Dr Mathew McCauley: Clinical Psychologist, Dublin
Dr Mathew McCauley is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Blackrock Clinic. The practice specialises in outpatient adult mental health, with a focus on clinical psychology and behavioural medicine from a bio-psycho-social perspective of health and illness. He provides consultation, assessment, diagnosis and treatment of psychological problems, including the psychological aspects of physical health conditions.
Training and experience as a Clinical Psychologist
Following his secondary education at Blackrock College,
Dublin, Dr McCauley completed his undergraduate and post-graduate studies in
the US and UK. He received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the
University of Warwick. Dr McCauley completed a specialist doctoral residency in
military clinical psychology with the UK Ministry of Defence, based at the
Royal Centre for Defence Medicine and Royal Air Force Brize Norton. His doctoral
research resulted in an award for “scientific achievement and contribution to
the field of military psychology” from the American Psychological Association's
Society for Military Psychology.
Dr McCauley later undertook training in operational
and deployment mental health at the UK’s Defence School of Post-Graduate
Medical Studies and the Center for Deployment Psychology, Uniformed Services
University of the Health Sciences, USA. After qualifying as a credentialed
clinical psychologist within the US military, Dr McCauley spent six years as a
civilian consultant clinical psychologist with United States Air Force, working
with military personnel in support of overseas operations. During this time he
trained as a Behavioural Health Consultant and subsequently held specific
consultant positions in liaison psychiatry, aerospace medicine, primary care,
and operational mental health.
Dr McCauley is formerly an Adjunct
Associate Professor of Psychology with UMUC, where he taught post-graduate
psychology to US military personnel. He is now an Honorary Research Fellow in
Clinical Psychology, where he is actively involved in supervising doctoral
degree research, with a focus on military psychology and psychological trauma.
In addition to his
position at the Blackrock Clinic, Dr McCauley holds the following appointments:
Clinical Psychologist, Joint Medical Command, Ministry of Defence, UK
Honorary Research Fellow in Clinical Psychology, Coventry University, UK
Chartered Clinical Psychologist
Clinical psychology: Treatments and services offered by Mathew McCauley
Psychological treatment and services are delivered
through empirically-validated evaluations and therapies. Dr McCauley adheres
to a collaborative and integrated model of care, which entails coordinating
treatment with both patients and when relevant, other healthcare providers.
Dr McCauley is experienced in conducting mental
health assessments, diagnosis, therapeutic formulations, and treatments for
persons experiencing various psychological problems such as:-
Problems with Mood (e.g. Depression, Bipolar Disorder)
Anxiety difficulties (e.g. Panic Disorder, Phobias, Generalized Anxiety, OCD, PTSD)
Sleep Disorders (e.g. Insomnia)
Impulse Control Disorders (e.g. Trichotillomania)
Liaison, consultation and behavioural medicine
Using the principles of behavioural medicine he provides skilled and experienced mental health liaison and consultation services to other healthcare professionals, in support of patient care. Dr McCauley has significant experience in working collaboratively with healthcare providers to assure a coordinated approach to treatment. He conducts assessment and intervention of the psychological aspects of physical conditions and of stress-related disorders such as:
- Crisis Mental Health Evaluations (e.g. due to acute distress)
Full Psychological Evaluation
Pre-Surgical Psychological Evaluation
Diagnostic Clarification and Treatment Recommendations
Behavioural medicine interventions often complement existing medical
treatments. They can also have efficacy when health conditions have proven
unresponsive to certain medical (e.g. pharmacological) treatments. Particular conditions
that might benefit from a behavioural medicine intervention include:
Interventions can involve the following:
Behavioural Modification (e.g. to improve sleep hygiene, manage dietary
and life-style adjustments)
Stress Management (e.g. in reducing hypertension)
Anxiety Management (e.g. phobias, health anxiety)
Psychotherapy for Health Problems
Dr McCauley has extensive training and experience in assessing, diagnosing, treating, and supporting persons’ with post-traumatic stress. He delivers therapies for the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, which are endorsed by both the US military and the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.
Dr McCauley has completed British Psychological Society (BPS) approved training as an expert witness and he is listed on the BPS Directory of Expert Witnesses.
As a mental health subject matter expert with the United States Air Force, he completed hundreds of assessments concerning occupational health functioning, with rulings on duty restrictions, such as working with specific weapons systems, ability to deploy on operations, etc.
He is experienced in conducting fitness-for-duty occupational health
evaluations for military medical boards, suitability-for-duty rulings, and
occupational and security clearances. Please feel free to contact the practice,
should you wish to speak with Dr McCauley about the provision of expert witness
Dr McCauley has published several peer-reviewed studies in trauma and military mental health and also serves as a peer-reviewer for a number of mental health journals.
M, Liebling-Kalifani, H. and Hacker Hughes, J. (2012) Military Mental Health
Professionals on Operational Deployment: An Exploratory Study. Community
Mental Health Journal. 48(2): 238-248
M. (2010) Rising to the Challenge: Civilian Clinical Psychology in the USAF. The
Air Force Psychologist, 30(1), 6-7
M, Hacker Hughes, J. and Liebling-Kalifani, H. (2010) Wellbeing of Military
Mental Health Staff. Mental Health Practice, 14(4), 14-19
- McCauley, M, Hacker Hughes, J. and Liebling-Kalifani, H. (2008) Ethical
Considerations for Military Clinical Psychologists: A Review of Selected
Literature. Military Psychology, 20, 7-20
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