Dr Tom Burke

Dr Tom Burke BSc., M.Psych.Sc., P.Grad.Dip., PhD., D.Clin.Psych., C.Psychol.PsSI, Clinical Psychologist 

Location: Dublin/Carlow

Professional Background:  Tom began his academic career in Psychology by completing a Bachelor’s degree (BSc) in 2011, followed by a Master’s degree in Psychological Science (M.Psych.Sc). For Tom’s primary degree, his major research component focused on Quality of Life and community belongingness for people with Intellectual Disabilities (ID) attending a Dublin-based service, where he worked as an Assistant Psychologist. His M.Psych.Sc research focused on the expression of grief in people with ID, specifically relating to Death, Dying, and Bereavement, with a view to developing more inclusive support services.   

Tom then undertook a PhD in Neuropsychology at Trinity College Dublin, under the supervision of Professor Niall Pender (Principal Clinical Neuropsychologist, Beaumont Hospital), and Professor Orla Hardiman (Consultant Neurologist, Beaumont Hospital), which looked at how thinking and behaviour changed in neurodegenerative diseases e.g., Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and Huntington’s Disease (HD). In 2013, Tom was awarded an Irish Institute of Clinical Neuroscience Clinical Research Fellowship to begin this research, and in 2015, he was awarded the Deirdre McMackin Memorial Medal for excellence in neuropsychology at an early career stage, by the Psychological Society of Ireland’s Division of Neuropsychology. He was also awarded the European Huntington’s Disease Network Clinical Research Fellowship in 2015 to collaborate with the Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability, in Putney, London. 

Following this, Tom achieved his professional qualification and doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psych) at University College Dublin (UCD). Tom’s sponsorship region was HSE CHO 8 (Laois/Offaly), and he worked across a number of clinical settings with both children and adults e.g., Child and Adult Mental Health Services (CAMHS); Primary Care Psychology (Child, and Adult); Care of the Elderly (formerly, Psychiatry of Later Life [PoLL]); Adult Mental Health Services (AMHS); Disability Services (on the 0-18 team); with an elective specialism in neuropsychology at Beaumont Hospital. His elective specialism focused on working clinically using both therapy and cognitive assessments with people who had a traumatic brain injury (TBI), stroke, or neurodegenerative disease, largely. The research component during his clinical training was supervised by Professor Alan Carr and Professor Niall Pender, and investigated thinking and mood changes following a particularly rare type of brain haemorrhage. For this work, he was awarded the Clinical Psychology Research Medal by UCD. 

Tom was listed by Neuroscience Ireland as being within the Top 10 Early Career Neuroscientists in Ireland in 2018, and in 2019, he was awarded the Psychological Society of Ireland’s inaugural Early Career Award. In 2020, Tom became an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the School of Psychology at UCD. He currently works as a Clinical Psychologist and Research Fellow at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.  

Professional Bodies: Tom is a chartered member of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI), associate member of the British Neuropsychological Society (BNS), a member of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD), and member of the Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland (RAMI). 

Research Publications: I have a particular research in clinical psychology, and neuropsychology. To date, much of my published research has focused on neurodegenerative conditions (Motor Neurone Disease, and Huntington’s Disease), neurovascular and concussive events, psychological stress associated with being a caregiver, and I have been fortunate to collaborate with many excellent colleagues in this regard. I welcome new collaborations.   

  • Burke, T., Carr, A., Loughnane, A., Corr, P., Nolan, D., Coffey, D., … & Pender, N. (2020). Cognitive Impairment in Angiographically Negative Subarachnoid Haemorrhage: A case-matched prospective   study 1-year post-incident. Cortex.
  • Burke, T., Wilson O’Raghallaigh, J., Maguire, S., Galvin, M., Heverin, M., Hardiman, O. & Pender, N. (2019)Group Interventions for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Caregivers in Ireland: a randomised controlled trial protocol. BMJ Open, 9(9), e030684.
  • Burke, T., Carr, A., Hughes, S., Javadpour, M. & Pender, N. (2018). A systematic review of cognitive outcomes in angiographically negative subarachnoid haemorrhage. Neuropsychology review28(4), 453-469.
  • Burke, T., Hardiman, O., Pinto-Grau, M., Lonergan, K., Heverin, M., Tobin, K., … & Pender, N. (2018). Longitudinal predictors of caregiver burden in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: a population-based cohort of patient–caregiver dyads. Journal of Neurology265(4), 793-808.
  • Burke, T., Galvin, M., Pender, N., & Hardiman, O. (2018). The Impact of Cognitive and Behavioural Change on QoL of Caregivers and Patients with ALS and other Neurologic Conditions. In F. Pagnini, & Z. Simmons (Eds.) Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: Understanding and Optimizing Quality of Life and Psychological Well-being. UK: OUP.
  • Burke, T., Galvin, M., Pinto-Grau, M., Lonergan, K., Madden, C., Mays, I., Carney, S., Hardiman, O. & Pender, N. (2017). Caregivers of patients with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: Investigating Quality of Life, Caregiver Burden, Service Engagement, and Patient Survival. Journal of Neurology, Early Online, doi: 10.1007/s00415-017-8448-5
  • Burke, T., Pinto-Grau, M., Lonergan, K. et al., (2017). Distinct Behavioural Phenotypes in ALS: A Data-driven Factor Analysis Approach. Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, DOI:10.1002/can/3/407
  • Burke T, Lonergan K, Pinto-Grau M, Elamin M, Bede P, Madden C, Hardiman O, Pender N. (2017) Visual            Encoding, Consolidation, and Retrieval in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: Executive Function as a Mediator, and   Predictor of Performance. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration. doi:10.1080/21678421.2016.1272615 
  • Burke, T., Doherty, C., Koroshetz, W., & Pender, N. (2016). Huntington’s Disease. In Hardiman, O., & Doherty, C (Eds.) Neurodegenerative Disorders: A Clinical Guide (2nd Ed.). Springer, Switzerland. 
  • Burke, T., Elamin, M., Bede, P., Pinto-Grau, M., Lonergan, K., Hardiman, O., & Pender, N. (2016), Discordant       performance on the “Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test” based on disease-onset in ALS. Journal of    Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Dementia. Early Online.
  • Burke T, Pinto-Grau M, Lonergan K, Elamin M, Bede P, Costello E, Hardiman O, Pender N. Measurement of Social Cognition in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: A Population Based Study. PLoS One. 2016 ;11(8):e0160850.
  • Burke, T., Elamin, M., Galvin, M., Hardiman, O. & Pender, N. (2015) Caregiver Burden in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: A Cross-sectional Investigation of Predictors. The Journal of Neurology. Early Online
  • Burke, T., Healy, D., Casey, P., Hardiman, O. & Pender, N. (2015). Atypical Affective Processing in Premotor       Huntington’s Disease: A Single Case Study. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine.
  • Burke, T., Wynne, B., O’Brien, C., Elamin, M., Bede, P., Hardiman, O. & Pender, N. (2015). Retrospective            Investigations of Practice Effects Across Eighteen Months on Neuropsychological Measures of Executive Function. The Irish Journal of Psychology.

Co-Authored Works:

  • Costello, E., Burke, T., Lonergan, K., Burke, T., Pender, N., & Mulrooney, M. (2020). An investigation of the use of standardised leaving certificate performance as a method of estimating pre-morbid intelligence. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 1-9.
  • O’Keeffe, E., Kelly, E., Liu, Y., et al. (2019). Dynamic Blood–Brain Barrier Regulation in Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Journal of Neurotrauma37(2), 347-356
  • Pinto-Grau, M., Costello, E., O’Connor, S., Elamin, M., Burke, T., Heverin, M., … & Hardiman, O. (2017). Assessing behavioural changes in ALS: cross-validation of ALS-specific measures. Journal of neurology264(7), 1397-1401.
  • O’Brien, M., Burke, T., Heverin, M., Vajda, A., McLaughlin, R., Gibbons, J., … & Hardiman, O. (2017). Clustering of neuropsychiatric disease in first-degree and second-degree relatives of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. JAMA neurology74(12), 1425-1430.
  • Iyer, P. M., Mohr, K., Broderick, M., Gavin, B., Burke, T., Bede, P., … & Heverin, M. (2017). Mismatch negativity as an indicator of cognitive sub-domain dysfunction in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Frontiers in neurology8, 395.
  • Pinto-Grau M, Burke T, Lonergan K, McHugh C, Mays I, Madden C, Vajda A, Heverin M, Elamin M, Hardiman O, Pender N. Screening for cognitive dysfunction in ALS: validation of the Edinburgh Cognitive and Behavioural ALS Screen (ECAS) using age and education adjusted normative data. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration. 2016 Nov 9:1-8.
  • Rooney, J., Heverin, M., Vajda, A., Burke, T., Galvin, M., Tobin, K., Elamin, M., Staines, A., & Hardiman, O. (2016). Survival analysis of geospatial factors in the Irish ALS cohort. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration. doi:10.1080/21678421.2016.1179326
  • Rooney J, Burke T, Vajda A, Heverin M, Hardiman O. What does the ALSFRS-R really measure? A longitudinal and survival analysis of functional dimension sub-scores in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry. 2016 Nov 25: jnnp-2016.
  • Elamin, M., Pinto-Grau, M., Burke, T., Bede, P., Rooney, J., O’Sullivan, M., Lonergan, K., Kirby, E., Quinlan, E., Breen, N., Vajda, A., Heverin, M., Pender, N., & Hardiman, O. (2016). Identifying behavioural changes in ALS: Validation of the Beaumont Behavioural Inventory (BBI). Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration. DOI:10.1080/21678421.2016.1248976