Educational Psychologist with EPT Clinic
Aoife Rice is an Educational Psychologist with the EPT Clinic. She is a member of the Psychological Society of Ireland (member number: M11250). She has experience working with children and adults with a wide variety of presenting difficulties in educational, disability and mental health settings. Her research interests include intervention evaluation, mindfulness, mental health and wellbeing and she has published articles, book chapters and posters in these areas.
Aoife qualified 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. It was while teaching that she realised fully her passion for the mental health and wellbeing of the children in her care.
In light of this, Aoife pursued a Masters in Applied Psychology (Mental Health) in University College Cork in 2016. Here, she gained skills, knowledge and an invaluable experience on placement in the Irish Prison Service Psychology Service. Choosing to expand her insight into the role of the psychologist, 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. During this training, 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 North West. 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 has a keen interest in research and has presented her undergraduate research on children’s mind wandering and her post graduate research on mindfulness in schools at conferences in Ireland and abroad. She has been involved in several service-based research projects related to intervention evaluation (CBT, MBT and trauma-informed therapies), screening pathways and web-based programmes to support teaching and learning. She has also worked as a research assistant in UCC on a project about assisted reproductive technologies. Her doctoral research is on the topic of universal school-based mental health and wellbeing interventions.
Educational psychology combines Aoife’s two passions of education and psychology. She recently authored a continuing professional development course for teachers, focusing on mental health and wellbeing in the classroom and has facilitated teacher training on these topics. She continues to develop her skills and knowledge-base by engaging with CPD in her areas of interest, so that she can support children and families with difficulties they may experience.