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Dr. Irena O'Brien is a cognitive neuroscientist with a passion for practical tools and strategies. She is our most recent guest author and began writing for us on neuroscience—and it's applications in coaching—in 2021. Irena's work aligns beautifully with coaching and she takes a whole-person approach which includes taking care of our bodies. Going forwards, we're excited to share more of Irena's wisdom with you!

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About Irena

  • Lives in: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Business Name: The Neuroscience School
  • Type of Coach: Neuroscience Trainer for Coaches and Helping Professionals
  • Professional Accreditations: PhD

Author Bio

Dr. Irena O'Brien has been studying psychology and neuroscience for over 20 years. After working as a chartered accountant for 15 years, she went back to university and obtained her PhD in Psychology from the Université du Québec à Montréal. While there, she conducted brain imaging and electrophysiological studies and went on to do a postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Language, Mind and Brain at McGill University.

Dr. Irena is passionate about neuroscience. She reads and writes about the latest research in neuroscience and psychology, which offer us practical tools and strategies that we can use to better our own lives and the lives of our our clients. But she doesn't stop there—as she also applies what she learns from neuroscience to her own life and with her family.

She founded The Neuroscience School, a neuroscience training and information programme for coaches and health and wellness professionals, to un-complicate neuroscience and teach practical evidence-based tools and strategies her students can use in their practice.

One of her pet peeves is the misinformation about neuroscience that floods the media and her goal is to right that wrong. Dr. Irena is particularly interested in how our lifestyle choices impact brain structure and function, affecting mood and cognitive functioning into old age. She is a firm believer that having a healthy brain and mind requires a healthy body.

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