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The Team

Jane McGrath

Associate Professor Consultant
Dr. Jane McGrath (MB MRCPsych PhD) is a clinician and researcher. Clinically, she works in the HSE Linn Dara Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services leading ADMiRE, a specialist service for children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). From a research perspective, Jane has a background in using functional and structural neuroimaging to investigate neural connectivity in neurodevelopmental disorders. She is particularly interested in how brain connectivity influences behaviour, and her current neuroimaging research focuses on how changes in brain structure and function over time influence behaviour in children with ADHD. Jane’s research interests are largely driven by concerns that have arisen out of clinical practice, and she aims to improve both clinical practice and safety for patients through her research. 


TCIN Neuroimaging Scientist
I come from an extensive industry focused technical background with over 10 years experience in “advanced technology” domains within the semiconductor industry with Applied Materials and the diagnostic/therapeutic clinical engineering domain with Siemens Medical (MRI and Radiation Therapy Division). I worked as a system expert /customer support and installation engineer providing advanced diagnostics, installation expertise and advanced problem solving and troubleshooting for new and existing technologies. I returned to academia in 2004 to complete a PhD in neuroscience and experimental psychology at Trinity College Dublin.  My area of research specializes in the application of mutlimodal imaging techniques and image analysis using quantitative volumetric techniques and advanced diffusion weighted imaging applied to neurological conditions and clinical populations. I currently act in an image analysis consultancy and advisory role within Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience supporting multiple groups with image analysis methodology and integration. I also work with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland as part of Professor Mary Cannon’s research team as a senior postdoctoral research fellow specializing in Magnetic Resonance Image (MRI). My particular areas of interest involve the development of multimodal imaging strategies applied to

  • Adolescent Brain Development examining teenage structural brain developmental trajectories with a particular focus on understanding the neuroanatomical underpinnings of psychotic experiences.
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (with or without hyperactivity) in adolescents
  • Major depressive disorder (spanning first presentation to repeated prolonged depression cohorts)
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Mild cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Dystonia and Parkinsonism
  • 22q11DS
  • Spinal and facial nerve delineation  


Karen Conlan

Research Fellow
Dr Karen Conlan graduated from medical school in Trinity College Dublin in 2010 and became a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2014. She completed the Dublin University Psychiatric Rotational Training Programme in 2015. Karen was awarded a Clinical Research Fellowship by the National Children’s Research Centre in 2017 to investigate the links between inflammation and the weight gain associated with antipsychotic medication use. Karen is currently working as a PhD candidate on this project in TCD while also completing higher specialist training in child and adolescent psychiatry. Karen’s contact email is whelank3@tcd.ie


Michael Connaughton

Psychology Graduate, PhD student
Michael Connaughton graduated with a BA in Psychology followed by an MSc in Clinical Neuroscience both from the National University of Ireland, Galway. After graduation, he took up a position as a research assistant at the substance use research centre at Columbia University, Department of Psychiatry. He is currently undertaking a PhD which focuses on longitudinal multimodal neuroimaging in ADHD. The aim of the research is to investigate how brain structure and function change with age in ADHD, and whether different trajectories of brain development are associated with variations in outcomes including diagnostic persistence, and academic, cognitive, social and mental health outcomes. Michael's contact email is mconnaug@tcd.ie

Emily Cleary

MSc student (Applied Psychology)
Emily graduated from University College Dublin with a H. Dip in Psychology in 2019 followed by an MSc. in Applied Psychology from Trinity College Dublin. Her research interests include brain function and structure and how behaviour and emotions are affected by neurodevelopmental disorders in children and adults. To this end, under the supervision of Prof. Jane McGrath and Prof. Robert Whelan, Emily began working on her MSc. thesis looking at reward processing and reversal learning among adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Emily’s research also focuses on the heritability of ADHD and how the syndrome manifests among family members. She will explore the relationship between individuals with ADHD and first degree relatives. Emily is currently working as an Assistant Psychologist in The Mater Misericordiae University Hospital. Emily’s contact email is clearyem@tcd.ie

Aoife Reynolds

MSc student (Applied Psychology)
Aoife completed her H. Dip in Psychology in University College Dublin in 2019 and is currently finishing her MSc. in Applied Psychology from Trinity College Dublin. Her research interests include how brain function and structure relate to and are implicated in psychological and neurodevelopmental disorders in both adults and children, as well as the impact of emotional dysregulation on these disorders. Under the supervision of Prof. Jane McGrath and Prof. Robert Whelan, Aoife began working on her MSc. thesis investigating the impact of emotional stimuli on inhibitory control in those with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and comorbid anxiety disorders. The research also looks at the impact of intraindividual variability on reaction times and the role it can have in predicting anxiety symptoms in those with ADHD. Aoife’s contact email is reynolao@tcd.ie  

Roisin Guihen

Psychology Graduate, Medical Student
Róisín Guihen (BA. Sch.) is a final year medical student and psychology graduate from Trinity College Dublin. She was awarded the title of Trinity Scholar while studying Psychology and intends to pursue a career in Psychiatry. Róisín has been involved in various research projects during her time in college. Most notably she completed her final year Psychology thesis on the role of brain stimulation in cross-modal cognition and received a Biomedical Vacation Scholarship in 2015 for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) based research concerning the neural basis of motor learning and the phenomenon of cross-education. Róisín has a special interest in mental health, education and community empowerment. She founded the skills-development initiative “Clyde Coaching” in order to provide study and IT skills training as well as support and advice to child and adult learners of all capabilities. She also founded the East Connaught Development Centre (ECDC), a social enterprise tasked with building the capacity and resilience of disadvantaged and socially excluded individuals in North Co. Roscommon.  

Bernard Adegbemi

Medical Student
I am a medical student with experience using computerised tractography, gained from participating in various projects with the REDEEM group during the summer of 2018. My project aims to attain a deeper understanding of the neurological changes in ADHD, using cutting edge neuroimaging analytic techniques. I am currently investigating structural connectivity in the limbic system in children and adolescents with ADHD as part of NICAP, a large longitudinal neuroimaging study of children and adolescents with ADHD 


Laura Bond

Senior Registrar in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Dr Laura Bond graduated from Kings College London in 2013 after completing her degree in Medicine and intercalated BSc in Physiology. Laura became a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland in 2018 and completed the Trinity College Dublin Basic Psychiatry Training in July 2020. Laura is currently a Senior Registrar on the Higher Specialist Training Scheme in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Laura is currently working on a project in the specialist ADHD service ADMiRE, examining sleep disturbances in children and adolescents with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

 


Daniel McTiernan

Advanced Nurse Practitioner in ADHD
Daniel McTiernan works as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) in a specialist Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) service called ADMiRE, which is led by Dr. Jane McGrath Associate Professor Consultant. The ADMiRE service is part of the HSE Linn Dara Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services and is based in Cherry Orchard, Ballyfermot, Dublin 10.  Daniel is a registered psychiatric nurse, children’s nurse, nurse prescriber and advanced nurse practitioner with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. He received the Fellowship of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery in the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland (FFNMRCSI) in December 2019. Since qualifying as a psychiatric nurse in 2004 he has worked in numerous inpatient and community mental health settings both with adults and children / adolescents. In 2012, as part of the MSc in Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health programme, he completed a research study titled ““Parents’ Experiences of Caring for a Child with a Mental Illness: A Qualitative Study”. Daniel’s research interests are heavily influenced by his clinical experiences. Through research he aims to enhance service user / family experiences of the mental health services while at the same time improve clinical practice. Daniel’s contact email is mctierd@tcd.ie

 


Imran Khurshid

Senior Registrar in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Dr.Imran Khurshid (M.B.B.S, MCPsychI) completed the Dublin University Training programme in 2018. He became a member of College of Psychiatrist in 2019. His research interests lie in early onset psychosis and Neurodevelopment disorders. His current research with Prof.McGrath pertains to the Prevalence of ADHD Traits in the Parents of Children diagnosed with ADHD attending the ADMiRE service. Imran is currently working as a Senior Registrar in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. Imran’s contact email is imran.khurshid@hse.ie

 


Barbara Cawley

Candidate Advanced Nurse Practitioner
Barbara is a Candidate Advanced Nurse Practitioner who is currently undertaking a MSC in Advanced Practice in TCD. Barbara works with Dr Jane McGrath in the HSE Linn Dara Child and Adolescent Mental health services, in a specialist service for children and Adolescents  with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder (A.D.H.D.). Barbara is  Registered in 3 divisions with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland ( NMBI) as a RCN ,RPN and RNP and after qualifying as a Registered Nurse Prescriber in 2017 she decided to complete The Advanced Practice programme. Barbara is currently involved in clinical research to improve the clinical experience of young people and families attending the service and also hopes to complete research on improving transitions for young people with ADHD  to adult services to optimise their clinical outcomes.

 


Dr Marie Bolton

Senior Registrar in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Marie is a graduate of University College Dublin. Marie completed the UCD/St John of God Basic Specialist Training Scheme and is a member of The Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK). Marie is currently a Senior Registrar on the Higher Specialist Training Scheme in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Marie’s research interests include Eating Disorders and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Marie is currently completing postgraduate training in medical education alongside working on a project in the specialist ADHD service ADMiRE, examining the transitions of young people with ADHD to adult mental health services.  

 


Liliana Marques

Senior Registrar in Psychiatry
Dr. Liliana Marques graduated from University of Valladolid in 2012 after completing her degree in Medicine. Liliana completed the Trinity College Dublin Basic Psychiatry Training in July 2019 and became a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland in the same year. Liliana is currently a Senior Registrar on the Higher Specialist Training Scheme in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Her interest is to study the relationship of ADHD and oppositional behaviour and how well-treated ADHD can impact positively on behaviour, quality of life and interpersonal relationships. Liliana’s contact email is liliana.marques@hse.ie