Clinical Psychology and Assessment Practice

Welcome. We provide our clients with access to fully qualified Clinical Psychologists delivering high quality assessments, care, and service. Presently, this service consists of two Clinical Psychologists, Dr Tom Burke, and Dr Conall Tunney.

Both Dr Tom Burke and Dr Conall Tunney completed their doctoral training in Clinical Psychology at University College Dublin, Ireland, and both also hold research doctorates in Psychology. Dr Burke and Dr Tunney have worked within the Irish healthcare system (HSE) in the areas of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Primary Care Psychology (Child, Adult, and Lifespan), Adult Mental Health Services (AMHS), Disability Services (Early Intervention and School Age Teams), and both have experience working in neuropsychology services (Beaumont Hospital) as part of their training.

This clinic operates on a part-time basis, due to other clinical commitments. Referrals can be made by parents, teachers, self (adult) and allied health professionals for cognitive and scholastic/educational assessments.

Referrals are requested for most adult and/or neuropsychological-based assessments, which can be discussed over the phone. Due to clinical commitment and time constraints, psychological interventions is not currently provided as part of this clinic.

Currently, the clinic offers a range of assessment services with the most common including:

  • Specific Learning Difficulties (e.g., Dyslexia or Dyscalculia);
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
  • Attention Deficit Disorder/ Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Assessment of Intellectual Disability (ID) and Adaptive Behaviour
  • Concentration and motivation challenges

What is involved in an assessment? 

The purpose of psychological assessment is to obtain an in-depth understanding of the present person’s complaint or difficulty and based on this to reach a decision on the type of diagnosis, intervention or recommendations to be suggested as appropriate. Many assessments hold a number of main components: a detailed interview/report of current and previous function from a number of informants e.g., parent and school; clinical psychologists often also use a range of psychometric and cognitive tests during an assessment. These can include simple diagnostic tests, detailed assessment of personality functioning, the assessment of IQ and aptitude and complex neuropsychological testing. With appropriate consent, the psychologist may also seek information from a variety of informants, including the client, their family (if appropriate and relevant), other professionals or services working with the client, including the school (for children).

For more information please see the About Us section, or please do not hesitate to Contact Us, as above.