Donncha Hanna


  • Room 03.524 - David Keir Building

    United Kingdom


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Personal profile


I have completed all my higher education at Queen’s University Belfast; graduating in 1999 with BSc (1st Class Hons) Psychology and again in 2004 with a PhD in Psychology and Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching.

I have been employed as a lecturer since 2005 and was appointed research coordinator for Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2015.


I have expertise in the measurement and modelling of a range of psychological constructs as well as the design and statistical analysis of research projects.


I have made media appearances on a number of television shows including the Afternoon Show, the Daily show and You’re a Star.



School of Psychology Administrative Roles

  • DClin Psych Research Director
  • Module coordinator: PSY9015 Applied Research 1
  • Module coordinator: PSY9021 Applied Research 2
  • Module coordinator: PSY9026 Applied Research 3

Research Interests

My primary research interest is mental health including the measurement and modelling of psychological trauma, anxiety disorders, psychosis and related constructs.  Specific areas of interest include:

  • Attentional biases

  • OCD

  • Psychometric properties of Mental Health Measures

  • PTSD & complexPSTD

  • Self-conscious emotions (especially shame) & mental health

  • Trauma (from the troubles, natural disasters or childhood adversity)

I have been teaching research methods and analysis for ten years. Martin Dempster and I have co-written two books on statistics & research methods and I have published research looking at the problems students have in this area.


PSY3001 Thesis

PSY7059 Psychological Assessment

PSY7062 Dissertation

PSY9012 Psychological Assessment and Formulation

PSY9015 Applied Research 1

PSY9021 Applied Research 2

PSY9026 Applied Research 3


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