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Clare Kelly

Assistant Professor
Trinity College Dublin


I received my BA in Psychology from Trinity College Dublin in 2002. Shortly after graduating, I joined the lab of Hugh Garavan, PhD, and began to use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to non-invasively assess human brain structure and function. My doctoral research used fMRI to examine cognitive control processes, individual differences, and practice effects in healthy adults, and in 2006 I graduated from Trinity College with a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience. Upon completion of my PhD, I joined the research group of Drs. F. Xavier Castellanos and Michael P. Milham at the New York University Child Study Center, first as a Postdoctoral Fellow, then as an Associate Research Scientist, and ultimately as an Assistant Professor. Since that time, my research has focused on the development, validation, and application of frontier brain imaging approaches to ascertain the functional and structural architecture of the brain in healthy, developing, and disordered human populations. In January of 2015, I returned to Trinity College to become an Ussher Assistant Professor of Functional Neuroimaging, working at Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience (TCIN), with a joint appointment in the School of Psychology and Department of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine. Here at TCD, my lab continues to forge a research mission aimed at elucidating the neurodevelopmental bases of psychiatric disorders through the application and refinement of frontier functional and structural neuroimaging methods. My research vision is to trace the roots of mental health difficulties in the developing brain, so that we can identify at-risk individuals at the earliest possible point and intervene to divert their developmental trajectory away from illness towards health. My Google Scholar Author Profile is available here:

Research Interest

CHILD DEVELOPMENT; Cognitive Neuroscience; FMRI; Functional neuroimaging; Neuroimaging methods


  • Lisdahl KM, Tamm L, Epstein JN, Jernigan T, Molina BS, Hinshaw SP, Swanson JM, Newman E, Kelly C, Bjork JM, Mta Neuroimaging Grou, The impact of ADHD persistence, recent cannabis use, and age of regular cannabis use onset on subcortical volume and cortical thickness in young adults., Drug and alcohol dependence, 161, 2016, p135-46

  • Kelly C., Kelly C., Kelly C., Kelly C., Castellanos F., Castellanos F., Tomaselli O., Tomaselli O., Lisdahl K., Tamm L., Jernigan T., Jernigan T., Jernigan T., Jernigan T., Newman E., Epstein J., Molina B., Molina B., Greenhill L., Potkin S., Hinshaw S., Swanson J., Distinct effects of childhood ADHD and cannabis use on brain functional architecture in young adults, NeuroImage: Clinical, 13, 2017, p188-200

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