In 2012 I graduated from U.C.D. with a first class honours B.A. in Psychology, having previously obtained a B.A. degree in English literature from U.C.D. also. In 2014, I began my PhD in Psychology at Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience under the supervision of Professor Robert Whelan and was awarded IRC funding in 2016.
My PhD research focuses on identifying neural, cognitive, and behavioural and personality correlates of substance misuse (nicotine and alcohol). I am currently focused on furthering our understanding of brain and behavioural changes related to successful nicotine abstinence, using high-density EEG.
I am currently also funded by the Health Research Board, working as a research assistant with Professor Whelan in identifying diagnostic markers for addiction and the personalized treatment of addiction.
Working with clinical populations therapeutically is of great importance to me and I have three years experience working as an assistant psychologist in clinical settings. One of my goals is to integrate my research findings related to substance misuse into clinical practice.