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Dr. Niall Pender

Associate Professor (School Office - Medicine)


Associate Professor (Psychology)
Associate Professor (Trinity Inst. of Neurosciences (TCIN))

Dr Niall Pender has been Head of Department of Psychology and Principal Clinical Neuropsychologist at Beaumont Hospital Dublin since 2003, in addition to his work at the Hermitage Medical Clinic, Lucan since 2010. Prior to this he was consultant neuropsychologist and clinical lead of the Neuro-behavioural Rehabilitation Unit at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, London and honorary lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, London. He is also an Associate Professor in Neuropsychology at the Academic Unit of Neurology, School of Medicine Trinity College Dublin and Honorary Clinical Associate Professor at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He works as a clinical neuropsychologist with people who have suffered neurological/neurosurgical injuries and illness with a special interest in the cognitive, emotional and behavioural changes seen in neurodegenerative diseases and acquired brain injuries. Niall completed his primary BA degree in Psychology at UCD in 1991 followed by an MSc in Neuropsychology at the University of Wales in 1992. He undertook his clinical psychology training (MSc, 1993-1996) at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London where he also subsequently completed his PhD in Neuropsychology in 2005. He completed his post-qualification Diploma in Clinical Neuropsychology at the Institute of Psychiatry in 1997 while working as a neuropsychologist at the Lishman Brain Injury Unit, Maudsley Hospital,London. Niall is currently Chair of the Board of Headway (the national acquired brain injury charity), and is a member of the Boards of the Motor Neurone Disease Research Foundation, and the Neurological Alliance of Ireland. He has been working as a medico-legal expert witness in civil and criminal cases for 23 years.
 Examining the beneficial effects of Omega 3-PUFA / Vitamin B enrichment of chicken meat and eggs on cognitive functioning.
 Defining the complex needs of ALS caregivers.
 Concussion: A Longitudinal study in amateur and professional athletes.
 A longitudinal study of the evolution of language changes in Motor Neuron Disease (MND)
 A study of the absorption, distribution and cardiovascular benefits for hums of eating chicken-meat and eggs enriched with Omega-3 PUFAS over a 6 month period.

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Chair of the Board of Directors, Headway Ireland June 2014-
Member of the Board of Directors, Research Motor Neurone October 2013-
President, Irish Brain Council June 2015-
Founding Member, Irish Brain Council May 2015
President, Psychological Society of Ireland 2009-2010
Member of the Council of the Psychological Society of Ireland. 2006-2011
Founding member and Chair, Division of Neuropsychology, Psychological Society of Ireland 2005-2007
Member, Expert Advisory Panel, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland 2016-
Member, Ethics Oversight Committee, National Living Related Donor Programme. 2010-
Member, Beaumont Hospital Research (Medical) Ethics Committee 2011-2016
Member of the Board for the Neurological Alliance of Ireland. 2019-present
Member, Research Group, National Health and Social Care Professional Office, HSE. Sept 2020-Present
Details Date From Date To
Psychological Society of Ireland 2005
British Psychological Society 1992
British Neuropsychological Society 1995
Royal Academy of Medicine In Ireland 2018
Medico-Legal Society of Ireland 2010
Marta Pinto-Grau, Bronagh Donohoe, Sarah O'Connor, Lisa Murphy, Emmet Costello, Mark Heverin, Alice Vajda, Orla Hardiman, Niall Pender, Patterns of Language Impairment in Early ALS, Neurology: Clinical Practice, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Marta Pinto-Grau, Sarah O'Connor, Lisa Murphy, Emmet Costello, Mark Heverin, Alice Vajda, Orla Hardiman & Niall Pender, Validation and standardization of the Psycholinguistic Assessments of Language Processing in Aphasia (PALPA), Aphasiology, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Niamh A Merriman, Carlos Bruen, Ashleigh Gorman, Frances Horgan, David J Williams, Niall Pender, Elaine Byrne, Anne Hickey, "I'm just not a Sudoku person": analysis of stroke survivor, carer, and healthcare professional perspectives for the design of a cognitive rehabilitation intervention, Disability and rehabilitation, 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Eoin O'Keeffe, Eoin Kelly, Yuzhe Liu, Chiara Giordano, Eugene Wallace, Mark Hynes, Stephen Tiernan, Aidan Meagher, Chris Greene, Stephanie Hughes, Tom Burke, John Kealy, Niamh Doyle, Alison Hay, Michael Farrell, Gerald Grant, Alon Friedman, Ronel Veksler, Michael Molloy, James Meaney, Niall Pender, David Benjamin Camarillo, Colin Doherty, Matthew Campbell, Dynamic blood brain barrier regulation in mild head trauma, Journal of Neurotrauma, 37, (2), 2020, p347 - 356, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
E Costello, T Burke, K Lonergan, N Pender, M Mulrooney, An investigation of the use of standardised leaving certificate performance as a method of estimating pre-morbid intelligence, Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine, (1), 2020, p1 - 9, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Alice Stanton, Kathleen Shortall, Thora El-Sayed, Margaret Brennan, Fahad Buskandar, Fiona O'Donovan, Kirstyn James, Jean Kennedy, Heather Hayes, Bronagh Owens, Alan Fahey, Niall Pender, Niamh Moran, David Williams, Eamon Dolan, Plasma and Tissue Bioavailability and Blood Pressure Lowering Effects of Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids from Commonly Eaten, Naturally Enriched, Foods, Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 79, 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Tom Burke, Alan Carr, Ann Loughnane, Paula Corr, Deirdre Nolan, Deirdre Coffey, Alan O'Hare, Diane Gillan, Mohsen Javadpour, Niall Pender, Cognitive Impairment in Angiographically Negative Subarachnoid Haemorrhage: A case-matched prospective study 1-year post-incident, Cortex, 128, (4), 2020, p49 - 60, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
McMackin R, Dukic S, Costello E, Pinto-Grau M, Fasano A, Buxo T, Heverin M, Reilly R, Muthuraman M, Pender N, Hardiman O, Nasseroleslami B., Localization of Brain Networks Engaged by the Sustained Attention to Response Task Provides Quantitative Markers of Executive Impairment in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis., Cerebral cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991), 2020, Notes: [DOI: 10.1093/cercor/bhaa076], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Rangariroyashe H Chipika, Eoin Finegan, Stacey Li Hi Shing, Mary C McKenna, Foteini Christidi, Kai Ming Chang, Mark A Doherty, Jennifer C Hengeveld, Alice Vajda, Niall Pender, Siobhan Hutchinson, Colette Donaghy, Russell L McLaughlin, Orla Hardiman, Peter Bede, "Switchboard" malfunction in motor neuron diseases: selective pathology of thalamic nuclei in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and primary lateral sclerosis, NeuroImage: Clinical, 27, (5), 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Tom Burke, Marta Pinto-Grau, Emmet Costello, Colm Peelo, Katie Lonergan, Mark Heverin, Orla Hardiman, Niall Pender, The reading the mind in the eyes test short form (A & B): validation and outcomes in an amyotrophic lateral sclerosis cohort, The reading the mind in the eyes test short form (A & B): validation and outcomes in an amyotrophic lateral sclerosis cohort, (6), 2020, p1 - 9, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI

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