Lorraine O.B. Madden

C. Psychol., Ps.S.I. M6672 M.A. B. Ed. Psych. Ad.Dip.


Clinical Director of EPT Clinic
Chartered Educational Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland.


Summary of Career Background:

  • Over 18 years working with children and families with complex neurodevelopmental profiles.
  • Began career as a home tutor working with children with autism and complex behavioural and learning needs (2004 – 2008). This work was carried out while studying to become a primary school teacher.
  • Worked as a primary school teacher with the Department of Education and Skills (2008-2012).
  • Worked as a psychologist in training with the National Educational Psychological Service, Brothers of Charity and the HSE from 2012 to 2014.
  • Upon graduating with a first class honours Masters, worked as a psychologist in the HSE in both Early Intervention and School Aged Services (2014-2018).
  • Founded the Education, Psychology and Therapy Clinic in 2019, building a successful multi-disciplinary psychology, mental health, and disability service.
  • Recognised as a Chartered Member of the Psychological Society of Ireland, serving on the Division of Educational Psychology Committee as Membership Secretary (2015-2017) and on the Committee of the Special Interest Group in Autism (2018- 2022).
  • Founder and current Chair of the PSI’s Neurodiversity Special Interest Group (SIG) 2024 
  • Private Consultant Psychologist with the HSE and Tusla (2015- current).
  • Founding Member of the South-eastern Infant Mental Health Group (2016).
  • Lecturer in University College Dublin in the Doctorate in Educational Psychology in the areas of attachment, infant mental health, and trauma (2019- current).

Lorraine’s University Qualifications:

  • M.A. in Educational Psychology (First Class Honours) 2012-2014, University College Dublin. Modules included Child Development, Counselling Psychology, Inclusive Education, Frameworks in Psychology, Professional Practice, Psychometric & Dynamic Assessment, Behavioural Assessment and Positive Behaviour Support, Ethics in Psychology.
  • B.Ed. in Education and Psychology (First Class Honours) 2004-2008, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick. Specialised in “Educational Disadvantage”, receiving an A1 in the module. Received an A1 in senior and final year teaching practice.
  • Advanced Diploma in Prof. Development & Inclusive Ed. 2011-2012, (First Class Honours), Queen’s University of Belfast. Specialised in Autism and Dyslexia.
  • Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Distinction) 2017, City Colleges, PSI CPD Approved. Modules included cognitive formulation of disorders in CBT: core beliefs, assumptions, and negative automatic thoughts. Cognitive and behavioural interventions in CBT, assessment, and formulation in CBT – planning the treatment with clients, CBT, and complex disorders.
  • Diploma in Traumatology and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Distinction) 2021, City Colleges, PSI CPD Approved.

Specialist Training and Qualifications:

Certificated Attachment Story Stems administrator and coder with the Anna Freud Centre, UK (2021).

Introduction to Understanding and Assessing Attachment in School Years: The Anna Freud Centre for Children and Families, UK, 2021

Certificate in Somatotopies (Somatic Psychology) – JFK University: 2020

Certificate in Attachment Based Prevention Intervention for Young Mothers and their Babies At Risk. The German STEEP-Project, PSI CPD: 2016

Extensive training in attachment and child development, including Masterclasses in Infant Mental Health (2014 and 2016), and training with the Squiggle Foundation and the NSPCC on Why Babyhood Matters – Pregnancy, birth and the first eighteen months of life: 2017

Infant Mental Health and Educational Psychology: Relationships Matter, PSI CPD: 2016

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Level 1 from the Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Network: 2015




Certificate in Battlefield Birth? Working therapeutically with birth trauma, tokophobia and perinatal PTSD, PSI: 2019

Certificate in Therapeutic Work with Children, The Power of Play: The Children’s Therapy Centre, Eileen Prenderville: 2016

Certificate in Assessment of Children’s Behavioural, Social, and Clinical Functioning: Presented by Jerome Sattler, Ph.D.: 2015

Certificate Babies in Mind: Why the Parent’s Mind Matters – University of Warwick. Modules covered attachment, infant mental health, and perinatal mental health topics: 2016

ADOS-2 Clinical Training, December, Trinity College Dublin. The Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2) is utilised as part of an Autism assessment. Clinical training instructed in the administration and scoring of the ADOS-2, and its application during diagnostic assessment: 2013

Mental Health Programme Certificate: The Chairman and Board of Directors of Mental Health Ireland: 2005

Published Work:


  • Lorraine O.B. Madden was one of the writers of the publication “Professional Practice Guidelines for the Assessment, Formulation, and Diagnosis of Autism in Children and Adolescents, 2nd Edition” published by the Special Interest Group of Autism by the Psychological Society of Ireland (April 2022)
  • Published works (abstract) in The Irish Psychologist, 2008, Mary Immaculate College, and in the National Educational Psychological Service’s (NEPS) February Research Brief (2014), titled: “A Review of ‘An Investigation into the Effectiveness of Paired Reading on the Reading of Children with Dyslexia, From REACH Journal of Special Needs Education in Ireland, 27(1), 2013, 3-17’”).
  • Published research author in the UK’s peer reviewed journal Social, Emotional and Behavioral Difficulties (2017).

Professional Affiliations:


  • Chartered Member of the Psychological Society of Ireland
  • Member of the Division of Educational Psychologists, PSI
  •  Chairperson of the Kilkenny/Carlow Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Steering Group (0-3 yrs)
  • Member of the Irish Association for Infant Mental Health
  • Board Member of the Autism Special Interest Group, PSI
  • Lorraine spent two terms on the Committee of the Division of Educational Psychologists, PSI and she is currently on a national working group with the PSI who are revising and rewriting the Best Practice Guidelines for the Assessment and Diagnosis of Autism in children and adolescents (birth to 18 years)
“We would like to thank Lorraine for all her help with our child’s assessment. We feel that we now have a very comprehensive program to work on with our child.”

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