Ryan, Patrick, Dr.

Ryan, Patrick, Dr.

Dr. Patrick Ryan
+ 353 61 202539
Head of Department
Department of Psychology E1-032 University of Limerick Limerick Ireland


Dr Patrick Ryan, Clinical Psychologist

BA (Hons.), D.Clin.Psych., Reg.PsSI.


Dr Patrick Ryan is the Director of the Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology at the University of Limerick, Ireland.  He is a graduate of The Queens University of Belfast.  A clinical psychologist for 17 years, he has been involved in the training of mental health professionals for ten years with a particular interest in the area of life span development and its contribution to understanding family relations.

He previously worked with The Psychological Society of Ireland as its first Director of Training and Accreditation.  He received a recognition award from The Psychological Society of Ireland in 2004.

Alongside his academic work Dr Ryan continues to work as a clinical practitioner in the area of mental health in adolescence and adults. His doctoral thesis examined the thinking factors that underlie adolescent depression.  He has a particular interest in working with people who exhibit offending behaviour and also in the area of family law.

He leads a team of researchers at the University of Limerick which examines a range of research topics in areas related to intellectual disability; child and adolescent mental health; relationship and attachment issues; parenting programmes and adult mental health, and has written, co-written and edited numerous research reports.  He has supervised 25 PhD theses to completion to date.

Dr Ryan lectures extensively nationally and internationally and has been consultant to organisations in Ireland, UK, Poland, and Sri Lanka.  He is a regular contributor to both the print and broadcast media on a range of psychological issues particularly in the areas of mental health and family relations.

He is the psychological consultant for the RTE television series “21st Century Child” which is examining family life in Ireland and in particular the developmental journey of new born babies and their families.  He was also psychological consultant to the  RTE series “Cracking Crime” which examined the profiles of individuals convicted of series crime in Ireland.

In 2010, his book ‘You Cant’ Make Me – How to get the best out of your teenager’ was published by Gill & McMillan.

In 2011, his book ‘Ageing and Older Adult Mental Health – Issues and Implications for Practice’ was published by Routledge.

His most recent publication is "Psychosocial Distress and Knowledge Deficiencies in Parents of Children in Ireland Who Carry an Altered Cystic Fibrosis Gene" and his most recent research article is "Exploring dialectical behaviour therapy clinicians’ experiences of team consultation meetings"


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