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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 in recent years on the design of healthcare 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, Microsoft Research, 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   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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Details Date
Health Subcommittee Chair, ACM CHI 2021 2020
Associate Editor, International Journal of Human-Computer Studies 2019
Associate Editor, International Journal of MobileHCI 2009
External Course Examiner, University College Cork 2019
Proposal Reviewer, EPSRC (UK)
Proposal Reviewer, Health Research Council (NZ)
Proposal reviewer, EPSRC GetAMoveOn network.
Proposal reviewer, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
Proposal reviewer, Dutch Research Council (NWO).
Enterprise Ireland Proof of Concept panel 2007 2007
ACM Council of European Chapter Leaders 2014
ACM Student Chapter Excellence Awards judge 2018
ACM SIGCHI Conferences Working Group 2019
ACM Distinguished Speaker Committee 2017
Co-organiser, ACII 2019 Workshop on Machine Learning in Mental Health. 2019
Tutorials Chair, ACM EICS 2012 2012
Late breaking results chair, ACM EICS 2010. 2010
Chair CHI 2008 Workshop on Technology in Mental Health 2018
Video co-chair Pervasive 2006 2006
Co-chair DSV-IS 2006 2006
External advisor, NIHR project. 2016
Steering Commitee, Workgroup on Interactive Systems in Healthcare 2017
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Member of the ACM (Distinguished Member 2019) 2001 2020
Full Member of IFIP WG 2.7/13.4 2006 2018
Chair of SIGCHI Ireland 2010 2020
Chekroud, A.M., Bondar, J., Delgadillo, J., Doherty, G., Wasil, A., Fokkema, M., Cohen, Z., Belgrave, D., DeRubeis, R., Iniesta, R., Dwyer, D. and Choi, K., The promise of machine learning in predicting treatment outcomes in psychiatry, World Psychiatry, 20, (2), 2021, p154-170 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
A. Balaskas, S.M. Schueller, A. Cox & G. Doherty, Ecological momentary interventions for mental health: A scoping review, PLoS ONE, 16, (3), 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
S. Cronin, B. Kane and G. Doherty, A Qualitative Analysis of the Needs and Experiences of Hospital-based Clinicians when Accessing Medical Imaging, Journal of Digital Imaging, 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
C. Nadal, C. Earley, A. Enrique, N. Vigano, C. Sas, D. Richards & G. Doherty, Integration of a smartwatch within an internet-delivered intervention for depression: protocol for a feasibility randomized controlled trial on acceptance, Contemporary Clinical Trials, 103, (April), 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
J. Jardine, C. Earley, D. Richards, L. Timulak, J.E., Palacios, D., Duffy, K. Tierney, G. Doherty, The experience of guided online therapy: A longitudinal, qualitative analysis of client feedback in a naturalistic RCT, ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2020), ACM, 2020, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
P. Chikersal, D. Belgrave, G. Doherty, A. Enrique, J. E. Palacios, D. Richards and A. Thieme, Understanding Client Support Strategies to Improve Clinical Outcomes in an Online Mental Health Intervention, ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2020), 2020, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
C. Sas, K. Höök, G. Doherty, P. Sanches, T. Leufkens, and J. Westerink, Mental Wellbeing: Future Agenda Drawing from Design, HCI and Big Data, Companion Publication of the 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS' 20 Companion), Netherlands, 2020, Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  DOI
I. Chien, A. Enrique, J. Palacios, T. Regan, D. Keegan, D. Carter, S. Tschiatschek, A. Nori, A. Thieme, D. Richards, G. Doherty, D. Belgrave, A Machine Learning Approach to Understanding Patterns of Engagement with Internet-Delivered Mental Health Interventions, JAMA Network Open, 3, (7), 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
C. Nadal, C.Sas and G. Doherty, Technology acceptance in mHealth: a scoping review of definitions, models and measurement, Journal of Medical Internet Research, 22, (7), 2020, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
A. Thieme, D. Belgrave & G. Doherty, Machine Learning in Mental Health : A Systematic Review of the HCI Literature to Support the Development of Effective and Implementable ML Systems, ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, 27, (5), 2020, p1-53 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI

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Gavin Doherty, Keynote: Machine Learning in Mental Health, DIS 2020 Workshop on Mental Wellbeing: Future Agenda Drawing from Design, HCI and Big Data, 2020, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Gavin Doherty, Keynote at SICSA all-hands meeting, Dundee, Scotland., 9/1/2020, 2020, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Gavin Doherty, Keynote: Technology in mental health: ethics and design issues, Law, Ethics and Mental Health Conference, Dublin, 16/1/2020, 2020, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
G. Doherty, Keynote, CHI 2020 Workshop on Technology Ecosystems in Mental Health, 2020, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Anja Thieme, Danielle Belgrave, Akane Sano, Gavin Doherty, Machine learning applications: reflections on mental health assessment and ethics , ACM interactions, 27, (2), 2020, p6 - 7, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Gavin Doherty, Designing technology for mental heath interventions., Talk at University of Lancaster, 2019, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
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


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Award Date
ACM Distinguished Member for Outstanding Scientific Contributions to Computing 2019
ACM Europe Overall Best Paper Award - CHI 2019 (1 of 2960 submissions) 2019
CHI 2019 Best Paper Award (top 1% of 2960 submissions) 2019
CHI 2019 Honorable Mention Award (top 5% of 2960 submissions) 2019
Adapt Research Excellence Award 2019
Best paper award CHI 2017 (top 1% of 2400 submissions) 2017
Fellow of Trinity College Dublin 2014
CHI 2014 Honorable Mention Award - Atachiants, Gregg and Doherty (top 5% of 2043 submissions) 2014
CHI 2014 Honorable Mention Award - Matthews, Gay and Doherty (top 5% of 2043 submissions) 2014
IMCL 2014 Best Special Session Paper Award 2014
ACM Senior Member 2011
Data connection postgraduate award 1997
Foundation Scholar, TCD 1994
Dr. Doherty is a researcher in the area of Human Computer Interaction, and an internationally recognised expert on the design of healthcare technologies. His main research interest is in how we can better understand human interactions with technology, and use this understanding in the design of better technologies. He is an internationally recognised expert on the design of healthcare technologies and digital health, and has been particularly active in the area of technology to support mental health care. His team have developed a series of innovative technology interventions which have had a profound impact on the delivery of digital mental health interventions worldwide.