Dr Keeley White

Clinical Psychologist

BA Psychology (Hons), MA Applied Disability Studies, PhD School/Applied Child Psychology

Early Career and Training 

In 2016, Keeley graduated from McGill University in Montreal, Canada with a doctorate degree in Educational and Clinical Psychology. Prior to her PhD, she completed her undergraduate degree in honours psychology at Concordia University and her master’s degree in applied disability studies (with a specialization in applied behaviour analysis) at Brock University (both situated in Canada).

In 2017, Keeley was awarded a two-year Marie Curie post-doctoral research fellowship to develop, pilot, and evaluate a work-related social skills program (namely the Assistive Soft Skills and Employment Training or ASSET Program) for adults with Asperger’s. In this role, she worked at Michigan State University (in the U.S.) and the National University of Ireland Galway.

After completing this fellowship, Keeley started work at Evidence-Based Therapy Centre in March 2019. Her research and clinical interests include employment, mental health, autism spectrum disorder, and other neurodevelopmental disorders. 

Clinical Experience

Keeley is a licensed clinical psychologist in Canada. She has provided assessment and intervention services for children, adolescents, and adults presenting with a range of disabilities and psychological needs across the lifespan and from a wide variety of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in school, hospital, and community (public and private) settings.

During her clinical training in Montreal Canada, Keeley interned at the McGill Psycho-educational and Counselling outpatient clinic and Montreal’s Jewish General Hospital’s Early Childhood Day Program. Here, she administered comprehensive psychological and educational assessments and intervention for children and adolescents, as well as family therapy and parent counselling.

Keeley also worked part-time with various private psychologists and neuropsychologists, and in congregated schools for students with various disabilities providing comprehensive psychological and educational assessments.

Keeley moved to Toronto, Canada to complete her pre-doctoral internship at Surrey Place Centre, a community-based organization that provides a range of services including complex assessment, diagnostics and treatment for children and adults living with autism and developmental disabilities and their families. In this role, Keeley also worked with typically developing adults presenting with mental health concerns. She later worked in educational settings providing psychological services to school-aged students with academic, behavioural, and emotional needs, as well as students with severe developmental and physical disabilities. 

Keeley has experience in providing comprehensive psychological assessment and intervention for children, adolescents, and adults presenting with a range of concerns related to learning, attention, anxiety and depression, selective mutism, trauma, behavioural problems, attachment or interpersonal difficulties, low self-esteem, and emotional self-regulation. She has extensive clinical experience working with individuals with various developmental disabilities with co-occurring mental health concerns, including autism spectrum disorder, intellectual and physical disabilities, foetal alcohol syndrome, developmental coordination disorder, fragile X, and Down syndrome.

Keeley’s training and experience with people across the lifespan means she can adapt interventions to suit the individual needs of the person in therapy. 

She has completed specialized training in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). Her therapeutic approach is built on evidence-based therapies such as CBT, DBT, and compassion focused therapy (CFT); she also draws techniques from modalities such as behaviour therapy, brief solution focused therapy, family therapy, psychodynamic play therapy (for children), collaborative problem solving, parenting skills, the decider skills, and applied behaviour analysis. 

Research Experience 

Keeley has collaborated on a number of research projects investigating community involvement, mental health, outcomes of deinstitutionalization, physical health, rights-based education, behaviour challenges, employment, social skills, self-determination, post-secondary transition outcomes, and the effectiveness of various interventions in promoting the betterment of lives of people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and/or intellectual disabilities (ID). She has presented at numerous international and national conferences in the areas of ASD and ID; has been funded at both the provincial and national level in Canada for her master’s and doctoral research; and has received 15 other research awards from organizations and universities alike. Further, Keeley was one of 14 people in Canada awarded an Autism Research Training Program Scholarship for 2014-2016.

She is actively involved in research, collaborating with NUIG’s Irish Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Research (with Dr. Geraldine Leader) and MSU’s Transition Lab (with Dr. Connie Sung) on various related projects in the area of ASD/ID. Her current research focuses on: (1) sustaining a soft skills employment training program (i.e., ASSET) in Ireland; (2) employers and co-workers’ perspectives on working with an employee with ASD; and (3) understanding mental health symptoms/conditions and service use of adults with ASD and comorbid mental health problems. 

Specialised Training 

Keeley has extensive experience working with adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) (including Asperger’s) and/or Intellectual Disability (ID) who present with concerns in various areas of adult functioning (e.g., employment, post-secondary education, relationships), as well as mental health (e.g., stress, anxiety, depression, self-harm). She is passionate about helping adults with Asperger’s realize their potential and better understand that their different way of thinking is a strength as they navigate their adult life.

Although cognitive behaviour therapy is often used as an evidence-based strategy, Keeley also incorporates other modalities that suit her clients’ needs and preferences – such as CFT. Adults with ASD may require support interpreting and responding to various social cues, making and keeping friends, overcoming social anxiety and depression, dealing with frustration and worries, changing maladaptive thinking styles and coping strategies (e.g., self-harm, substance use), managing irritability/anger, developing self-esteem and self-worth, dating and relationships, approaching job interviews and employment, and improving time management/organizations skills.

Further, Keeley is also experienced in working with families, including parent counselling and consultation in this area. 

Clinical Approach 

Keeley is passionate about empowering people by promoting their resilience, knowledge and self-efficacy, and in managing their mental health and daily functioning through use of person- and family-centred approaches. Most importantly, she believes in the importance of an honest, compassionate, and collaborative relationship with every client.

Specifically, she helps clients make sense of their difficulties and collaboratively working to identify goals for therapy, while also ensuring to highlight the assets and coping strategies that the client has already developed before coming into therapy. She takes an evidence-based approach to her clinical practice, integrating current research with clinical expertise, while ensuring her approach is flexible and tailored to meet client needs and preferences. She uses an integrative approach to treatment incorporating elements of cognitive, behavioural, interpersonal, psychodynamic, and systemic modalities to help clients and their families thrive and achieve their goals. 

Professional Career Development and Training

In addition to her research and clinical work, Keeley believes in enhancing psychological understanding through teaching. She has lectured at Brock University and McGill University teaching undergraduate and postgraduate modules on research, statistics, and childhood disorders. She has also lectured at NUI Galway, teaching research methods and autism diagnostics for the applied behaviour analysis and clinical psychology postgraduate programmes.

Keeley will be receiving supervision for CFT, CBT, and DBT to further develop her skills and plans to attend basic and advance training courses in the future. 

Memberships

Keeley is a licensed clinical psychologist in Canada (Order of Psychologists of Quebec) and a graduate member of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI). 

Please note 

Keeley is currently awaiting validation from the PSI, when she will become a Chartered Clinical Psychologist in Ireland. Until this time, clients will be unable to claim on their insurance for sessions with Keeley. 

Publications

Keeley has published in peer-reviewed journals, such as Journal of Physical and Developmental Disabilities and Autism Research. She has also collaborated on book chapters related to Down syndrome, deinstitutionalization for adults with ID, and post-secondary transition outcomes for youth with autism. 

White, K., Flanagan, T. D., & Nadig, A.  (2018). Examining the relationship between self-determination and quality of life in young adults with high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities. Doi: 10.1007/s10882-018-9616-y

Nadig, A., Flanagan, T.D., White, K.,& Bhatnagar, S. (2018). Results of a RCT on a transition support program for adults with ASD: Effects on Self Determination and Quality of Life. Autism Research. Doi: 10.1002/aur.2027 

Appointments

Keeley is available for appointments each week from

  • Tuesday 9am – 1pm
  • Wednesday 9am – 2pm
  • Thursdays 9am – 5pm
  • Friday 9am – 1pm

If you would like to book an appointment with Keeley or have any questions about starting therapy, please contact the clinic on 091 727777 or get in touch via the contact page