‌Health Psychology is the study of psychological and behavioural processes in health, illness and health care. ‌

The Health and Wellbeing theme at NUIG delivers a Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) accredited MSc in Health Psychology and a Structured PhD in Health Psychology.‌ Members of this theme contribute to research in a number of key themes.‌

Research Themes

 Communication in health care

Decision making in health care

Health Behaviour Change Research Group (HBCRG)

Health Screening

Medication and treatment adherence



Primary care and public health

Psychological aspects of diabetes


Self-management of chronic illness

External Links

We have strong links to the PSI Division of Health Psychology, with three recent Chairs of the Division coming from our School and the European Health Psychology Society (EHPS) where we currently have a member of the EHPS Executive Committee and the National Delegate for Ireland based in the School. Members of this theme also serve on the editorial boards of several leading scientific journals in this area of research including Psychology & Health and the British Journal of Health Psychology.

Research Theme Members

Dr Molly Byrne

Prof Ruth Curtis

Dr AnnMarie Groarke

Dr Caroline Heary

Ms. Anne Marie Keane

Dr Pádraig MacNeela

Dr Gerry Molloy

Dr Jane Walsh

Prof Brian McGuire

Dr Jenny McSharry

Dr Sinéad Conneely

Dr Siobhan O’Higgins

Dr Sara Hayes

Dr Leigh-Ann Sweeney

Ms. Valerie Parker