Dr Jennifer McSharry

B.A., H.Dip., M.Sc., Ph.D

Contact Details

Post Doctoral Researcher
School of Psychology
Room 2061
Arts Millennium Building
NUI Galway

T: Ext. 5754
E: jenny.mcsharry@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

Jenny Mc Sharry is a registered Health Psychologist.
 
Jenny completed a PhD in Health Psychology Research and Professional Practice at the University of Southampton in 2013.
Her PhD explored how people make sense and manage having multiple conditions using the example of diabetes and depression.
 
Following completion of her PhD, Jenny worked as a research fellow in the Primary Care department at the University of Southampton and 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. 



 

Research Interests

Research Interests
-  Interventions to change health-related behaviours and the use of behaviour change techniques.
-  Understanding and managing health in the context of multiple illnesses.
-  Illness perceptions of people with chronic conditions.
- Adherence to medication.

Methodological Knowledge
-  Systematic reviews, meta-analysis and meta-synthesis.
-  Questionnaire design.
-  Qualitative methodologies. 

 
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2016) 'Sexual counselling for patients with cardiovascular disease: protocol for a pilot study of the CHARMS sexual counselling intervention'
Murphy PJ;Mc Sharry J;Casey D;Doherty S;Gillespie P;Jaarsma T;Murphy AW;Newell J;O'Donnell M;Steinke EE;Toomey E;Byrne M; (2016) 'Sexual counselling for patients with cardiovascular disease: protocol for a pilot study of the CHARMS sexual counselling intervention'. BMJ Open, 6 (6) [DOI] [Details]
(2016) 'Perceptions and experiences of taking oral medications for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes mellitus: a systematic review and meta‐synthesis of qualitative studies'
McSharry, J., McGowan, L., Farmer, A. J., & French, D. P. (2016) 'Perceptions and experiences of taking oral medications for the treatment of Type 2 diabetes mellitus: a systematic review and meta‐synthesis of qualitative studies'. Diabetic Medicine, [Details]
(2016) 'Prioritising target behaviours for research in diabetes: Using the nominal group technique to achieve consensus from key stakeholders'
Mc Sharry, J., Fredrix, M., Hynes, L., & Byrne, M. (2016) 'Prioritising target behaviours for research in diabetes: Using the nominal group technique to achieve consensus from key stakeholders'. Research Involvement And Engagementresearch Involvement And Engagement, 2 (1) [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'Barriers and facilitators associated with attendance at hospital diabetes clinics among young adults (15-30 years) with type 1 diabetes mellitus: A systematic review'
Hynes, L., Byrne, M., Dinneen, S. F., McGuire, B. E., O'Donnell, M., & Mc Sharry, J. (2014) 'Barriers and facilitators associated with attendance at hospital diabetes clinics among young adults (15-30 years) with type 1 diabetes mellitus: A systematic review'. Pediatric Diabetes, [Details]
(2015) 'Effects of interventions promoting monitoring of medication use and brief messaging on medication adherence for people with Type 2 diabetes: a systematic review of randomized trials'
Farmer, AJ; Mc Sharry, J; Rowbotham, S; McGowan, L; Ricci-Cabello, I; French, DP (2015) 'Effects of interventions promoting monitoring of medication use and brief messaging on medication adherence for people with Type 2 diabetes: a systematic review of randomized trials'. Diabetic Medicine, [Details]
(2015) 'A New Measure of Multimorbid Illness and Treatment Representations: The Example of Diabetes and Depression'
Mc Sharry, J,Bishop, FL,Moss-Morris, R,Holt, RIG,Kendrick, T (2015) 'A New Measure of Multimorbid Illness and Treatment Representations: The Example of Diabetes and Depression'. Journal Of Affective Disorders, 174 :192-200 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2015) 'Blame the Patient, Blame the Doctor or Blame the System? A Meta-Synthesis of Qualitative Studies of Patient Safety in Primary Care'
Daker-White, G,Hays, R,McSharry, J,Giles, S,Cheraghi-Sohi, S,Rhodes, P,Sanders, C (2015) 'Blame the Patient, Blame the Doctor or Blame the System? A Meta-Synthesis of Qualitative Studies of Patient Safety in Primary Care'. Plos One, 10 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2015) 'Do Single and Multiple Behavior Change Interventions Contain Different Behavior Change Techniques? A Comparison of Interventions Targeting Physical Activity in Obese Populations'
Mc Sharry, J., French, D.P. & Olander, E.K. (2015) 'Do Single and Multiple Behavior Change Interventions Contain Different Behavior Change Techniques? A Comparison of Interventions Targeting Physical Activity in Obese Populations'. Health Psychology, [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2014) 'Delay in Seeking Medical Help following Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) or Mini-Stroke: A Qualitative Study'
Mc Sharry, J,Baxter, A,Wallace, LM,Kenton, A,Turner, A,French, DP (2014) 'Delay in Seeking Medical Help following Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) or Mini-Stroke: A Qualitative Study'. Plos One, 9 [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]
(2011) 'Illness Perceptions and Glycaemic Control in Diabetes: A Systematic Review with Meta-analysis'
Mc Sharry J, Moss-Morris R, Kendrick T (2011) 'Illness Perceptions and Glycaemic Control in Diabetes: A Systematic Review with Meta-analysis'. Diabet Med, 28 (11):1300-1310 [DOI] [Details]
(2013) ''The Chicken and Egg Thing': Cognitive Representations and Self-management of Multimorbidity in People with Diabetes and Depression'
Mc Sharry J, Bishop FL, Moss-Morris R, Kendrick T (2013) ''The Chicken and Egg Thing': Cognitive Representations and Self-management of Multimorbidity in People with Diabetes and Depression'. Psychology & Health, 28 (1):103-119 [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'Experience of Breast Cancer Burden, Benefit, or Both?'
Curtis, R,Groarke, A,McSharry, J,Kerin, M (2014) 'Experience of Breast Cancer Burden, Benefit, or Both?'. Cancer Nursing, 37 :21-30 [DOI] [Details]
(2014) 'Which Behaviour Change Techniques Are Most Effective at Increasing Older Adults’ Self-Efficacy and Physical Activity Behaviour? A Systematic Review'
French, D. P.;Olander, E. K.; Chisholm, A.; Mc Sharry, J. (2014) 'Which Behaviour Change Techniques Are Most Effective at Increasing Older Adults’ Self-Efficacy and Physical Activity Behaviour? A Systematic Review'. Annals Of Behavioral Medicine, [DOI] [ARAN Link] [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
(2015) 'How to apply for research funding'
Byrne, M. & Mc Sharry, J. (2015) 'How to apply for research funding' In: How to Conduct Research for Service Improvement: A Guidebook for Health and Social Care Professionals 2nd Edition. Ireland: Health and Social Care Professions Education and Development Advisory Group Research Sub-group. [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
(2015) 'Psychosocial Risks in a Unique Workplace Environment: Safe Trad and Traditional Irish Musicians'
Mc Sharry, J. , (2015) 'Psychosocial Risks in a Unique Workplace Environment: Safe Trad and Traditional Irish Musicians' The European Health Psychologist, 17 (4) :174-178. [Details]
(2014) 'Multiple Medical Conditions: Implications for Health Psychology Research'
Mc Sharry, J (2014) 'Multiple Medical Conditions: Implications for Health Psychology Research' Health Psychology Update, . [Details]
(2014) 'Challenges in managing multiple conditions: The patient experience of multimorbidity'
Mc Sharry, J. (2014) 'Challenges in managing multiple conditions: The patient experience of multimorbidity' The European Health Psychologist, . [Details]
(2014) 'Qualification in Health Psychology (Stage 2) Supervisor Training'
Mc Sharry, J. (2014) 'Qualification in Health Psychology (Stage 2) Supervisor Training' Irish Psychologist, . [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2014) 28th Conference of the European Health Psychology Society
Mc Sharry,J., White,G.D., Bower,P. & French, D. (2014) Older Adults' Experiences and Management of Multiple Conditions: a Systematic Review and Qualitative Meta-synthesis 28th Conference of the European Health Psychology Society [Details]
(2012) 26th European Health Psychology Conference
Groarke, A., Curtis,R., & McSharry, J. (2012) Exploring the experience of stress through diary keeping in women with breast cancer 26th European Health Psychology Conference Prague, [Details]
(2012) 26th Conference of the European Health Psychology Society
Mc Sharry, J.; Bishop, F.; Moss-Morris, R.; Kendrick, T. (2012) Illness representations in diabetes and depression: validation of a new measure 26th Conference of the European Health Psychology Society [Details]
(2013) 27th Conference of the European Health Psychology Society
McSharry, J.; Bishop, F. Moss-Morris, R.; Kendrick, T. (2013) Diabetes management in the context of multiple illnesses: A qualitative analysis 27th Conference of the European Health Psychology Society [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2015 Early Career Researcher Travel Award Psychosocial Aspects of Diabetes (PSAD) Study Group
2015 Early Career Award European Health Psychology Society

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Psychological Society of Ireland Division of Health Psychology Full Member /
Psychological Society of Ireland Registered Member /
British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology Full Member /
UK Health and Care Professions Council Registered Health Psychologist /
British Psychological Society Chartered Psychologist /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
European Health Psychology Society National Delegate for Ireland /
Psychological Society of Ireland Division of Health Psychology Committee Member /

Modules Taught

  Term/Year Module Title Module Code Subject / Desc
2015/2016 MSc in Health Psychology PS 584 Health Promotion and Behaviour Change (Module Coordinator)
2015/2016 MSc in Health Psychology PS 6116 Research and Professional Skills