Dr. Aoife Rice

PSI M11250 B.Ed. Psych., M.A.A.P. (M.H.), D.Ed. Psych
Educational Psychologist


Aoife has experience working with children and adults with a wide variety of presenting difficulties in educational, disability and mental health settings.

Aoife qualified with First Class Honours from the Bachelor of Education in Education and Psychology in Mary Immaculate College, Co. Limerick, in 2014. She then went on to teach at primary school level in both mainstream and support settings. She also spent time teaching English as a foreign language and providing home tuition for children with additional needs such as autism and intellectual disabilities. Aoife then pursued a Masters in Applied Psychology (Mental Health) in University College Cork in 2016 and achieved First Class Honours. Her Masters thesis on the topic of mindfulness has been published as a book chapter and she has presented at various conferences. Aoife gained invaluable skills and knowledge in relation to therapeutic assessment and intervention on placement in the Irish Prison Service Psychology Service. She continued to work within this service as an Assistant Psychologist.


In 2018, Aoife began as a trainee educational psychologist on the Professional Doctorate in Educational Psychology. She gained experience working within psychology and related disciplines in the City of Dublin Education and Training Board, the HSE North Kildare Network Disability Team, the National Educational Psychological Service and with the HSE Primary Care Psychology team in Dublin Northwest. This doctorate combined practical experience, doctoral research, and modules in both theoretical and practical fields to provide comprehensive training in the role of Educational Psychologist. Aoife currently works full time with the EPT Clinic and is passionate and dedicated to supporting children and families so that they may flourish and reach their full potential.

Honors & Awards:


  • Best Research Poster, June 2018 from Co-Production for Recovery in Mental Health
  • President’s Postgraduate Scholarship (2014), from Mary Immaculate College
  • Gold Gaisce Award (2014), from Gaisce: The President’s Award
  • Silver Gaisce Award (2010), from Gaisce: The President’s Award
  • Bronze Gaisce Award (2008), from Gaisce: The President’s Award
  • Best Chapter Award (2008), from Best Buddies Ireland



  • “That which is crooked can be made straight”: Challenges and opportunities of Assistive Reproductive Technologies (ART) in Ireland in the 21st
  • The effectiveness, feasibility and acceptability of a mindfulness-based intervention in two Irish primary
  • Prisons: Trauma Informed Interventions – Them and Us? In the 5th Annual Irish Criminal Justice Agencies (ICJA) Conference Report 2018
  • Children’s Mind Wandering: Useless or Useful?

Aoife’s University Qualifications:

  • University College Dublin, Doctorate in Educational Psychology: 2018 – 2021
  • University College Cork, Masters in Applied Psychology – Mental Health, (First Class Honours): 2016 – 2017
  • Mary Immaculate College, Ireland, Bachelor in Education and Psychology (First Class Honours): 2010 – 2014

Specialist Training and Qualifications:

Griffiths Assessment Training, ARICD: 2021

Certificate in Living Works Start- Online Course for Suicide Prevention, from the National Office for Suicide Prevention, HSE: 2020

How to do counselling online: A coronavirus primer, The Open University: 2020

Certificate in Psychological First Aid, The Johns Hopkins University: 2020

Certified Facilitator: Friends for Life, My Friends Youth, Strong Not Tough, with Friends Resilience: 2020



Certificate in Working with Families, with the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists and the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists: 2019

An Introduction to E-Tutoring, with CPD College: 2019

Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) training: 2019

Women and Girls on the Autism Spectrum, The National Autistic Society: 2019

Certified Facilitator: Weaving Well-Being from Outside The Box Learning Resources Ltd.: 2019

Introduction to Children First from Tusla – Child and Family Agency: 2018 & 2021

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