Rob Whelan, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychology

We need to develop a better understanding of the relationship between brain health and cultural, environmental, and individual differences.

Current Work

Associate Professor of Psychology

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Words of Strength



To reduce the scale and impact of dementia, we need to translate laboratory findings to the real world. We can do this by developing a better understanding of the relationship between brain health and cultural, environmental and individual differences.


Rob’s research primarily focuses on relating psychological constructs to real-world outcomes. I do this from a cognitive neuroscience perspective, using structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging and electroencephalography, typically utilizing a combination of theory- and data-driven approaches in large samples.


Rob uses brain data to detect early signs of cognitive decline. He studies how mobile devices can record brain activity, with the goal of making measures of brain health more accessible.

Education & Experience

Rob obtained a degree in Applied Psychology from University College Cork and a PhD degree in Psychology from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Following postdoctoral work in Ireland and then the United States, Rob returned to Dublin and is now an Associate Professor of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin.

National University of Ireland, Maynooth
University College Cork
Applied Psychology

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