Selected Current Research Projects

HRB - Capacity Building for Evidence Synthesis 2018 - 2021

Title of Study: HRB-Capacity Building for Evidence Synthesis
Collaborator: Prof Molly Byrne, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, School of Psychology, NUI Galway
Principal Investigator:
 Professor Declan Devane, School of Nursing and Midwifery, NUI Galway (Coapplicants: Professor Cathal Walsh, Professor Martin O'Donnell, Professor Valerie Smith, Professor Paddy Gillespie, Dr Linda Biesty, Dr David Moher, Professor James Thomas, Professor Bronagh Blackwood, Professor Shaun Treweek, Dr Pauline Meskell)
Funding Amount: €1,999,813.48

HRB Public Health Agency Cross-border Healthcare Intervention Trials in Ireland Network 2018 - 2021

Title of Study: Interreg NI/HRB/HSC Public Health Agency Cross-border Healthcare Intervention Trials in Ireland Network (CHITIN) 2017 
Co-Applicant: Prof Molly Byrne, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, School of Psychology, NUI Galway
Principal Investigator: Prof Andrew Murphy, Foundation Professor of General Practice, School of Medicine, NUI Galway (Co-applicants: Carol Sinnott, Edel Murphy, Susan Smith, Scott Walkin, Claire Leathem, Nigel Hart, Paddy Gillespie, John Newell, Carmel Hughes, Liam Glynn)
Funding Amount: €535,505.00 
Proposal title: MY COMRADE PLUS: A pilot cluster randomised controlled trial, for patients with multimorbidity, of the MultimorbiditY COllaborative Medication Review And DEcision Making intervention (MY COMRADE), practice based pharmacists (PBP’s) or PBP’s plus an adaptation of MY COMRADE

HRB Trials Methodology Research Network TMRN (2018)

Title of Study: Examining the influence of an informational video on participant retention in a randomised controlled trial (TMRN study within a trial 2018)
Funding Amount: €9,052 
Co-applicant: Dr Jenny Mc Sharry, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, School of Psychology, NUI Galway

HRB Trials Methodology Research Network TMRN (2018)

Title of Study: To determine if provision of information about a core outcome set increases response rates and attitudes toward trial questionnaire completion (TMRN study within a trial 2018)
Funding Amount: €10,000 
Co-applicants: Prof Molly Byrne and Dr Elaine Toomey, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, School of Psychology, NUI Galway

Health Research Board (2018)

Award: HRB Conference and Event Sponsorship Award CES-181-001
Funding Amount: €10,000
Principle Investigator: Prof Molly Byrne, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, School of Psychology, NUI Galway

Australian Teachers’ Health Foundation (2018)

Title of Study: Addressing the health risk behaviours of the education workforce: A program to enhance the wellbeing of primary school teachers’
Funding Amount: $317,216AUD/€199,741.72 
Co-applicant: Dr Elaine Toomey, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, School of Psychology, NUI Galway

HRB Trials Methodology Research Network TMRN (2018)

Title of Study: Understanding fidelity within trials of complex healthcare interventions: A systematic review of existing intervention fidelity frameworks, models and tools (protocol)
Funding Amount: €2,000 
Principal Investigator: Dr Elaine Toomey, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, School of Psychology, NUI Galway

Health Research Board

Award: Knowledge Engagement and Dissemination award 2017
Title of Study: INTeRACT for Health: Increasing Integrated Knowledge Translation Capacity for Impact
Funding Amount: €59,068 
Principle Investigator: Prof Molly Byrne, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, School of Psychology, NUI Galway

Environmental Protection Agency (2017)

Title of Study: Water: Mitigating Agricultural impacts through Research and Knowledge Exchange
Funding Amount: €499,676 
Work-Package Partner: Dr Jenny Mc Sharry, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, School of Psychology, NUI Galway

Health Research Board (2017)

Award: Summer Student Scholarship grant
Title of Study: Surveying knowledge, current practice and attitudes toward intervention fidelity practices within randomised trials in healthcare 
Funding Amount: €2,000 
Principal Investigator: Dr Elaine Toomey, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, School of Psychology, NUI Galway

Health Research Board

Award: Applied Partnership Award 2017
Title of Study: Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest and Community First Response in Ireland: Building Evidence for Policy and Practice
Funding Amount: €249,690 
Co-applicant: Dr Jenny Mc Sharry, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, School of Psychology, NUI Galway

Irish Research Council

Award: Ulysses grant 2017
Title of Study: Consolidating approaches to Collaborative Healthcare and Patient and Public Involvement (CHEPPI): A Europe initiative for better implementation of health research 
Principle Investigator: Dr Jenny Mc Sharry, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, School of Psychology, NUI Galway

Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences

Award: Catalyst Funding
Title of Study: Improving transparency of complex interventions through the facilitation of process evaluation training (2017)
Funding Amount: €3,893 
Principal Investigator: Dr Elaine Toomey, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, School of Psychology, NUI Galway

Focus Ireland (2017)

Title of Study: Food access and nutritional health among families experiencing homelessness in the Dublin region
Funding Amount: €9,718 
Collaborator: Marita Hennessy, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, School of Psychology, NUI Galway

Department of Agriculture

Title of Study: Behaviours for Safer Farming
Funding Amount: €598,822 
Collaborator: Dr Jenny Mc Sharry, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, School of Psychology, NUI Galway

NUI Galway

Award: NUI Galway Hardiman Scholarship (PhD candidate Luke Van Rhoon)
Funding Amount: €80,000 
PhD Supervisor: Prof Molly Byrne, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, School of Psychology, NUI Galway

HRB PPI Ignite Award 2017 - 2020

Title of Study: PPI Ignite
Principal Investigator: Professor Sean Dinneen, School of Medicine, NUI Galway
Funding Amount: €349,997
Applicant Team Member: Dr Molly Byrne, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, School of Psychology, NUI Galway
Programme Aim: To help institutions create the right environment, training, support and processes to help researchers involve the public and patients in planning and designing research studies, and in communicating study results in a non-technical language.

Ireland Canada University Foundation (2017 - 2018)

Title of study: James M. Flaherty Early Career Award 2017 - 2018   WEBSITE
Principal investigator: Dr Elaine Toomey, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, School of Psychology, NUI Galway
Funding amount: €7,200
Programme aim: To promote collaborations between researchers whose work has the potential to link Canada and Ireland. 

Irish Cancer Society, Cancer Research Grant

Title of study: A pilot trial to investigate the impact of a personalised self-management lifestyle programme using mobile technology on the health and wellbeing of cancer survivors
Principal Investigators: Dr Janice Richmond, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Oncology Department, Letterkenny University Hospital; Dr Jane Walsh, Director, mHealth Research Group, School of Psychology, NUI Galway
Official Collaborator: Dr Jenny Mc Sharry, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, School of Psychology, NUI Galway
Funding amount: €102,669
Programme aim:  To investigate how cancer survivors can live well following their treatment.

HRB TMRN Summer Student Scholarship Grant

Title of study: Surveying knowledge, current practice and attitudes toward intervention fidelity practices within randomised trials in healthcare
Principal investigator: Dr Elaine Toomey, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, School of Psychology, NUI Galway
Funding amount: €2,000

HRB Definitive Intervention and Feasibility Award (DIFA) 2017 - 2021

Title of Study: D1 Now Study
Principal Investigator: Professor Sean Dinneen, School of Medicine, NUI Galway
Funding Amount: €679,255
Co-PI: Dr Molly Byrne, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, School of Psychology, NUI Galway
Programme Aim: To improve outcomes for young adults with type 1 diabetes in Ireland: the D1 now feasibility and cluster randomised pilot study

Wellcome Trust Research Leadership Development Programme

Title of study: Wellcome Trust Research Leadership Development Programme
Principal investigator: Dr Molly Byrne, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, School of Psychology, NUI Galway
Support amount: £18,000
Programme aim: To connect senior researchers with great leaders to help improve their skills.

Ireland Canada University Foundation (2016 - 2017)           

Title of study: James M. Flaherty Visiting Professor Award 2016-2017   WEBSITE
Principal investigator: Dr Molly Byrne, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, School of Psychology, NUI Galway
Funding amount: €18,400
Programme aim: To promote collaborations between senior researchers whose work has the potential to link Canada and Ireland. Funding to support a 10 week visit to the Montreal Behavioural Medicine Centre, the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute and the Behaviour Change Institute, Capital Health Nova Scotia (May – July 2017).

UK National Institute for Health Research Programme Grant for Applied Research (2017 - 2022)

Title of Study: SUpport through Mobile Messaging and digital health Technology for Diabetes (SuMMiT-D)
Principal Investigator: Professor Andrew Farmer, University of Oxford
Funding Amount: £2,580,075 (€14,266  to NUIG)
Co-applicant: Dr Jenny Mc Sharry, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, School of Psychology, NUI Galway
Programme Aim: To support people with type 2 diabetes in effective use of their medicine through a system comprising mobile health technology integrated with clinical care.

IRC New Foundations Award (2016 - 2017)

Title of study: POCKETS workshop: Prevention Of Childhood obesity-Knowledge Exchange and TranSlation
Principal investigator: Marita Hennessy, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, School of Psychology, NUI Galway
Funding amount: €5,000
Programme aim: To bring together researchers, policy makers, and practitioners to exchange knowledge and facilitate mechanisms to translate evidence into practice. 

IRC Creative Connections Award (2016 - 2017)

Title of study: ASSEMBLE: Bringing together researchers from Arts, Science, Engineering, Medicine and Business   WEBSITE
Principal investigator: Dr Molly Byrne, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, School of Psychology, NUI Galway
Funding amount: €15,000
Co-applicants: Prof Catherine Woods, University of Limerick; Prof Mike Clarke, QUB; Dr Mark Tully, QUB; Prof Abhay Pandit, NUI Galway; Dr Martin O'Halloran, NUI Galway; Dr Sandra Galvin, NUI Galway; Dr Geraldine Robbins, NUI Galway; Dr Chaosheng Zhang; NUI Galway; Dr Jane Walsh, NUI Galway.
Programme aim: To create interdisciplinary research networks for health‐related research, with the target of securing European funding under theH2020 Health Work Programme.

IRC New Foundations Award (2015 - 2016)

Title of study: Improving outcomes for young adults with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus
Principal investigator: Dr Molly Byrne, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, School of Psychology, NUI Galway
Funding amount: €9,824
Programme aim: To identify a core outcome set (COS) that key stakeholders (young adults with T1DM, diabetes health professionals, diabetes researchers and diabetes policy makers) consider essential measurements in future intervention research.

IRC New Foundations Award (2015 - 2016)

Title of study: IMPRNT: Implementation Science Resource Network   WEBSITE
Principal investigator: Dr Jenny Mc Sharry, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, School of Psychology, NUI Galway
Funding amount: €9,920
Programme aim: To increase implementation science capacity in Ireland through the development of the IMPlementation science Resource NeTwork (IMPRNT). 

HRB Interdisciplinary Capacity Enhancement Award (2015 - 2019)

Title of study: Designing, evaluating and implementing a pilot complex intervention in childhood obesity
Principal investigator: Professor Patricia Kearney, Epidemiology and Public Health, University College Cork
Co-applicants: Dr Molly Byrne, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, NUI Galway; Dr Caroline Heary, NUI Galway; Dr Edel Doherty, NUI Galway; Dr Catherine Hayes, TCD.
Funding amount: €666,437
Programme aim: To quantify the burden of childhood obesity in terms of physical, psychosocial and economic consequences and focus on developing, implementing and evaluating a pilot complex intervention to promote optimal infant feeding practices and foster healthy dietary behaviours. 

HRB Clinical Trials Network (2014 - 2019)

Title of study: HRB Primary Care Clinical Trials Network Ireland   WEBSITE
Principal investigator: Professor Andrew Murphy, Foundation Professor of General Practice, NUI Galway
Co-applicants: Dr Molly Byrne, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, NUI Galway; Akke Vellinga, John Newell, Declan Devane, (NUI Galway); Martin O'Donnell (HRB Clinical Research Facility Galway); Tom Fahey, Susan Smith (RCSI); Margaret Cupples, Mike Clarke (QUB), Claire Collins (Irish College of General Practitioners)
Funding amount: €2,499,650
Programme aim: This network will deliver evidence to enable GPs to make informed decisions about which medication or treatment is right for the patient.

HRB Health Research Award (2015 - 2018)

Title of Study: A moment for hand hygiene in the intensive care unit: How can compliance be improved?   WEBSITE
Principal Investigator: Dr Paul O Connor, Discipline of General Practice, NUI Galway
Funding Amount: €318,044
Co-applicants: Dr Molly Byrne and Dr Jenny Mc Sharry, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, NUI Galway; Dr Janet Squires, Ottowa Hospital Research Institute
Programme Aim: To allow the research team to engage multiple stakeholders (including patients, frontline clinical staff, hospital management, and regulators) to develop a unified and scientific approach to improving hand hygiene in Irish Intensive Care Units (ICUs).

HRB Health Research Award (2015 - 2017)

Title of Study: The CHARMS Intervention to improve sexual assessment and counselling in hospital cardiac rehabilitation: A pilot study   WEBSITE
Principal Investigator: Dr Molly Byrne, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, School of Psychology, NUI Galway
Funding Amount: €243,278
Programme Aim: To finalise and pilot the CHARMS hospital cardiac rehabilitation sexual counselling intervention trial in advance of full scale evaluation in a cluster randomised controlled trial.  This is a two year study.

HRB SPHeRE Programme - Structured Population and Health-services Research Education (2015 - 2019)   

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Title of study: Obesity prevention during early life: Developing the evidence base to maximise opportunities for, and the effectiveness of, interventions delivered by health professionals
PhD Scholar: Marita Hennessy
Supervisors: Dr Molly Byrne (Health Behaviour Change Research Group) and Dr Caroline Heary, School of Psychology, NUI Galway
Funding amount: €116,800

HRB SPHeRE Programme - Structured Population and Health-services Research Education (2014 - 2018)   


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Title of study: Behaviour change (lifestyle) intervention for women at risk of Gestational Diabetes
PhD Scholar: Caragh Flannery
Supervisors: Dr Molly Byrne, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, School of Psychology, NUI Galway and Prof Patricia Kearney, UCC
Funding amount: €116,800

HRB Research Leader Award (2014 - 2019)

Title of study: Health Psychology: Designing and implementing effective behaviour change interventions to improve Population Health and Health Services Research in Ireland.
Principal investigator: Dr Molly Byrne, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, School of Psychology, NUI Galway
Funding amount: €1,358,901
Programme aim: To establish the Health Behaviour Change Research Group at NUI Galway and build research activity, capacity and expertise in behavioural science approaches to developing and testing effective, theory-based health behaviour interventions.

HRB Knowledge Exchange and Dissemination Scheme (KEDS) Award KEDS (2015 - 2016)

Title of study: Thinking outside the box: Towards a novel approach to care delivery for young adults with type 1 diabetes   WEBSITE
Principal investigator: Professor Sean Dinneen, School of Medicine, NUI Galway
Co-applicants: Dr Molly Byrne, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, NUI Galway; Professor Simon R Heller, University of Sheffield; Ms Mary Clare O Hara, NUI Galway; JIGSAW Galway
Funding amount: €30,225
Programme aim: To expand the existing research partnership to include international experts, a panel of young adults with Type 1 Diabetes and key national stakeholders in diabetes service delivery.

HRB Health Research Award 2013 (2014 - 2016)

Title of study: Developing an intervention to improve outcomes for your adults with Type 1 diabetes in Ireland
Principal investigator: Dr Sean Dinneen, Department of Medicine, NUI Galway
Co-applicants: Dr Molly Byrne, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, NUI Galway; Professor Simon R Heller, University of Sheffield; Ms Mary Clare O Hara, NUI Galway; Dr John Newell, HRB Clinical Research Facility Galway; Prof Kathy Murphy, NUI Galway.
Funding amount: €304,673
Programme aim: To develop a new way of engaging with young adults with type 1 diabetes that results in an innovative complex intervention to improve self-management skills, psychosocial and clinical outcomes.

European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes, European Diabetes Research Programme in Patient Education Award (2014 - 2016)

Title of study: Process and outcome evaluation of the goal-setting component of a type-2 diabetes self-management programme
Principal investigator: Prof Sean Dinneen, School of Medicine, NUI Galway
Co-PI: Dr Molly Byrne, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, School of Psychology, NUI Galway
Funding amount: €199,849

Irish Research Council/Crisis Pregnancy Programme Research Project Award (2014 - 2016)

Title of study: Adherence and uptake of hormonal and long acting reversible contraceptives in Ireland: Barriers and facilitators
Principal investigator: Dr Gerry Molloy
Co-applicants: Dr Molly Byrne, Health Behaviour Change Research Group, NUI Galway; Professor Andrew Murphy, NUI Galway; Dr Karen Morgan, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
Funding amount: €96,466
Programme aim: In the proposed work we aim to answer two important questions about OCP and LARCs. First, what are the determinants of OCP use and adherence to the OCP in Irish women? Second, what are the determinants of LARCS uptake in Irish women?

Chief Scientist Office Doctoral Fellowship in Health Services and Health of the Public Research (2014-2017)

Title of study: Improving Adherence to medication in older heart failure patients – a mixed methods study
Principal investigator: Ms. Roberta Fulton
Co-applicants: Dr Gerry Molloy, NUI Galway; Professor Marion McMurdo, Dr Miles Witham and Dr Thilo Kroll all University of Dundee.
Funding amount: £130,000 stg
Programme aim: This doctoral training fellowship aims to develop a series of studies on medication adherence in heart failure (HF) and culminate in the development of a tailored intervention to enhance medication adherence in older HF patients.

Cancer Care West Hardiman PhD Scholarship (2012-2016)

Title of study: Chronic pain and post-traumatic stress in cancer patients: Prevalence, risk factors and development of a cognitive behavioural treatment programme.
Principal investigator: Ms. Teresa Corbett, School of Psychology, NUI Galway
Co-applicants: Dr. Jane Walsh, Dr. Brian McGuire, Dr. Annmarie Groarke, School of Psychology, NUI Galway
Funding amount: €85,000
Programme aim: This research aims to develop a series of studies on pain and post-traumatic stress in cancer patients leading to the development of a cognitive behavioural intervention to improve patient outcomes.

On The Road Again Research Project

Title of study: The impact of an exercise and self-development intervention on wellbeing in individuals with mental health problems.
Principal investigator: Dr. Jane Walsh
Co-applicants: Dr. Gerry Molloy, Ms Teresa Corbett.
Programme aim: This research aims to examine the impact of a behavioural intervention promoting exercise on psychological and physical wellbeing in participants with mental health difficulties.

The use of mobile technologies in the promotion of positive health behaviour

Principal researchers: Dr. Jane Walsh, Dr. Gerry Molloy, Ms Teresa Corbett
Programme aim: This research aims to develop a series of studies investigating the use of mobile technologies (e.g. apps) in changing health behaviours such as exercise and dietary behaviours in a variety of target groups. Several studies are currently underway within this programme of research.