Prof Richard Roche

Psychology, ALL Institute

Deputy Head of Department

John Hume Building
(01) 708 6069


I was employed as a Lecturer in Maynooth University’s Department of Psychology in 2005 following postgraduate and postdoctoral study in Trinity College Dublin; I have been Professor B as of October 2022, Deputy Head of Department since 2021. My current research interests are in cognitive neuroscience/neuropsychology, particularly memory, ageing, dementia, stroke, brain injury and synaesthesia. To date I have published 37 research articles and three books, and acted as Associate Editor for Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (2014-2016). I have received over €1,450,000 in research funding, and am currently involved in collaborations between Maynooth University and the Stroke Unit of Tallaght Hospital in Dublin, as well as Peamount, Beaumot and St Vincent's Hospitals and the National Rehabilitation Hospital, Dún Laoghaire. I served on the Neuroscience Ireland committee from 2005-2014, as Vice-President 2010-2012 and President 2012-2014, and was the founding President of the Irish Brain Council in 2013. To date I have graduated 9 PhDs and 4 MSc students, and acted as advisor on a further 2 PhDs and 1 MSc. I have been a staunch supporter of neuroscience advocacy, outreach and engagement with the public for the past number of years.


Year Publication
2009 Roche, R.A.P., & Commins, S. (2009) Pioneering studies in cognitive neuroscience. : McGraw-Hill.

Peer Reviewed Journal

Year Publication
2013 Murphy, J.R., Rawdon, C., Twomey, D., Markey, P., Kelleher, I., Molloy, C., Dr Richard Roche, & Cannon, M. (2013) 'Reduced duration mismatch negativity in adolescents with psychotic symptoms: A community based study'. BMC Psychiatry, BMC Psychiatry, Vol. 13 . [Full-Text]
2012 Murphy, J.R., Blanchard, M.M., Rawdon, C., Kavanagh, F., Kelleher, I., Harley, M., Clarke, M.C., Dr Richard Roche, & Cannon, M. (2012) 'Event related potential reveal language processing abnormalities and reduced lateralisation of language in adolescents with psychotic-like experiences'. Schizophrenia Research, Schizophrenia Research, Vol. 137 :91-96. [Full-Text]
2012 Roddy, S., Tiedt, L., Kelleher, I., Clarke, M.C., Murphy, J., Rawdon, C., Dr Richard Roche, Calkins, M.E., Richard, J.A., Kohler, C.G., & Cannon, M. (2012) 'An investigation of facial emotion recognition in adolescents with psychotic-like experiences: A school-based sample from the general population'. Psychological Medicine, Psychological Medicine, Vol. 28 :1-10. [Full-Text]
2005 Roche, RAP, Mangaoang, MA, Commins, S & O’Mara, SM (2005) 'Hippocampal contributions to neurocognitive mapping in humans: A new model'. Hippocampus, 15 :622-641. [Full-Text]
2006 Hogan, MJ, Carolan, L, Roche, RAP, Dockree, PM, Kaiser, J, Bunting, B, Robertson, IH & Lawlor, B. (2006) 'Electrophysiological and information processing variability predicts memory decrements associated with normal age-related cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s Disease'. Journal of Brain Research, 1119 :215-226. [Full-Text]
2005 Roche, RAP, Garavan, H, Foxe, JJ & O’Mara, SM (2005) 'Individual differences discriminate event-related potentials but not performance during response inhibition'. Experimental Brain Research, 160 :60-70.
2004 Dockree, PM, Kelly, SP, Roche, RAP, Reilly, RB & Robertson, IH (2004) 'Behavioural and physiological impairments of vigilant attention after traumatic brain injury'. Cognitive Brain Research, 20 :403-414.
2004 Roche, RAP, Dockree, PM, Garavan, H, Foxe, JJ, Robertson, IH & O’Mara, SM (2004) 'EG alpha power changes reflect response inhibition deficits after traumatic brain injury (TBI)'. Neuroscience Letters, 362 :1-5.
2003 Roche, RAP & O’Mara, SM (2003) 'Behavioural and electrophysiological correlates of visuomotor learning in a visual search task'. Cognitive Brain Research, 15 :127-136.
2002 Garavan, H, Ross, TJ, Murphy, K, Roche, RAP, & Stein, EA (2002) 'Dissociable executive functions in behavioural control: Inhibition, error detection and correction'. NeuroImage, 17 :1820-1829.


Year Publication
2015 Forte, K. (2015) Cognitive approaches to attentional re-orienting in pseudo-neglect and hemineglect following stroke. NUI Maynooth: [Thesis]
2014 Duffin, J. (2014) Investigating cognitive processing and cognitive recovery following stroke. NUI Maynooth: [Thesis]
2014 Twomey, D. (2014) Perceptual decision-making in the human brain using electrophysiological assays. NUI Maynooth: [Thesis]
2014 Brady, N. (2014) Memory performance in mild cognitive impairment. NUI Maynooth: [Thesis]
2014 Walshe, E. (2014) An investigation of spatial processing, gait and balance and stroke patients, relating to assessment and rehabilitation. NUI Maynooth: [Thesis]
2013 Rogan, C. (2013) Cognitive interventions for acquired brain injury. NUI Maynooth: [Thesis]
2009 Moore, J. (2009) Behavioural and electrophysiological sequelae of stress during memory encoding, consolidation and reconsolidation. NUI Maynooth: [Thesis]
2009 Murphy, J. (2009) Neural bases of spatial learning and memory in humans. NUI Maynooth: [Thesis]
2009 Rawdon, C. (2009) Memory processing in adolescents at risk of schizophrenia. NUI Maynooth: [Thesis]
2009 Murphy, J. (2009) Language processing in adolescents at risk of schizophrenia. NUI Maynooth: [Thesis]
2009 Scanlon, P. (2009) Behavioural and electrophysiological correlates of source memory in healthy and abnormal ageing. NAUI Maynooth: [Thesis]
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