Cliodhna O’Donovan

  B.A. (Hons) Psychology
  MSc. Applied Psychology
  D. Couns. Psychology

Dr Clíodhna O’ Donovan is a fully qualified, senior psychologist with a doctorate in counselling psychology obtained at Trinity College, Dublin. She is currently working in a disability service, allied to the health service, specialising in mental health, intellectual disability and psychological assessments. She also completes assessments within the Irish Prison Service to determine the most appropriate differential diagnosis in instances where prisoners present with symptoms associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Prior to this, she worked temporarily within an early intervention and school-aged disability service within the Irish health service.

She has also previously worked in an inpatient and community Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS), where cognitive assessments and assessments to establish whether a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) was warranted, were common. In addition she has professional experience in a residential service for young people and adults with acquired brain injury as well as working in community-based services for children with emotional and behavioural difficulties. She has also worked in acute hospitals with adults who present with a range of physical and mental health difficulties. In her earlier career, she worked for over a year teaching preschool, school-age children and adolescents with ASD and other developmental disorders. She has extensive experience in a range of psychological and neuropsychological assessments.

“I believe the purpose of assessments is to convey a message, in an easily understandable way, explaining what is going on for the individual. My aim in completing all types of assessments (including educational assessments and adult assessments of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is to make all those involved feel as comfortable as possible and to conduct the assessment in such a manner so as to limit the impact of the assessment process in so far as is possible. I approach the assessments in a flexible way, accommodating any needs which may arise on the day, whilst adhering to standardisation. I see the assessments and feedback of reports as a collaborative process and discuss all stages of the assessments with the individual partaking in the assessment (i.e. child or adolescent and their parents or caregiver or adults in the case of adult assessments). My reports are written in a clear and practical way with recommendations based on the outcome of the assessment process.”

Professional Memberships:

  • Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI)


  • Committee Member Division of Counselling Psychology (PSI)
  • British Psychological Society Level A and Level B Psychometric Testing Qualification
  • Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale (ADOS-2) trained