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Dr. Gavin Doherty

Associate Professor (Computer Science)

I am an Associate Professor in the School of Computer Science and Statistics, at Trinity College, Dublin, and a Fellow of the College. I have led a number of research projects in the area of Human Computer Interaction, with a focus on the issues surrounding design within specific application areas. Application areas we have worked in include mental healthcare, healthcare, translation, and manufacturing. We have looked at a range of technologies, including games, mobile devices, visualization and speech and language technologies. This work has involved collaboration with researchers in Intel, Microsoft Research, IBM Research, University of Newcastle, University of Cambridge, Cornell University, University of Minho (Portugal), and Imperial College London, among others. Our work has been funded by the European Union, the European Agency, Intel, Science Foundation Ireland (through Lero and CNGL/Adapt), the HEA, Enterprise Ireland, and the Irish Research Council. A major focus of my work over the last decade has been on the design of technologies for mental health. The aim has been to develop systems which can increase access to, increase engagement with, and assist in improving the outcomes of mental health interventions. As P.I. of the Technology Enhanced Therapy project I led the creation of the SilverCloud platform for e-health interventions, and am co-founder of SilverCloud Health, established in 2012 and now a leading worldwide provider of online mental and behavioural health interventions.
  Computer Interface   Computer Systems Analysis   Decision support tools   Human Computer Interaction   Human computer interactions   Information Representations   Information systems development   MENTAL-HEALTH   Mobile Computing   Pervasive Computing   Software Engineering
 Technology Enhanced Therapy
 Visual decision support systems
 Virtually Healthy
 Mobile Decision Support for the Healthcare Environment
 An Integrated Framework to Support Mental Health Care Services

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Associate Chair, ACM Conference on Human factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2013) 2013
Program Committee, ECCE 2011
Associate Chair, ACM 2019 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Associate Chair, ACM MobileHCI 2010
Associate Chair, ACM CHI 2010 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2010
Enterprise Ireland Proof of Concept panel 2007
Chair CHI 2008 Workshop on Technology in Mental Health
PC Member ACM Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computing Systems 2009.
Video co-chair Pervasive 2006
Co-chair DSV-IS 2006
PC Member Ontologies in Interactive Systems 2008
Associate chair, ACM Symposium on Engineering Interactive Computer Systems (EICS 2015). 2015
PC Member DSV-IS 2008
PC Member Human-Centered Software Engineering 2008
PC member Engineering Interactive Systems 2007
PC member Interact 2007 (full papers)
PC member, FMIS 2006
PC Member, CASCON Dublin Symposium 2006
Proposal Reviewer, EPSRC (UK)
Proposal Reviewer, Health Research Council (NZ)
Proposal reviewer, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
Proposal reviewer, Dutch Research Council (NWO).
Associate Chair, ACM CHI 2013 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2013
ACM Distinguished Speaker Committee 2017
Proposal reviewer, EPSRC GetAMoveOn network.
External advisor, NIHR project.
Associate chair, ACM CHI 2012 Conference on Human Factors in Computing systems 2012
ACM Council of European Chapter Leaders 2014
Tutorials Chair, ACM EICS 2012 2012
Associate Chair, ACM CHI 2011 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2011
Associate Chair, Interact 2011 (full papers) 2011
Late breaking results chair, ACM EICS 2010.
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Senior Member of the ACM
Full Member of IFIP WG 2.7/13.4
Chair of SIGCHI Ireland
K. Doherty, J. Marcano-Belisario, M. Cohn, N. Mastellos, C. Morrison, J. Car, and G. Doherty, Engagement with Mental Health Screening on Mobile Devices: Results from an Antenatal Feasibility Study, ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2019), ACM, 2019, Notes: [Best paper award (top 1% of submissions).], Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
Qu, C., Sas, C., Doherty, G., Exploring and Designing for Memory Impairments in Depression
, ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2019), ACM, 2019, pp510-, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
Sanches P., Janson, A., Karpashevich, P., Nadal, C., Qu, C., Dauden Roquet, C., Umair, M., Windlin, C., Doherty, G., Hook, K., Sas, C. , HCI and Affective Health: Taking stock of a decade of studies and charting future research directions, ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2019), ACM, 2019, Notes: [Honorable mention award (top 5% of submissions).], Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
K. Doherty and G. Doherty, Engagement in HCI: Conception, Theory and Measurement, ACM Computing Surveys, 51, (5), 2019, p99 -, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Kevin Doherty and Gavin Doherty, The Construal of Experience in HCI: Understanding Self-Reports, International Journal of Human Computer Studies, 110, 2018, p63 - 74, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Doherty K, Barry M, Marcano-Belisario J, Arnaud B, Morrison C, Car J, Doherty G, A Mobile App for the Self-Report of Psychological Wellbeing during Pregnancy (BrightSelf): Qualitative Design Study, JMIR Mental Health, 5, (4), 2018, pe100007 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Sean Cronin and Gavin Doherty, Touchless computer interfaces in hospitals: a review, Health Informatics, 2018, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Kevin Doherty, Marguerite Barry, Jose Marcano Belisario, Martin Cohn, Nikolaos Mastellos, Cecily Morrison, Josip Car, Gavin Doherty, Brightself: Assessment of Psychological Wellbeing in Pregnancy, ESRII 2018, 2018, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED
M. Barry, K. Doherty, J. Marcano Belisario, J. Car, C. Morrison and G. Doherty, m-Health for Maternal Mental Health: Everyday wisdom in Ethical Design, Proceedings of ACM CHI 2017 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Denver, Colorado., ACM Press, 2017, pp2708-2720 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
M. Barry and G. Doherty, How we talk about interactivity: Modes and meanings in HCI research, Interacting with Computers, 29, (5), 2017, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI

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Gavin Doherty, Designing better e-Health interventions, ActiveMinds Workshop, Glasgow, 2018, ESRC Get a Move On Network, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Gavin Doherty, Technology and mental health, First Fortnight Mental Health Arts Festival, Dublin, 2017, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Gavin Doherty, Design and e-Health, ERIN E-Health Research and Innovation Network Launch, NUI Galway, 2017, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Gavin Doherty, Engagement at scale in online mental heatlh programmes, Creative Technologies Network, UCD Dublin, 2017, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Gavin Doherty, Engagement with online mental health programmes, Invited talk, UCC School of Public Health, 2017, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Gavin Doherty, The secret life of e-health interventions, Keynote at 10th Irish HCI Conference, UCC, 2016, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Gavin Doherty, A randomised controlled trial of Space for Depression on the SilverCloud e-health platform, Keynote at Technology for Wellbeing 2015, 2015, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Gavin Doherty, Technologies for mental health: designing for engagement., Invited seminar at University of St. Andrews, 2015, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Gavin Doherty, The challenge of engagement: technology in adolescent mental health, Federation of European Academies of Medicine European Symposium on Adolescent Heatlh, 2015, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
G. Doherty, Best practice for software development in mental healthcare settings, Expert Conference on Technology Enhanced Treatment Delivery, Heidelberg,, 2007, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED


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Award Date
Fellow of Trinity College Dublin 2014
2 ACM CHI Honorable Mention Awards 2014
Best paper award CHI 2017 (top 1% of 2400 submissions) May 2017
Dr. Doherty is a researcher in the area of Human Computer Interaction. His main research interest is in the design of systems which meet real-world needs and which are appropriate for the context of use. He has conducted research on mobile computing systems, speech and language technologies the design of information displays. He has also had a long standing interest in modelling interactive systems and bridging the gap between early stage contextual work and design. He has a particular interest in healthcare technologies, and has been very active in the area of technology to support mental health care, developing several novel technology interventions and evaluating them in a clinical environment.