City Colleges’ College of Psychology offers a range of exciting diplomas, which were developed for those interested in the science of the mind, behaviour and mental wellbeing.  Our courses provide students with a sound understanding of Psychology, which uses science as a basis for understanding our lives and activities.

Five of our Diplomas have been approved for CPD credits for members of the PSI.

We are delighted to welcome you to our Psychology faculty.

Psychology is a growing field and is becoming more relevant to many aspects of our lives. It is a way of future-proofing an understanding of our fast-changing world. It provides a greater appreciation of our existence. It helps reduce mental distress, with an efficiency that on average is as effective as medical treatments for physical illnesses.

Really knowing the difference between the physical brain and the mind is a great way of gaining an appreciation of both the science of humankind and the experience of being human.

As you can see, we have an exciting range of Diplomas that offer CPD points for Psychology and Psychotherapy professionals, which are also introductions to psychology topics for members of the public and other professionals.

Our Psychology lecturers are highly trained in their subject areas and, importantly, bring extensive experiences of working with people, clients and patients, to their training delivery. This means that our students get an in-depth view of what it is like to work with clients and patients, from the beginning of their training.

Also, our lecturers are great communicators and feedback from students is continually monitored, to ensure that you receive exceptionally high-quality training.

Soon, we are planning to introduce an enhanced range of options for both Psychology professionals, and students of life who are interested in attending our courses. At City Colleges, we believe that the mix of professionals from different backgrounds, and non-professionals, who attend our Psychology programmes enriches our learning experience and keeps our Psychology approach grounded in practicality and reality.

Feel free to contact me if you have any queries on any of our programmes.

Dr. Finian Fallon
Dean, College of Psychology

Dr. Finian Fallon
Dean, College of Psychology


Finian Fallon PhotoDr. Finian Fallon holds a Doctorate in Psychotherapy from DCU. In addition to providing a range of counselling services, his past work experience includes providing therapy for clients with PTSD, survivors of childhood abuse and survivors of torture.

He has a number of published academic works to his credit, including presenting at the BACP research conference. He is interested in developing research that provides practical clinical benefits, to bring together the science and art of psychotherapy.



David Careydavidcarey
Director, College of Psychology

David J. Carey is a psychologist with over 25 years’ experience in both clinical and educational settings and is Director, School of Psychology, City Colleges Dublin and resident child psychologist on the Sean Moncrieff Show on Newstalk. He is also Dean at the College of Progressive Education.

Trained in America he has been associated with Don Dinkmeyer, PhD, author of over 30 books and the founder of the Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) which is used throughout the world. David has also studied with Albert Ellis, PhD., one of the pioneers of cognitive-behaviour therapy. During his course of study David was enrolled in the Institute for Rational-Emotive Therapy in New York.

For many years David worked in both out-patient and in-patient mental health services and founded a forensic practice with a consultant psychiatrist where they engaged in forensic assessments, hypnosis and psychotherapy. Here in Ireland David has been associated with the Froebel College of Education where he created several post-graduate training programmes for special education teachers, including a Master’s Degree in Special Needs.

In his practice David provides assessments and psychotherapy. For the past nine years he has been involved in assessing children to determine the suitability of their special education programmes. This work has seen him provide expert witness testimony in numerous High Court cases.

He has a particular interest in the impact of trauma, distress and chaos on the child’s brain and combines this work with its relevance to early childhood education and the curriculum in Infant Classrooms.

John O’Keeffe

Director of Criminology, College of Psychologyjohnokeefe_300px

John O’Keeffe is a graduate of University College Dublin, UWE Bristol, London Metropolitan University and the University of Cambridge where he is a life member of Homerton College. He also holds a Doctoratus in Gister Studiorum (ad eundem Cantab.) from Trinity College, Dublin and memberships of the American Psychological Association, American Psychology Law Society, International Association of Forensic Psychology, the American Society of Criminology and the British Society of Criminology. He is Membership Secretary of the Criminology Association of Ireland.

From 2000-2010 he was Head and Dean of the Law School at Dublin Business School (incorporating Portobello College) where he taught both criminal and civil law. He is currently Head, Colleges of Criminology & Psychology at City Colleges and Director, Cold Case Unit and also an Adjunct Teaching Fellow in the School of Psychology, Trinity College. He was awarded an Honorary Visiting Fellowship in the Dept. of Neuroscience, Psychology & Behaviour at the University of Leicester and appointed a Visiting Scholar at the Dept. of Sociology, University of Leeds. He is also a Visiting Research Fellow, Dept. of Sociology at the University of Surrey. He is Chief Executive of AdVIC – Advocates for the Victims of Homicide.

John also works as a broadcaster and journalist (Deputy Editor of The Garda Review and Contributor, Sunday World) regularly appearing on television and radio where he speaks on matters related to criminology and forensic psychology.

He is currently engaged in research at the University of Oxford where he holds MCR memberships of both Oriel College and Exeter College.