Dr Ronan McGarrigle

Dr Ronan McGarrigle


I joined the University of Leeds as a lecturer in Psychology in March, 2024. 

I was awarded my PhD in Psychology at University of Manchester in 2016 before taking up post-doctoral positions in the US at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Vanderbilt University in the US. Upon returning to the UK, I lectured at University of Chester, and was then awarded an ESRC New Investigator Grant, which I completed at University of York (‘What the eyes can reveal about the ageing listening brain’, 2018-2021) before taking up a lectureship in Psychology at University of Bradford (2021-2024).


Research interests

My main areas of research are speech perception, attention, cognition, and ageing. My research seeks to unravel the many facets of the human communication experience by collecting data using a variety of measurement tools, including physiological (e.g. pupillometry), behavioural, and subjective measures. Whilst the majority of this research makes use of quantitative techniques, I have also adopted qualitative approaches (e.g. cognitive interviews and focus groups) to help ensure that questionnaire design is informed by the lived experiences of the population of interest. My work straddles disciplinary boundaries of experimental psychology, psychophysiology, and hearing science and seeks to both advance theoretical knowledge and improve the lives of individuals with communication difficulties.

I am also a keen advocate for various open science initiatives (e.g. pre-registration) and strive to embed these within my teaching and research.


  • BSc Psychology (1st Class Honours)
  • PhD Psychology

Professional memberships

  • Experimental Psychology Society
  • Psychonomic Society