Professor Molly Byrne

Professor Molly Byrne

CDP-CDP Programme Director
Professor of Health Psychology, School of Psychology, University of Galway

Professor Molly Byrne is the Programme Director of the CDP-CDP. She is Professor of Health Psychology at the School of Psychology in University of Galway.

Molly obtained an honours degree in Psychology from Trinity College Dublin and her MSc in Health Psychology and PhD from University of Galway. In 2014 she secured a HRB Research Leadership Award to establish and direct the Health Behaviour Change Research Group (HBCRG). Her research aims to improve population health by developing and promoting an evidence-based behavioural science approach to health behaviour change interventions. She is interested in developing methods to increase the implementation and impact of behaviour change interventions, with particular interest in chronic disease prevention and management. She often uses participatory approaches in her research involving patients and public.

Molly is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Behavioural Trials Network and the Executive Management Committee of the HRB Primary Care Clinical Trials Network Ireland. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board in the EU Joint Programme Initiative – Healthy Diet for Healthy Life and a member of the Advisory Board of the National Institute of Preventive Cardiology. In 2017, she was awarded a place on the Wellcome Trust Research Leadership Development Programme and she also completed the Aurora Higher Education Leadership Training Programme in 2016. She received the NUI Galway President’s Award for Research Excellence in 2015 and was an Irish Canada University Foundation Flaherty Visiting Professor in 2017, taking a position in the Montreal Behavioural Medicine Centre. In 2019, she was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the European Health Psychology Society, in recognition of an exceptional contribution to the discipline.

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