Dr Donncha Mullin

Thesis title: Development of a polygenic risk score of motoric cognitive risk syndrome for early identification of individuals at high risk of dementia

RCPsych & MCF Studentship 2020 - 2023

Year of study: 1

  • Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, Division of Psychiatry
  • Centre for Dementia Prevention
  • Alzheimer Scotland Dementia Research Centre

Contact details


Donncha Mullin is a Psychiatry trainee and exercise enthusiast, having qualified first as a Physiotherapist before studying Medicine. He can be found running in the hills of Scotland but is native to Ireland. Dr Mullin undertook his Psychiatry Core Training years in Edinburgh but still feels a strong affinity to Glasgow, where he studied at undergraduate level.


PgC - Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership

MBChB - Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery

BSc (Hons) - Bachelor of Science (Honorary) in Physiotherapy

Responsibilities & affiliations

Trustee of Scotland-Malawi Mental Health Education Project

MRCPsych - Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists 

Research summary


Motoric Cognitive Risk


Physical Activity


Global Mental Health

Current research interests

Dr Mullin was recently awarded a 3-year clinical fellowship PhD from the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Masonic Charitable Foundation to commence in July 2020 for the proposal titled: Development of a polygenic risk score of motoric cognitive risk syndrome for early identification of individuals at high risk of dementia

Knowledge exchange


Stirland LE, González-Saavedra L, Mullin DS, Ritchie CW, Muniz-Terrera G, Russ TC (2020) Measuring multimorbidity beyond counting diseases: systematic review of community and population studies and guide to index choice. British Medical Journal.

Richmond G, Kenny C, Ahmed J, Stephenson L, Lindsay J, Earls P, Mullin DS & Ryland H (2017) Health Education and Activity – Lessening The Inequalities in mental health (HEA – LTI mental health) BMJ Qual Improv Report 2017; Vol 6; issue 1


Sep 2019         Poster: Connecting with the brain: promoting engagement of psychiatrists with neuroscience. Mullin DS, Bhamra M, Cole R, Daudjee J, de Cates A, De Giorgi R, Hussain J, Lynall M, Pape S, Poole N, Sinclair L, Selwood J, Cuttle G. Royal College of Psychiatrists Annual Medical Education Conference,

Apr 2019         Selected as a Wellcome-Gatsby Travelling Fellow to attend the British Neuroscience Association Festival in Dublin. I recorded the experience and development of the travelling fellows in a poster which was presented at the RCPsych Annual Medical Education Conference in Glasgow, Sept 2019.

Dec 2018        Awarded a €1000 bursary for a two-week research internship with Prof Celso Arango in Madrid, by the European College of Clinical Neuropsychopharmacology Junior Researcher Mentor programme.

Nov 2018        Awarded bursary to attend European College of Clinical Neuropsychopharmacology Clinical Research Workshop in Barcelona.

Sept 2018       Funded participant as data analyst at Integrated Analysis of Longitudinal Studies of Ageing (IALSA) research workshop in Penn State University, USA, for one week. Ongoing analysis of large European dataset, the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE), exploring use of frailty indices.

Mar 2016         Poster: Venothromboembolism (VTE) assessment of patients admitted to Old Age Psychiatry wards: how well are we doing? Turner E & Mullin DS. Royal College of Psychiatrists Faculty of Old Age, Mar 2016