation of older adults and service delivery and organisation.

In conjunction with other clinicians of the Vanessa Team, he has co-authored and edited the text “The Evergreen Guide – Helping People to Survive and Thrive in Later Years” published in 2014. He is Chairman of the Board of the Human Givens Institute in the UK, Ireland – representative of the Doctors’ against Forced Organ Harvesting and a Director of AWARE.

Dr Marie Naughton

Dr Marie Naughton Ph.D. M.Sc. M.R.C.P. (U.K.) M.R.C.Psych, has a special interest in the treatment of addiction to include harmful alcohol use and alcohol dependency and its effects on the individual and the family. She is skilled in the area of dual diagnosis where there is addiction alongside a mental health problem. She is the lead psychiatrist of the Alcohol and Chemical Dependency Programme at St Patrick’s University Hospital. She and her multidisciplinary team work with people with addiction bringing them through the phases of recovery from detoxification through to maintenance from their addiction. She works at both inpatient and outpatient level and in her work keeps a strong focus on family involvement and support.  The ethos of the service is abstinence from the addicted substance/behaviour and this is promoted at all levels of care.

Other areas of interest are:

  • The diagnosis and treatment of Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Psychopharmacology of treatment-resistant depression
  • Teaching and education of medical students and junior doctors
  • Balint training for junior doctors
  • Organisational change and risk management.

Academic Qualifications

  • BSc. Pharmacology (First Class Honours); National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Bachelor of Medicine, MB BAO BCh (Hons); National University of Ireland, Galway
  • MD (Neuropsychopharmacology); University College Cork
  • Masters in Organisational Change and Leadership Development; Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Dublin City University
  • Diploma in Clinical Psychiatry; Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland & the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland
  • Graduate Diploma in Risk Management & Quality; University College Dublin
  • Higher Diploma in Psychotherapy; University College Dublin

 Professional Qualifications and Memberships

  • Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training in General Adult Psychiatry
  • Member of the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland
  • Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Member of the College of Physicians of Ireland
  • Member of the UK Adult ADHD Network (UKAAN)
  • Member of the UK Balint SocietyU UK Adult ADHD Network

Dr Naughton has published many original research manuscripts and review articles in high impact peer review journals. The  full overview of Dr Naughton’s research publications is available online.

She completed her doctoral thesis for MD in 2014 researching the antidepressant effects of ketamine.  She has presented at many national and international conferences in the areas of Addiction, Neuropsychiatry, Healthcare Quality and Safety and Medical Education. She has undertaken many audits of service provision and she is currently Chair of the Audit Committee at St Patrick’s University Hospital. Overall she has established a significant research profile and subsequently has been invited as a scientific reviewer for a number of national and international journals. She is also the tutor for the Non-Consultant Hospital Doctors (NCHDs) at St Patricks’ University Hospital.

Dr Gavin Rush

Dr Gavin Rush MB BCh BAO MRCPsych HDip (Clinical Education) MA MD has worked as a Consultant Psychiatrist in St Patrick’s University Hospital, Dublin 8 since 2008. He is the Clinical Tutor and Dean of the Trinity College Dublin Deanery for postgraduate psychiatry training and a Vice Dean at the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland.  He holds qualifications in Psychiatry (MRCPsych), Education (HDip Clinical Education NUI Galway), Management (MA Healthcare Management, IPA) and a Doctorate in Medicine (MD degree awarded by UCD). He has specialist training in general adult psychiatry and social and rehabilitation psychiatry. He is a trained WRAP facilitator. He has delivered an educational package to health practitioners in Albania on behalf of the WHO.

At present he is the Programme Director of the Depression Recovery Service which has undergone significant reform recently. He has an active interest in psychotherapy and depression. 


Dr Rush undertook his undergraduate medical degree in University College Dublin. He completed his basic specialist training on the Dublin University Psychiatric Rotational Training scheme and his higher training on the National Higher Training Specialist Psychiatric Training Programme. He has obtained several additional qualifications outlined above.

Research & Publications

Depression and Anxiety

Suicidal ideation is associated with elevated inflammation in patients with major depressive disorder. O'Donovan A, Rush G, Hoatam G, Hughes BM, McCrohan A, Kelleher C, O'Farrelly C, Malone KM. Depress Anxiety. 2013;30(4):307-14

The Psychiatrist (formerly Psychiatric Bulletin)

  • Consent to ECT: patients’ experience in an Irish Clinic. Rush, McCarron, Lucey. Jan 2008;32:15-17
  • Patient attitudes to electroconvulsive therapy. Rush, McCarron, Lucey. Jun 2007;31:212-214.
  • Universal rights and mental illness in Ireland. Lyons and Rush. April 2004;28:114-116.
  • Safety at work: a national survey of psychiatrists in basic training in the Republic of Ireland. Rush, Reidy, Wright, Campbell, Ryan, Molyneux, Ambikapthy, Leonard. 2008;32:256-258
  • Psychiatric Training – A Dangerous Pursuit? Violence Experienced By Psychiatric Trainees At Work- The Evidence And The Safeguards. Molyneux G., Wright B., Rush G., et. al. 2009;33:189-192
  • OCD patients benefit from group-based cognitive behavioural therapy. Kearns, Tone, Rush, Lucey. Effectiveness of group-based cognitive–behavioural therapy in patients with obsessive–compulsive disorder 2010;34:6-9

Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine

  • Recovery from mental illness: Changing the focus of mental health services. 2011;28(3):161-164
  • Electroconvulsive therapy: International guidelines, clinical governance and patient selection. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine. 2007;24(3):103-107.

Irish Journal of Medical Science

  • Elevated urinary levels of monocyte chemotactic peptide (MCP-1) and soluble vascular cell adhesion molecule – 1 (sVCAM-1) in human diabetic nephropathy.(Vol 168, Supplement 10,p.38 1999. Dr D Power, Dr Rush.)

Non-peer reviewed:

Old Age Psychiatrist

  • The death of typicals? Newsletter of the Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age, Royal College of Psychiatrists; Autumn 2003: Number 31.


  • Old Age and Depression, Journal of the Irish College of General Practitioners, August 2003

World of Irish Nursing

  • Old Age and Depression, Journal of the Irish Nurses Organisation, October 2003.

Prof Declan McLoughlin

Declan M McLoughlin PhD MRCPI MRCPsych FTCD is Research Professor of Psychiatry in St Patrick's University Hospital and Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. 


Prof McLoughlin qualified in Medicine in 1986 from UCD, Ireland.  After training in general medicine, he trained in Psychiatry, firstly in Dublin and then at the Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry in London.  He obtained an Alzheimer’s Society Training Fellowship (1994-1997) in the Dept of Neuroscience at the IOP, followed by a Wellcome Advanced Fellowship (1997-2000), during which time he was awarded a PhD in Molecular Neuroscience for his work on Alzheimer’s disease APP-interacting proteins.  After this he was appointed as a clinical Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry in the Maudsley Hospital.  In 2007 he took up the new post of Research Professor of Psychiatry in Trinity College Dublin and St Patrick’s University Hospital and is also a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Psychiatry.  He is a consultant in Old Age Psychiatry in St Patrick’s University Hospital

Research & Publications

Prof McLoughlin’s research interests include brain stimulation techniques for neuropsychiatric disorders, treatment resistant depression, and molecular psychiatry.  His current research is supported by grants from the Health Research Board and NARSAD (USA).  For more information on current research activities please see the Depression Neurobiology Research Group website.​

Dr Aileen Murtagh

Dr Aileen Murtagh MB BAO BCh  MRCPsych MCPSychI MSc is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. Her special interests include Gender Dysphoria, early onset psychosis, e-learning and mental health training for teachers. She has years of experience working with young people and their families in a wide variety of settings.

She has been involved in teaching a wide range of groups including GPs, teachers, Special Needs Assistants, educational psychologists, parents, allied health professionals, medical students, postgraduate psychiatric trainees and secondary school students. She has developed blended learning courses for the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland and interactive e-learning courses for teachers.

She has been a guest lecturer in UCD, Trinity College, Church of Ireland College of Education, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, NUIGalway and teacher education centres in Tallaght, Drumcondra and Athlone

Academic & professional qualifications

  • Bachelor of Medicine, MB BAO BCh (Hons); National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Masters in CBT for Children & Adolescents (First Class Hons) Msc
  • Certificate of Satisfactory Completion of Specialist Training in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (CSCST)
  • Member of the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland MCPsychI
  • Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK MRCPsych

Research & publications

She has published and presented nationally and internationally on early onset psychosis, mental health training for teachers, ADHD and bipolar disorder. A few of these publications are listed below: 

Psychotic symptoms, functioning and coping in adolescents with mental illness.
Johanna Wigman, Nina Devlin, Ian Kelleher, Aileen Murtagh, Michelle Harley, Anne Keogh, Carol Fitzpatrick, Mary Cannon.
BMC Psychiatry 2014, 14:97 

Psychotic experiences in a mental health clinic sample: implications for suicidality, multimorbidity and functioning.
Ian Kelleher, Nina Devlin, Johanna Wigman, Anne Keogh, Aileen Murtagh, Carol Fitzpatrick, Mary Cannon.
Psychological Medicine 2013 Sep 12:1-10

Neurocognitive performance of a community-based sample of young people at putative ultra high risk for psychosis: Support for the processing speed hypothesis.
Ian Kelleher, Aileen Murtagh, Mary Clarke, Jennifer Murphy, Caroline Rawdon, Mary Cannon.
Cognitive Neuropsychiatry  2012 DOI:10.1080/13546805.2012.682363. 

Identification and Characterization of Prodromal Risk Syndromes in Young Adolescents in the Community: A Population-based Clinical Interview Study
Ian Kelleher, Aileen Murtagh, Charlene Molloy, Sarah Roddy, Mary Clarke, Michelle Harley, Mary Cannon
Schizophrenia Bulletin 2012; 38(2): 239-46 

Structural and functional brain correlates of subclinical psychotic symptoms in 11 to 13  year old schoolchildren.
Sarah Jacobson, Ian Kelleher, Dr Michelle Harley, Dr Aileen Murtagh, Mary Clarke, Mathieu Blanchard, Colm Connolly, Erik O’Hanlon, Prof Hugh Garavan, Prof Mary Cannon.
Neuroimage 2010 Jan 15; 49(2): 1875-85.

 Psychotic Symptoms in Children and Adolescents.
Dr Michelle Harley, Dr Aileen Murtagh, Ian Kelleher, Prof Mary Cannon.
In: Adolescent Schizophrenia, JT Nillinghouse & RP Trotman: Nova Science Publishers, Inc (US) 2009, pgs 39-52. 

Are Screening Instruments Valid for Psychotic-Like Experiences?
A Validation Study of Screening Questions for Psychotic-Like Experiences using In-Depth Clinical Interview.
Ian Kelleher, Dr Michelle Harley, Dr Aileen Murtagh Prof  Mary Cannon.
Schizophrenia Bulletin  First published online June 19, 2009 

Conduct disorder: psychiatry’s greatest opportunity for prevention.
Dr Michelle Harley, Dr Aileen Murtagh, Prof Mary Cannon.
Psychological Medicine 2008 Jul 38(7): 929-31

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