About Me
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Compassion and kindness towards oneself are intrinsically woven into mindfulness

Jon Kabat Zin

Professional Background


Dr. Nina Devlin, MB DCH MICGP MRCPsych MD (MRN 018541) completed her medical education at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and qualified in Medicine in 1994. She fully trained in family medicine, in RCSI, working in general practice until 2000 before specialising in psychiatry training with St John of God service, and sub-specialising in child and adolescent psychiatry with Lucena and University College Dublin Training scheme. She qualified as a member of Irish College of General Practitioners in 2000 and obtained her Membership in Psychiatry from the Royal College of Psychiatrists in London in 2008. Dr. Devlin is a current member of the College of Psychiatrists in Ireland and on the specialist register on the Medical Council of Ireland for child and adolescent psychiatry.

Her main interest is in early intervention and prevention in the health and wellbeing for young people, with a focus on mental health and authentic thorough assessments. Her holistic approach to healthcare involves integrating both mind and body in her therapeutic work. Dr. Nina Marie Devlin worked in the national adolescent inpatient unit at St. Vincent’s hospital, Fairview, Dublin for teenagers with moderate to severe mental health disorders aged 16-18 while also assisting in the set up of the early intervention clinic in St. Patrick’s Hospital for young people aged 18-25 and holds a special interest in mindfulness.

Dr. Devlin is working as specialist consultant child and adolescent Psychiatrist in the HSE and part-time in private practice, Co. Wicklow with young people under 18 years. She holds a permanent sessional position as consultant for the HSE/Avista disability service, for children and adolescents with mental health problems and carrying a diagnosis of moderate to severe to profound learning difficulties. While the consultant sees those with an intellectual disability in public practice , she cannot comprehensively/safely see those in private practice. Most recently Dr. Nina has joined the Youth Mental Health faculty in Ireland and also contributed to the national Model of Care document in early intervention psychosis and obtained a certification in Youth Mindfulness in U.K. and considers mindfulness a useful part of treatment where appropriate.

About ANAM

The name ‘Anam’ refers to a child as a “gift” or “blessing” in certain Eastern cultures. In early Celtic tradition ‘Anam’ symbolises the “spirit” or “soul”. ‘Anam Cara’ was originally someone to whom you could share your mind and heart, a person who acted as a companion or guide. John O Donohue mentions in his book of the same name that finding ‘Anam Cara’ translates as “feeling understood and belonging, with no limitations on time or space.”


Dr. Nina Marie holds a postgraduate MD (2015), from University College Dublin for work on examining psychotic symptoms, mental health disorders, associated factors and coping strategies in adolescents and holds postgraduate degrees in Child and mental health from Royal College of Surgeons and University College, Dublin, respectively, under the supervision of Professors Carol Fitzpatrick and Mary Cannon.

Lecturer and Trainer

Dr. Devlin recently contributed to the recent publication of the model of care guidelines for early intervention in Psychosis (2019) and has held positions as a representative for Ireland at the European Federation of Psychiatric Trainees and as chairperson of the Faculty of Trainees in Child Psychiatry in Ireland. She has presented both nationally and internationally on mental health, including sessional chairing at the European Society for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.  Dr. Nina Marie also provides expert advice to schools, primary care and educational talks for General Practitioners, social care workers and nurses, both in psychiatry and youth mindfulness.


Dr. Nina Marie Devlin has published both nationally involving clinical samples from Ireland and internationally, as part of the Welcome and SEYLE project (s) (Saving and Empowering Young Lives in Europe) and is a current member of Research gate. Read More >>