Anna has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and Political Science and Sociology from NUI Galway. Following this, she completed a Higher Diploma in Psychology in NUI Galway. During her Higher Diploma she conducted a research project which investigated the relationship between social media use and social cognition in adolescents. Anna’s Higher Diploma research led her to pursue a Master’s degree in Clinical Neuroscience at NUI Galway. While studying for her Master’s degree, Anna conducted a thesis derived from the ERC funded iRELATE project entitled ‘Examining the Neural Mechanisms of Theory of Mind using fMRI in Individuals with Schizophrenia & Healthy Controls’.
After her Master’s degree, Anna joined the Research and Evaluation team at Jigsaw – The National Centre for Youth Mental Health as a research assistant. During this time she worked on variety projects including Jigsaw’s online counselling service and One Good School™ initiative. Following this, she worked as a research assistant on My World Survey 2, Ireland’s largest national survey on youth mental health, led by University College Dublin School of Psychology.
Anna’s research interests include developmental cognitive neuroscience and the impact of early life adversity on mental health.
Email: akhanlon [at] tcd.ie