Principle Investigator:

Gary Donohoe

Gary Donohoe  (photo) Co-PI Professor and chair of psychology at NUI Galway. Gary’s background is in clinical psychology and his research interests are in psychosis, genetics, and cognitive therapies.


Mentor to the Psyche program:

max birchwood

‌Prof. Max Birchwood Professor of Psychology University of Warwick, Clinical Psychology.  His interests include prevention and early intervention in severe mental health problems, particularly as they emerge in young people: 

Clinical Partners:

‌‌Karen OConnor

‌Dr Karen O’Connor National Clinical Lead and Co-PI, Consultant Psychiatrist and National Clinical Lead for the Early Intervention in Psychosis Programme in Ireland

Brian Hallahan

Dr Brian Hallahan, Consultant Psychiatrist UHG, Senior Lecturer NUI Galway, Schizophrenia in young people and an involvement in EI, research and clinical work.

 Qualitative Research:

Caroline Heary

Dr Caroline Heary, Senior Lecturer in Psychology NUI Galway, Qualitative - Developmental perspective

Intervention Partners:

David Fowler

Prof David Fowler Professor of Psychology Sussex University, Clinical Psychologist, Early Intervention, Youth Mental Health, Recovery and Psychosis

marion alvarez

‌Prof Mario Alvarez-Jimenez Associate Professor of Psychology, Head of Online Interventions and Innovation Research, Orygen, The National Centre of Excellence in Youth Mental Health

National & Intervention Collaborators

CRT Collaborator:

Prof. Dame Til Wykes, Vice Dean for Psychology and Systems Sciences at the IoPPN. She is Professor of Clinical Psychology and Rehabilitation at King’s College London.

Data Synthesis Collaborator:

Prof. Chris Bowie, Director of Clinical Training in the Department of Psychology, and a member of the Psychiatry Department and Centre for Neuroscience Studies, at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He is the Head Consulting Psychologist at the Early Psychosis Intervention Program in Kingston and a Clinician Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. 

Prof. Martin Lepage, Professor of Psychiatry at McGill University and the deputy scientific director at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute.

Trial Methods Collaborator:

Prof. Molly Byrne, Professor and Health Research Board Research Leader in the School of Psychology at NUI Galway. 

 Economic Collaborator:

Brendan Kennelly (NUIG Economics), Programme Director of MSc in Health Economics andEconomics Lecturer at NUI Galway.

 PPI Collaborators:

Ian Power (Spunout), CEO of, Ireland's youth wellbeing information website by young people, for young people.

Edel Murphy (NUIG Ignite), PPI Ignite at NUI Galway programme manager.

Programme Co-ordinator: 

Gillian Davies

Programme manager for the PSyCHE Doctoral Programme and the YOULEAD Doctoral programme in Youth Mental at the School of Psychology NUI Galway.


School of Psychology NUI Galway