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


Dr Camille Nadal – Postdoctoral researcher (ADAPT)

Camille’s research at the ADAPT Centre explores how artificial intelligence can support mental health interventions and particularly the work of clinicians, to deliver more effective therapies and improve patient experience. Her interests cover user-centred design with vulnerable populations, mental health
interventions supported by technology, inclusive design, and design justice. She is also a member of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee in the School of Computer Science and Statistics.

Twitter: @camilleHCI


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.

Andreas Balaskas

Andreas Balaskas – PhD Candidate (ADAPT)

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.

Twitter: @andreasbalaskas

Seamus Ryan

Seamus Ryan – PhD Candidate (Advance CRT)

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


Rob Bowman – PhD Candidate (Microsoft Research Cambridge)

Rob is a second 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 Candidate (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.

Anna-Lisa Mann – PhD Candidate (d-real)

Anna-Lisa is a first year PhD student under the SFI Centre for Research Training in Digitally-Enhanced Reality (d-real). Her PhD work focuses on exploring alternative evidence-based therapies which go beyond the cognitive and behavioural aspects addressed in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and how these could be digitally supported. Anna-Lisa holds an MSc in Human-Centred Interactive Technologies and a BSc in Human-Computer Systems. Before joining the research group, she worked in industry as a UX designer.


Charles Dutau – Engineering student at National School of Civil Aviation, France.

Ugo Eb-Levadoux – Master’s student in Human-Computer Interaction, University of Toulouse III, France. Website


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 Kevin Doherty – Postdoctoral researcher at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU HealthTech)

Kevin’s current research focuses on the design of mobile technologies to support mental healthcare through primary care clinics across Denmark. His research interests include interdisciplinary design research, mental health and psychotherapy, user engagement and self-report methods, care ethics, and mobile interaction design. He holds a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction from Trinity College Dublin, an MAI in Electronic & Computer Systems from the Grenoble Institute of Technology and an MSc in Medical Device Design from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin.

Twitter: @kevinHCI 


Dr Marguerite Barry – Assistant Professor at the School of Information and Communication Studies, University College Dublin

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