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Deirdre Flynn, Director

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Deirdre Flynn is the Director of the Student Counselling Service and has been working in the Service since 1993. Deirdre is a registered Psychotherapist and she is actively involved with the Student Counsellors Heads Forum in Ireland and the U.K. She has served on the board of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy (ICP) and the Irish Constructivist Psychotherapy Association (ICPA.)

Deirdre has worked in a variety of settings and roles both here and abroad, including disability, youth work, social work and lecturing.

As Director of the Service Deirdre is responsible for developing and ensuring the provision of professional services for students which are relevant and responsive to their needs. She and her team of (counsellors, learning support, S2S and admin staff) are committed to the principles of inclusivity and diversity, and to the enhancement of the student experience in partnership with all students.

Susan Kirwin, Coordinatorsusan kirwin

Susan Kirwin was appointed as the Coordinator of the Student Learning Development Team in Dec 2013. Susan graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a degree in Computer Engineering and a degree in Mathematics. She has been working for the past 8 years in a private college specialising in online education and completed her Masters in Technology & Learning in 2011. Her interests include strategic planning and delivery of blended online education programmes and general organisational management.


Dr. Tamara O'Connor

Area of Responsibility: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences.

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Tamara has worked with the Student Counselling Service since 1995.She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She also has a Masters in Education from Trinity College and a Doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University of East London.

She uses her knowledge and experience of psychological and educational principles to help students improve the way they study and learn. She has worked with students across a wide range of ages and abilities as well as in a variety of educational and business settings.

Tamara has a special interest in positive psychology and the role of emotions in learning. She loves to read, travel, ski, hike and drink wine.

Maeve Gallagher

Area of Responsibility: Engineering, Maths & Science.

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Maeve is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist with experience as a researcher (University of Brighton) and careers advisor (Dublin City University). She has also worked in human resource management consulting and training.

More recently she has worked on a project concerned with improving access to education and employment for marginalised groups. Maeve has a BA in Psychology from University College Dublin and MSc in Occupational Psychology from Queen's University, Belfast.

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Dr Alan Tuffery

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Dr Tuffery is a retired lecturer in Physiology with about 40 years’ experience teaching and examining in Health Sciences and Science. This includes many different types of writing, from short-answer examination questions and essays to literature reviews, final-year dissertations and PhD theses.

Dr Tuffery was a College Tutor for over 30 years and Senior Tutor (1989-95) and was deeply involved in Student Services in Ireland and in the development of Disability Services in College

Dr Tuffery has an abiding interest in words and language; he selected and collated an anthology of the Irish Times columns of the lexicographer, Diarmaid Ó Muirthe.

Ruth Torode

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Ruth Torode is a recently retired senior lecturer in Social Work with long experience in teaching, supervising and examining in Social Work and related courses including Gender and Women’s Studies.

She is interested in a wide range of applied social science topics and social research in these areas Her first degree was in Modern Languages and she has maintained an interest in most forms of creative writing.

Experienced as a social worker, counsellor, tutor, course coordinator and college contact person and have provided rewarding opportunities to help students achieve their academic potential.

Caroline Forsyth


Caroline originally qualified as an Occupational Therapist and following a number of years in clinical practice she moved into the area of training and became head of a training centre for young adults with intellectual disabilities. She subsequently returned to university as a mature student and attained a first class honours degree in Sociology and Anthropology from NUI Maynooth, and two MScs from Trinity College (‘Global Health’ and ‘Technology and Learning’). Caroline’s approach to improving student academic performance is to create an empowering environment for students where they can develop confidence in their ability to be self-directed learners, coupled with providing a range of proven strategies in the area of academic performance enhancement.

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Last updated 3 May 2016 by Student Learning Development (Email) .