Friday, 19 April 2024

Dr Chris Noone (School of Psychology) co-wrote an article with Karen Sugrue (TUS), a psychotherapist and co-chair of Mammies for Trans Rights, for in which they highlight the lack of HSE services for trans young people and criticise the recent Cass Report.  

Tuesday, 10 October 2023

Join us on Monday 23rd October at 1pm for a talk entitled "What can young people tell us about youth mental health?" by Professor Kerry Gibson, University of Auckland. Where? AMB G065 When? 23rd Oct 1-2pm (light lunch at 12.30)  

Tuesday, 19 September 2023

Monday, 25th September, 2023 1-2 pm, School of Psychology   Alysha Deslippe, PhD(c) Doctoral Student, LFS TA Training Program Coordinator Nutrition and Eating Behaviour (NEB) Lab | Healthy Starts University of British Columbia | BC Children's Hospital Research Institute, Canada   Do we really need to consider the impact of gender on dietary habits? A discussion from the eyes of adolescents.   Alysha is a PhD Candidate exploring the role of gender in teens’ dietary habits. Through her research, Alysha aims to help high school students navigate their food choices by co-developing effective and sustainable dietary behavioural interventions with local schools. As a coach and former athlete, Alysha has a strongly interest in student athletes’ dietary habits in particular. Alysha uses mixed methods and participatory research methods to guide her work, keeping the voices of community groups at the forefront. Alysha’s PhD research is supported by her supervisor, Dr. Tamara Cohen (PhD, RD) has been recognized and supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada, University of British Columbia’s Public Scholar Initiative (PSI), the International Behavioural Trials Network (IBTN) and the Canadian Behavioural Interventions and Trials Network (CBITN). Seminar information: In this seminar, join Alysha Deslippe (University of British Columbia PhD Candidate) in exploring the role of gender in adolescents’ dietary habits. A history of how gender impacts dietary habits and recent data exploring adolescents’ dietary habits from a gender lens will be explored. Contrasting trends across different countries wand current gaps will also be highlighted. This seminar is directed at researchers but open to all.  


Monday, 13 February 2023

The Health Behaviour Change Research Group (University of Galway) is delighted to invite you to attend a networking conference "Research on cancer screening in Ireland: Exploring an integrated approach across cancer types". This event, organised in collaboration with the HRB Primary Care Clinical Trials Network Ireland (CTNI) and funded by the Irish Cancer Society, will bring researchers and stakeholders working on cancer and cancer screening in Ireland together.  Participants will include speakers from the University of Galway, the Irish Cancer Society, Lynch Syndrome Ireland, the National Screening Service and the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. This networking conference will be held in-person on Friday 17th February 2023 from 9.00am to 4.00pm at the University of Galway. Free registration here.

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Applications are invited for a research traineeship scheme offered by the School of Psychology between September, 2018 and September, 2019.  The School of Psychology has a vibrant programme of research across a broad range of topics falling under the themes Brain and Behaviour and Health and Wellbeing.  Interested candidates are advised to view the range of research activities on the School of Psychology web-page and a summary of the participating research groups can be seen below. Click the link below for full details:‌ Research Traineeship Scheme 2018-2019 (extended)

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for five full-time doctoral research fellowships in the area of Youth Mental Health. These posts are designed to support doctoral research trainees from either a clinical/health related background or a social/behavioural sciences background to undertake a four-year structured PhD in the area of youth mental health. These training positions will be provided by the newly established HRB funded YOULEAD consortium, and will be based at either NUI Galway, UCD, or RCSI. The five currently available projects are as follows: 1. Early Adversity and Later outcomes (based at RCSI, supervised by Prof. Mary Cannon & Prof. David Cotter; Email or ). This project will focus on the analysis of large (already collected) national and international epidemiological datasets. 2. Understanding Barriers to Treatment (based at UCD, supervised by Prof. Eilis Hennesey & Dr. Caroline Heary; Email: or ). This project will focus on the attitudes and experiences of families’ in seeking access to mental health services for young people.  3. Improving youth participation in mental health service development & delivery (based at NUI Galway, supervised by Dr. Padraig MacNeela; Email ). This project will develop and implement a participatory model for engaging young people in the planning and delivery of youth mental health services. 4. Evaluating community based interventions for youth mental health (based at UCD, supervised by Prof. Barbara Dooley, & Dr. Ailen O’Reilly; Email This project will focus on evaluating community based mental health interventions delivered through JIGSAW, the national center for youth mental health. 5. Evaluating novel community based and online strategies for youth mental health (based at NUI Galway, supervised by Prof. Gary Donohoe Email: ). This project will focus on adapting and evaluating novel online cognitive and social interventions for use with young people experiencing psychosis. For further details please email any of the above supervisors, or the program director Dr. Donohoe. Deadline for applications is: Friday May 18th 2018.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

 The School of Psychology in NUI Galwaysecuring yet another increase in the 2018 QS World Rankings. We have now moved upwards into the 201-250 ranking band with a particularly big increase in  Academic Reputation metric. This area has clearly benefited from the attention and diligent efforts of staff,  particularly those with extensive International collaborative links.


Monday, 6 November 2017

The MSc in Applied Behaviour Analysis has been shortlisted in the gradireland Higher Education Awards for Best Postgraduate Programme in the Arts and Humanities category. Well done to all involved and best of luck in the next stage!

Friday, 8 September 2017

Research Seminar Series – 2017/2018  Coordinators: Clodagh Murray & Molly Byrne  Seminars take place every second Tuesday during semester in the School of Psychology, 1-2 pm.   A light lunch is served in the ground floor foyer of the School of Psychology from 12.30 in advance of the seminars. All are welcome.   All seminars take place in room AMB G065, except 7th and 21st November, which will take place in AMB G067   Semester 1 2017/2018  Date  Speaker  Title  12/09/2017  Dr Stephen Gallagher, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Faculty of Education & Health Sciences, University of Limerick  Health, hormones and (un)employment    26/09/2017  Dr Jane Walsh, School of Psychology, NUI Galway  Mobile technology and health behaviour change  10/10/2017  Ms Caragh Flannery and Ms Marita Hennessy – PhD candidates, HRB SPHeRE (Structured Population and Health-services Research Education) Programme  Obesity prevention in maternity and infancy  24/10/2017  Dr Padraig MacNeela, School of Psychology, NUI Galway    Sexual health    07/11/2017*  Dr Louise McHugh, School of Psychology, University College Dublin    Acceptance and Commitment Therapy research   21/11/2017*  Ms Edith Walsh and Ms Ciara Gunning, PhD candidates in Structured PhD in Applied Behavioural Analysis  Evaluating social skills interventions for promoting inclusion for individuals with autism  * These seminars will take place in AMB G067 

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

The 2017 QS Rankings place NUI Galway’s School of Psychology in the top 300 of Schools of Psychology internationally.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Prof. Gary Donohoe talks about schizophrenia and the iRELATE project on Newtalk’s Futureproof.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Pictured is the Doctor of Psychological Science (Clinical Psychology) 2016 graduating class and members of the course team. From L - R: Dr Kiran Sarma, Dr Eamon Smith, Dr John Bogue, Dr Jonathan Egan and Prof Brian McGuire

Thursday, 8 September 2016

The Psi Chi Honour Society in Psychology, supported by the NUI Galway Psychological Society, invites you to a public lecture by Professor Brian Hughes titled ‘“Trust Me, I’m a Psychologist” (Said No One Ever): Distinguishing Good Behavioural Science From Bad.’ The lecture will take place on Thursday September 29th at 7:00pm in the O’Flaherty Theatre, Arts Concourse, NUI Galway. It is often easy to forget that psychology is a scientific discipline, and that its core activity is the production of findings that help resolve debates about human behaviour and well-being. It is so easy to forget this that sometimes psychologists themselves fail to remember it. Scientifically limited research -- in other words, bad science -- has become a significant problem in modern psychology. This lecture examines the extent to which imperfect science threatens the impact and credibility of psychology, and argues that society at large stands to gain when psychologists promote and defend scientific standards. Brian Hughes is Professor of Psychology and Dean of International Affairs at NUI Galway. He writes widely on the psychology of empiricism and of empirically disputable claims, especially as they pertain to science, health, and medicine. His recently published book 'Rethinking Psychology: Good Science, Bad Science, Pseudoscience' examines the relationship between psychology, science and pseudoscience, and explores the biases impeding many psychologists from being truly rigorous. Professor Hughes also maintains a successful blog, ‘The Science Bit’, which attempts to demystify science and scientists and highlight abuses of scientific jargon and attempts to exploit public confusion about science. Queries may be directed to We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, 8 September 2016

A diagnosis of ADHD for an adult can lead to a sense of disbelief quickly followed by relief. That’s according to a new study of adult ADHD carried out by researchers at the School of Psychology, NUI Galway. The study was done in collaboration with the Irish National Council of AD/HD Support Groups (INCADDS). Please read more about the study from author, Dr. Pádraig MacNeela, on the NUI Galway News section and the Irish Independent. 

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Seminars take place every second Tuesday during semester in the School of Psychology, 1-2 pm. A light lunch is served in the ground floor foyer of the School of Psychology from 12.30 in advance of the seminars. All are welcome. All seminars take place in room AMBE G065, with the exception of 11/10/2016 which will take place in room AMBE G067 instead. Please feel free to download and ciruclate the timetable: Research Seminar Series 2016-2017 Coordinator: Molly Byrne,

Friday, 29 April 2016

NUI Galway hosted the 2016 Research Excellence Awards last Friday, 29 April, when winners of the 2016 Ryan Award for Innovation and the annual President’s Awards for Research Excellence were announced. These awards are made to members of the NUI Galway research community, by the University’s President Dr Jim Browne, in recognition of their outstanding and innovative research.  Professor Gary Donohoe received the Established Researcher Award.   

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

 Supervision Workshop for Board Certified Behaviour Analysts NUI Galway recently became an Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Provider. To celebrate, we are hosting a launch ACE event on Monday October 2nd. This will comprise a 3-hour Supervision Workshop with Dr Helena Lydon BCBA-D, followed by a networking lunch. This workshop fulfils the requirement of 3 supervision CEUs in each recertification cycle. Helena has worked for seven years as a Senior Behaviour Specialist and Consultant for children and adults in Intellectual and Developmental Disability Services, and with private children’s residential care service providers, throughout Ireland. Helena is Clinical Placement Coordinator for the MSc in ABA and has been supervising students in the area of Behaviour Analysis for the past 7 years. We are delighted that she can share the benefit of her expertise in this area for our very first workshop.   We hope that our series of ACE events will provide continued opportunities for BCBAs across Ireland to get to know each other and encourage peer support, as well as offering a way to obtain CEUs close to home. Places are limited so please email the ACE coordinator to book your place Details Date: October 2nd 2017 Time: 11:00 to 14:00 Place: Room G066, Arts Millennium Building, National University of Ireland, Galway Contact: Dr Clodagh Murray, ACE Coordinator (; 091 494448) Cost: €30 for 3 CEUs, payable on the day. Lunch is complimentary for our launch event.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

A consortium of researchers and health service providers, led by NUI Galway's Professor of Psychology Prof. Gary Donohoe, has received major funding for a new collaborative doctoral program focused on understanding and responding to the mental health needs of young people under the age of 25. Mental health difficulties (including depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia) account for approximately half of all causes of disability in individuals under the age of 25 in Ireland and around the world. Commenting on the awarding of grant funding amounting to 1.5M, lead applicant Prof. Donohoe commented: "Despite the fact that difficulties with mental health usually begin between the ages of 15 and 25, and early treatment reduces later risk, people aged 12-25 years have the poorest access to treatment of all age groups. With this funding, the YOULEAD Consortium will address some of the main reasons for this, including an insufficient understanding of youth mental health, difficulties with early recognition of symptoms, a lack of strategic organisation and delivery of health services, and high levels of stigma. The YOULEAD program will address these issues by establishing an interdisciplinary cross-university PhD training program to equip researchers to better understand youth mental health difficulties and barriers to treatment, and to build an evidence base for treatment”. The YOULEAD consortium consists of leading youth mental health researchers from NUI Galway, UCD, and RCSI, and Ireland’s two main youth mental health service providers - the HSE, and JIGSAW. He consortium will seek to form a new national youth mental health research network, representing key stakeholders in youth mental health, including individuals & families with lived experience of mental health difficulties, national health services, and national/governmental policy makers. This network will provide a much-needed platform for knowledge exchange & dissemination that help to shape future service delivery, and national youth mental health policy.

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