Claire’s lab at Trinity College Dublin is interested in developing novel approaches to studying brain health in psychiatric and ageing populations – a key goal is to develop objective tests that can be used to diagnose individuals and predict who will respond to which treatment. Claire is perhaps most well-known for her work in the area of goal-directed learning and habits in obsessive-compulsive disorder (w/ Prof Trevor Robbins @ Cambridge); research that earned her the Junior Investigator Award from British Association for Psychopharmacology in 2015 and a Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship. More recently, she has focused on how individual differences in cognition can leave individuals susceptible to mental illness and how those propensities manifest trans-diagnostically (w/ Profs Nathaniel Daw, Liz Phelps @ NYU). Her lab at Trinity was founded in 2017 and is building on these areas of research, linking dimensional psychiatric markers to neurophysiology, developing new models of disease and treatment response, and following individuals over time to study and ultimately model the trajectory of mental illness. Claire’s work is supported by a fellowship from MQ and grant funding from the Wellcome Trust and Global Brain Health Institute. She serves on the editorial board for Brain and Neurosciences Advances, the new flagship journal of the British Neuroscience Association.
Claire is facing a whole new set of interesting problems while on maternity leave (<—), so don’t be offended if she does not reply to your email in a timely fashion (or at all, in some cases).
email: gillancl [at] tcd [dot] ie