Dr. Chris Exton


Dr. Chris Exton is currently a lecturer in the department of Computer Science and Information Systems at University of Limerick. He holds a B.Sc. in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Monash University, Melbourne. He has worked extensively in the commercial software development field in a variety of different industries and countries included Software Engineering positions in Australia, Ireland and the UK, where he has worked in a number of diverse companies from electronic manufacturing to banking.  In addition his academic positions includes a number of Schools and Departments including Monash University Australia, University College Dublin and Uppsala University, Sweden. He has worked on a number of research projects in the area of programmer psychology and software tools and more recently in the area of medical decision support systems. He has researched and published in these areas for over 15 years, as well as taking an active role as a reviewer for the International Journal of Software Maintenance and Evolution and The Software Quality Journal.



Donoghue, L., Elias, T., Leonard, M., Exton, C., Dunne, C., Meagher, J., Adamis, D. and Meagher, D. (2016) 'Development of a novel computerised version of the Month Backwards Test: A comparison of performance in hospitalised elderly patients and final year medical students', Computers in Biology and Medicine, 68, 1-8.

Leonard, M., O'Connell, H., Williams, O., Awan, F., Exton, C., O'Connor, M., Adamis, D., Dunne, C., Cullen, W. and Meagher, D. J. (2016) 'Attention, vigilance and visuospatial function in hospitalized elderly medical patients: Relationship to neurocognitive diagnosis', J Psychosom Res, 90, 84-90.

Meagher, J., Long, V., Leonard, M., Donoghue, L., O'Regan, N., Timmons, S., Exton, C., Cullen, W., Dunne, C., MacLullich, A. M. J. and Meagher, D. (2015) 'The months backwards test: a review of its rationale and use in clinical studies', World Journal of Psychiatry

O'Hanlon, S., O'Regan, N., Maclullich, A. M., Cullen, W., Dunne, C., Exton, C. and Meagher, D. (2014) 'Improving delirium care through early intervention: from bench to bedside to boardroom', J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry, 85(2), 207-213.

Williams, O. A., O’Connell, H., Leonard, M., Awan, F., White, D., McKenna, F., Hannigan, A., Cullen, W., Exton, C., Enudi, W., Dunne, C., Adamis, D. and Meagher, D. (2017) 'Development of the four-item Letter and Shape Drawing test (LSD-4): A brief bedside test of visuospatial function', Psychiatry Research, 247, 317-322.