Research Team 

All-Ireland Therapist TRAUMA Response Panel

All-Ireland CONSULTANTS (Supervisors) Panel

Dr. Matthew D. Kiernan – Associate Professor at Northumbria University, UK where he established The Northern Hub for Veterans and Military Families’ Research. Before joining Northumbria University in January 2013 Matthew was a Lieutenant Commander in the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service. Originally qualifying as a Registered General Nurse in 1991 he subsequently qualified as a RN (Mental Health) in 2001 with a BSC Med Sci from Sheffield University. He was awarded a PhD from Nottingham University in 2011. He was the Head of Mental Health Nursing in the Royal Navy, the Specialist Nurse Advisor for Mental Health (Royal Navy) and the Defence Specialist Nurse Advisor (Mental Health) prior to taking up his appointment as a Senior Research Fellow at the Academic Department for Defence Nursing. Currently he is Scientific Chair of EMDR UK and Ireland’s Science & Research Committee, a review for both national and international journals, an Associate Editor of the international Journal of EMDR Practice and Research and Chair of the Independent Advisory Panel for the Infantry Training Centre Catterick and the British Army School of Infantry. Matthew leads a highly successful research center which covers all aspects of veteran and military family’s health and social wellbeing with a strong record of success in securing research funding and publishing in this field.

Lorraine Knibbs MSc. is a Lecturer at Bath Spa University in the United Kingdom (UK) where she teaches on the MA Counselling and Psychotherapy Programme and an Associate Lecturer at the University of Worcester (UK) where she teaches on the MSc EMDR Therapy Programme. She has taught nationally and internationally in Poland, Greece, the Middle East, on EMDR humanitarian projects and is published in the field. Lorraine is an EMDR Europe Accredited Consultant and EMDR Trainer in Training. She is a member of the Council of Scholars and on the working committees exploring EMDR training and credentialing.

Johnny Moran – National Co-ordinator Trauma Response Network Ireland. Johnny is Clinical Director of Open Minds Centre Trauma Clinic in Dublin specialising in treatment of Trauma and PTSD. He is an accredited EMDR Europe Trainer and Consultant, an accredited EMDR Child & Adolescent Consultant, an accredited EMDR Institute Training Facilitator, an accredited Supervisor and integrative psychotherapist with IAHIP (Irish Association of Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapists), accredited counsellor with IACP (Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and ICP (Irish Council of Psychotherapy). Johnny is a board certified hypnotist and certified instructor with National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH) and is a trained Jungian Sandplay therapist. Johnny serves on the boards of Trauma Aid Europe, EMDR All-Ireland Association and served on the board of Employee Assistance Professionals Association (2017 – 2020) and on the Finance Committee of Ireland’s largest professional counselling body IACP (2017 – 2020).



Research Team 

Professor Derek Farrell MBE  – Professor in Trauma Psychology & Veteran Affairs, Northumbria University, UK is an EMDR Therapy Europe Accredited Senior Trainer and Consultant, a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society, and an Accredited Psychotherapist with the British Association of Cognitive & Behavioural Psychotherapies (BABCP). He is President of Trauma Aid Europe, Chair of the EMDR Europe Practice Committee, Scientific Advisor to the Board of Trauma Aid Germany and Honarary President of Trauma Response Network Ireland. He is involved in a number of Humanitarian Trauma Capacity Building programmes in Pakistan, Turkey, India, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Indonesia, Lebanon, Poland, Philippines, Palestine and Iraq./ President of Trauma Response Network Ireland

Professor Paul W. Miller – Consultant Psychiatrist and Visiting Professor at Ulster University is an EMDR expert and European Accredited EMDR Trainer. He is currently developing a research hub within Centre for Maternal, Fetal and Infant Research (MFIR) with Professor marlene Sinclair and is actively involved in research with Nurses and Midwives. He has held substantive NHS Consultant Posts in General Adult Psychiatry (Whiteabbey Hospital, Newtownabbey – appointment March 2003) and teh Psychiatry of Old Age (mater Hospital, Belfast – September 2004) and brings experience of working in the NHS to the team at Ulster University. In 2011 he founded Mirabilis Health, a multidisciplinary mental health team that specialises in EMDR Therapy.

Dr. Zeynep Zat is EMDR Europe Accredited EMDR Trainer Candidate, Consultant, and Practitioner. Zeynep is an EMDR Recent Traumatic Episode Protocol (R-TEP) and Traumatic Episode Protocol (G-TEP) Trainer. She is a counselling psychologist registered with the Health Care Profession Council (HCPC) and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).   Zeynep is based in London and provides psychological services under her own company Institute for Change.  She has also been working at the Institute for Behavioral Studies in Istabul for 30 years as Counselling Psychologist and Projects Manager.  Zeynep is a member of EMDR Association UK and former board member of the EMDR Turkey Association.