Dr Jim Lucey

MD (Dub), PhD (Lond), FRCPI, FRCPsych

THI Role

External Advisor

Current Position

Medical Director, St. Patrick's University Hospital, Dublin and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry TCD

Special Interests

Health services management; General Adult Psychiatry specialising in clinical management of Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD) and other Anxiety Disorders

Clinical Expertise

Prof. Jim Lucey is Medical Director of St. Patricks University Hospital since 2008. He has more than 25 years experience in psychiatry. In addition to medical management he maintains his clinical practice at St. Patrick`s where he works on the assessment, diagnosis and management of obsessive compulsive (OCD) and other anxiety disorders.


Prof. Lucey was educated at St. Michaels College in Dublin and at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) where he qualified in medicine in 1977. He trained in psychiatry at St. Patrick`s Hospital in Dublin and at the Maudsley Hospital in London, graduating with an MD from Trinity College, Dublin and a PhD from the University of London. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in London, as well as a member of the College of Psychiatry of Ireland.

In 1993 he was appointed Consultant Psychiatrist, and Director of Psychiatric Intensive Care in St. Bartholomew`s Hospital in London. He returned to Ireland in 1997 to become a Consultant Psychiatrist with the Northern Area Health Board (HSE) at Connolly Hospital working in the community of North West Dublin. In 2002 he was appointed to St. Patrick's where he became the Director of the Anxiety Disorders Service and also Consultant Psychiatrist with responsibility for electro-convulsive therapy. He has been a Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry at the University of London (1993-1997) at St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London, and at The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (1998-2002) and is currently Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin.

Other Activities

Dr. Lucey's research includes studies into the biology of OCD which were completed while a JNP Moore Research Fellow at St. Patricks. Later while a Wellcome Trust Junior Fellow at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of London, he studied the use of functional brain-imaging to examine the biology of OCD, Panic disorder and Post-traumatic Disorder. In October 2006 he attended Harvard School of Public Health for "Leadership Development for Physicians in Academic Medical Centres" and again in 2008 for "Forces for Change" in health services.

Dr Lucey provides psychiatric assessment services to undergraduate students at The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI). He teaches medical undergraduates and post graduate students of psychiatry at TCD. He gives public lectures and is a regular broadcaster on mental health matters on RTE radio featuring on Today with Pat Kenny.

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