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International sites

The Department of Psychology has staff working collaboratively across three international sites: RCSI’s main campus in Dublin, RCSI Bahrain and RCSI Malaysia.

RCSI Bahrain

There are two psychology staff members employed in RCSI Bahrain: Dr Sally Doherty, who is on secondment from RCSI Dublin, and Putri Intan Dinah, who moved from RCSI Perdana in 2016.

There are nearly 200 students currently pursuing medical degrees in RCSI Bahrain; most of whom are Middle Eastern, with about one fifth coming from Canada, the US and Ireland. Psychology staff members deliver the same undergraduate curriculum as in Dublin to medicine students in Bahrain. In addition, they deliver two courses on psychology and sociology to first and second year nursing students.

RCSI Bahrain is a campus with approximately 50 academic staff members. This facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration between all departments and a very supportive teaching environment with close working relationships between staff and students. Psychology staff work closely with members of other departments on working groups, strategic planning groups, and on the research ethics group.

Research development is a key focus in RCSI Bahrain, and both students and staff are actively encouraged to engage in local and international research. There are increasing opportunities for PhD students and masters programmes are being developed. RCSI Bahrain hosts an annual international research day and psychology staff members supervise and support students to present their research at this event.

RCSI Malaysia - Perdana University (PU-RCSI)

There are four psychology staff members employed in PU-RCSI: Dr Karen Mogan, who is on secondment from RCSI Dublin, Darlina Hani Fadil AzimNur Arfah Zaini, and Dr Dhanya Pillai.

Currently there are more than 200 students pursuing medical degrees in PU-RCSI. Psychology staff members teach students in the first, second and fourth years of the five year programme. In addition, they deliver two courses on psychology and neuropsychology to Perdana University School of Occupational Therapy (PUScOT) students.

There is a strong focus on research at PU-RCSI. The psychology staff are currently collaborating on projects with University Malaya, Sunway University, HELP University, University of New South Wales Australia, Lincoln University UK, The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Mercy Malaysia.