This blog is managed by a small group of postgrads and staff from the School of Psychology at NUI, Galway. We share a keen interest in promoting Health Psychology. To find out more about us, see below!
Ms Eimear Morrissey, PhD student, Structured PhD in Psychology and Health, School of Psychology, NUI Galway.
Eimear graduated with an honours degree in Applied Psychology from UCC in 2012 and obtained a Masters degree in Health Psychology from NUI, Galway in 2013. She has recently been awarded IRC funding to undertake the Structured PhD in Psychology and Health. Her PhD studentship aims to (1) appraise, select and synthesise all high quality research evidence in the area of m-health adherence interventions through a systematic review (2) identify/design a m-health adherence intervention using theories of self-regulation and behaviour change suitable for clinical populations (3) conduct an exploratory randomised controlled trial (RCT) to evaluate the efficacy of a m-health based adherence intervention to enhance adherence to walking and medication.
Dr Jenny Mc Sharry, Post Doctoral Researcher, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, School of Psychology, NUI Galway
Jenny Mc Sharry obtained a BA, HDip in Psychology and an MSc in Health Psychology from NUI Galway.
Jenny completed a PhD in Health Psychology Research and Professional Practice at the University of Southampton in 2013. This course provides Stage 2 chartership as a Health Psychologist and combines a PhD thesis with supervised practice and the submission of a portfolio of evidence.
Following her PhD, Jenny worked as a research associate at the Manchester Centre for Health Psychology at the University of Manchester. Jenny joined the Health Behaviour Change Research Group at NUI Galway in 2014.
– Interventions to change health-related behaviours.
– Understanding and managing health in the context of multiple illnesses.
– Illness perceptions of people with chronic conditions.
– Adherence to medication.
Ms Emma Carr, PhD student, Structured PhD in Psychology and Health, School of Psychology, NUI Galway.
Emma is publisher of the NUIG Health Psychology blog. Emma obtained a Higher Diploma in Psychology from NUIG in 2014 and completed the MSc in Health Psychology in 2015. She was recently awarded a Hardiman Scholarship and has just embarked on her PhD. Emma is on the Psychology and Health programme at NUIG, developing a digital interveniotn to promoting early presentation of breast cancer symptoms.
Ms Milou Fredrix, PhD student, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, School of Psychology, NUI Galway
Milou Fredrix was born in the Netherlands and completed her BSc. in Psychology and Neuroscience and MSc in Health and Social Psychology at Maastricht University. As part of her masters Milou conducted research on eating behaviour and the underlying psychological mechanisms. As a PhD student at NUI Galway, Milou is focussing on exploring the implementation and effectiveness of goal setting techniques in diabetes self management interventions. She is the recipient of a four year scholarship from the Health Research Board as part of Dr Molly Byrne’s HRB Research Leaders Award.
Ms Marita Hennessy, PhD Student and SPHeRE Scholar, School of Psychology, NUI Galway
Marita is a HRB-funded SPHeRE PhD Scholar within the Health Behaviour Change Research Group, investigating early life interventions to prevent childhood obesity. She holds a BSc in Nutrition and a Diploma in Youth and Community Work from University College Cork, and a MA in Health Education and Health Promotion, and a Specialist Diploma in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship from the University of Limerick. She initially worked in the food industry for four years and since 2005 has held a number of research positions with safefood, University College Cork, the Children’s Research Centre-
Trinity College Dublin, the National Cancer Registry and Waterford Institute of Technology. Marita’s research interests include nutrition, food poverty, obesity, health promotion, health behaviour change, children and young people, and men’s health.