Hiberet T. Belay, MD, MRCPsych, MICPsych (Psychiatrist) - Board Member

Hiberet T. Belay, MD, MRCPsych, MICPsych, is a Board Member of Directors of Ethio-American Doctors Group, Inc. In November 2015, Dr. Belay became a Consultant General Adult Psychiatrist at Connolly Hospital Blancherdstown - a major teaching hospital in Dublin. She graduated from Gondar College of Medical sciences in 2001, and worked at the Gondar College of Medical Sciences and Emmanuel Psychiatric Hospital following her graduation. Subsequently in 2005, Dr. Belay obtained the Erasmus Mundus scholarship and pursued a Master’s degree in Humanitarian Assistance at University College Dublin. For her Masters placement Dr. Belay did volunteer work with GOAL - Ireland, and provided humanitarian work in Darfur, Sudan for six months, working with local health centres. She wrote her theses on the Knowledge, Attitude and Practice of mothers in Darfur on diarrheal diseases. Following this Dr. Belay pursued her medical training in psychiatry, joining residency training in 2006 with the St. Patricks scheme in Dublin, completing both Basic and Higher Specialist training in psychiatry. She is a member of both the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland and the Royal College of Psychiatry, UK. She has a special interest in the fields of neuropsychiatry, perinatal psychiatry and liaison psychiatry. Having had first-hand clinical experience of managing psychiatric illnesses and associated stigma in Ethiopia and having expert clinical training in Europe, Dr. Belay is a seasoned general adult psychiatrist. She also has a strong academic interest and has worked as a tutor in psychiatry at the Royal College of Surgeons in 2010, and as a Special Lecturer in Psychiatry at the University College Dublin 2012-2014. She has worked with University College Dublin rolling eLearning software’s such as Articulate software web-based educational tool used to develop interactive learning and Sparkplus, a web-based educational tool used to enhance student group work. Dr. Belay has the following publications: Szasz in the context of low-income countries, Hiberet Tessema Belay and Kevin Malone, International psychiatry Vol 11, No. 3, pp 75, Aug 2014, Use of Low-Dose Gabapentin for Aggressive Behaviour in Vascular and Mixed Vascular/Alzheimer Dementia , Cooney Colm, Murphy Sinead, Tessema  Hiberet and Freyne  Aideen (The Journal of Neuropsychiatry, Vol 25, Issue 2, pp.12-125), Insight into Moderate Cognitive Impairment is associated with depression in the elderly, Stephen McWilliams, Walter Enudi , Hiberet Tessema , Siobhan Ni Bhrian  and Greg Swanwick; (International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, Volume 25, Issue 2:214-215), Small Group Teaching in Psychiatry Tutor’s  Manual,  Hiberet Tessema Belay, Aine Butler, Ian Schneider, Allys Guerandel, Kevin Malone (published for local use in UCD for special lecturers), July 2013, Reflection on Bedside teaching , Hiberet Tessema Belay and Workineh G. Tadesse, The Alumni Voice, A Special Publication of the University of Gondar, Diamond Jubilee Publication, July 2014, Workshops: Why and How? Allys Guerandel and Hiberet Tessema Belay (Advances in Psychiatry, under review for publication), Ante natal care and what to expect during labour and delivery, Hiberet Tessema Belay and Workineh G. Tadesse; Booklet in the national language, Amharic, Published by the GCMS hospital for distribution in ANC clinics, Sept 2001.