Dr Vincent McDarby is both a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and a Chartered Health Psychologist with the Psychological Society of Ireland. He holds a PhD in Psychology from Trinity College Dublin, a BA in Psychology and an MSc in Health Psychology from the National University of Ireland, Galway and a Professional Diploma in Clinical Psychology from the Psychological Society of Ireland.
With over twenty years of experience working in the field of psychology, Dr McDarby has worked as both a clinical psychologist and a health psychologist in Ireland and New Zealand in areas including child development, behaviour management, intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorders, risk assessment, chronic illness and custody & access, amongst others. He was the Senior Clinical Psychologist for the HSE’s Risk Assessment and Consultation Service (RACS) and established the HSE’s first Parent Advice Clinic in Dublin South City in 2017. Dr McDarby is currently Principal Clinical Psychologist and Head of Psychology at Children's Health Ireland, Crumlin (formally Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin), where he has worked since 2007.
Dr McDarby is a regular contributor to national radio, television, podcasts, websites and print media on all aspects of psychology, parenting, and child development. He is known for his depth of knowledge together with his practical, straight-forward advice.
Dr McDarby was the 2022 President of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) and has been a sitting member on the Executive Council of the PSI since 2014. As well as being a member of the PSI’s Division of Clinical Psychology, he is a founding member of the PSI’s Division of Health Psychology. Dr McDarby also established and was the inaugural chair of the PSI’s Special Interest Group in Paediatric Psychology.
In addition to having lectured on numerous third level academic courses, Dr McDarby also provides educational talks and training to parents, other health professionals and industry on numerous topics, including parenting, child development, resilience, and psychological aspects of chronic illnesses. Dr McDarby continues to be actively involved in research and his current primary areas of research include child development, social media, adjustment to chronic illness and childhood diabetes. He has also published his research in numerous peer reviewed international journals and presented at academic conferences all over the world, including Buenos Aires, Miami, Istanbul, Toronto and Brisbane.