McHugh Power, Dr. Joanna

Lecturer in Psychology (Room 2.16)


Key Responsibilities at NCI

  • Lecturer on Psychology Program (Part time and full time) 


  • PhD in Experimental Psychology from Trinity College Dublin (2010) 
  • BA (1st Class Hons) in Psychology from University College Dublin (2006) 

Academic Experience

  • Research Fellow and Senior Fellow at Trinity College Dublin & St. James's Hospital, 2010-2012
  • Research Fellow at Dublin City University, 2012-2013
  • Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin, 2013-2014
  • Research Fellow at Queen's University Belfast, 2014-present
  • Statistics & Research Methods Demonstration & Teaching, Trinity College Dublin, 2008-2010
  • Lecturing in Psychology, Dublin City University, 2012-2013.

Research Interests

  • Cognitive neuropsychology, cognitive ageing, psychology of ageing, social determinants of health, loneliness, health behaviours; social epidemiology 

Recent Funding

  • 2015: Co-applicant on IRC-funded COASTAL Project investigating Characteristics of Older Adult Loneliness in rural regions (15,000 euro) PI: Prof Brian Lawlor, Trinity College Dublin
  • 2014: awarded CARDI Leadership in Ageing Research Fellowship to conduct research into social determinants of cognitive ageing in Ireland, North & South. Role: Principal Investigator.
  • 2017: awarded $55,000 from the American Federation for Aging Research to conduct a study entitled Alcohol consumption and brain health in older adults across the island of Ireland. Role: Co-Principal Investigator.
  • 2018: "Loneliness and Health: The Moderating Role of Befriending Services." Funding Body: Health Research Board - Applied Partnership Awards. Grant application: €160,000 (awarded). Role: Principal Investigator.
  • 2018: Co-applicant on City of San Francisco District 8 Preparatory Budget for a study entitled: “Multimodal Intergenerational Social Contact Initiative”. Grant award: $22,000. (PI Dr Phaedra Bell UCSF)
  • 2018: Collaborator on Alzheimer’s Association/Global Brain Health Initiative Pilot Award for Global Brain Health Leaders for a study entitled “Multimodal Intergenerational Social Contact Intervention Pilot for Creative Engagement (MISCI-PCE)” – grant award $25,000 (PI Dr Phaedra Bell UCSF) 

Professional Body Membership

  • Executive Committee member of the Alzheimer Cafe
  • Member of InterDem Network
  • Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society 

Research Publications

Published International Journal Articles


Book Chapters

  • King, Meggan, Hu, Feiyan, McHugh, Joanna E., Murphy, Emma, Newman, Eamonn, Irving, Kate and Smeaton, Alan F. (2013) "Visibility of wearable sensors as measures using eye tracking glasses". In: Evolving Ambient Intelligence: AmI 2013 Workshops, Dublin, Ireland, December 3-5, 2013. Revised Selected Papers. Communications in Computer and Information Science (413). Springer International Publishing, Switzerland, pp. 23-32. ISBN 9783319044064.

Invited Talks

Conference Papers

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