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Thursday, 8 November 2018

Lecture by Prof Molly Byrne Prof Molly Byrne delivered the New Professors' Inaugural Lecture on 8th November in the Hardiman Research Building. Her excellent talk was entitled It's behaviour, stupid! A decade of lessons in Health Behaviour Change Research. A very engaged audience was present including colleagues from the Helath Behaviour Change Research Group, School of Psychology, College of Arts and across the University. The lecture was live streamed on the night, and is now availabe online HERE.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

HBCRG Goes Global in 2018! Members of the HBCRG travelled far and wide in 2018! Some highlights include Prof Molly Byrne and Drs Jenny Mc Sharry, Oonagh Meade, Chris Noone and Elaine Toomey visiting Canada in May to attend the International Behavioural Trials Network (IBTN) Summer School and Conference. Elaine also visited Western University to explore the Canadian ‘Hockey Fit’ intervention, and also visited the Centre for Implementation Research in the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, with support from the Irish Canadian University Foundation James M Flaherty Early Career Researcher Award.  PhD scholars Marita Hennessy and Caragh Flannery travelled to Hong Kong in June to attend the International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) conference; while in July, Dr Jenny Mc Sharry and PhD scholar Milou Fredrix headed to Lyon, France as part of their IRC Ulysses award. Drs Chris Noone and Eimear Morrissey, and PhD scholar Marita Hennessy travelled to Chile in Novmber to attend the International Congress of Behavioural Medicine 2018. 

Thursday, 8 March 2018

INTeRACT for Health: Integrated Knowledge Translation for Impact The H‌BCRG hosted a series of workshops in 2018 to provide training in integrated Knowledge Translation (iKT) to members of the Health Behaviour Change Research Group, our partners within Strategic Planning and Transformation in the HSE (formerly the Health and Well-being division), and other interested stakeholders. Workshops in June focussed on building capacity, and a follow up workshop in November looked specifically at applying for the HRB Applied Partnership Award.  Prof Maureen Dobbins from McMaster University in Canada facilitated the workshops in June, and worked with the HBCRG to develop an online resource for iKT. 

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

HBCRG at EHPS 2018 Members of the HBCRG had a very busy time at this year's EHPS conference, hosted on home ground at NUI Galway in August. Several member of the HBCRG presented at the conference (details here), including Prof Molly Byrne delivered the opening Keynote Address on the topic of Increasing the impact of behaviour change intervention research: Is there a role for patient and public involvement? Congratulations to Dr Gerry Molloy who did a fantastic job as local committee chair, and all those involved on hosting an excellent event!

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

EHPS at NUI Galway! The School of Psychology hosted the 32nd European Health Psychology Conference at NUI Galway in August 2018. Over 750 delegates from all over the world attended this fantastic event, which focussed on the theme of Health Psychology Across the Lifespan: Uniting Research, Practice and Policy. Several member of the HBCRG presented at the conference (details here), including our own Prof Molly Byrne, who delivered an excellent keynote address on the very relevant topic of stakeholder involvement in health research.

Monday, 18 June 2018

Bon Jour France! Researchers win IRC Ulysses award

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Blathin Casey repersents Ireland at Canada conference

Friday, 1 January 2016

Most Cited Paper for Dr Oonagh Meade

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Double Honour for School of Psychology Researchers! Dr Elaine Toomey and Dr David Mothersill from the School of Psychology at NUI Galway, have both received prestigious awards for their specific areas of research from the Irish Canadian University Foundation and the Royal Irish Academy. Elaine received the ‘Irish Canadian University Foundation James M Flaherty Early Career Researcher Award’ to conduct further research on the adaptation of ‘Football Fans in Training’ (FFIT), an effective health behaviour change intervention that used Scottish professional football clubs to engage with overweight and obese men. The ‘Hockey Fit’ intervention was recently developed by Dr Rob Petrella and Dr Dawn Gill in Western University, Ontario to adapt the FFIT project to ice-hockey, within a Canadian context. Elaine's award will enable her to visit Western University and explore the Canadian ‘Hockey Fit’ intervention with a specific focus on how FFIT components were adapted to suit a different sporting and cultural context, and inform how this might be used in an Irish context. Elaine will also spend time in the Centre for Implementation Research in the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute to maximise how knowledge from her visit to Western University can be used to inform adaptation and translation into an Irish setting, using a structured and theory-based approach. Well done Elaine, have a great trip! Read the FULL PRESS RELEASE HERE

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Dr Elaine Toomey delivers keynote address at 'Ones to Watch' conference

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

HRB TMRN Summer Scholar Daragh McGee wins Best Poster Prize!  Well done to HRB TMRN Summer Scholar Daragh McGee and supervisor Dr Elaine Toomey on Daragh's first place poster prize at the annual HRB TMRN Symposium. Elaine and Daragh received the Trials Methodology Research Network Summer Student Scholarship grant (€2,000) for the project ‘Surveying knowledge, current practice and attitudes toward intervention fidelity practices within randomised trials in healthcare’.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

HBCRG at the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS) Conference 2017, Padua Italy The HBCRG was well represented at EHPS 2017, with members of the Group presenting oral and poster presentations, as well are organising and participating in several symposiums. Drs Jenny Mc Sharry and Elaine Toomey hosted a successful symposium on 'Maximising the value of qualitative methods in the development and evaluation of behaviour change interventions', which highlighted the value of qualitative methods at all stages of intervention development, and promoted awareness of supports for qualitative intervention research. Read more on the QUESTS website. SPHeRE PhD scholar Caragh Flannery persented her PhD work at the 'Developing and evaluating interventions to promote physical activity issues in special settings and populations' symposium, and Milou Fredrix, PhD scholar presented on 'Implementation of goal-setting techniques in DAFNE'. Milou was also voted as the incoming Secretary for EHPS CREATE: Collaborative REsearch and Training. Congratulations Milou! And we are very much looking forward to EHPS 2018 at NUI Galway!