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 →

CHI 2013 Honorable Mention

The paper “Using Crowdsourcing to Support Pro-environmental Community Activism” received a Best Paper Honorable Mention at CHI 2013. The full paper is available here.

CHI 2012 honorable mention

Our paper “I did that! Measuring Users’ Experience of Agency in their own Actions” received a Best Paper Honorable Mention at CHI 2012. The full paper is available here: DOI link.

CHI papers

I’ve had two full papers accepted for CHI 2012. The first covers recent work on how people experience a sense of agency when interacting with technology: Coyle, D., Moore, J., Kristensson. P.O., Fletcher, P.C. and Blackwell, A.F. ‘I did that! Measuring users’ experience of agency in their own actions.’

The second is more clinically focused. It describes the design and evaluation of on online intervention for people having difficulties with depression: Doherty, G., Coyle … Read More →

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!

Talks on mental health technologies – May 5th, Cambridge

If you are anywhere near Cambridge on May 5th, the Rainbow Group in the Computer Laboratory is hosting two talks on technologies designed to support mental health interventions. I’m giving the first myself, on the evaluations of a computer game implementing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. The second is by Dr Gavin Doherty of Trinity College Dublin and will consider the challenges associated with engagement in online mental health services. Further details of both talks are available … Read More →

gNats Island

gNats Island is a computer game implementing Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, which I’ve been working on for a while now – in collaboration with Gary O’Reilly and Nicola McGlade at UCD and with Gavin Doherty at Trinity College Dublin. The game is designed to support interventions with young people experiencing medium to severe internalising, mental health disorders. We recently completed our first set of exploratory trials, the details of which will be published in a paper … Read More →

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 →

Guidelines for the design of mental health technologies

(Coyle, et al, 2007), in the journal Interacting with Computers, provided an initial set of guidelines for the design of technologies to support talk-based mental health interventions. These guidelines were updated in my PhD thesis and are posted below:

Clinical Validity:

Design systems based on accepted theoretical models of mental health care. Design systems in collaboration with mental health care professionals. Target important aspects of therapeutic interventions e.g. client engagement, the client therapist relationship, personal … Read More →