Lecturer and Researcher
Health Sciences - Sport And Exercise Science
+353 0 051-843131
GO6 Nursing Building O'Connell Bianconi - Health Sciences Building
I am Co-Course Leader of the Masters in Advanced Facilitation Skills for Health and Well-Being. I also continue to lecture on the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes within the department and have done so since 2003. I am a health promotion specialist with a keen interest in developing emotional intelligence, learning in the affective domain, facilitation skills and men's health. I graduated from the University of Limerick with a PhD. I also hold a BSc in Sports and Exercise Science (UL).
I have previously been on a full/ part time secondment to the HSE (2003 - 2015) where I worked in the area of men's health policy and men's health promotion research.
I am member of the Centre for Health Behaviour Research Group at WIT and my areas of research is developing facilitation skills and men's health promotion. I supervise postgraduate research students to MA [23; 6 research & 17 taught] and PhD [1 completed; 3 ongoing] level.
Recent/ongoing research projects:
2021 - To explore the acceptability of digital storytelling (DST) as a useful therapeutic intervention for Traveller men affected by suicide.
2021 - Football Cooperative, a community based physical activity social intervention for men: A feasibility study for scale up.
2021 - Building capacity within the construction industry in Ireland to respond to suicidal behaviour through the development of a suite of indicated suicide prevention approaches and partnerships.
2019 - “On Feirm Ground”: The design and evaluation of a bespoke farmers’ health training programme.
2015 - Men on the Move - A community based PA programme for inactive men in ireland.
2014 - ‘Engaging Young Men’: The design and evaluation of a training programme targeted at service providers.
2014 - Youth Sector Training Programme in Experiential Based Facilitation Training for Health and Wellbeing
2014 - A process & outcome evaluation of ‘Engage’, Irelands National Men’s Health Training Programme
Recent / ongoing collaborations include the
Referring: International Journal of Men’s Health, Sports Medicine, Public Health, The American Journal of Men’s Health, BMC Public Health, International Journal of Men’s Social and Community Health, Health Promotion International, Irish Journal of Medical Sciences.
Conference committees: National Men’s Health Week ‘Mind Yourself’ (2006), “Multidisciplinary Approaches to Men’s Health” (2010). Seminars: ‘Social Determinants of Men’s Health’ at WIT (2010), Carlow Men’s Health Project (2011).
Masters in Advanced Facilitation Skills for Promoting Health and Well Being [https://www.wit.ie/courses/school/health_sciences/department_of_health_sport_exercise_studies/ma-in-advanced-facilitation-skills-for-promoting-health-and-well-being]. I am currently leading the research stream which includes the following modules:
- Qualitative Research & Evaluation
- Qualitative Data Analysis
MSc in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Motivational Interviewing for Practice [https://www.wit.ie/courses/school/health_sciences/department_of_nursing/msc-in-cognitive-behaviour-therapy-cbt-and-motivational-interviewing-mi-for]. I currently teach on the following module:
- Personal Development for Health and Well Being
I have taught the followind modules across the undergraduate courses within the Department of Sport & Exercise Science:
- Research and Statistics
- Social Personal and Health Education
- Exercise Physiology
- Gender Specific Health
I have considerable experience of cross-sectoral collaboration regarding health policy and training; I am co-author of the worlds’ first National Men’s Health Policy (2008) and the subsequent National Men’s Health Action Plan (2016); I co-authored the worlds’ only national men’s health training programme, ENGAGE that is funded by the HSE; from 2012-2016, as a lead facilitator, I trained 74 ENGAGE trainers via a Training of Trainers (ToT) model who delivered a 1-day ENGAGE training programme to over 1200 front line service providers; I have worked with the HSE and National Youth Council of Ireland to develop and deliver Facilitation Skills training to health promotion staff and youth sector workers nationally. This training was designed to support them to a) make healthier choices for themselves through the development of self-awareness and, in turn, b) address the mental and emotional issues of the young people with whom they work more effectively.
I have considerable experience of international collaborations; I am a co-applicant on a weight loss intervention study, lead staff at Stirling University that is investigating text based narratives to promote weight loss among men; and I was an advisor to a) a systematic review of male weight loss and obesity that was led by staff at the University of Aberdeen and b) a review of men’s food the health behaviour (Safefood Ireland).
Membership of Groups:
Selected Publications: Peer Reviewed Articles
Selected Publications: Non-refereed publications, Reports: