Structured PhD (Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences) (Psychology and Health)

College of Arts, Social Sciences, & Celtic Studies,
School of Psychology

Course overview

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The Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology and Health (PhD) programme is a four year (full-time) postgraduate research degree that combines a PhD thesis with the taught academic components of the existing MSc in Health Psychology programme and a range of transferable skills. This full-time PhD programme subscribes to the scientist-practitioner model, and provides students with integrated training in the academic and research aspects of Psychology and Health as well as providing students with a broad range of transferable skills.


Students will be selected by a Course Committee comprising the course Director(s), prospective research supervisor(s) and Head of School of Psychology. Entrants will be expected to have no less than an upper second class honours degree in psychology or a discipline related to health psychology. If students do not have this basic qualification they must have demonstrated high ability by some other means (e.g. through publications or achievement in a higher degree). Candidates should be proficient in the use of the English language. An interview process will form part of the selection procedure and these will take place the end of June/early July.

Programmes available

Structured PhD (Psychology and Health)—full-time

Entry requirements

Students will be selected by course Committee comprising the course Director(s), prospective research supervisor(s), and Head of School. Entrants will be expected to have no less than an Upper Second Class Honours degree in psychology or a discipline related to health psychology, or equivalent international qualification. If students do not have this basic qualification they must have demonstrated high ability by some other means (e.g., through publications or achievement in a higher degree). Candidates should be proficient in the use of the English language. An interview process will form part of the selection procedure and these will take place the end of June/early July.

Areas of interest

Dr. Jane Walsh
jane.walsh@nuigalway.ie
Research Interests: Health behaviour change and communication in health care settings, organ donation, uptake of vaccination, interventions to reduce patient anxiety in patients undergoing stressful medical procedures.

 

Dr. Caroline Heary
caroline.heary@nuigalway.ie
Research interests: pediatric psychology, including psychosocial factors associated with sedentary behaviours, physical activity and eating behaviours during childhood and adolescence; stigma associated with mental health difficulties and developmental disabilities; coping with chronic illness during childhood/adolesence.

 

Dr AnnMarie Groarke
annmarie.groarke@nuigalway.ie
Research Interests: Areas of interest include illness representations and coping with chronic illness conditions, illness, emotions and adjustment (e.g benefit finding).  The stress and illness link, stress and illness moderators (e.g personality, perceived control). Psychosocial predictors of adjustment and efficacy of stress management/ cognitive behavioural interventions (e.g.  in cancer,  rheumatoid arthritis ).

 

Ms Anne Marie Keane BA MLitt
annemarie.keane@nuigalway.ie
Research Interests: Psychosocial factors in the adjustment and management of chronic illness; Psychological aspects of acute and chronic pain perception and pain management; Children’s understanding of health issues; The psychosocial impact of work on health and well being.  Both quantitative and qualitative research methodologies.

 

Dr. Padraig MacNeela
Research interests: Mental health, alcohol use, pain, volunteering and civic engagement, health care judgement and decision-making, health services, nursing and other health care professions, qualitative studies of health conditions

Dr. Kiran Sarma

 

Dr. Molly Byrne
Research interests:
The application of psychological theory to health behaviour change interventions.
Chronic disease (particularly coronary heart disease and diabetes): self-management and psychosocial aspects.
Sexual function and intimate relationship problems and chronic disease.
Blood donation behaviour.
Enhancing physical activity, particularly active commuting (walking and cycling).

Find out more

Dr. Jane Walsh
School of Psychology
T + 353 91 493 102
E jane.walsh@nuigalway.ie

PAC code

GYG27
Important: apply by mid-July for entry September.

Current project

Web-based intervention to increase the uptake of the HPV vaccine in young women (Dr. Jane Walsh, Susie Kola & Sinead Leonard School of Psychology)

Managing the Psychological Challenges of Breast Cancer (A Groarke, R Curtis) (Psychology NUI Galway), M. Kerin & Ray McLaughlin (Dept of Surgery, UCHG)

The meaning of motivation for patients with chronic low back pain, using a person-centred qualitative approach to understand how patients with this chronic condition manage to maintain their resilience in the face of this health challenge (P. MacNeela) (funded by the IRCHSS)

Fees for this course

EU: €4,275 p.a. 2014/15 inclusive of levy

Non-EU: €13,250 p.a. 2014/15

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