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Dr Claire Gillan

Assistant Professor of Psychology, TCD (BA, PhD)

Can big data yield big insights for depression?

Dr Claire Gillan gained her PhD at the University of Cambridge in 2013. She stayed in Cambridge to complete a short postdoc funded by the Medical Research Council, before being awarded a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship to work at New York University. At NYU, she worked on computational approaches to understanding psychiatry with Nathaniel Daw and Liz Phelps. In 2015, she received the Junior Investigator Award from British Association for Psychophamacology for her work on goal-directed learning in obsessive-compulsive disorder. She serves on the editorial board for Brain and Neurosciences Advances, the new flagship journal of the British Neuroscience Association.

Claire's research lab at Trinity College Dublin is focused on developing novel approaches to studying mental health – a key goal is to understand what causes mental health problems and use this information to develop objective tests that can be used to diagnose individuals and make better treatment decisions. Her work is supported by a fellowship from MQ and grant funding from the Wellcome Trust and Global Brain Health Institute. ​​