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School of Psychology Research

The School of Psychology organizes most of its research activities thematically through its participation in several research institutes and centres.

Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience

TCIN is an interdisciplinary research institute with participation from a wide range of disciplines including psychology, physiology, biochemistry, engineering, psychiatry and genetics, among others. Its research ranges ‘from molecules to mind’  with a focus on cognition and behavior, neuropsychiatric disorders, and neurodegeneration. Psychology academic staff associated with the institute include Shane O’Mara (co-founder and former director), Ian Robertson (co-founder and former director), Ruth Byrne (former deputy director), Richard Carson, Fiona Newell, Redmond O’Connell, Paul Dockree, Clare Kelly, Robert Whelan and Clare Gillan.

Global Brain Health Institute

GBHI is a multidisciplinary leadership training programme aimed at developing a global response to increasing dementia rates by developing scalable, policy-relevant methods for dementia prevention and mitigation. It is funded by The Atlantic Philanthropies and run jointly between Trinity College Dublin and the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). It is part of the Atlantic Institute international Fellowship programme. Psychology academic staff associated with the institute include Ian Robertson (co-director), Robert Whelan, and Clare Gillan

Trinity Research in Childhood Centre

TRICC is an initiative of the School of Social Work and Social Policy in collaboration with the School of Medicine, School of Nursing and Midwifery, and School of Psychology. Its mission is to integrate and promote research in Trinity College Dublin in all aspects of childhood and in children’s biological, psychological, cognitive, and socio-emotional development and well-being. Academic staff associated with the centre include Jean Quigley, Elizabeth Nixon, Lorraine Swords, Charlotte Wilson, Olive Healy, Maeve Bracken, Fiona Newell, Clare Kelly, and Redmond O’Connell.

Centre for Global Health

The centre has participating academic staff from medicine, nursing and psychology. Its research engages with third-level, civil society, government, private sector and United Nations partners in 40 countries to promote health, well-being, opportunity and social justice. Psychology academic staff associated with the centre include Malcolm Maclachlan (director) and Freqerique Vallieres.

Centre for Innovative Human Systems

The centre has multidisciplinary academic, industry and service partners. It aims to improve outcomes and reduce risk in critical systems – such as transport, manufacturing, health and other services - through innovative system design and organizational change. Psychology academic staff associated with the centre include Nick McDonald (founder and director) and Sam Cromie.

Centre for Psychological Health

The centre brings together a critical service-focused research capacity to develop, implement and evaluate psychological interventions to enhance health and well-being.  Psychology academic staff associated with the centre include David Hevey (founder and director), Charlotte Wilson, Mary Creaner, Maeve Bracken, John Davenport, Barbara Hannigan, John O’Connor, Kevin Tierney, Ladislav Timulak, Mathew McCauley, Olive Healy.

Further information on research in the School, including information on publications and grants, can be found on each individual academic’s profile on the staff page. The School holds a regular research seminar series.


Last updated 24 January 2017 School of Psychology (Email).