Hargreaves, Dr April

Programme Director for Psychology/Vice Dean - Associate Professor in Psychology



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Key Responsibilities at NCI

  • Assistant Professor of Psychology 
  • Lead on Programmatic Review of the undergraduate degree
  • Lead on development of Master's in Psychology Programmes  
  • Module Leader - Introduction to Psychology, Social Psychology, Coaching Psychology.
  • Other modules covered - Research Methods (postgrad)


  • Ph.D in Neuropsychology (2010-2013) - Trinity College Dublin
  • MSc in Neuroscience (1997-1998) - Institute of Psychiatry, Denmark Hill, London
  • BA Hons in Psychology (1994-1997) - University College Dublin

Academic Experience

  • Lecturer in Psychology, National College of Ireland, Ireland (2015 to present)
  • Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin & St. James's Hospital, 2013-present
  • Lecturer in the following fields: Cognitive Genomics, Cognitive Development, Intelligence and Attainment, School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin (2014-2016)
  • Assistant Psychologist, Central Mental Hospital, Dundrum (2014-2015)
  • Tutor in Behavioural Sciences, School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin (2010-2012)

Research Interests

  • Psychosis, Cognitive Genomics, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, The role of Co-Enzyme Q10 in cognitive, psychological and clinical deficits in Schizophrenia, Attitudes towards Mental Health, Dyslexia
  • April's research primarily focuses on studying the neuropsychology of psychosis; from investigating associations between GWAS genes and cognition to assessing the impact of Cognitive Remediation Therapy on cognitive defects. April's current work looks at 1) the potential impact of orally administered Co-Enzyme Q10 on cognitive, psychological and clinical variables associates with schizophrenia, 2) Public attitudes towards mental health and 3) the efficacy of a newly developed programme for Dyslexia

Recent Funding and Awards

  • Esther Ireland Grant (2021) €8,000
  • Winner of the President's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research, National College of Ireland, 2019.
  • Trinity College Dublin (2011) €400 (travel grant for conference attendance and presentation)
  • Trinity College Dublin (2016) €150,000 Department of Psychiatry (A randomised control trial of CoQ10 in patients with schizophrenia)
  • Pharma Nord (2016) €50,000 worth of CoQ10 and placebo capsules for research purposes.

PhD Supervision

  • Aine Maguire (Trinity College, Dublin) - The role of Co-Enzyme Q10 in cognitive, psychological and clinical deficits in Schizophrenia

Key Publications

Published International Journal Articles

International Conference Papers

Book Chapters

  • Corvin, Aiden, Donohoe, Gary, Hargreaves, April, Gallagher, Louise and Gill, Michael (2012) "The Cognitive Genetics of Neuropsychiatric Disorders". In: Behavioral Neurogenetics. Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, Berlin, pp. 579-613. ISBN 9783642278594. DOI: 10.1007/7854_2011_188


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