Contact Details

Dr. Gavin Doherty
School of Computer Science and Statistics
Trinity College Dublin
Dublin 2.
+353 1 8963858
Gavin.Doherty @

200,000 users on World Mental Health day

On World Mental Health day, we announced reaching the milestone of 200,000 people who have used the SilverCloud platform to access online mental and behavioural health programs. This is an amazing achievement for all of the team involved and a great example of interdisciplinary research with an impact. The company emerged directly from work we have carried out over the last 15 years, and particularly our Technology Enhanced Therapy project between TCD, the NDRC, and the ParentsPlus charity.

PhD Studentship on Mobile Interventions for Mental Health

School of Computer Science and Statistics, Trinity College Dublin.

Mental and behavioural health conditions pose a major challenge to healthcare providers and society at large. It is generally accepted that mental health services are struggling to meet the needs of existing audiences as well as failing to reach large proportions of those in need. Technologies can help both to improve access to treatment, and help people to engage with treatment. Continue reading PhD Studentship on Mobile Interventions for Mental Health

Experience report on our summer school.

Last year we ran a summer school on e-Health together with KTH, supported by EIT Health, ACM SIGCHI, and the Adapt Centre. It was a great experience and we put together a short piece for ACM interactions on how it went.

Understanding Self-Report

Design is driven by our understanding of users’ experiences. This may involve users’ reports of their experiences, in the moment, after the fact, or ahead of time. Likewise many mental and behavioural health interventions rely on various forms of self report. In our new paper we look at how both design and health interventions . . . → Read More: Understanding Self-Report

EDGE Marie-Curie Postdoctoral fellowships.

A new call for EDGE Marie Skłodowska Curie postdoctoral research fellowships has opened. These are prestigious and well funded positions. Note that only applicants who have not been resident in Ireland over 12 months in the previous 3 years are eligible to apply (for specific guidance, see the application documents section of . . . → Read More: EDGE Marie-Curie Postdoctoral fellowships.

PhD Studentship in Mobile Applications to Support Emotion Regulation in Mental Health (Marie Curie ESR)

Marie Curie PhD Studentship in Mobile Applications to Support Emotion Regulation in Mental Health
We are seeking an excellent Early Stage Researcher (ESR) who must be eligible to enrol as a PhD.

Closing Date and Time:    5pm on 15/5/2017

The selected PhD student will be paid a gross annual salary of approximately €31,400 over a 3 year fixed term contract. They will also be entitled to a mobility allowance of approximately €6,500 per annum and potentially a family allowance where appropriate. The goal of the research is to investigate the role of self-reports in emotional sense making and self-regulation in mental health. This research will involve working to understand the self-management strategies and needs of people with mental health difficulties, and particularly bipolar disorder. Through the development and evaluation of innovative prototypes, it will look at the refinement and evaluation of different strategies for mobile self-reporting. Evaluations will explore the effectiveness of these strategies with respect to the different motivations for use of self-reports. It will involve work with both patients and clinical collaborators. Continue reading PhD Studentship in Mobile Applications to Support Emotion Regulation in Mental Health (Marie Curie ESR)

Paper accepted to Interacting with Computers

Congratulations again to Marguerite Barry on acceptance of our paper: M. Barry and G. Doherty, How we talk about interactivity: Modes and meanings in HCI research, Interacting with Computers (to appear), 2017. DOI 10.1093/iwc/iwx004.

International Summer School on e-Health and m-Health

Thanks to funding from ACM SIGCHI and The Adapt Centre, we are organising an International Summer School on e-Health and m-Health at Trinity College Dublin, tentatively scheduled for 26th-30th June 2017. The event will be targetted at PhD and new postdoctoral level researchers in HCI, Computer Science, Psychology and the Health Sciences who . . . → Read More: International Summer School on e-Health and m-Health

Paper accepted to CHI 2017

UPDATE: This paper has received a Best Paper award (top 1% of 2400 submissions)! We will be presenting a paper titled “m-Health for Maternal Mental Health: Everyday wisdom in Ethical Design” at CHI 2017 in Denver. The paper is the result of a collaborative project with the School of Public Health at Imperial College . . . → Read More: Paper accepted to CHI 2017

SilverCloud Health wins Eir elevation award.

Congratulations to the team at SilverCloud Health for winning the Health & Life Sciences category at the Eir Elevation awards 2016!

Keynote at 10th Irish HCI Conference

I was delighted to present a keynote at the 10th Irish HCI conference on the 14th of October at the Aula Maxima in UCC. Pictured here are with Prof. John McCarthy, head of Applied Psychology at UCC, event organisers Dr. Conor Linehan and Dr. Nadia Pantidi, keynote speaker Prof. Yvonne Rogers of UCL, . . . → Read More: Keynote at 10th Irish HCI Conference

Paper in JAMIA

We are just beginning to explore the possibilities of m-health technologies, this paper looks at the feasibility for automatic support of a particular treatment for bipolar disorder:

Abdullah, S., Matthews, M., Frank, E., Doherty, G., Gay, G. & Choudhury, T. Automatic detection of social rhythms in Bipolar Disorder. Journal of the American Medical Informatics . . . → Read More: Paper in JAMIA