david1I am an Associate Professor in Human Computer Interaction with the School of Computer Science at University College Dublin and member of the HCI@UCD group. My research has a strong interdisciplinary focus, with the overall goal of understanding and developing computer systems that help to address important societal challenges. My current research has several broad themes:

  • Health technologies: I am the Project Coordinator of the EU funded TEAM ITN. Alongside this I have projects investigating the potential of online help-seeking, games and mobile devices, and blended CBT to prevent and treat mental health difficulties, and on technology to support rehabilitation for cancer and cardiovascular disease.
  • The Experience of Agency: I have an ongoing interest in applying implicit metrics – derived from recent research in Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience – to explore peoples’ experience of agency when interacting with new technologies, including intelligent, on-body and sensing interfaces.

My research page provides further detail of ongoing research projects.

Prospective PhD Students:

I enjoy working with people who are passionate about interactive technologies and want to address important social, economic and intellectual challenges. If you are interested in pursuing a PhD at University College Dublin please contact me to discuss projects and funding possibilities.

Current teaching:

COMP40630 Human Computer Interaction
COMP41690 Mobile Application Development
COMP30680 Web Application Development

Sample projects:

TEAM is a 4 year Innovation Training Network (ITN), funded by the EU Horizon 2020 programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions. I coordinate the overall network, which focuses on developing new technologies to support the assessment, prevention and treatment of mental health difficulties in young people.
[TEAM website]
Searching for Mental Health
Seeking help is an important step in addressing mental health difficulties. This project is exploring the design on online help seeking tools. Evidence suggests that positive help-seeking experiences contribute to an increased likelihood of future help-seeking and improved outcomes.
[JMIR 2019] [JMIR Mental Health 2019]
The Experience of Agency
This is an ongoing project in which we are applying implicit metrics – derived from recent research in Cognitive Neuroscience – to explore and map peoples’ experience of personal agency when interacting with new technologies, such as on-body and intelligent interfaces.
[CHI 2012] [CHI 2015] [F. Human Neuroscience] [CHI 2018]

Program Committees

  • ACM CHI 2020, Associate Chair, Understanding People sub-committee
  • Mobile HCI 2018, Doctoral Consortium Chair
  • British HCI 2018, Doctoral Consortium Chair
  • ACM CHI 2018 and 2019, Associate Chair, Health sub-committee.
  • ACM CHI 2015, 2016 and 2017, Associate Chair, Understanding People sub-committee.
  • Irish HCI 2015 Program Chair.
  • ACM CHI 2011, 2012 and 2014 Work in Progress papers committee.
  • ACM CHI 2014 Student Competition.
  • CBMS 2014 and 2015.
  • OzCHI 2014.
  • ACM International Workshop on Mobile Systems for Computational Social Science 2012 and 2013
  • Computer Based Medical Systems special tracks 2011, 2012 and 2013
  • Irish HCI 2010 and 2011


  • Workshop on Designing for Social and Emotional Wellbeing at ACM CHI 2015
  • RepliCHI the Workshop at ACM CHI 2013
  • Workshop on Interaction Design and Emotional Wellbeing at ACM CHI 2012
  • Designing Wellbeing at ACM DIS 2012
  • People Computers and Psychotherapy at British HCI 2012

Editorial service

  • Guest editor: special issue of the International Journal of Human Computer Studies on ‘Designing for Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing’ (published July 2014).
  • Editorial board: Behaviour and IT special issue on Medical Teamwork, Collaboration and Patient-Centred Care.