Dr. Ruth Yoder, D.Psych.Sc. (Clin Psych) earned both her B.A. in psychology (1984), and M.A. in clinical psychology (1986) in U.C.D.
After working for 5 years in the U.S.A. she earned her M.Sc. in behaviour analysis & therapy from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (1992).
Upon returning to Ireland Ruth worked with the elderly (Royal Hospital Donnybrook), in research with intellectually disabled groups (U.C.D. and Cheeverstown House), and in private practice with a cross-section of psychological problems in the general population.
She joined the staff of St. Columcille’s Hospital, Loughlinstown in 2001 as senior clinical psychologist, developing the clinical health psychology services in both the Cardiac Rehab Unit and in the Weight Management Service. She also maintains a small private practice at the Connolly Counselling Centre as well as guest lecturing for clinical psychology and health psychology post-graduate programmes.
Her current research interest is alcohol use disorder following weight loss surgery, the subject of her doctoral research (D.Clin.Psych, 2015, NUIG). She is also accredited in the practice of Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM) for the treatment of complex trauma. Her particular expertise is in the area of psychological treatment for obesity.