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Dr. Mary Cowman

Title:

Lecturer

School/ Department:

Health Sciences - Sport And Exercise Science

Telephone:

+353 0 51306356

Room Name/ Num:

214 O'Connell Bianconi - Health Sciences Building

Campus:

Main Campus

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My Biography

Dr Mary Cowman is a lecturer in the Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Science. She has a BSc (Majoring in Psychology) from the Open University.  She also has an MSc in Training and Human Resource Management from the University of Leicester and a PhD in Evaluating Training Effectiveness in Health Care Settings from NUI Galway. 

Research

I am member of the Centre for Health Behaviour Research Group at WIT.  My areas of research are:  the older adult and physical activity; physical activity promotion and  mental health; customer care, customer relations and customer retention strategies within fitness and leisure industry.

Journal Papers

Cowman, M. & McCarthy, A. (2016) The impact of demographic and situational factors on training transfer in a health care setting. Irish Journal of Management, 35 (1), 129-142.

Matthews, E. Cowman, M. Denieff, S. (2017). Using experience-based co-design for the development of physical activity provision in rehabilitation and recovery mental health care. Journal of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing Sept. (7): 545-552. Doi 10.1111/jpm.12401.

Matthews, E. Cowman, M. Brannigan, M. Sloan, D. Ward, P.B. & Denieffe. S. (2018). Examining the barriers to physical activity between active and inactive people with severe mental illness in Ireland. Mental Health and Physical Activity, 15. 139-144. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mhpa.2018.10.003

Matthews, E. Cowman, M. & Denieffe. S. (2018). The next step: A strategic focus on physical activity and sedentary behaviour in Irish mental health care. Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine. 1-3. https://doi.org/10.1017/ipm.2018.38

Conference Presentations

Matthews, E. Cowman, M. Brannigan, M. Sloan, D & Denieffe, S. (2018). The physical activity levels and the examination of barriers to physical activity between active and inactive people with severe mental illness in Ireland. University Hospital Waterford Research Meeting, Waterford.

Matthews, Cowman, Brannigan, Sloan & Denieffe: The physical activity behaviours of people with severe and enduring mental illness in Ireland. All Ireland Postgraduate Conference in Physical Activity and Sports Science, IT Carlow. Carlow, Apr- 2017

Cowman, M. & McCarthy, A. (2014). Outcomes of an Exercise Leadership Programme for Staff in Older Adult Care Facilities. PE PAYS Conference, WIT, June 2014.

Cowman, M. & McCarthy, A. (2013) An investigation of training & development outcomes in the health care sector.  Irish Academy of Management Conference.  WIT,  September 2013.

Cowman, M. & McCarthy, A. (2012) The impact of demographic and situational factors on training transfer in a health care setting. Irish Academy of Management Conference.  NUI Maynooth September 2012. Awarded Best Track paper.

Cowman, M. & McCarthy, A. (2012) Training Effectiveness and Transfer: A Mixed Methods Investigation. 13th International Conference of the University Forum on Human Resource Development on HRD Research and Practice Across Europe. The Lusiada University of Vila Nova de Famalicao, Portugal May, 2012,.

Cowman, M & McCarthy, A (2012).  An Investigation of Organizational Context Factors Affecting Training Transfer Over Time. Academy of Human Resource Development. Denver, Colorado. March 2012.

Cowman, M, & McCarthy, A.  (2006). Modelling Training and Development Outcomes: A Case Study in the Health Care Sector. The Irish Academy of Managers Annual Conference.  University College, Cork. September 2006.

Cowman, M. & McCarthy, A. (2006). Evaluating HRD in the Health Care Sector: Towards a Conceptual Model”. The University Forum for Human Resource Development. Seventh International Conference. Tilburg University, Holland. May, 2006.

Cowman, M. & Dawson, P (2004). Exercise for the Older Adult. National Certificate in Exercise and Fitness National Convention.  University of Limerick. September, 2004.

Murphy, N. & Cowman, M. (2002). Exercise Provision for Older Adults in Care Settings: The ACT Programme. All Ireland Conference on the Promotion of Physical Activity. Newry, NI. 2002.

Teaching

BA in Health Promotion and BA in Exercise and Health Studies:
Older Adult Health; Adapted Physical Activity;  Business of the Personal Trainer; Practical Pedagogy; The Exercise Professional; Workplace Supervision;  Dissertation Supervision

Bachelor of Business  in Recreation and Sport Management; Bachelor of Business (Hons)  in Recreation and Sport Management
Strategic Leisure Management; Event Management; Communications for College and the Workplace. Dissertation supervision.

Other
Project Manager with responsibility for the development and delivery of the Activity in Care Training (ACT) Programme. 

Professional

Mary is a former Director of the National Certificate in Exercise and Fitness (NCEF) and was also involved in programme development, delivery and assessment on behalf of the NCEF.   She was a member of the Eurofit Project for the development of the European (EHFA) standards for Exercise and Fitness Instructors. Mary was a module co-writer and trainer for the national GP Exercise Referral Programme and as a fitness instructor, she was involved in the development and provision of physical activity programmes for older adults.