Laura Rai

Laura Rai - PhotographAbout Laura:

I have received a B.A (Hons) in Psychology and an MSc by research from Maynooth University. I also hold a Professional Certificate in Teaching from Maynooth University, with over two years experience teaching at undergraduate level. My MSc thesis explored the implicit processes involved in psychopathology, with a particular focus on suicidality, using measures developed from a behavior-analytic perspective.


Following my MSc I began work as a Research Assistant on a Health Research Board-funded project examining the role of early intervention on work participation in patients with regional musculoskeletal pain (supervised by Dr. Deirdre Desmond; Maynooth University, 2015). I have previously gained research experience under the supervision of Dr. Ian Stewart (2013-14; National University of Ireland, Galway) and Dr. Kiran Sarma (2012; NUIG).


I am currently employed as a research assistant under the supervision of Dr. Robert Whelan, where I assist with various projects using EEG and behavioural methods. Primarily, I am involved in a study examining the role of impulsivity and reward processing endophenotypes in alcohol misuse patterns. I am broadly interested in how behavioural principles of learning can be used alongside electrophysiological and psychophysiological methods to better understand and predict clinical phenomena such as addiction, depression, and anxiety.