Meet the Team - Accredited Thought Leaders in Neuroscience
Actualise has just received official accreditation as 2018 All-Ireland Thought Leaders in Neuroscience! This accreditation is an acknowledgement and recognition of the leading place Actualise have taken in the advancement of the science and application of Neuroscience in Ireland.
We have built a team with expertise in Clinical Psychology, Applied Behavioural Analysis, Neuroscience and Peak Performance. In addition, a number of Assistant Psychologists complete our core team.
Working with us to maintain our commitment to best practise, we have a range of consultants from across various disciplines from various clinics and universities around the world. Many of these consultants sit on our Advisory Board
Dr. Michael Keane
Michael is a Neuroscientist and Director of the Actualise Clinic, and has been accredited as All-Ireland Thought Leader in Neuroscience (2018). He is a former lecturer in Psychology at Dublin City University. He obtained his PhD from the National University of Ireland, Galway, investigating the effects of caffeine on brain function, where he set up the university’s first two EEG labs.
Michael’s post-doctoral position, which investigated EEG biomarkers of early onset Alzheimer’s Disease, was carried out between NUIG and the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, Dublin. He is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and the Republic of Ireland’s only Board Certified Neurofeedback Training provider.
He is the Republic of Ireland's only Board Certified Neurofeedback Training Provider.
With a background in Special Needs Care, Anne previously worked in Dublin City University’s Healthy Living Centre where she supported the HLC’s Psychotherapy, Counselling and Memory Works clinics. Anne has worked in various units within the university, including the Careers Service Office and The Disability Office, which is part of The Student Support & Development unit.
Anne graduated as a Special Needs Assistant with the College Of Progressive Education, Dublin and has a background in working with children with special needs including ADD, ADHD and various areas within the Autistic spectrum. Anne joins the Actualise team in the capacity of Administration and Support Services.
Kate Toland began working with Actualise as part of a work placement programme in the third year of her degree, BSc. in Psychology. Kate now works as Team Leader for our team of Assistant Psychologists.
Dr. Rosemary Keane
Dr. Rosemary Keane is Clinical Psychologist and Clinic Manager at Actualise. Rosemary has recently completed her Clinical Psychology training (D Psych Sc) at University College Dublin. As part of this, her doctoral thesis focused on emotional over- and under-control in adults with psychiatric difficulties. She also has a PhD in Psychology from the National University of Ireland, Galway investigating acceptance in chronic pain. Rosemary has a number of years of experience working with different clinical groups across the lifespan and is particularly interested in biopsychosocial determinants of behaviour and functioning and the role of neurofeedback in intervention.
Pádraig Walsh (BA, MA) is a Behaviour Specialist working with Actualise. He has a wealth of experience working with families and individuals using Positive Behaviour Supports and Functional Assessment to help people identify the factors that are contributing to challenging situations and identify the messages behind behaviour. Pádraig’s work also focuses on supporting families and individuals to develop sustainable intervention to augment Neurofeedback Training.
Pádraig qualified with a Masters in Applied Behaviour Analysis after completing his degree in Psychology (both at NUI Galway). He has worked as a Behaviour Specialist for organisations across Ireland as well as working for 2 years in Melbourne, Australia as a consultant to an early intervention clinic for children whose behaviour presents as a concern. Pádraig has presented extensively at conferences on the effectiveness of Positive Behaviour Support in Ireland, Australia, Singapore and the UK. He also lectures on the MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis in NUI Galway and on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in the University of Limerick.
Dixie joined the Actualise team in April 2016 in the capacity of Therapy Dog. She was adopted from the DSPCA and is a mix of Jack Russell and Chihuahua. She has a sweet nature and gentle temperament, though can be a little timid at first. She loves to meet new people – especially when they come for initial consultation, but only if they want to.
Helen tormey, assistant psychologist
Helen is an Assistant Psychologist at Actualise, where she contributes to neurofeedback training. Since receiving her BA in Psychology from University College Dublin, Helen has worked at home and abroad in mental health. She has previously worked as an Assistant Research Psychologist for the RNRU Outreach team, Homerton University Hospital, with adults with acquired brain injury as well as spending time in Sri Lanka as a Psychology Volunteer working with a number of different clinical groups. Helen has recently completed an MSc in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience at Goldsmiths University, London, graduating with first class honours.
Leanne Gibney Assistant Psychologist
Leanne is an Assistant Psychologist at Actualise, where she contributes to neurofeedback training. Leanne has a First Class Honours Bachelors of Arts with Children’s Studies Degree from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and First Class Honours Master of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Limerick. Leanne was previously an Assistant Psychologist at St. Louise’s Unit which is a child sexual abuse assessment and therapeutic service. Leanne's role involved contributing to multidisciplinary credibility assessments and research. Leanne was also previously an Assistant Psychologist for a HSE Children’s Disability Service, where she contributed to multidisciplinary assessments of need, Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnostic assessments, cognitive assessments, and behaviour observations. Leanne has an interest in child development and more particularly, in understanding and helping children on atypical trajectories.