Our Team

JohnDr John Sharry is co-founder and CEO of the Parents Plus charity and co-developer of the five Parents Plus and Working Things Out programmes. He has 25 years experience as a mental health professional and was formerly Principal Social Worker at the Mater CAMHS. He is an adjunct senior lecturer at the school of psychology in UCD and has co-written over 40 research papers. He has a special interest in solution-focused and strengths-based practice and has written several books in this area. For more details see www.solutiontalk.ie.

Carol Fitzpatrick photoProf Carol Fitzpatrick is co-founder and Chair of the Board of the Parents Plus charity and co-developer of the Parents Plus Children’s, Adolescents and Working Things Out programmes. Carol is the Professor of Child Psychiatry at University College Dublin and formerly a Consultant Child Psychiatrist at the Mater Hospital CAMHS and Children’s Hospital Temple Street. She has a particular interest in adolescent depression and in the development and evaluation of interventions for use in ‘real world’ settings.

Grainne Hampson PhotoGrainne Hampson is a Senior Speech and Language Therapist, co-developer of the Parents Plus Early Years Programme and author of Parenting Preschoolers and Young Children. She also had a key role in the development of the manuals and parent handouts for all three Parents Plus programmes. She currently is responsible for the managing the Parents Plus Quality Protocol and Training Accreditation process.

Mary Fanning photoMary Fanning works with youngballymun’s Ready Steady Grow service as Coordinator of the Parent Child Psychological Support Programme since September 2009. Prior to that she worked for 19 years as Speech and Language Therapist Manager in the Mater Hospital’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service in north Dublin city and trained as a Marte Meo therapist in Dublin in 2003-4. As a child mental health clinician, she specialised in early intervention and prevention and she co-developed the Parents Plus Early Years programme, the focus of her current work is to implement quality interventions to support parent, infant and toddler well being in Ballymun.

Eileen Brosnan photoEileen Brosnan is a Social Worker with extensive experience in CAMHS. She worked for several years as a Researcher and Project Leader (School of Medicine, UCD) on the development and evaluation of the Working Things Out, Cognitive Behavioural Intervention for adolescents with depression and other mental health difficulties. She has also worked on various projects developing technology and multimedia programmes to enhance engagement in psychotherapy for children and adolescents.

Una O'Maoinigh photoUna O’Maonaigh has a degree in English and a masters from UCD. She has extensive experience working in the voluntary sector in the field of administration and information. She is the Parents Plus Administrator with responsibility for training bookings and accounts receivable.


BredaBreda Flood is company secretary of Parents Plus and has been instrumental in the development of the charity since its inception in 2001. Breda has extensive experience in accountancy and administration and advises the Parents Plus Board.



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Fiona Hughes is a Social Worker with extensive experience in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and the Irish Child Protection Services. She is a Parents Plus Programme Trainer and currently co-ordinates our Accreditation process.



Siobhan Dolphin photoSiobhán Dolphin is Operations and Communications Manager with Parents Plus. Siobhán holds a BA in Media Arts from D.I.T, a QQI level 5 certificate in Web Authoring and a QQI level 5 certificate in Digital Marketing. She has previously worked in the Communications and Public Affairs Department of the Rehab Group and looks after communications in her spare time for Botanic Hockey Club.

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Alex is a Research Assistant and an Assistant Psychologist here in Parents Plus. She has a H.Dip in Psychology and in 2015, she completed her Masters in Applied Psychology from UCC. Alex has experience working as an Assistant Psychologist in the HSE in Primary Care and in Mental Health and Intellectual Disability settings, as well as volunteering in St. Vincent dePaul and Aware.ie. Her role in Parents Plus will be primarily conducting research on the implementation of groups.