Dr Grace O’Malley, B.A., M.Psych.Sc., D.Psych.Sc., Clinical Psychologist

Languages: English (native), German (fluent)

Academic Background: I achieved my professional qualification and doctorate in clinical psychology (D.Psych.Sc.) at University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland, in 2016. Prior to that I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology (B.A.) in 2010 and my Master’s Degree in Psychological Science (M.Psych.Sc.) in 2012, also at UCD. In addition, I completed a year’s abroad study at the Free University of Berlin.

Professional Bodies: I am a member of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) and Berufsverband Deutsche Psychologen (BDP).

Professional Interests & Expertise: While I adopt a lifespan approach and work with most psychological concerns, I have particular expertise in bipolar disorders. My background in developmental delays and early intervention has also enabled me to work with parents and children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. Please note that I do not prescribe medication, for this you should speak to your general practitioner (Hausarzt) or contact a psychiatrist.

Professional History

  • 2017 - Present: Part-time Academic Associate at the Medical School Brandenburg, Theodor Fontane, part-time private practice (Jan ‘19).

  • 2016 - 2017: Clinical Psychologist, Brothers of Charity Services, Ireland

  • 2013 - 2016: Clinical Psychologist in Training on placement in various clinical settings in Ireland and Germany; e.g., Psychiatrische Institutsambulanz, Charité Universitätsmedizin, Berlin; Cluain Mhuire Community Adult Mental Health Services, Dublin; St. John of God’s Hospital, Stillorgan, Dublin; Brothers of Charity Services for adults with intellectual disabilities and children with developmental delays (Early Intervention); Health Service Executive Dublin North City and County Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS); North Cork Child and Family Primary Care Psychology, Cork, Ireland

  • 2012 - 2013: Assistant Psychologist in Psycho-Oncology Department, St. Vincent’s University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland

  • 2011 - 2012: Assistant Psychologist at ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) Now Ireland, Dublin, Ireland

  • 2010-2011: Student Research Intern, thereafter Student Research Assistant, at the Affect Across the Lifespan Small Research Group, Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany

Research Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

  • O’Malley, G., Irwin, L., & Guerin, S. (accepted for publication January 2019). Supporting people with intellectual disability who have experienced abuse: Clinical psychologists’ perspectives. Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual Disabilities. doi: 10.1111/jppi.12323

  • O’Malley, G., Irwin, L., Syed, A. A., & Guerin, S. (2019). The clinical approach used in supporting individuals with intellectual disability who have been abused. British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 47(105-115). doi: 10.1111/bld.12259

  • Irwin, L., O'Malley, G., Neelofur, S. & Guerin, S. (2017). An exploration of clinical psychology’s response to parental bereavement in adults with intellectual disability. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 30(6), 977-1164. doi: 10.1111/jar.12380

  • O’Malley, G. K., McHugh, L., Mac Giollabhui, N. & Bramham, J. (2016). Characterizing adult Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity-Disorder and comorbid Borderline Personality Disorder: ADHD symptoms, psychopathology, cognitive functioning and psychosocial factors. European Psychiatry, 31, 29-36. doi:10.1016/j.eurpsy.2015.09.012

  • Dawson, F., Shanahan, S., Fitzsimons, E., O'Malley, G., Mac Giollabhui, N., Bramham J. (2016). The impact of caring for an adult with intellectual disability and psychiatric comorbidity on carer stress and psychological distress. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 60(6), 553-563. doi: 10.1111/jir.12269

  • Stamm, T.J., Rampp, C., Wiethoff, K., Stingl, J., Mössner, R., O’Malley, G., Ricken, R., Seemüller, F., Keck, M., Fisher, R., Gaebel, W., Maier, W., Möller, H.J., Bauer, M., & Adli, M. (2016). The FKBP5 polymorphism rs1360780 influences the effect of an algorithm-based antidepressant treatment and is associated with remission in patients with major depression. Journal of Pharmacopsychiatry, 30(1), 40-47. doi: 10.1177/0269881115620459

  • Stamm, T.J., Becker, D., Sondergeld, L.M., Wiethoff, K., Hiemke, C., O'Malley, G., Ricken, R., Bauer, M. & Adli, M. (2014). Prediction of antidepressant response to venlafaxine by a combination of early response assessment and therapeutic drug monitoring. Pharmacopsychiatry, 47(4-5), 174-179. doi: 10.1055/s-0034-1383565

  • Stamm, T. J., Stingl, J., Wiethoff, K., Ricken, R., Heinz, A., Bauer, M., O'Malley, G. & Adli, M. (2013). Depression with psychotic features is influenced by the polymorphism of the serotonin transporter gene. Journal of Affective Disorders, 151(2), 605-610
. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2013.07.005

Oral Presentations at Conferences

  • D’Alton, P., O’Malley, G., Kinsella, L., Adamzik, K., Sweeney, C. Keenan, M., Tobin, A.M. & Kirby, B. (2014). Exploring psychological wellbeing and immunological functioning in psoriasis patients: A pilot controlled study. 44th Annual Psychological Society of Ireland Conference, Kilkenny, Ireland.  

  • Lally, N., O’Malley, G., Maguire, C., Hennessy, E., Irwin, L. & O’Connor, R. (2014). Psychoeducational interventions with parents in a child & family Primary Care Psychology service. 44th Annual Psychological Society of Ireland Conference, Kilkenny, Ireland.

  • O’Malley, G., D’Alton, P., O’Connor, N. & McGoran, G. (2013). Carrying out qualitative research with palliative patients in the acute hospital setting: A feasibility study. 12th Annual Irish Association for Palliative Care Education and Research Seminar, Dublin, Ireland.

  • D’Alton, P., O’Malley, G., Adamzik, K., Sweeney, C., Keenan, M., & Kirby, B. (2013). The link between mindfulness, self-compassion, and telomerase activity in psoriasis: Results from a controlled MBCT trial. Bangor University Centre for Mindfulness Practice and Research Mindfulness in Society Conference, Chester, United Kingdom.  

Poster Presentations at Conferences

  • D’Alton, P., Kinsella, L., O’Malley, G., O’Connor, M., Guerin, S., Tobin, A.M., Lynch , M. & Kirby, B. (2014). Psychological distress in psoriasis outpatients is equivalent to that of oncology patients. 7th International Congress, Psoriasis: From Gene to Clinic, London, United Kingdom.  

  • D’Alton, P., O’Malley, G., O’Connor, N., McGoran, G. & Clifford, M.(2013). Carrying out qualitative research with palliative oncology patients in the acute hospital setting: A feasibility study.  13th World Congress for the European Association for Palliative Care, Prague, Czech Republic.