Public Lectures and Seminars

Changing minds, changing brains; effects of psychological therapies in mental health

Continuing our 50th anniversary seminar series by pre-eminent psychologists, the School of Applied Psychology hosts Professor Gary Donohoe.

Gary Donohoe is Professor of psychology to NUI Galway and holds the position of adjunct Professor in the School of Medicine and principal investigator in the Trinity College Institute for Neuroscience. His research group, which is based between NUIG and Trinity College Dublin, studies how brain structure and function are affected by genetic risk factors for schizophrenia using neuropsychology, MRI and EEG. He also investigates psychological therapies for psychosis, with a particular interest in remediation of cognitive deficits in schizophrenia. Aspects of brain structure, such as brain volume and white matter integrity, and brain functions, such as cortical activations that occur during information processing are likely to mediate the effects of genetic risk variants on illness.

In what is often described as an ’intermediate phenotype’ or 'endophenotype' approach, studying these brain based ’phenotypes’ may help bring us closer to the mechanism of gene activity so as to understand the broader illness phenotype. To do this our work draws on neuropsychological, electrophysiological, and neuro-imaging techniques for investigating the role of gene function at the level of individual brain systems.This work has led to a number of important insights into newly discovered risk genes for psychosis. As part of this work the group is actively involved in developing psychological therapies for major mental health disorders, including therapies that address cognitive deficits in schizophrenia.

Light refreshments will be served from 5.20pm, with the event beginning at 6pm.

Category: Public Lectures and Seminars: Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Time: 6pm-7pm (light refreshments from 5.20pm)
Location: Room G7&8, School of Applied Psychology, Cork Enterprise Centre, North Mall
Target Audience: All are welcome
Admission Price: € free
Contact: Emma Hurley

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