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Dr Eva DohertyDr. Eva Doherty, DClinPsych, RegClinPsychol (AFPsSI), CPsychol (AFBPsS).

Eva is a practising clinical psychologist who is also Director of the Human Factors and Patient Safety (HFPS) training, research and assessment programme at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). The HFPS training is a mandatory component of the postgraduate professional training programme for surgical, emergency medicine and ophthalmology trainees. Trainees attend for three days training each year in groups of 20/25. Eva initiated and currently leads and supervises trainees who opt to study for the Postgraduate Diploma/MSc in Human Factors and Patient Safety at RCSI which is in addition to their mandatory HFPS training. The HFPS training programme provides day seminars for trainees and more recently for consultants on topics which include medical error, risk management, communication, teamwork, conflict resolution, decision-making, disclosure, emotional intelligence, crisis management, stress management, professionalism and leadership.

Each seminar is led by Eva and co-facilitated by a surgical/anaesthetic/ emergency medicine consultant. Assessment is an important part of the training and selection programmes and Eva directs the annual OSCEs and also the emotional intelligence and aptitude assessments which are part of the selection for training process. Eva’s recent publications and research interests include the topics of personality factors and medical training, emotional intelligence and professional medical competencies as well as the assessment of improvements and the provision of remediation in communication competencies following training. Eva has designed and currently directs and teaches the professional development programme funded by the Health Services Executive (HSE) for non consultant hospital doctors (NCHDs) which provides HFPS professional development programmes.

Clinical Psychology Practice

• Specialising in adult psychotherapy and psychometric assessment

23A, Seafield Road, Stillorgan Road, County Dublin.

Professional Memberships

RegClinPsychol – Registered Clinical Psychologist, Psychological Society of Ireland
AFPsSI – Associate Fellow, Psychological Society of Ireland
CPsychol – Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society
AFBPsS – Associated Fellow, British Psychological Society
American Psychological  Society – Ordinary member

Committee Memberships (outside of RCSI)

2014 -elected Deputy National Representative of the European Association for Communication for Healthcare (EACH)

2014-Founder member and current Lead of the Irish branch of the teaching committee of the European association for Communication in Healthcare.

2014- Member of Sports and Exercise Medicine Working Group, Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine.

2013-currently: Member of the Communications subgroup, Psychological Society of Ireland.

2012- currently: Member of the Clinical Division committee, Psychological Society of Ireland, and private health insurance representative.

2006- currently: Founder and current member of the Irish Network for Medical Educators (INMED).

2005-2011: Founder member of the UK Council for Communication in Undergraduate Education.

2006- currently: Founder and current chair of the teaching tools committee, of the tEACH branch of the European Association for Communication in Health Care.

1990-2008: Chairperson of the Private Health Insurance Committee, Psychological Society of Ireland.

1996: Social Organiser & Committee Member of the 10th European Health Psychology Conference, Dublin.

1986-1988: Elected member of the Professional Affairs Board, Psychological Society of Ireland.

1986-1990: Founder, chairperson and ex officio member of the Health Psychology Division and committee, Psychological Society of Ireland.

1985-1989: Founder, chairperson and ex officio member of the Adolescent special interest group Psychological Society of Ireland.

1978-1981: Auditor and Committee member of the UCD student Psychological Society.


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