Nóirín Lennox specialises in providing psychological interventions for people with chronic pain, disordered sleep and associated difficulties. She has experience working across a variety of settings including in HSE hospitals, child and adolescent care, educational and community settings.
She studied Psychology (BSc Hons) at the University of Bath in the UK and an MSc and a PhD in Health Psychology at Ulster University. Since 2014, Nóirín has held the post of Health Psychology lecturer at the Graduate Entry Medical School (GEMS) at University Limerick. She is also an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) trainer.
Nóirín sits on the board for the Division of Health Psychology (DHP) with the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). She is also a member of the Association for Contextual and Behavioural Science (ACBS) and the Irish Rheumatology Healthcare Practitioners Society (IRHPS).
In recent years Nóirín has been coordinating and delivering Pain Rehabilitation Programmes for Rheumatology Services in hospitals in Limerick, Cork and Waterford. She specialises in a combined Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) approach for people suffering with chronic illness and associated distress. This evidence based approach is also used to support people who are experiencing depression, anxiety, stress and productivity and performance issues as well as many other common difficulties (see services).
Having originally trained in ACT at the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD) in Bath, UK, Noirin continued to develop her practice and trained with the founding members of ACT. In 2014, she was commissioned by the Health and Social Care Professions to deliver ACT training to healthcare professionals throughout Ireland. She is also certified in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing (MI) and mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR), and continues to develop and deepen her own personal mindfulness practice. Apart from running her private practice in Cork and Limerick, she is currently working with Ulster University investigating the processes and outcomes of ACT rehabilitation. Over the past decade she has presented her research at Psychology, Pain and Rheumatology Conferences in Ireland and Europe.