Nursing & Human Sciences Life Sciences

Nursing & Human Sciences Life Sciences

School of Nursing & Human Sciences

The School of Nursing and Human Sciences at DCU is internationally recognised for the quality of its diverse programmes of study in nursing, psychology, health & society, psychotherapy and sexuality studies. The School has a high national and international impact in funding, publications and attracting post-graduates and post-doctoral researchers.

The 10 priority research themes are:

In addition to the research expertise of the faculty staff, there is also state-of-the-art facilities and equipment available for research collaboration.


Translational BioSciences Laboratory
The School has a fully equipped biomedical laboratory for routine activity, as well as dedicated Class II laboratories for human cell culture and pathogen handling.
For further information, please contact Dr Patricia Johnson.

Behavioural Neuroscience Laboratory – Psychopharmacology Division
The Behavioural Neuroscience Laboratory focuses on understanding how psychotropic drugs affect the brain and behaviour under normal conditions or in psychiatric disorders, such as drug dependence. Current research focuses on interactions between drugs of abuse and the brain reward system, as well as effects of psychoactive drugs in impulsivity and attentional performance during adolescence and adulthood. More specifically, a strong focus of our work is on the effects of potential and/or newly developed therapeutic agents for the treatment of nicotine dependence.
Please contact Dr. Styliani (Stella) Vlachou at or at +353-1-700-7421. 

Preclinical Division, Behavioural Neuroscience Laboratory
The facilities available for joint industry-academic, experimental behavioural pharmacology collaborations include testing equipment e.g. self-administration, intracranial self-stimulation and 5-choice serial reaction-time task procedures.
For further information, contact Dr Stella Vlachou

Psychology Laboratories – Clinical & Experimental
The equipment available for clinical, cognition and related applied research projects includes:

  • Multi-channel EEG.
  • Fully shielded EEG room.
  • Virtual Reality headset.
  • SuperLab and e-Prime experimental psychology software for computer-based experiments.
  • Dedicated psychometric test library, with a wide range of cognitive, educational, health, neuro, personality and social psychology tests and measures.
  • Eye-tracking equipment.
  • Neuroimaging.

All equipment is available for internal and external collaborations.
For further information, contact Patrick Boylan.