With a background in Special Needs Care, Anne previously worked in Dublin City University’s Healthy Living Centre where she supported the HLC’s Psychotherapy, Counselling and Memory Works clinics. Anne has worked in various units within the university, including the Careers Service Office and The Disability Office, which is part of The Student Support & Development unit.
Anne graduated as a Special Needs Assistant with the College Of Progressive Education, Dublin and has a background in working with children with special needs including ADD, ADHD and various areas within the Autistic spectrum. Anne joins the Actualise team in the capacity of Administration and Support Services.
Dixie joined the Actualise team in April 2016 in the capacity of Therapy Dog. She was adopted from the DSPCA and is a mix of Jack Russell and Chihuahua. She has a sweet nature and gentle temperament, though can be a little timid at first. She loves to meet new people – especially when they come for initial consultation, but only if they want to.
Dr. Michael Keane is a Neuroscientist and Director of the Actualise Neurofeedback Training Clinic at Dublin City University. He is a former lecturer in Psychology at DCU. He obtained his PhD from the National University of Ireland, Galway, investigating the effects of caffeine on brain function, where he set up the university’s first two EEG labs.
Michael’s post-doctoral position, which investigated EEG biomarkers of early onset Alzheimer’s Disease, was carried out between NUIG and the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, Dublin. He is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and the Republic of Ireland’s only Board Certified Neurofeedback Training provider.
Hilary joined the Actualise Team in November 2016. She brings a depth of experience having worked with a variety of clinical groups including people with acquired brain injury, intellectual disabilities and adults on the autistic spectrum. More recently she has also worked with people in a community context, facilitating groups for new mothers. Hilary studied psychology with philosophy at Leeds University in the UK, graduating with 1st class honours in 1996. Subsequently she also completed a Masters in Gender and Women’s Studies at Trinity College, Dublin.
Hilary will be working full-time at the Actualise Clinic and involved in ongoing research and service evaluation projects related to the neurofeedback work taking place.
Kate Toland began working with Actualise as part of a work placement programme in the third year of her degree, BSc. in Psychology. After this six month placement, Kate began working part-time as part of the Actualise team and has been working with the company for over almost two years now. In the summer of 2014, Kate was awarded a Health Research Board scholarship for a research project investigating the effectiveness of Neurofeedback Training in the treatment of Attention Deficit and/or Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Kate has been involved in several other research studies which investigated the effect of Neurofeedback Training in the facilitation of attention, procedural learning and sports ability. At present, Kate has just graduated with a first class honour in her degree from Dublin City University. She works full-time at Actualise tending to sessions during the week. Currently, she is looking to publish her thesis which involved research into the effects of Z-score Neurofeedback Training on response inhibition.
Pádraig Walsh (BA, MA) is a Behaviour Specialist working with Actualise. He has a wealth of experience working with families and individuals using Positive Behaviour Supports and Functional Assessment to help people identify the factors that are contributing to challenging situations and identify the messages behind behaviour. Pádraig’s work also focuses on supporting families and individuals to develop sustainable intervention to augment Neurofeedback Training.
Pádraig qualified with a Masters in Applied Behaviour Analysis after completing his degree in Psychology (both at NUI Galway). He has worked as a Behaviour Specialist for organisations across Ireland as well as working for 2 years in Melbourne, Australia as a consultant to an early intervention clinic for children whose behaviour presents as a concern. Pádraig has presented extensively at conferences on the effectiveness of Positive Behaviour Support in Ireland, Australia, Singapore and the UK. He also lectures on the MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis in NUI Galway and on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in the University of Limerick.
Róisín Carroll began a three month internship with Actualise in February 2015 as part of her BSc. Psychology at Dublin City University. Upon completion of her internship, Róisín worked part-time at Actualise throughout the final year of her degree. During this time she conducted research into the effects of Neurofeedback Training on procedural learning. Róisín graduated with a first class honours in November 2016 and has been a full-time employee at Actualise since July 2016.
Dr. Rosemary Keane is Clinic Manager at Actualise. She is a Clinical Psychologist having recently completed clinical psychology training (D Psych Sc) at University College Dublin. As part of this, her doctoral thesis focused on emotional over- and under-control in adults with psychiatric difficulties. She also has a PhD in Psychology from the National University of Ireland, Galway investigating acceptance in chronic pain. Rosemary has a number of years of experience working with different clinical groups across the lifespan and is particularly interested in biopsychosocial determinants of behaviour and functioning and the role of neurofeedback in intervention.