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Parental Advice

Parent Advice was established by Dr Vincent McDarby, Chartered Clinical Psychologist, in 2017 to provide an easily accessible consultation service for parents and caregivers who are looking for expert advice, support or guidance on issues in relation to children and adolescents, or any aspect of parenting.

Dr McDarby created Parent Advice to allow parents quick and easy access to a psychologist in order to discuss any issues or concerns they have in relation to their child. At Parent Advice, parents and caregivers are able to book a 1:1 confidential consultation with Dr McDarby where he will provide expert evidence-based advice and information on a wide range psychological issues which can occur in children and adolescents.

The advice and interventions provided by Dr McDarby are family-centred, evidenced-based and tailored to the needs of your child and family.

Dr Vincent McDarby

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 has been a Senior Clinical Psychologist at Children's Health Ireland at Crumlin (formally Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin) 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 is the current 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.

Professional Memberships

The Psychological Society of Ireland

Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Chartered Health Psychologist

The Psychological Society of Ireland’s Division of Clinical Psychology


The Psychological Society of Ireland’s Division of Health Psychology

Founding Member

The Psychological Society of Ireland’s Special Interest Group in Paediatric Psychology

Member & Inaugural Chair

The Psychological Society of Ireland’s Special Interest Group in Media, Art & Cyberpsychology

Founding Member

The American Psychological Association

International Affiliate Member

The American Psychological Association’s Society of Pediatric Psychology (Division 54)


Selected Publications

Delamater AM, de Wit M, McDarby V, Malik JA, Hilliard ME, Northam E and Acerini CL. Delamater AM, de Wit M, McDarby V, Malik JA, Hilliard ME, Northam E and Acerini CL. Psychological care of children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Pediatric Diabetes Oct 2018, Suppl 27:237-49

McDarby V, Gajewska K and Cody C. (2016). The Challenge of transition: adolescent and parents attitudes towards transition and adolescent diabetes services. Pediatric Diabetes 17 (supp 24).

Delamater AM, de Wit M, McDarby V, Malik J and Acerini CL. Psychological care of children and adolescents with type 1 diabetes. Pediatric Diabetes Sep 2014, Suppl 20:232-44

McDarby V, Gallagher P & Cody D. (2012). Parental Diabetes Knowledge: Correlates with Clinical and Demographic Variables. Pediatric Diabetes 13(supp 17).

McDarby V, Kearney A, Cody D, Greene S, Dempsey M & Murphy N. (2011). Adversarial growth in children with Type 1 Diabetes: the role of constructive rumination, perception of illness impact, generalised self-efficacy and supportive family environment. Pediatric Diabetes 12(supp 15).

Newell A, Keabe J, McGuire BE, Heary C, McDarby V, Dudley B, Moran J, Francis K and Caes L. Interactive versus Passive Distraction and Parent Psychoeducation as Pain Management Techniques during Paedietriic Venepuncture – A Randomized Controlled Trial. The Clinical Journal of Pain Nov 2018 34(11):1008-16

McDarby V, Hevey, D and Cody, D. An overview of the role of social network sites in the treatment of adolescent diabetes. Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics Apr 2015 17(4):291-4

Hawkes C, McDarby V and Cody C. Fear of Hypoglaycemia in parents of children with type 1 diabetes. Journal of Paediatric Child Health Aug 2014 50(8): 639-42

Gallagher P, McDarby V, McDowell N, Flinn A & Cody D. (2011). Parental diabetes knowledge: does CSII education provide superior knowledge? Pediatric Diabetes 12(supp 15).

McDarby V, Costigan C & Carroll S. (2010). Pilot study into the efficacy of a novel, non-invasive approach to studying the affects of acute hyperglycaemia on cognitive and psychosocial variables in adolescents. Pediatric Diabetes 11(supp 14).

Doody N, McDarby V, Somers E and Cody C. (2017). The impact of T1DM on perceptions of body image: a comparison between adolescents with T1DM and their peers. Pediatric Diabetes 18 (supp 25).

McDarby V, Hevey D and Cody D. (2015). Evaluation of a social media site to improve diabetes glycaemic control, knowledge and self-efficacy: the ASSIST study. Pediatric Diabetes 16 (supp 21).

McDarby V, O'Brien F, Hawkes C & Cody D. (2014). The relationship between paediatric parenting stress and HbA1c, insulin regimen and recency of diagnosis in parents of children with T1DM. Pediatric Diabetes 15(supp 19).

Gallagher P, McDarby V, McDowell N, Flinn A & Cody D. (2011). Audit of parental diabetes knowledge. Pediatric Diabetes 12(supp 15).

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