Meet Our Researchers

YOULEAD Megan Cowman Megan Cowman, PhD Student

Megan completed her BA, Higher Diploma in Psychology and MSc in Clinical Neuroscience at NUI Galway. Megan’s MSc research project focused on clinical and cognitive variables affecting decision-making capacity in people with schizophrenia. Her research interests include non-social and social cognitive deficits in psychosis, and development of cognitive and psychosocial therapies for young people with mental health disorders.  Megan's PhD study with the PSYcHE programme will investigate predictors of psychosocial function in early psychosis.

Emma Frawley Emma Frawley (YOULEAD Research Fellow)

Emma graduated with an MSc in Occupational Therapy from Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh in 2010. Since that time, she has worked in clinical practice both in Ireland and the US. Emma’s last post in the US was in the area of brain injury at PennState Hershey Rehabilitation Hospital, Pennsylvania where she worked with an inpatient multi-disciplinary team. Emma also taught Pathology as an adjunct lecturer on the MSc Occupational Therapy course at Elizabethtown College, Pennsylvania. Emma is a Clinical Research Fellow with the YOULEAD programme. Her PhD research focuses on psychosocial intervention and social recovery in early psychosis, co-developing the Cognitive Remediation and Social Recovery in Early Psychosis study (CReSt-R).

Research Assistants

Emmet Godfrey Emmet Godfrey

Emmet received his BSc in Psychology and MSc in Clinical Neuropsychology from the University of Groningen. Since then, he has been fortunate to be a volunteer with 50808 (Crisis Textline Ireland), ADHD Ireland, and worked in collaboration with the University of Groningen in research. His main interests are in exploring novel ways of improving clinical outcomes, the efficacy of online interventions, and clinical developments in promoting recovery in early psychosis.

Talissa Walsh Talissa Walsh

Talissa completed her BSc in Psychology at DCU and MSc in Clinical Psychology and Mental Health from the University of Sussex. Talissa has previously worked as a Rehabilitation Assistant at Acquired Brain Injury Ireland promoting independence and recovery. Her interests lie in the aetiology of mental health disorders, predictors of recovery, and the development of tailored psychosocial interventions.


Ellen completed both her undergraduate and master’s degrees in Psychology from the University of Limerick. Her master’s thesis consisted of a systematic review looking at the efficacy of patient-centred goal setting in stroke rehabilitation. She has previously worked as an assistant psychologist (AP) with clients experiencing trauma in Oakwood Psychological Services and ADAPT services in Limerick, and also as an AP on an MDT supporting students registered for disability support in NUI Galway.

Ellen is currently undertaking a service evaluation with Mindspace Mayo, a HSE-funded youth mental health organisation, and is particularly interested in the barriers and facilitators for young people accessing mental health services.