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Dr McDarby is a regular contributor to national news and media outlets on all aspects of psychology, parenting and child development

Podcasts & TV
Radio Interviews

The Indo Daily: Omicron and Covid anxiety - everything you need to know

Fionnán Sheahan host of the Irish Independent’s Indo Daily podcast talks to Dr Vincent McDarby about the anxiety caused by the new Omicron variant

“I needed to be admitted into a service straight away, I was suicidal”

Kieran Cuddihy talks to Dr Vincent McDarby on the Hard Shoulder on Newstalk Radio about the difficulties for young people trying to access Child and Adolescent Mental Services (CAMHS)

New, more infectious, strain of covid-19 detected

Today FM's Matt Copper chats with Dr Vincent McDarby on the Last Word about the rising covid-19 case numbers in Ireland and whether a change in people's behaviour in the run up to Christmas is responsible

Fewer than 40% of Irish people believe things will go back to normal after Covid-19

Today FM’s Matt Cooper talks to Dr Vincent McDarby on The Last Word about the findings of a recent CSO report on Irish attitudes towards Covid-19.

How do you talk to your children about Covid-19

Newstalk’s Andrea Gilligan chats to Dr Vincent McDarby on Lunchtime Live about children’s Covid-19 worries and hears from listeners

Why do so many teenagers struggle with their weight?

Psychologist Vincent McDarby talks to Mark Cagney on the Hard Shoulder on Newstalk Radio about the issue of obesity among teenagers

Why the weight loss industry is full of sh!t?

Dr Vincent McDarby, Chartered Clinical Health Psychologist, and Rosin Gowan, Clinical Specialist Dietitian, talk about the myths of the weight loss industry on the Psychological Society of Ireland’s podcast series

Why all the fuss over Love Island?

Dr Vincent McDarby talks to Ivan Yates on The Hard Shoulder on Newstalk Radio about why there’s such a fuss over Love Island

How effective is Santa’s method of measuring who’s good and bad?

Dr Vincent McDarby, Child Psychologist, talks to David McCullagh and Carole Coleman on This Week on RTE Radio 1 about whether demanding good behaviour before Santa Claus comes actually works?

What’s in a name? – The naming of the new National Children’s Hospital

Dr Vincent McDarby talks to Michael Hennessy on Lifeline on Near FM about the naming and theming of the National Paediatric Hospital and why this is so important to the wellbeing of the children that will attend the hospital

The Psychology of Superstitions

Psychologist Dr Vincent McDarby joined Ciara Plunkett on Kildare Focus on KFM to discuss the psychology behind superstitions after a mother asked the Dept of Social Protection to change her child’s PPS number because it contained the digits 666

The 20 Most Influential Moments: The Passing of Music Legends

Newstalk's Sean Moncrieff takes a closer look at the process we go through when we mourn the death of celebrities with psychologist Dr Vincent McDarby

Parents staying together for “sake of kids” when the environment is toxic

Dr Vincent McDarby talks to KFM’s Ciara Plunkett about the effects on divorce on children and what happens when parents stay together for the sake of the children

Calling on the Minister for Health to address the disparity in funding for psychology trainees

Dr Vincent McDarby talks to Kildare FM about the lack of psychology resources nationally and the disparity in funding for psychology trainees

Coffee with your Therapist – Dr Vincent McDarby

The Coffee with your Therapist podcast talks to Dr Vincent McDarby about Psychology in Ireland, the PSI, growing up in a small town, the Irish Wake and John Wayne

Newspaper &
Online Articles

‘I voted for divorce 25 years ago. I never thought I’d need it’

The Irish Times talks to Dr Vincent McDarby about the impact of divorce on children and how to help them adjust to life after separation and divorce

'Crisis' of youth psychologist shortage met with 'deafening silence'

Dr Vincent McDarby speaks to the Irish Examiner about the crisis in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) due to a longstanding shortage of psychologists

Ashling Murphy killing: Explaining death to pupils needs tact and care, say experts

The Irish Times Talks to Dr Vincent McDarby about explaining death to school pupils following the horrific murder of Ashling Murphy

‘Maybe now I’ll go to my first house party’

The Sunday Times talks to Dr Vincent McDarby about the impact of the lockdown on young people’s mental health and wellbeing

'Expect things not to be perfect': the Christmas survival guide

The Irish Examiner talks to Dr Vincent McDarby about how to keep calm in the run up to Christmas

Funerals delayed by Covid: ‘It didn’t matter how long it was going to take’

The Irish Times talks to Dr Vincent McDarby about the importance of funerals in Irish society during the pandemic

‘There has been no period like it in our history’: the mental health toll of the pandemic

BreakingNews.ie talks to Dr Vincent McDarby about the impact of the pandemic on people’s mental health

‘Slush has gone to everything with Saoirse. He even came back from her biopsy with a bandage’

Dr Vincent McDarby talks to Sheila Wayman of The Irish Times about the role of transitional objects, such as special toy, blanket or pillow, for young children

'We’re shouting for the children in our care': Back-to-school anxiety is not just for the kids

Dr Vincent McDarby talks to the Irish Examiner about children and parents' anxiety on returning to school

How to re-enter the 'Office World'

Dr Vincent McDarby talks to the Irish Daily Mail about why some people feel anxious returning to work after lockdown and what they can do about it

Psychologist explains why some people still have very clear dreams about sitting the Leaving Cert

Dr Vincent McDarby speaks with the Irish Mirror about why years later people continue to get panicked dreams about sitting the Leaving Cert

How Did Memes Turn Into ‘Interactive Trauma Diaries’?

Dr Vincent McDarby talks to New York magazine’s The Cut about how some people use internet memes to overcome trauma

The Memeing of Life

Regina Lavelle from the Sunday Independent talks to Dr Vincent McDarby about internet memes and whether they are an antidote to our collective lockdown frustrations

Back to school: How to prepare your kids for a return to social interaction

Dr Vincent McDarby talks to the Irish Independent about preparing children for returning to school and how to improve communication and socialisation skills

Anti-depressant use among children soars

Ali Bracken from the Sunday Independent talks to Dr Vincent McDarby about the huge rise in the number of children being prescribed anti-depressants since 2010

Covid-19 sparks rise in medical card claims for antidepressants

Wayne O’Connor from the Sunday Independent talks to Dr Vincent McDarby about some of the reasons for the rise in the number of antidepressants being prescribed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Expert: Masks could be 'frightening'

Dr Vincent McDarby talks to the Irish Mail on Sunday about the potential impact of mask-wearing for children returning to primary school

Is your child worried about going to school? An expert has some tips for parents

TheJournal.ie talks to Dr Vincent Mc Darby about the anxiety many parents and children are feeling about returning to school during the COVID-19 pandemic and how to address it

From Saturday Night to the Macarena - why holiday hits are becoming a thing of the past

Tony Clayton-Lea of The Irish Independent talks to Dr Vincent McDarby about our attachment to certain summer songs and why they evoke the feelings that they do

Cold comfort: Can a splash in icy water make you happier?

Suzanne Harrington of the Irish Independent talks to Dr Vincent McDarby about the potential benefits of cold-water swimming on our ability to cope and adapt to stress

When does comfort eating during lockdown become a problem?

Dr Vincent McDarby talks to the Irish Independent about why comfort eating can become a problem during lockdown and how to tackle it

Commit to what makes you feel good’ – how exercise can boost your mood

Dr Vincent McDarby talks to Suzanne Harrington about the positive impact of exercise on mental health in the Irish Independent’s ‘Reboot: Shape up post-lockdown’ supplement

Staying in control as we go remote in a brave new world

Graeme Lennox of The Times (UK) talks to Dr Vincent McDarby about the benefits and pitfalls of making the leap to working from home during COVID-19

A new day in Ireland

Dr Vincent McDarby talks to the American Psychological Association’s Monitor on Psychology magazine about the changing attitudes of Irish society

B•chiness is the new norm. Criticism is king … Are you an internet troll?

Regina Lavelle of the Irish Independent talks to Dr Vincent McDarby about the rise of online trolling and an online culture that rewards negativity

When love breaks down

The Irish Examiner talks to Dr Vincent McDarby, Chartered Clinical Psychologist, about how best to support children through divorce and separation

'Sham baptisms': Priests struggle with reasons behind the ceremony while parents feel hypocritical

Dr Vincent McDarby speaks to TheJournal.ie about how religious ceremonies like First Communions are social, rather than religious, events for children

‘She’s coming home singing Ave Maria’: Religion from the back of the classroom

TheJournal.ie speaks to Dr Vincent McDarby, Chartered Psychologist, about the impact of religion in the classroom on children

Irish fans are our first Euro’s win

The Irish Sun’s Neil Cotter talks to Dr Vincent McDarby about the group identity of Irish football fans abroad

Psychological factors key in tacking children’s unexplained pain

The Irish Examiner interviews Dr Vincent McDarby about chronic pain and medically unexplained symptoms in children

A week in the life of a Psychologist at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin

The Irish Times profiles a week in the life of Dr Vincent McDarby, a Senior Clinical Psychologist at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin

Interview tips from a psychologist

Dr Vincent McDarby of the Psychological Society of Ireland shares advice with the Irish Famers Journal on how to impress in an interview situation

Preparing your kids for back to school

Ciara Leahy of the Irish Farmers Journal gets advice from Dr Vincent McDarby on preparing children for returning to school in September

Moving the needle: new fronts in the fight against diabetes

Dr Vincent McDarby talks to Fintan Burke of the Irish Times about the mental toll diabetes takes on patients and the role of psychologists in addressing this.

Protecting your child

Ciara Galvin of the Mayo News talks to Dr Vincent McDarby about children’s safety and the Stay Safe programme in schools

Consultation Topics

Some of the areas that Dr McDarby provides expert advice on include.