Mothersill, Dr David

Assistant Professor, Programme Director for Psychology

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Key Responsibilities at NCI

  • Assistant Professor on Psychology programme (full-time and part-time) - modules including Biological Bases of Behaviour and Final Year Project
  • Thesis supervision for Undergraduate students
  • Thesis supervision for Postgraduate students


  • PhD in Neuropsychology, Trinity College Dublin
  • MSc in Neuroscience, Trinity College Dublin
  • BA (Hons) in Science, Trinity College Dublin

Academic Experience

  • Lecturer in Psychology, National College of Ireland (2019 - present)
  • Lecturer in Research Methods, Dublin Business School (2019)
  • Lecturer in Psychology, National University of Ireland Galway (2016 - 2019)
  • Research Fellow, School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin (2014 - 2016)
  • Research Assistant, School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin (2010)

Research Interests

  • Social cognition in psychosis; cognitive remediation therapy to improve cognitive function in psychosis; development of clinical software to measure and track changes in social cognition; eye-tracking during online communication; cognitive genomics; immune function and cognition

Recent Funding

  • 2021: ESTHER Ireland Grant 2021 (€8,000). Project Title: An international survey of knowledge, attitudes and behaviors towards mental, neurological and substance use disorders in Ireland and Liberia. Role: Co-Applicant
  • 2018: Royal Irish Academy Charlemont Grants Scheme (€2,500). Project Title: “c-TOM: A computerised theory of mind test for use in basic and translational schizophrenia research”. Role: Applicant
  • 2016: Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship Programme (€90,000). Project Title: c-TOM: A computerised theory of mind test for use in basic and translational schizophrenia research (Please note that I did not take up this Postdoctoral Fellowship due to commencement of my Lecturer position in NUI Galway in July 2016). Role: Applicant
  • 2015: Irish Research Council Ulysses Scheme (€8,000). Project Title: “Understanding and improving social cognition in major mental health disorders”. PI: Prof Gary Donohoe. Role: Co-Applicant
  • 2015: Eurolife Young Investigator Travel Award, ‘Emotions in Motion’ Summer School, Medical University of Innsbruck and University of Innsbruck, Austria (€440). Role: Applicant


  • Awarded an Oral Presentation Award at the Human Disease Mapping Conference, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (Dublin, 2014)
  • Awarded First Place in the Poster Competition at the Wiring the Brain Conference (Wicklow, 2011)

Key Publications

Published International Journal Articles

Book Chapters

Conference Presentations and Posters

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