Sonia Bishop

Adjunct Associate Professor

In 2022, I accepted a position as the 1968 Chair of Psychology in the School of Psychology at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland; I am also a member of the Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience. I am currently accepting applications for graduate students and postdocs to work with me there - please email me at It is a beautiful place, a vibrant scientific community, and a fun city with direct flights to SF, London and other US and European cities! To find out about what it is like to work with me there you can also email Isabel Milano ( who was my RA in Berkeley and is now my 1st graduate student at TCD.

I am also an adjunct professor in the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at UC Berkeley, where I hold two NIMH grants and continue to supervise a small research team (see lab members). We are accepting applications from undergraduate RAs interested in working in the lab through URAP or other schemes.

Biography: Prior to taking my new position at Trinity College Dublin, I was a member of faculty at UC Berkeley from 2008-2022, first as an assistant professor and then as a (tenured) associate professor. Before that, I trained in both the UK and the USA. I obtained a BA in Experimental Psychology from Oxford University and, following a brief detour to obtain a MPhil. in Criminology at Cambridge University, completed a PhD in Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College, University of London. My post-doctoral training was undertaken at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge with a year split between Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania. I work at the intersection of cognitive neuroscience, clinical psychology and computational science. The lab's research uses a combination of computational modeling, functional neuroimaging and experimental methods to investigate altered cognitive and brain function in anxiety and depression. Processes of particular interest include decision-making, attentional control, representation of facial expression and natural emotional scene processing. The new discipline of computational psychiatry is a nature home for our lab's work - bringing together an interest in how brain and cognitive function 'goes wrong' in individuals displaying elevated levels of psychiatric symptomatology with a focus on cutting edge neuroimaging methods and computational modeling. Close collaborators include Anne Collins, Sheri Johnson, Jack Gallant, Peter Dayan (Max Planck, Tubingen) and Alex Huth (U. Austin, Texas). My hobbies include Improvisational Comedy; while at UC Berkeley I taught freshman seminars on Exploring Psychology through Improvisational Comedy and Drama.

See Publications page for published work


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