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Dr Brian Hallahan
|My principal research interests include neuroimaging, health service research and the study of essential fatty acids in mental illness, on which my Doctor of Medicine thesis was based. I have been an applicant (co-applicant or lead applicant) for research grants totalling 721,532 to date, and have published 35 peer reviewed articles, many in high impact international journals. I am collaborating with colleagues from Trinity College Dublin, the Institute of Psychiatry, London, the University of Illinois, Chicago and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Maryland, at present. A recent project examining the operation and effects of the Mental Health Act involves collaboration with interdisciplinary teams drawn from the National University of Ireland Galway School of Nursing and Midwifery, School of Law and Department of Philosophy as well as the School of Nursing and Midwifery in Trinity College Dublin and the Irish Advocacy Network.|
Peer Reviewed Journals
|Hallahan B, Garland MR (2004) 'The role of psychiatry in oncology patients'. Irish Journal Of Psychological Medicine, 21 :128-130. [Details]|
|Hallahan B, Garland MR (2004) 'Essential fatty acids and their role in the treatment of impulsivity disorders'. Prostaglandins Leukotrienes And Essential Fatty Acids, 71 (4):211-216. [Details]|
|Hallahan B, Garland MR (2005) 'Essential fatty acids and mental health'. British Journal Of Psychiatry, 186 :275-277. [Details]|
|Hallahan B, Murphy K (2005) 'Autistic Spectrum Disorders'. Irish Journal Of Psychological Medicine, 22 :137-142. [Details]|
|Garland MR, Hallahan B, McNamara M, Carney PA, Grimes H, Hibbeln JR, Harkin A, Conroy RM (2007) 'Lipids and essential fatty acids in patients presenting with self-harm'. British Journal Of Psychiatry, 190 :112-117. [Details]|
|Hallahan B, Murray IT, McDonald C. (2007) 'Improving prescription quality in an in-patient mental health unit: three cycles of a clinical audit: letter'. Psychiatric Bulletin, 31 :435-436. [Details]|
|Craig MC, Zaman SH, Daly EM, Cutter WJ, Robertson DM, Hallahan B, Toal F, Reed S, Ambikapathy A, Brammer M, Murphy CM, Murphy DG (2007) 'Women with autistic-spectrum disorder: magnetic resonance imaging study of brain anatomy'. British Journal Of Psychiatry, 191 :224-228. [Details]|
|Hallahan B, Murray I, Doyle P (2007) 'Clozapine induced stuttering'. Irish Journal Of Psychological Medicine, 24 :121-123. [Details]|
|Hallahan B, Hibbeln JR, Davis JM, Garland MR (2007) 'Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation in patients with recurrent self-harm. Single-centre double-blind randomised controlled trial'. British Journal Of Psychiatry, 190 :118-122. [Details]|
|Hallahan P, Lyons D, Doyle P (2008) 'Bone Mineral Density and general health of long-term residential psychiatric in-patients'. Irish Journal Of Psychological Medicine, 25 :95-99. [Details]|
|McDonald C, Dineen B, Hallahan B (2008) 'Meta-analysis of brain volumes in unaffected first-degree relatives of patients with schizophrenia overemphasizes hippocampal deficits'. Archives Of General Psychiatry, 65 (5):603-604. [Details]|
|Deeley Q, Daly EM, Azuma R, Surguladze S, Giampietro V, Brammer MJ, Hallahan B, Dunbar RI, Phillips ML, Murphy DG (2008) 'Changes in male brain responses to emotional faces from adolescence to middle age'. Neuroimage, 40 (1):389-397. [Details]|
|Hallahan B, Daly EM, McAlonan G, Loth E, Toal F, O'Brien F, Robertson D, Hales S, Murphy C, Murphy KC, Murphy DG (2009) 'Brain morphometry volume in autistic spectrum disorder: a magnetic resonance imaging study of adults'. Psychological Medicine, 39 (2):337-346. [Details]|
|Hallahan B (2009) 'Clinical Education Programme: Psychiatry'. Hospital Doctor, 3 :51-54. [Details]|
|Hallahan, B,Daly, EM,McAlonan, G,Loth, E,Toal, F,O'Brien, F,Robertson, D,Hales, S,Murphy, C,Murphy, KC,Murphy, DGM (2009) 'Brain morphometry volume in autistic spectrum disorder: a magnetic resonance imaging study of adults'. Psychological Medicine, 39 :337-346. [DOI] [Details]|
|Murray I, Hallahan B, McDonald C (2009) 'Transition to the 2001 Mental Health Act in the West Galway Mental Health Services'. Irish Journal Of Psychological Medicine, 26 :179-182. [Details]|
|McDonald G, Hallahan B (2009) 'Recent advances in the biological treatment of mood disorders'. Irish Journal Of Psychological Medicine, 26 :CPD i-CPD ix. [Details]|
|Ijaz H, Delaney Warner M, Hallahan B (2009) 'Psycho-education of family’s in relation to their siblings’ psychiatric illness in a residential intellectual disability population: three cycles of audit'. Irish Journal Of Psychological Medicine, 29 :62-66. [Details]|
|McFarland J, McDonald C, Hallahan B (2009) 'Insight in Psychiatry: Educational review'. Irish Journal Of Psychological Medicine, 26 :32-36. [Details]|
|Hallahan B, Murray IT, McDonald C (2009) 'Benzodiazepine and hypnotic prescribing in an acute in-patient psychiatric unit'. Psychiatric Bulletin, 33 :12-14. [Details]|
|O'Brien FM, Page L, O'Gorman RL, Bolton P, Sharma A, Baird G, Daly E, Hallahan B, Conroy RM, Foy C, Curran S, Robertson D, Murphy KC, Murphy DG (2010) 'Maturation of limbic regions in Asperger syndrome: a preliminary study using proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy and structural magnetic resonance imaging'. Psychiatry Research, 184 (2):77-85. [Details]|
|Tully J, Hallahan B, McDonald C (2010) 'Benzlypiperazine-induced acute delirium in a patient with Schizophrenia and an incidental temporal meningioma: A case report and a review of the literature'. Irish Journal Of Psychological Medicine, 28 :S14-S16. [Details]|
|Tully J, Park E, Dunne A, Murray I, McDonald C, Hallahan B. (2010) 'Analysis of prescribing practices in an acute psychiatric ward'. Irish Journal Of Psychological Medicine, 27 :82-85. [Details]|
|Toal F, Daly EM, Page L, Deeley Q, Hallahan B, Bloemen O, Cutter WJ, Brammer MJ, Curran S, Robertson D, Murphy C, Murphy KC, Murphy DG (2010) 'Clinical and anatomical heterogeneity in autistic spectrum disorder: a structural MRI study'. Psychological Medicine, 40 (7):1171-1181. [Details]|
|Daly E, Deeley Q, Hallahan B, Craig M, Brammer M, Lamar M, Cleare A, Giampietro V, Ecker C, Page L, Toal F, Phillips ML, Surguladze S, Murphy DG. (2010) 'Effects of acute tryptophan depletion on neural processing of facial expressions of emotion in humans'. Psychopharmacology, 210 (4):499-510. [Details]|
|Hallahan B (2010) 'Stress-Induced and Fear Circuitry Disorders: Advancing the Research Agenda for DSM-V: a Book Review'. Irish Journal Of Psychological Medicine, 27 :161-161. [Details]|
|Hallahan B, Newell J, Soares JC, Brambilla P, Strakowski SM, Fleck DE, Kieseppä T, Altshuler LL, Fornito A, Malhi GS, McIntosh AM, Yurgelun-Todd DA, Labar KS, Sharma V, MacQueen GM, Murray RM, McDonald C. (2011) 'Structural magnetic resonance imaging in bipolar disorder: an international collaborative mega-analysis of individual adult patient data'. Biological Psychiatry, 69 (4):326-335. [Details]|
|Feeney S, Hallahan B (2011) 'Psychiatry: Clinical Focus Depression'. Hospital Doctor, 17 (6):14-19. [Details]|
|Khalily MT, Wota AP, Hallahan B (2011) 'Investigation of schema modes currently activated in patients with psychiatric disorders'. Irish Journal Of Psychological Medicine, 26 :76-81. [Details]|
|Feeney S, Hallahan B (2011) 'Tobacco Smoking and Mental Illness: Important Considerations'. Irish Journal Of Psychological Medicine, . [Details]|
| El-Higaya E, Ahmed M, Hallahan B. (2011) 'Whack induced psychosis: a case series'. Irish Journal Of Psychological Medicine, 28 :s11-s13. [Details]|
|Hallahan BP, Craig MC, Toal F, Daly EM, Moore CJ, Ambikapathy A, Robertson D, Murphy KC, Murphy DG (2011) 'In vivo brain anatomy of adult males with Fragile X syndrome: an MRI study'. Neuroimage, . [Details]|
|Khalily MT, Hallahan B (2011) 'Psychological assessment through performance-based techniques and self-reports: a case study of a sexually abused girl at preschool age'. Journal of child sexual abuse, 20 (3):338-352. [Details]|
|Khalily MT, Hallahan B (2012) 'The occurrence of neurological symptoms in currently abstinent misusers of alcohol'. Irish J Med Sci, . [Details]|
|Daly E, Daly EM, Deeley Q, Ecker C, Craig M, Hallahan B, Murphy C, Johnston P, Spain D, Gillan N, Brammer M, Giampietro V, Lamar M, Page L, Toal F, Cleare A, Surguladze S, Murphy DG. (2012) 'Serotonin and the Neural Processing of Facial Emotions in Adults With Autism: An fMRI Study Using Acute Tryptophan DepletionFacial Emotion Processing in Adults With Autism'. Archives Of General Psychiatry, . [DOI] [Details]|
|Gallagher A, Hallahan B (2012) 'Fragile X-associated disorders: a clinical overview'. Journal Of Neurology, 259 (3):401-413. [Details]|
|Murphy CM, Deeley Q, Daly EM, Ecker C, O'Brien FM, Hallahan B, Loth E, Toal F, Reed S, Hales S, Robertson DM, Craig MC, Mullins D, Barker GJ, Lavender T, Johnston P, Murphy KC, Murphy DG (2012) 'Murphy CM, Deeley Q, Daly EM, Ecker C, O'Brien FM, Hallahan B, Loth E, Toal F, Reed S, Hales S, Robertson DM, Craig MC, Mullins D, Barker GJ, Lavender T, Johnston P, Murphy KC, Murphy DG'. Autism Research, 5 (1):3-12. [Details]|
| Sim C, Hallahan B, McDonald C. (2012) 'Preference of dress and address; views of attendees and mental health professionals of the psychiatric services'. Irish Journal Of Psychological Medicine, 29 (1):27-32. [Details]|
|Hallahan, B,Newell, J,Soares, JC,Brambilla, P,Strakowski, SM,Fleck, DE,Kieseppa, T,Altshuler, LL,Fornito, A,Malhi, GS,McIntosh, AM,Yurgelun-Todd, DA,Labar, KS,Densmore, M,MacQueen, GM,Murray, RM,McDonald, C (2009) Structural MRI in bipolar disorder: An international collaborative mega-analysis of individual patient data. Abstract [Details]|
I have maintained throughout my career an interest in education and training at both under-graduate and post-graduate level and I have completed a post-graduate diploma in clinical teaching. I convene the Western Post-Graduate Training Scheme in psychiatry. As a member of the curriculum group of the College of Psychiatry of Ireland, I was involved in designing the curriculum for basic specialist trainees, with the year one curriculum now launched. In 2007, I was involved in setting up and was editor of the Video Journals in Psychiatry, (www.vjpsych.ie) an electronic based teaching programme with approximately 100 e-based learning modules for psychiatry trainees and consultant psychiatrists. As senior lecturer in psychiatry in NUI Galway, I am involved in designing the curriculum, organising, delivering, examining and supervising the teaching of medical students in Galway and the three medical academies in Letterkenny, Castlebar and Sligo. I organise and deliver teaching to a range of health disciplines (i.e. the mental health module of the post-gradate diploma in clinical primary care). I lecture and examine for the University of Surrey in Guildford for their Masters in Nutrition.