Ray Dolan

Ray Dolan

Ray Dolan Born 21 January 1954 in the Republic of Ireland, he studied medicine at University College Galway, National University of Ireland. He completed a specialist training in psychiatry in UK (1979 – 1986). In 1987 he was appointed consultant neuropsychiatrist to the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square. In 1994 he joined the Institute of Neurology, University College London, as part of a group who established the Wellcome Trust Functional Imaging Laboratory (FIL). Since 1999 he has held the Mary Kinross Chair in Neuropsychiatry, at UCL. In 2006, he became founding Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, at UCL. Between 2010 and 2014 he was visiting Einstein Fellow to the Humboldt University Berlin.

Since 2014 he has been Director of a UCL-Max Planck Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research. He holds an honorary Professorship at the Humboldt University, Berlin and is an External Member of the Max Planck Society.  He is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Royal Society.

Honors and Awards

  • 2000 Fellow of Medical Academy of Sciences
  • 2004 Alexander Von Humboldt International Research Award
  • 2006 Minerva Foundation Golden Brain Award
  • 2007 International Max Planck Research Award   
  • 2010 Fellow of the Royal Society            
  • 2011 Member of the Royal Irish Academy (Hon)  
  • 2011 Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science  
  • 2012 Santiago-Grisolia Award
  • 2012 Alan Turing Centenary Lecture Series          
  • 2012 External Scientific Member of Max Planck Society  
  • 2013 Klaus Joachim Zülch Prize
  • 2014 Member of EMBO

Research Interest

Ray Dolan’s research is concerned with how we learn about reward and punishment, and how reward and punishment impact on our subjective emotional state and on decision making. Using insights from this work he addresses how processing of reward and punishment breaks down in the context of psychiatric disorder. He uses a range of research approaches including functional neuroimaging, computational analysis of behaviour and psychopharmacological manipulations. He has enjoyed continuous research support from the Wellcome Trust, since 1989.