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Donncha is a Reader in the School of Psychology and has expertise in the applied and theoretical research field of mental health with a Scopus h-index of 23 and a i10-index of 64. He was the Research Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at QUB for 6 years and is currently the School Post-Graduate Research Director. He has published over 80 peer-reviewed publications in the field of mental health and over 40 doctoral students have successfully graduated under his supervision. He has made repeat media appearances on a number of television shows including the Afternoon Show, the Daily show and You’re a Star.


Higher Education:                         

Bachelor of Science with 1st Class Honours in Psychology received from Queen’s University Belfast in 1999.

PhD awarded from Queen’s University Belfast in 2004.

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching awarded from Queen’s University Belfast in 2005.


Research Interests

Donncha’s research focus on the measuring and modelling of risk & resilience factors for mental health and well-being. He has published widely on posttraumatic stress, posttraumatic growth, psychological resilience, psychosis and disassociation using a range of quantitative, psychometric and novel methodologies. Donncha is increasing engaged with the emerging discipline of digital mental health and wellbeing.


Since being awarded a PGCHET in 2005 Donncha has been involved in delivering over 17 different modules and been module coordinator for 7 different modules at QUB. He was conferred the Queen's University Teaching Award by the Vice Chancellor in 2013.  

His teaching mainly focus on research methodologies and quantitative data analysis. He has published a bestselling statistics text book and a research methods text book.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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  • Neurocognitive functioning among children and young people with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: A systematic review and meta-analysis

    Gregg, J., Wilson, C., Curran, D. & Hanna, D., 20 Mar 2024, (Early online date) In: The Clinical Neuropsychologist. 28 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • The association and mechanisms between mindfulness and mental health outcomes in athletes: testing self-determination theory

    Shannon, S., Hanna, D., Leavey, G., Haughey, T., Neill, D. & Breslin, G., 09 Apr 2024, Mental health in sport and physical activity: selected writings from the ISSP Academy of Science. Schinke, R. J. (ed.). Routledge, p. 202-219 18 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • A comparison between auditory hallucinations, interpretation of voices, and formal thought disorder in dissociative identity disorder and schizophrenia spectrum disorders

    Dorahy, M. J., Nesbit, A., Palmer, R., Wiltshire, B., Cording, J. R., Hanna, D., Seager, L. & Middleton, W., Sept 2023, In: Journal of Clinical Psychology. 79, 9, p. 2009-2022 14 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    Open Access
    3 Citations (Scopus)
    51 Downloads (Pure)
  • Contributing factors to secondary traumatic stress and vicarious posttraumatic growth in therapists

    Cleary, E., Curran, D., Dyer, K., Simms, J. & Hanna, D., 20 Nov 2023, In: Journal of Traumatic Stress. 37, 1, p. 103-112 10 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    Open Access
    56 Downloads (Pure)
  • Data from an international multi-centre study of statistics and mathematics anxieties and related variables in university students (the SMARVUS dataset)

    Terry, J., Ross, R. M., Nagy, T., Salgado, M., Garrido-Vásquez, P., Sarfo, J. O., Cooper, S., Buttner, A. C., Lima, T. J. S., Öztürk, İ., Akay, N., Santos, F. H., Artemenko, C., Copping, L. T., Elsherif, M. M., Milovanović, I., Cribbie, R. A., Drushlyak, M. G., Swainston, K., Shou, Y., & 135 othersLeongómez, J. D., Palena, N., Abidin, F. A., Reyes-Rodríguez, M. F., He, Y., Abraham, J., Vatakis, A., Jankowsky, K., Schmidt, S. N. L., Grimm, E., González, D., Schmid, P., Ferreira, R. A., Rozgonjuk, D., Özhan, N., O’Connor, P. A., Zsido, A. N., Stiglic, G., Rhodes, D., Rodríguez, C., Ropovik, I., Enea, V., Nurwanti, R., Estudillo, A. J., Beribisky, N., Himawan, K. K., Geven, L. M., Van Hoogmoed, A. H., Bret, A., Chapman, J. E., Alter, U., Flack, Z. M., Hanna, D., Soltanlou, M., Banik, G., Adamkovič, M., Van der Ven, S. H. G., Mosbacher, J. A., Şen, H. H., Anderson, J. R., Batashvili, M., De Groot, K., Parker, M. O., Helmy, M., Ostroha, M. M., Gilligan-Lee, K. A., Egara, F. O., Barwood, M. J., Thomas, K., McMahon, G., Griffin, S. M., Nuerk, H-C., Counsell, A., Lindemann, O., Van Rooy, D., Wege, T. E., Lewis, J. E., Aczel, B., Monaghan, C., Al-Hoorie, A. H., Huber, J. F., Yapan, S., Garrido Vásquez, M. E., Callea, A., Ergiyen, T., Clay, J. M., Mertens, G., Topçu, F., Tutlu, M. G., Täht, K., Mikkor, K., Caso, L., Karner, A., Storm, M. M. C., Daroczy, G., Zein, R. A., Greco, A., Buchanan, E. M., Schmid, K., Hunt, T. E., De keersmaecker, J., Branney, P. E., Randell, J., Clark, O. J., Steltenpohl, C. N., Malu, B., Tekeş, B., Ramis, T., Agrigoroaei, S., Badcock, N. A., McAloney-Kocaman, K., Semenikhina, O. V., Graf, E. W., Lea, C., Ogba, K. T. U., Guppy, F. M., Warhurst, A. C., Lindsay, S., Al Khateeb, A., Scharnowski, F., De Kwaadsteniet, L., Francis, K. B., Lecompte, M., Webster, L. A. D., Morsanyi, K., Forwood, S. E., Walters, E. R., Tip, L. K., Wagge, J. R., Lai, H. Y., Crossland, D. S., Darda, K. M., Flack, T. R., Leviston, Z., Brolly, M., Hills, S. P., Collins, E., Roberts, A. J., Cheung, W-Y., Leonard, S., Verschuere, B., Stanley, S. K., Xenidou-Dervou, I., Ghasemi, O., Liew, T., Ansari, D., Guilaran, J., Penny, S. G., Bahnmueller, J., Hand, C. J., Rahajeng, U. W., Peterburg, D., Takacs, Z. K., Platow, M. J. & Field, A. P., 29 May 2023, In: Journal of Open Psychology Data. 11, 1, 25 p., 8.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    Open Access
    3 Citations (Scopus)
    35 Downloads (Pure)