Research group

Gavin Doherty

Dr. Gavin Doherty – Associate Professor, Computer Science

Gavin is an Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science and Statistics, at Trinity College, Dublin, and a Fellow of the College. He conducts research in the area of Human-Computer Interaction, investigating the issues and challenges surrounding the use of technology in real-world environments, with a focus on healthcare and mental health.  A specific focus has been on the design of more engaging technologies to support treatment of mental health conditions, as exemplified in the work of SilverCloud Health, a spinout company which emerged from one of his projects. This activity has been founded on interdisciplinary collaboration with mental health professionals, and partnerships with a range of health service providers in Ireland and abroad.

Twitter: @gavinHCI


Sean Cronin

Sean Cronin – PhD candidate

Sean is a software engineer in the healthcare space by trade. Currently, he is investigating the role of clutching mechanics in the context of touchless interaction with PACS in hospital environments.

Zaynab Salman – PhD candidate

Zaynab’s research objective is to understand how patients are impacted by cold intolerance, how they cope with this problem, and what are the potential technologies that could help. As a part of her research, she is collecting data to inform the design of these technologies. She is also interested in the prototyping of interactive technologies located close to the body, specifically wearable, heat-generating components such as electric heating pads and Peltier elements.

Camille Nadal – Marie Skłodowska-Curie PhD Candidate

Camille’s work as a PhD Candidate explores how sensing technologies can be used to monitor mental health, and how those are accepted by patients. Particularly, she is looking at the case of self-report on a smartwatch, combining both manual entries and automatic collection of patients’ physiological data.

Twitter: @camilleHCI


Andreas Balaskas

Andreas Balaskas – ADAPT PhD candidate

Andreas is an ADAPT PhD student and his current research focuses on the design of technologies to support mental health assessment and intervention.  This work examines the processes of design concerning motivation, engagement, and adoption, features of successful technologies, as well as questions of universal relevance to Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) research in the present era.

Seamus Ryan

Seamus Ryan – TCD PhD candidate

Research interests of Seamus are in inferring the state of a user from non-standard data. Specifically seeing if a model can be created, based on usage analytics, to guide digital clinical treatment.

Twitter: @SeamusMoose


Shane McCully

Shane McCully – PhD student under the SFI Centre for Research Training in Digitally-Enhanced Reality (D-REAL).

General research areas of Shane’s work are HCI & mHealth. Currently, he is focused on wearable technology in the context of mental health & affective disorders. Previous to joining the team at TCD, he worked within industry as a Mobile Developer & holds an MSc in Interactive Media (UCC) as well as a BA in Chinese Studies & English (UCC).

Rob Bowman – PhD Student

Rob is a first year PhD student in the School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College Dublin. His PhD is supported by Microsoft Research Cambridge and will research the design of conversational user interfaces for more effective mental health status reporting. Prior to joining the group, Rob studied the MSc programme in Human-centred Interactive Technologies at the University of York.

Twitter: @rbowmanHCI


Jacinta Jardine – Employment based PhD student, with SilverCloud Health

Jacinta is an Innovation Associate at SilverCloud Health, a role that involves design research, product development, content writing and organisational innovation. Her PhD work explores the design of digital ‘readiness for change’ interventions, which focus on preparing clients for online therapy. This project is co-funded by the Irish Research Council. Jacinta has a background in psychology, design, film and fine art.


Ugo Eblevadoux – Master degree student at Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse III

Ugo studies Human-Machine Interaction, and he is interested in User Experience. He is currently working on an application for the Technology Acceptance Cards toolkit.



Dr. Leysan Nurgalieva – Postdoctoral researcher at Aalto University

Leysan holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Trento, Italy. Her academic work is about disclosure and communication of patients’ health-related information and usable security and privacy of digital health interventions.

Twitter: @leysan_nur


Dr Marguerite Barry – Assistant Professor at the School of Information and Communication Studies in University College Dublin (UCD)

Marguerite’s research interests are in HCI and communication through digital media. She is interested in developing a deeper understanding of interaction for communication and especially in ethical aspects of design for HCI.

Twitter: @marguerade


Dr Kevin Doherty – HCI researcher at the Copenhagen Center for Health Technology and the Technical University of Denmark

Kevin’s current work focuses on the design of technological interventions to support mental health and their deployment through primary care clinics across Denmark.

Twitter: @kevinHCI