Dr Margaret O’Rourke, a board member of Ag Eisteacht, is extending her support by taking on a clinical directorship role with us alongside her other work.
A practicing clinical psychologist, researcher and medical educator, Dr O’ Rourke is director of Behavioural Science at the School of Medicine at University College Cork, where she leads on psychological medicine and the preparation and support of medical students’ and doctors’ wellbeing.
After graduating from UCC, Dr O’Rourke completed a Masters in Psychological Medicine at the School of Medicine University of Glasgow and a doctorate in Forensic Clinical Psychology at Surrey University. She has published and presented on a wide range of important health topics and has successfully helped hundreds of patients and clinicians to reduce stress and anxiety, while increasing healthy coping, well-being and resilience.
Dr O’ Rourke will contribute to the science and evidence base of the programme development of our ABLE (Adopt a relational approach, Build, Listen & Empower) training courses. She will also share knowledge and insights that support practitioners in practice, using her clinical experience and the LifeMatters programme she has developed.
Dr Maeve Hurley, a former GP and CEO of Ag Eisteacht, said: “The creation of a clinical directorship post underlines our commitment to providing evidence-informed training programmes to enhance knowledge and skills training within health, education and social care organisations.
“The synergies between our work are considerable; we have a shared interest in supporting practitioners in their work and a shared vision of using practice-based evidence to enhance insight and understanding. We warmly welcome Dr O’ Rourke’s experience and support.”
Dr O’Rourke said: “I am honoured that Ag Eisteacht has invited me to take on this leadership position which allows me to continue to contribute psychological science to Ag Eisteacht’s ABLE training programme development and to support the charity’s mission and strategic development.”