Brian Lawlor, MD, FRCPI, FRCPsych

Site Director, Trinity College Dublin

We need to develop effective policies and interventions that increase support for care partners of people with dementia around the world.

Current Work

Brian Lawlor is a professor of old age psychiatry at Trinity College Dublin, and Site Director of GBHI at Trinity. He is a geriatric psychiatrist with an interest in dementia, late-life depression, loneliness and brain health. Brian has worked for over 30 years on developing services and delivering care to people with dementia. His research interests range from early detection and prevention to evaluating new treatments for dementia.

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Seamus Heaney

Words of Strength

Care and caring matters


To decrease the scale and impact of dementia, we need to develop effective policies and interventions that improve the quality of care for people with dementia and reduce the burden experienced by care partners.


Brian is working with different stakeholders, agencies and research groups to understand how we might reduce the risk of developing dementia in people at risk and how we can address the determinants of care partner burden, particularly the impact of loneliness and behavioural and psychological symptoms. The overarching aim of his work is to develop effective strategies and policies that can improve the wellbeing and quality of life of people with dementia and of their care partners.


By developing polices and interventions to improve the health and wellbeing of people with dementia and of their care partners, we can help the person to live well with dementia and support their ongoing care in the community.

Education & Experience

Brian graduated from University College Dublin Medical School and received his internal medicine training in Dublin. He then completed a psychiatry residency at University of Florida, Gainesville and a fellowship in geriatric psychopharmacology at the National Institute of Mental Health at Bethesda Maryland. After completing his fellowship, he was appointed Chief of Psychogeriatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York after which he returned to Ireland as a Consultant Psychiatrist at St. James's Hospital and Trinity College Dublin.

Awards & Honors

Mount Sinai Hospital, New York
Solomon Silver Excellence in Research Award
St. James’s Hospital, Dublin
William Stokes Award
Trinity College Dublin
Honorary Fellow
Trinity College Dublin
Trinity Global Engagement Award



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