About me

Dr Fabiola Neto, C.Psychol., Ps.S.I., is a Chartered Psychologist of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). Fabiola is an Italian-Brazilian senior psychologist who holds a doctoral degree (PhD) in Psychology from University College Dublin, as a team member of UCD Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Department. Fabiola has completed a clinical psychology training in Brazil with a focus on mental health care practice and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. In this clinical training, Fabiola was part of the team PROVE – a service and research clinic for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Fabiola is a psychologist specialised in adult and child psychotherapy with more than 10 years of experience delivering psychoanalysis for adults and children with a variety of emotional mental health problems in her private and public practice in Brazil, Italy, and Ireland. She has also research and teaching experience as a Psychology lecturer currently a Faculty Member at Dublin Business School (DBS). Fabiola is a member/ volunteer of the Association of Brazilian Psychologists in Ireland (ABPI) supporting Brazilian expatriates in Ireland.


I finished my BA (Hons) in Psychology in 2007. In 2008, I started my training in clinical psychology in public mental health services part of my postgraduate study in Federal University of São Paulo (Unifesp) in Brazil, a governmental psychosocial clinical training programme with a psychoanalytic psychotherapy and multidisciplinary approach based in constant supervision, research and clinical practice.

In 2009, I started my clinical private practice in São Paulo, together with my public position as a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist in multidisciplinary mental health teams. In this sequence, I obtained my MA in Psychopathology and Mental Health from the University of São Paulo in Brazil in 2012

I conducted my PhD in UCD from 2014 to 2018 researching on ADHD assessment and treatment in children and adolescents. After finishing my PhD, I started lecturing Psychology in St Nicholas Montessori College in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin as part of the training of teachers. Since then, I have been working as a private clinical psychologist in Dublin, providing assessment and psychological therapy (psychoanalysis) for young people and adults. I use psychoanalytic techniques to treat mental health problems such as depression, generalized anxiety and interpersonal difficulties..

I deliver a special service of psychotherapy to expatriates living in Dublin who are struggling with language barriers, cultural differences and lack of personal networks, among other issues associated with moving to a new country.

I have the Chartered Membership of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) .


PhD in Psychology – Graduate Research Programme (Sept 2014 – Aug 2018)

University College Dublin
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, UCD School of Medicine
Supervisor: Professor Fiona McNicholas
Special Extern Examiner: Dr Ilina Singh, University of Oxford, UK

UCD School of Psychology, UCD Centre for Disability Studies
Supervisor: Associate Professor Suzanne Guerin

Thesis Title: The Power Balance: A Grounded Theory Study about the Experience of Clinicians, Parents and Children Regarding ADHD Assessment and Treatment

MA in Psychopathology and Mental Health Studies (Feb 2010 – Dec 2012)

Public Health School of São Paulo University (USP), Brazil
Thesis title: “Art as the possibility of freedom from post-traumatic experiences of social violence”

Postgrad Master Degree in Clinical Psychology (Feb 2008 – Dec 2009)

Psychiatrics and Medical Psychology Graduate Program
Professional Training in Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
State Department of Health
Federal University of São Paulo (Unifesp), Brazil
Thesis title: “The therapeutic role of an institutional setting for the clinical practise in a AMHS: a study of the hospitality and ambience”

Professional Training Program: Foundations of Psychoanalysis and its Clinical Practice (Feb 2009 – Dec 2009)

Sedes Sapientiae Institute, São Paulo, Brazil

BA (Hons) Degree in Psychology (Jan 2002 – Dec 2007)

Mackenzie University, São Paulo, Brazil
Dissertation: “Current Education in Brazil: Attempt for Liberty or Domination?”
Final Graduation Project: “Family School Program: School and Community Dialogues”

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