Speciality: Psychological medicine
Sub speciality: Psycho-oncology
Professor O'Dwyer is a consultant psychiatrist with the Psychological Medicine Service at St James's Hospital and clinical professor at Trinity College Dublin.
As clinical professor at Trinity, she has responsibility for training medical students in psychiatry. Professor O'Dwyer has also pursued specific training in psychological interventions (Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy) at the Maudsley Hospital, London. Through her interest and qualifications in music (ARIAM, ATCL, LTCL) she has specific links with the Creative Life project at MISA in St James's Hospital, exploring the role of music and creativity in health settings. In this capacity, she set up and directs a choir for junior hospital doctors (‘The Bleeping Interns’), that has performed in multiple settings, both within the hospital, and externally.
Professor O'Dwyer works as part of a comprehensive, well-established, multi-disciplinary team, incorporating experience, support and expertise from clinical psychologists, clinical nurse specialists and consultant psychiatrists, with junior doctors in training posts for both psychiatry and general practice, and dedicated administrative staff. The service was the first to develop clinical nurse specialist posts and medical intern posts in psychiatry.
A medical graduate of Trinity (BA, MB, BAO BCh), Professor O'Dwyer trained in Internal Medicine (Federated Hospitals Training Scheme, Dublin), gaining membership of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland in 1989, becoming a fellow in 2004. She trained in psychiatry in Ireland and the UK (Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry, London and Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge) obtaining membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK) before being appointed consultant psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital, London.
She returned to set up the Psychological Medicine Service at St James’s Hospital in 2000. With her colleague, Dr Sonya Collier, principal clinical psychologist, she founded the Psycho-Oncology Service at St James’s Hospital, formally opened by the Minister for Health in 2004. The service formed the blueprint for psycho-oncology services nationally (National Cancer Strategy, 2017). With Dr John Sheehan, in 2002, she established the liaison psychiatry section, Irish Division of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, serving as honorary secretary until 2007. She was awarded a doctorate in medicine (MD) from Trinity in 1998 and a Masters in Education (M Ed) from Trinity in 2018.
MD, M Ed, FRCPI, MRCPsych