IE Unit launches

Together with Ian Craddock, I will be leading the Data Capture theme within a new Integrative Epidemiology Unit (IEU) at the University of Bristol.

The new unit has received £23million research funding and will exploit the latest advances in genetics and digital data capture to improve understanding of how changes to lifestyle or environment, as well as pharmacological interventions, can reduce the risk of disease. The unit is jointly funded by the Medical Research Council … Read More →


I will be leading the User-centred Design activities within SPHERE, an interdisciplinary research collaboration (IRC) led by the University of Bristol together with the Universities of Southampton and Reading, has been awarded a grant by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) of £12 million. They will work in partnership with Bristol City Council, IBM, Toshiba and Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC).

The collaboration, known as SPHERE (Sensor Platform for HEalthcare in a Residential … Read More →

SilverCloud Health wins ISA award

Big congratulations to the SilverCloud Health team who won the “Most investable business” award at the ISA/IVCA Software Investment Forum on Friday!

During my post-doc at Trinity College Dublin I worked with Dr Gavin Doherty, Dr John Sharry and James Bligh on the initial Silvercloud system. The aim was to develop a platform that could provide computer supported interventions for people experiencing mental health difficulties.

It’s great that the SilverCloud system now has the chance … Read More →

gNats Island discussed in Irish Times

The Irish Times has an article today discussing gNats Island, the CBT computer game we developed to support mental health interventions for adolescents. The article is available online:

Over 500 mental health professional have now received training in the gNats Island intervention, thanks mainly to the work of Dr Gary O’Reilly.

Interaction Design and Emotional Wellbeing @ CHI 2012

Our proposal for a workshop on Interaction Design and Emotional Wellbeing at CHI 2012 has been accepted. The workshop will be held on May 6th in Austin Texas. Full details and the call for participation are available at the workshop website. Should be an interesting day.

Moving to Bristol

I had some great news recently. I was offered and have accepted a position as Lecturer in Human Computer Interaction at the University of Bristol. In January I’ll be moving to Bristol to join the Interaction and Graphics research group in the Department of Computer Science. Exciting times!

Irish times article discusses SeeMySelf

SeeMySelf is featured in an Irish Times article discussing online support for people experiencing eating disorders. SeeMySelf is a collaboration between the Technology Enhanced Therapy project and Bodywise, the Irish eating disorder association. Initial trials of SeeMySelf are currently ongoing.

The article is available here: (login may be required)

CHI paper

I received some good news last week. A paper I co-authored has been conditionally accepted for CHI 2011 in Vancouver. It describes the exploratory evaluations of a new computer game, called gNats Island, which implements Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and is used to support clinical interventions with adolescents experiencing medium to severe mental health difficulties.

D. Coyle, N. McGlade, G. Doherty and G. O’Reilly, Exploratory evaluations of a computer game supporting Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for adolescent, … Read More →

Rainbow Research Group

I’m now based with the Rainbow Research Group at the Computer Laboratory in the University of Cambridge. The group conducts research on computer graphics and human computer interaction. It is led by Peter Robinson, Neil Dodgson and Alan Blackwell and has 6 post-doctoral researchers and 11 PhD students.

My research in the Rainbow group is conducted in collaboration with Alan Blackwell.

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