Researchers at UCD


Richard Blennerhassett

Clinical Associate Professor

School Of Medicine



I was appointed as Clinical Director at St John of God Hospital in November 2012. I am a Graduate of University College Dublin and completed my postgraduate training in London and was appointed as Consultant Psychiatrist at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.  On my return to Dublin I was appointed Clinical Director of the St. Ita's Psychiatric Service and Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. I have had a keen interest in the integration of psychotherapy within psychiatry and especially the work of Carl Jung.  I completed the first training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy in Ireland and developed a DBT programme within the St. Ita's Service.  A current interest is Mental Health First Aid an innovative international approach to the promotion of mental health awareness.



Peer Reviewed Journals

Walston, F; Blennerhassett, RC; Charlton, BG (2000) 'Theory of mind, persecutory delusions and the somatic marker mechanism'. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, 5 (3):161-174. [Details]
Blennerhassett, R (2008) 'Dialectical behaviour therapy in clinical practice'. Quarterly Journal of Mental Health, 1 (3):15-21. [Details]
Blennerhassett, R; Bamford, L; Whelan, A; Jamieson, S; Wilson O'Raghallaigh, J (2009) 'Dialectical behaviour therapy in an Irish community mental health setting'. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, 26 (2):59-63. [Details]
Blennerhassett, R (2011) 'Vertigo: Out of the past'. Psychological Perspectives, 54 (1):54-65. [Details]
Armstrong M, Daly AK;Blennerhassett R;Ferrier N;Idle JR (1997) 'Antipsychotic drug-induced movement disorders in schizophrenics in relation to CYP2D6 genotype'. The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science, 170 :23-26. [Details]
Reardon W, Dunlop A;Holden ST;Blennerhassett R (2007) 'Bipolar affective disorder associated with 11q24.2 disruption--a second report'. American journal of medical genetics. Part A, 143A (12):1263-1267. [DOI] [Details]
L¿¿vlie R, Daly AK;Blennerhassett R;Ferrier N;Steen VM (2001) 'Homozygosity for the Gly-9 variant of the dopamine D3 receptor and risk for tardive dyskinesia in schizophrenic patients'. The international journal of neuropsychopharmacology / official scientific journal of the Collegium Internationale Neuropsychopharmacologicum (CINP), 3 (1):61-65. [DOI] [Details]


Blennerhassett RC, O'Raghallaigh JW (2005) Dialectical behaviour therapy in the treatment of borderline personality disorder. Editorial [DOI] [Details]