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Research on technology in mental health at Trinity College

Over the past five years a group of researchers at Trinity College Dublin, in collaboration with several mental health care services throughout Ireland, have undertaken several projects aimed at developing technologies which can support mental health care services. We are an inter-disciplinary team including both Human Computer Interaction and mental health care researchers. Focuses of our research include:

  • Developing design approaches and providing guidelines to support the effective development of technologies for the mental health care domain.
  • Applying these approaches to develop technologies which can be used in real world mental health care situations.
  • Evaluating the systems we develop in clinical settings.

The aim has been to develop systems which can increase access to, increase engagement with, and assist in improving the outcomes of interventions. The aim is not to replace existing services, rather to develop systems which complement traditional therapeutic approaches, and which offer mental health care professionals new ways of working more effectively with people experiencing mental health difficulties.

This site provides examples of our research. If you are interested this research, or work in a similar area yourself, we would be interested in hearing from you.

Full paper on Engagement with Online Interventions at ACM CHI 2012

Posted by gdoherty on Tue, 24/01/2012 - 16:27

G. Doherty, D. Coyle and J. Sharry, Engagement with Online Mental Health Interventions: An Exploratory Clinical Study of a Treatment for Depression has been accepted for the ACM CHI 2012 conference.

Silvercloud programmes in clinical trials.

Posted by gdoherty on Thu, 10/02/2011 - 12:59

The first two programmes produced using the SilverCloud e-mental health platform have begun trials. Mind Balance is a cognitive behavioural therapy programme for depression, and See My Self is a psycho-educational programme on healthy body image and self esteem. Both programmes are available at TCD through the TCD Counselling Service , and See My Self is also available nationwide through Bodywhys, the eating disorder association of Ireland.

Presentations at WISH 2010, CHI 2010 and Med-e-Tel 2010

Posted by gdoherty on Mon, 12/04/2010 - 19:14

Gavin Doherty will be presenting at the Med-e-Tel 2010 telemedicine conference. David Coyle is presenting at the Workshop on interactive Systems in Healthcare and on PlayWrite at the CHI WIP track.

G. Doherty, D. Coyle, M. Matthews and J. Sharry, Client-Centered Design of Technology to Support Mental Health, to be presented at Med-e-Tel 2010.
D. Coyle, G. Doherty and J. Sharry. PlayWrite: End-User Adaptable Games to Support Adolescent Mental Health, to appear in Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2010), (Work in Progress Track).

Special Issue of Interacting with Computers - Supportive Interaction: Computer Interventions for Mental Health

Posted by gdoherty on Wed, 20/05/2009 - 18:14

Special Issue of Interacting with Computers -

Supportive Interaction: Computer Interventions for Mental Health

Guest Editors: Gavin Doherty, Trinity College Dublin and Timothy Bickmore, Northeastern University

Paper published in British Journal of Guidance and Counseling

Posted by gdoherty on Thu, 09/04/2009 - 13:44

A paper by M. Matthews, G. Doherty and J. Sharry, entitled "Mobile Phone Mood Charting for Adolescents", has been published in the British Journal of Guidance and Conselling, 36(2).

Paper accepted to Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry

Posted by gdoherty on Thu, 09/04/2009 - 13:41

A paper by D.Coyle, G. Doherty, J.Sharry entitled "An evaluation of a solution focussed computer game in adolescent interventions" has been accepted for publication in the journal Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

New project with National Digital Research Centre

Posted by gdoherty on Tue, 07/04/2009 - 21:49

We are very pleased to announce a new project - Technology Enhanced Therapy is a partnership between Trinity College Dublin (, Parents Plus ( and the National
Digital Research Centre ( The project will develop an
integrated software system to provide support for stepped-care
interventions in mental healthcare settings.

Workshop on technology in mental health held at ACM CHI 2008 conference

Posted by gdoherty on Fri, 20/06/2008 - 14:01

A Workshop on Technology in Mental Health was held at the ACM CHI 2008 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. The aim of the workshop was to bring together researchers from both a HCI and Mental Health Background, to consider this important and challenging problem. A wide variety of work was presented, ranging from medication adherence, technology to help engage children and adolescents in therapeutic activities, through to technology support for carers of autistic children.

Please refer to the workshop website for the position papers and more details.

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