Hargreaves, Dr April

Vice Dean of UG studies/Associate Professor of Psychology



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Key Responsibilities at NCI

  • Vice Dean of Undergraduate studies in the School of Business
  • Associate Professor of Psychology
  • Programme Director for Business studies 


  • 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

  • Mental health stigma, Psychosis, Cognitive Genomics, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, The role of Co-Enzyme Q10 in cognitive, psychological and clinical deficits in Schizophrenia
  • April's primary research interests lie in Mental Health Stigma and the neuropsychology of psychosis. Past research has investigated associations between GWAS genes and cognition in psychosis, the impact of Cognitive Remediation Therapy on cognitive deficits in psychosis, the impact of orally administered Co-Enzyme Q10 on cognitive, psychological and clinical variables associates with schizophrenia, and stigma associated with mental health and neurological conditions.  

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
  • Rachel Dillon (Trinity College Dublin) – The impact of cognitive remediation therapy on psychosis

Key Publications

Published International Journal Articles

International Conference Papers

Book Chapters


Case Studies

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