Institute of Neuroscience

Staff Profile

Dr Peter Gallagher

Lecturer in Neuropsychology


My main research interests are applied and experimental neuropsychology, specifically neuropsychological impairment in psychiatric illness and its biological underpinnings.

This work has extended to a series of projects examining aspects of neuropsychological change and cognitive preservation in ageing. We are particularly interested in assessing intra-individual reaction time variability, applying ex-Gaussian modelling (see recent publications). 


Research Interests

Neurocognitive impairment in mood disorders

Emotional processing in mood disorders

Current Work

MRC Life-Long Health and Wellbeing project:


  • “The development and evaluation of a monitoring device to objectively assess functional and psychosocial impairment in older-age adults with major depression”.


MRC CFS/ME Strategic Call:

  •  “Understanding the pathogenesis of autonomic dysfunction in chronic fatigue syndrome and its relationship with cognitive impairment”.


MRC Experimental Medicine for Mental Health:

  • “Randomised trial of Blood pressure Rapid Intensive Lowering And Normal Treatment for Mood and Cognition in Persistent Depression (BRILiANT Mood Study)”.



Undergraduate Teaching

PSY1010 Research Methods & Skills [module leader- statistics]
PSY3097 Undergraduate Research Projects

Postgraduate Teaching

MMB8010 Cognitive Neuroscience module [MRes in Medical and Molecular Biosciences]

MRes, MSc (PSY8037), MPhil, DClinPsy, and PhD project supervision

Deputy Postgraduate Research Student Coordinator (PgRSC) for IoN.