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Meet our Team!

Dr. Laura Gormley: Director of Education

Dr. Laura Gormley, B.A. (Hons), M.Sc , PhD is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) who obtained her PhD from Trinity College Dublin.  Laura has over 11 years experience working as a behaviour therapist with children, adolescents, and adults and lectures part-time for the School of Psychology, Trinity College, Dublin.


In 2012, Laura took the position of manager at PALS Preschool for Children with Autism. In this role, she collaborated with the Department of Education to establish a group-based model of service provision for the children attending the preschool.  In 2015, she started her current role as the Director of Education at PALS Preschool and oversees the individualised education plans for each child attending the preschool.


Amanda Doherty: School manager 

Amanda joined PALS in November 2011 and took the position of school manager in October 2015.  She holds both a B.Sc. in Psychology from NUI Maynooth and an M.Sc. in Psychology (Applied Behaviour Analysis) from Trinity College Dublin. She is also the child protection officer of PALS and has training in first aid. During her masters degree Amanda specialised in promoting communication between children with autism using a picture exchange communication system (PECS). Amanda is part of the Behaviour Support Team and works under a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) to develop and facilitate Behaviour Support Plans to increase children’s appropriate behaviour and participation in the school day. She is currently working towards achieving certification as a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst. 


Assistant Manager: Laura Nogueira

Laura joined PALS in September 2015 and holds a B.Sc. in Psychology. She has worked as a clinical psychologist in Spain and has beed working with children with Autisim for over 2 years.She has a Diploma in ABA and has completed LAMH module 1. 


Preschool Teacher: Monika Ciemniewska

 Monika graduated in Poland with an MA in Psychology, specialising in clinical psychology. She has been working with children with special needs and Autism for the past 9 years. Monika is one of our tutors and has completed a two day PECS training course. She is also trained in Paediatric first aid. 


Preschool Teacher: Heidi Penrose

Heidi joined PALS in October 2017. She comes from the United States where she was a teacher of children with ASD for over 20 years. She holds a masters degree from Purdue University in Special Education severe disabilities with a focus on assisitive technology and augmentative communication. She is currently enrolled in the Applied Behaviour Analysis program in Trinity College Dublin.


Preschool TeacherCatherine Kinsella

Catherine originally in PALS in September 2015 as a volunteer and joined our team full time in September 2017. She has a B.Sc. from UCD, a Higher Diploma in Psychology from Trinity College Dublin and a higher diploma in Early Years Montessori Education from Saint Nicholas. She completed the RBT (registered behaviour technician) course in Trinity College Dublin and the Lámh module 1 course. She is also trained in Paediatric first aid. She has experience working in both special needs and Montessori settings. She will be undertaking her Doctorate in Educational Psychology in UCD in the coming months.


Preschool TeacherBebhinn Harnan

Bebhinn joined PALS in April 2018. She has a degree in education from the University of Stirling, Scotland. She has recently also undertaken a certificate in Psychology from NUI Maynooth. She has a great background working in  preschool and Montessori settings.


Preschool Teacher: Kathy Conroy

Kathy joined PALS in April 2018. She has a BA in English and Sociology and a H Dip. in Montessori Education from Saint Nicholas. Kathy is trained in paediatric first aid. She has four years experience in Montessori settings in both Ireland and Canada. She has a keen interest in art and yoga. 


Preschool TeacherClaire Cassidy

Claire joined PALS in April 2018. She has a BA in Psychology from Dublin Business School. She recently completed the RBT (registered behaviour technician) course in NUI Galway. She plans to undertake her masters in Psychology (in Applied Behaviour Analysis) in Queens University Belfast. She has been working in special needs and with children with ASD for the past three years and has experience with both young children and teenagers.


Preschool Teacher(Maternity leave): Aine Flatley

Aine joined PALS in January 2013 and holds a B.A, in Applied Social Studies. From November 2008 to December 2013  Aine worked as an instructor in a day service for adults with varying levels of physical and intellectual ability. Her duties included caring, teaching and facilitating service users to help them reach their potential. Aine has a keen interest in the area of special needs and working with children and young people, in particular.





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