Welcome to the 13th Annual Psychology Health and Medicine Conference

I am delighted to welcome the Psychology, Health and Medicine Conference to Cork for the first time, and hope you agree that the programme showcases excellence in health psychology research and practice.

This year, for the first time in its 13-year history, the PHM Conference is being held at University College Cork, and has been organised by the School of Applied Psychology, and the conference chair is Dr Samantha Dockray, who worked closely with the local organising committee, and we benefited from the experience and support of previous chairs, Dr. Stephen Gallagher (University of Limerick) and Dr Marian McLoughlin (Ulster University, UK).

The conference activities commence on Thursday, May 26th.  Two workshops will be held, one is facilitated by Dr Angela Veale and will explore ‘Participatory Action Research (PAR) for health promotion and evaluation’ and another is facilitated by Dr Conor Linehan and participants will explore ‘Designing for Health: User-Centered Design of Mobile Health Technologies’.  That evening, a Psychology Public Event will be held, open to the public featuring Professor Kenneth Ward speaking on ‘Tobacco and E-Cigarettes: The good, the bad and the ugly’.  Following this event, we invite you to join other delegates for an ‘Unofficial Conference Gathering’ in the Rising Sons Brewery, on Cornmarket Street, a short walk from University College Cork.

On May 28th, the Conference Programme will commence with a Welcome from Professor Ted Dinan, Professor of Psychiatry at UCC, and a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians and Psychiatrists.

This year, we have presentations from three keynote speakers, 30 oral presentations, and over 55 poster presentations.  The PHM Conference is a fantastic collage of the work and research being done in health psychology and cognate disciplines in Ireland, and the programme certainly highlights the excellent research and researchers contributing to the field.

Our first keynote speaker is Dr. Molly Byrne, National University of Ireland. Molly will speak about her experiences and learning over a decade of research in behaviour change interventions.   Many of the delegates will be familiar with Molly’s work and research achievements, and have benefited from Molly’s expertise, leadership and commitment to health psychology in Ireland.  Our second keynote address will be given by Professor Jane Ogden, University of Surrey, UK.  Jane has a remarkable ability to communicate her science to academic, practitioner and general audiences, and her talk will explore the potential for unintended, and perhaps undesirable, outcomes in health psychology.  Finally, our third keynote address is by Professor Ivan Perry, University College Cork. Ivan’s prolific body of research focuses on public health nutrition, and he will describe the challenges of complexity in public health, using examples of his work on obesity.

The programme has been designed so you have time to talk with other delegates, and I encourage you to make time to walk around the UCC Campus, and we’ve placed a ‘Guided Walking Tour’ in your delegate pack.  The DHP member community, and the conference participants in the last 13 years have built a supportive and thriving community of health psychologists and people in related disciplines, and the conference represents a great opportunity to meet with people to discuss recent and current health research projects.

Finally, welcome to the 2016 Psychology, Health and Medicine Conference! I hope you have an enjoyable and invigorating conference and look forward to meeting you again at a future DHP event.


Dr. Samantha Dockray

Conference Chair