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Research

The Department of Psychology has an international reputation for quality of life assessment and research in areas such as cardiovascular disease, ageing, sexual health, respiratory disease, psychometrics, and health behaviours. In total, the Department has received over €20 million in grant awards since it was first established in 1986.

The Department has an impressive publication record, authoring over 50 national reports and more than 400 peer-reviewed journal articles. In addition, we have made significant contributions to clinical guidelines and policy, and the Health Psychology community both nationally and internationally.

These achievements are detailed further below.

Research highlights

Some instruments developed within the Department or in collaboration with others are as follows:

The Schedule for the Evaluation of Individual Quality of Life (SEIQol), e.g.

  • McGee HM, O'Boyle CA, Hickey A, O'Malley K & Joyce CRB. Assessing the quality of life of the individual: the SEIQoL with a healthy and a gastroenterology unit population. Psychological Medicine 1991; 21:749-59

  • Hickey AM, Bury G, O’Boyle CA, Bradley F, O’Kelly FD, Shannon W. A new short form individual quality of life measure (SEIQoL-DW): application in a cohort of individuals with HIV/AIDS. British Medical Journal 1996; 313: 29-33.

The HeartQol (15-language version of heart-disease related QoL measure), with US, Swiss and Austrian colleagues:

  • Oldridge N, Hofer S, McGee H, Conroy R, Doyle F, Saner H. The HeartQol: Part II. Validation of a new core health related quality of life questionnaire for patients with ischemic heart disease. Eur J Prev Cardiol. 2014 Jan;21(1):98-106.

  • Oldridge N, Hofer S, McGee H, Conroy R, Doyle F, Saner H. The HeartQol: Part I. Development of a new core health related quality of life questionnaire for patients with ischemic heart disease. Eur J Prev Cardiol. 2014 Jan;21(1):90-7

Ageing Perceptions Questionnaire

  • Barker M, O’Hanlon A, McGee HM, Hickey A, Conroy RM: Cross-sectional validation of the Aging Perceptions Questionnaire: a multidimensional instrument for assessing self-perceptions of aging. BMC Geriatr. 2007, 7: 9-10.1186/1471-2318-7-9.

  • Sexton E, King-Kallimanis B, Morgan K, McGee H. Development of the Brief Ageing Perceptions Questionnaire (B-APQ): a confirmatory factor analysis approach to item reduction. BMC Geriatrics 2014, 14:44. DOI: 10.1186/1471-2318-14-44

Stroke Awareness Questionnaire

  • Hickey A, Holly D, McGee H, Conroy R, Shelley E. Knowledge of stroke risk factors and warning signs in Ireland: development and application of the Stroke Awareness Questionnaire (SAQ). International Journal of Stroke 2012, 7(4), 298-306. doi: 10.1111/j.1747-4949.2011.00698.x

Techniques for Overcoming Depression Scale (with US and Colombian colleagues)

  • Freedland KE, Lemos M, Doyle F, Steinmeyer B, Csik I, Carney R. The Techniques for Overcoming Depression Scale: Mokken Scale Analysis and Concurrent Validity in Depressed Cardiac Patients. Cognitive Therapy & Research 2017, 41(1), 117-129. doi:10.1007/s10608-016-9797-6

Patient satisfaction

Journal articles with 100+ citations (Scopus; updated 1 May 2017)

  • Bjarnason-Wehrens, B., McGee, H., Zwisler, A. D., Piepoli, M. F., Benzer, W., Schmid, J. P., ... Rehabilitation. (2010). Cardiac rehabilitation in Europe: results from the European Cardiac Rehabilitation Inventory Survey. European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation, 17(4), 410-418. doi:https://dx.doi.org/10.1097/HJR.0b013e328334f42d
  • Browne, J. P., O'Boyle, C. A., McGee, H. M., Joyce, C. R., McDonald, N. J., O'Malley, K., & Hiltbrunner, B. (1994). Individual quality of life in the healthy elderly. Quality of Life Research, 3(4), 235-244.
  • Browne, J. P., O'Boyle, C. A., McGee, H. M., McDonald, N. J., & Joyce, C. R. B. (1997). Development of a direct weighting procedure for quality of life domains. Quality of Life Research, 6(4), 301-309. doi:10.1023/A:1018423124390
  • Byrne, M., Murphy, A. W., Plunkett, P. K., McGee, H. M., Murray, A., & Bury, G. (2003). Frequent attenders to an emergency department: a study of primary health care use, medical profile, and psychosocial characteristics. Annals of Emergency Medicine, 41(3), 309-318. doi:https://dx.doi.org/10.1067/mem.2003.68
  • Coen, R. F., Swanwick, G. R. J., O'Boyle, C. A., & Coakley, D. (1997). Behaviour disturbance and other predictors of carer burden in Alzheimer's disease. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 12(3), 331-336. doi:10.1002/(SICI)1099-1166
  • Corr, U., Carré, F., Heuschmann, P., Hoffmann, U., Verschuren, M., Halcox, J., ... Schmid, J. P. (2010). Secondary prevention through cardiac rehabilitation: Physical activity counselling and exercise training. European Heart Journal, 31(16), 1967-1974. doi:10.1093/eurheartj/ehq236
  • Cosco, T. D., Doyle, F., Ward, M., & McGee, H. (2012). Latent structure of the Hospital Anxiety And Depression Scale: a 10-year systematic review. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 72(3), 180-184. doi:10.1016/j.jpsychores.2011.06.008
  • Giannuzzi, P., Mezzani, A., Saner, H., Bjornstad, H., Fioretti, P., Mendes, M., ... Exercise Physiology. European Society of, C. (2003). Physical activity for primary and secondary prevention. Position paper of the Working Group on Cardiac Rehabilitation and Exercise Physiology of the European Society of Cardiology. European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation, 10(5), 319-327. doi:doi:10.1097/01.hjr.0000086303.28200.50
  • Giannuzzi, P., Saner, H., Björnstad, H., Fioretti, P., Mendes, M., Cohen-Solal, A., ... Veress, G. (2003). Secondary prevention through cardiac rehabilitation: Position paper of the working group on cardiac rehabilitation and exercise physiology of the European Society of Cardiology. European Heart Journal, 24(13), 1273-1278. doi:10.1016/S0195-668X(03)00198-2
  • Global Burden of Metabolic Risk Factors of Chronic Diseases Collaborating Group, The global cardiovascular risk transition: associations of four metabolic risk factors with national income, urbanization, and Western diet in 1980 and 2008. Circulation 2013; 127:1493-1502
  • Hickey, A., Barker, M., McGee, H., & O'Boyle, C. (2005). Measuring health-related quality of life in older patient populations: a review of current approaches. Pharmacoeconomics, 23(10), 971-993.
  • Hickey, A. M., Bury, G., O'Boyle, C. A., Bradley, F., O'Kelly, F. D., & Shannon, W. (1996). A new short form individual quality of life measure (SEIQoL-DW): application in a cohort of individuals with HIV/AIDS. BMJ, 313(7048), 29-33.
  • McGee, H. M., O'Boyle, C. A., Hickey, A., O'Malley, K., & Joyce, C. R. (1991). Assessing the quality of life of the individual: the SEIQoL with a healthy and a gastroenterology unit population. Psychological Medicine, 21(3), 749-759.
  • NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD-RisC). Trends in adult body mass index in 200 countries since 1975: pooled analysis of 1,698 population-based measurement studies with 19.2 million participants. Lancet. 387 p1377–1396, 2 April 2016. PMID: 27115820
  • NCD Risk Factor Collaboration (NCD-RisC). Trends in adult body mass index in 200 countries since 1975: pooled analysis of 1,698 population-based measurement studies with 19.2 million participants. Lancet. 387 p1377–1396, 2 April 2016. PMID: 27115820
  • O'Boyle, C. A., McGee, H., Hickey, A., O'Malley, K., & Joyce, C. R. (1992). Individual quality of life in patients undergoing hip replacement. Lancet, 339(8801), 1088-1091.
  • Piepoli, M. F., Corra, U., Benzer, W., Bjarnason-Wehrens, B., Dendale, P., Gaita, D., . . . Rehabilitation. (2010). Secondary prevention through cardiac rehabilitation: from knowledge to implementation. A position paper from the Cardiac Rehabilitation Section of the European Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation. European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation, 17(1), 1-17. doi:https://dx.doi.org/10.1097/HJR.0b013e3283313592
  • Waldron, D., O'Boyle, C. A., Kearney, M., Moriarty, M., & Carney, D. (1999). Quality-of-life measurement in advanced cancer: assessing the individual. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 17(11), 3603-3611. doi:https://dx.doi.org/10.1200/jco.1999.17.11.3603
  • Wood, D. A., Kotseva, K., Connolly, S., Jennings, C., Mead, A., Jones, J., . . . King, H. (2008). Nurse-coordinated multidisciplinary, family-based cardiovascular disease prevention programme (EUROACTION) for patients with coronary heart disease and asymptomatic individuals at high risk of cardiovascular disease: A paired, cluster-randomised controlled trial. The Lancet, 371(9629), 1999-2012. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(08)60868-5

Funding and major research studies

  • Health and Social Services for Older People (HESSOP) 2000

  • Sexual Abuse and Violence in Ireland (SAVI) 2002

  • Irish Contraception and Crisis Pregnancy (ICCP) 2004

  • Health Ageing Research Programme (HARP) 2003-2007

  • Irish Study of Sexual Health and Relationships (ISSHR) 2006

  • Survey of Lifestyles, Attitudes and Nutrition (SLÁN) 2007

  • Irish National Audit of Stroke Care (INASC) 2008

  • Irish Contraception and Crisis Pregnancy (ICCP 2010)

  • Improving quality and safety in the hospital: The link between organisational culture, burnout, and quality of care (ORCAB, EU FP7)

  • Action on Secondary Prevention Interventions and Rehabilitation in Stroke (ASPIRE-S) 2012

  • Irish National Adverse Events Study (INAES) 2016

Contribution to clinical guidelines and policy

  • Corr, U., Carré, F., Heuschmann, P., Hoffmann, U., Verschuren, M., Halcox, J., ...Schmid, J. P. (2010). Secondary prevention through cardiac rehabilitation: Physical activity counselling and exercise training. European Heart Journal, 31(16), 1967-1974b. doi:10.1093/eurheartj/ehq236 

  • Department of Health and Children. (2010). Changing Cardiovascular Health: National Cardiovascular Health Policy (2010-2019). Retrieved from Giannuzzi, P., Mezzani, A., Saner, H., Bjornstad, H., Fioretti, P., Mendes, M., ... Exercise Physiology. European Society of, C. (2003). Physical activity for primary and secondary prevention. Position paper of the Working Group on Cardiac Rehabilitation and Exercise Physiology of the European Society of Cardiology. European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation, 10(5), 319-327. doi:https://dx.doi.org/10.1097/01.hjr.0000086303.28200.50

  • Giannuzzi, P., Saner, H., Björnstad, H., Fioretti, P., Mendes, M., Cohen-Solal, A., ... Veress, G. (2003). Secondary prevention through cardiac rehabilitation: Position paper of the working group on cardiac rehabilitation and exercise physiology of the European Society of Cardiology. European Heart Journal, 24(13), 1273-1278. doi:10.1016/S0195-668X(03)00198-2

  • Irish Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation. (2000). First Irish Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation National Standards and Guidelines for Cardiac Rehabilitation.

  • Morgan K., Burke H. & McGee H. (2012) Benchmarking Progress in the Implementation of the Fourth Joint Societies’ Task Force Guidelines on the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease in Clinical Practice. European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation, 20 (1), 54-60. PMID: 22345672. doi: 10.1177/2047487311433858 

  • Piepoli, M. F., Corra, U., Adamopoulos, S., Benzer, W., Bjarnason-Wehrens, B., Cupples, M., ... Giannuzzi, P. (2014). Secondary prevention in the clinical management of patients with cardiovascular diseases. Core components, standards and outcome measures for referral and delivery: a policy statement from the cardiac rehabilitation section of the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation. Endorsed by the Committee for Practice Guidelines of the European Society of Cardiology. European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, 21(6), 664-681. doi:https://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2047487312449597

  • Piepoli, M. F., Corra, U., Benzer, W., Bjarnason-Wehrens, B., Dendale, P., Gaita, D., ... Rehabilitation. (2010). Secondary prevention through cardiac rehabilitation: from knowledge to implementation. A position paper from the Cardiac Rehabilitation Section of the European Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation. European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation, 17(1), 1-17. doi:https://dx.doi.org/10.1097/HJR.0b013e3283313592

  • Pogosova, N., Saner, H., Pedersen, S. S., Cupples, M. E., McGee, H., Hofer, S., . . . Rehabilitation of the European Society of, C. (2015). Psychosocial aspects in cardiac rehabilitation: From theory to practice. A position paper from the Cardiac Rehabilitation Section of the European Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation of the European Society of Cardiology. European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, 22(10), 1290-1306. doi:https://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2047487314543075

  • Vanhees, L., De Sutter, J., Gelada, S. N., Doyle, F., Prescott, E., Cornelissen, V., ... Eacpr. (2012). Importance of characteristics and modalities of physical activity and exercise in defining the benefits to cardiovascular health within the general population: recommendations from the EACPR (Part I). European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, 19(4), 670-686. doi:https://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2047487312437059

  • Vanhees, L., Geladas, N., Hansen, D., Kouidi, E., Niebauer, J., Reiner, Z., ... Vanuzzo, D. (2012). Importance of characteristics and modalities of physical activity and exercise in the management of cardiovascular health in individuals with cardiovascular risk factors: recommendations from the EACPR. Part II. European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, 19(5), 1005-1033. doi:https://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1741826711430926

Contribution to health psychology community

This project looks at gene-environment interactions in individuals with subclinical psychosis, who are an at-risk group for the development of schizophrenia.

  • National: 3 Chairs of the PSI (formerly Special Interest Group) Division of Health Psychology

  • Europe: 2 Presidents of the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS; 1998-2000 [H McGee]; current president 2016-2018 [K Morgan])

  • Initiation of Collaborative Research, Education and Teaching in the EHPS (CREATE) by Dr David Hevey, which provides training and support to early career health psychologists.

  • Hosting of national and international health psychology conferences:

    • 1996 – European Health Psychology Society annual conference

    • 2010 – PSI DHP Psychology, Health and Medicine annual conference

    • 2017 – PSI DHP Psychology, Health and Medicine annual conference