Founder’s Profile

Stephanie O'Malley
Stephanie O'MalleyFounder & CEO
The founder of Education Desty®, Stephanie O’Malley (BA Psychology; MA Educational Psychology), is a qualified experienced educational psychologist. For the past 14 years Stephanie has been supporting children, families and professionals involved in the education system. She has experience of working with a variety of groups and individuals including:

Children and Adults with Autism
Children and Adults with Mild to Moderate Intellectual Disabilities
Children and Adults presenting with Challenging Behaviour
Children diagnosed with ADHD
Children from disadvantaged backgrounds (After-School Support)
Teaching in a Special School
Teaching in a Mainstream School
Residential Experience with Homeless Teenagers
Residential Experience with children and Adults with Intellectual Disabilities
Family Support Work
Stephanie’s work is based on the Solution-Focused Therapy approach which assumes that each individual is the expert in their own lives but may sometimes need support in discovering and accessing their strengths and resources. She is currently completing a Doctorate and has partnered with the University of Colorado to deliver tailored synchronous training workshops for educators. She is an experienced workshop facilitator, leading practical sessions for small groups from families to educators and students and also in the corporate sector.

For the past three years, with the support of the South West Mayo Development Company under the Leader Programme and Enterprise Ireland Stephanie has been developing an interactive, multi-layered and personalised elearning platform that would enable carers and educators to teach key social and emotional wellbeing skills that would benefit all children to reach their potential in life.

Professional Organisations: Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI)

Awards:

2007 Social Entrepreneurs Ireland SEI Award for establishment of a support network for parents of children with special needs (www.saoirsesupport.com)
2006 UCD Represented UCD at ‘Eurotop for Top Students’ Conference, Maastricht
Publications:

Transition from Post-primary School for Students with Intellectual Disabilities (NCSE 2011)
Opening up a whole new world for students with intellectual disabilities within a third level setting (British Journal of Learning Disabilities Special Issue: Disability Research and Rights in Ireland 2009)
Funding:

In 2015 she was awarded further funding and investment from Enterprise Ireland through the Competitive Start Fund for Female Entrepreneurs
In 2013 Stephanie received the Competititve Feasibility Fund from Enterprise Ireland to begin developing the Education DESTY® software.

Education Desty won the AIB award for best Exhibitor at the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Event in Castlebar, September 29th, 2015