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Dr. Paula Carroll

Title:

Lecturer and Researcher

School/ Department:

Health Sciences - Sport And Exercise Science

Telephone:

+353 0 051-843131

Room Name/ Num:

GO6 Nursing Building O'Connell Bianconi - Health Sciences Building

Campus:

Main Campus

OrcID Number:

https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8465-4535

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My Biography

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.  

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

  • Centre for Men's Health and IT Carlow.
  • Health Services Research Unit, University of Aberdeen
  • Univserity of Stirling
  • Men's Health Forum in Ireland

 

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.

 

Awards: 

  • 2001, Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland, Donegan Medal winner. 
  • Men on the Move; 2016 - Project of most impact at the National Postgraduate Conference [Alex Donohoe]; 2017 -  Plenary Session Presentation [Liam Kelly PhD student] first prize for the HEPA Europe 2017 Early Career Research Awards; The programme won the award in the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards in the ‘Best Health and Well being’ category and the Local Authority Members Association Awards and the Public Sector Magazine Awards”.

 

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). 

Teaching

Postgraduate Teaching:

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

 - Dissertation

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

Undergraduate Teaching:

I have taught the followind modules across the undergraduate courses within the Department of Sport & Exercise Science:

 - Research and Statistics

 - Dissertation

 - Social Personal and Health Education

 - Exercise Physiology

 - Gender Specific Health 

Professional

Cross-Sectoral Collaborations:

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. 

International Collaborations:

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[1] and b) a review of men’s food the health behaviour (Safefood Ireland).

Membership of Groups:

  • I am a member of the Irish Cancer Society's, Cancer Prevention Committee. 
  • I am an affiliate researcher to the Centre for Men’s Health at IT Carlow. 
  • I am a former Director and Company Secretary of the Men’s Health Forum in Ireland. 
  • I was a member of the national steering committee with the responsibility for developing the National Men’s Health Policy and its subsequent Action Plan, Healthy Ireland- Men (HI-M).
  • I was part of the National Men’s Health Policy (NMHP) Implementation Group that is chaired by the Department of Health. 
  • I was an Advisor to and conducted qualitative research for the Evaluation of Men on the Move in Mayo (Published January 2013).  I also supported the Donegal Men on the Move Evaluation.
  • I was a member of the investigative Network that contributed to research on engaging men in health related initiatives that is being led by the Centre for Men’s Health, Leeds Metropolitan University (due to be conducted August 2014).
  • I am a member of the Health Promotion Association of Ireland

Publications

Selected Publications:  Peer Reviewed Articles

  • Hammersley, C., Richardson, N., Carroll, P., McNamara, J., & Meredith, D. ‘That's me I am the farmer of the land’: Exploring identities, masculinities and health among male farmers’ in Ireland.  American Journal of Men’s Health (under review)
  • Cooper J., Murphy J.J., Woods C., Van Nassau F., McGrath A., Callaghan D., Carroll P., Kelly P., Murphy N., Murphy M. Barriers and facilitators to implementing community-based physical activity interventions: A qualitative systematic review. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (under review)
  • Kelly L, Harrison M, Richardson N, Carroll P, Egan T, Ormond G, Robertson S. (2021).  Economic evaluation of ‘Men on the Move’, a ‘real world’ community-based physical activity programme for men.  European Journal of Public Health, 31(1), 156-60.
  • McDonald M.D., Dombrowski S.U., Skinner R., Calveley E., Carroll P., Elders A., Gray C.M., Grindle M., Harris F.M., Jones C., Hoddinott P.  (In Press).  Recruiting men from across the socioeconomic spectrum via GP registers and community outreach to a weight management feasibility randomised controlled trial.  BMC Medical Research Methodology
  • Carroll P., Richardson N., Grace B. (2020).  Connecting with Young Men:  The Impact of Training in Ireland.  International Journal of Men’s Social and Community Health, 3(1):e24–e35, DOI: 10.22374/ijmsch.v3i1.26.
  • Dombrowski S MM, van der Pol M, Grindle M, Avenell A, Carroll P, Calveley E, Elders A, Glennie N, Gray C, Harris F, Hapca A, Jones C, Kee F, McKinley M, Skinner R, Tod M, Hoddinott P. (2020).  Game of Stones: Feasibility randomised controlled trial of how to engage men with obesity in text message and incentive interventions for weight loss. British Medical Journal Open,10(2):e032653. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2019-032653.
  • Dombrowski, S. U., McDonald, M., van der Pol, M., Grindle, M., Avenell, A., Carroll, P., Calveley, E., Elders, A., Glennie, N., Gray, C. M., Harris, F. M., Hapca, A., Jones, C., Kee, F., McKinley, M. C., Skinner, R., Tod, M., & Hoddinott, P. (2020). Text messaging and financial incentives to encourage weight loss in men with obesity: the Game of Stones feasibility RCT. Public Health Research8(11), vii- 224. doi.org/10.3310/phr08110
  • Kelly L., Harrison M., Richardson N., Carroll P., Robertson S.,  Keohane A., Donohoe A. (2019).  The impact of a gender-specific physical activity intervention on the fitness and fatness profile of men in Ireland.  European Journal of Public Health, doi.orf/10.1093/eurpub/ckz100
  • Carroll P., Harrison M., Richardson N., Robertson S., Keohane A., Kelly L., Donohoe A. (2018).  Evaluation of a Gender-Sensitive Physical Activity Programme for Inactive Men in Ireland: Protocol Paper for a Pragmatic Controlled Trial.  Journal of Physical Activity Research, 3(1): 20-27.
  • Robertson S.  Carroll P., Donohoe A., Richardson N., Keohane A., Kelly L., Harrison M.  (2018).   “The environment was Like They Were in The Pub but With no alcohol” – a Process evaluation of engagement and sustainability in men on The move an Irish community based Physical activity intervention.  International Journal of Men’s Social and Community Health, DOI: 10.22374/ijmsch.v1i1.14. 
  • Kelly L., Harrison M., Richardson N., Carroll P., Robertson S., Keohane A., Donohoe A. (2018) Reaching beyond the ‘worried well’: Pre-adoption characteristics of participants in ‘Men on the Move’, a community-based physical activity programme.  Journal of Public Health doi.org/10.1093/pubmed/fdy134
  • Richardson  N., & Carroll P. (2018).  It’s not rocket science: The case for a policy focus on men’s health.  International Journal of Men’s Social and Community Health, 1(1): 23-35.
  • Osborne A., Carroll P*, Richardson N., Doheny M., Brennan L., Lambe B. (2018).  From training to practice: the impact of ENGAGE, Ireland’s national men’s health training programme.  Health Promotion International, 33,(3): 458–467. 
  • Grace B., Richardson N., Carroll P. (2018) “…if you’re not part of the institution you fall by the wayside”:  Service provider’s perspectives on moving young men from disconnection and isolation to connection and belonging.  American Journal of Men’s Health, 12(2):252-264.  Sequence authorship
  • Lefkowick M, Richardson N., Brennen L., Lambe B., Carroll P.  (2018).  A process evaluation of a Training of Trainers (TOT) model of health training in Ireland.  Health Promotion International, 33(1), 60-70.  
  • Carroll P., Kirwan L., Lambe B.  (2014) Engaging ‘hard to reach’ men in community based health promotion.  International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 52(3): 120-130.

Selected Publications:  Non-refereed publications, Reports:

  • HAMMERSLEY, C., RICHARDSON, N., CARROLL, P., McNAMARA, J., & MEREDITH, D. (2020). ‘On Feírm Ground’: A formative evaluation to inform the design of a bespoke farmers’ health training programme. Interim Report Executive Summary.  Available at:  https://www.teagasc.ie/media/website/publications/2020/On-Feirm-Ground---Wellbeing-for-farmers.pdf
  • Carroll P., Richardson N., Harrison M., Robertson S., Keohane A., Kelly L., Donohoe A. (2019). Men on the Move: A Community Based Physical Activity Programme for Adult Men in Ireland. Evaluation Report. Dublin: Health Service Executive.  Available at:https://www.hse.ie/eng/services/news/media/pressrel/men-on-the-move-evaluation-report.pdf.
  • Health Services Executive (2017) (Prepared by:  Richardson N. & Carroll P.).  National Men’s Health Action Plan. Healthy Ireland - Men. HI-M 2017-2021. Working with men in Ireland to achieve optimum health and wellbeing.  Dublin:  Health Services Executive.  Available at:  https://www.mhfi.org/HI-M.pdf.
  • Grace B., Richardson N., Carroll P. (2015). Engaging Young Men Project.  A report on the mapping exercise conducted in Ireland in 2014.  Dublin:  Men’s Health Forum in Ireland.  Available at:  www.mhfi.org
  • Richardson N. & Carroll P.  Improving Male Health.  A review of policy and progress in 12 countries.  Men’s Health in Ireland.  In:  Men’s Health Around the World: a review of policy and progress in 11 countries.  Edts Wilkins D. & Savoye E.  Brussels:  European Men’s Health Forum.  pp. 33-38.  Available at http://www.emhf.org/resource_images/11countries.pdf.
  • Department of Health and Children (Prepared by; Richardson N and Carroll P.).  National Men’s Health Policy 2008-2013. Working with men in Ireland to achieve optimum health and wellbeing. Dublin: Department of Health and Children; 2008.  Available at http://www.dohc.ie/publications/national_mens_health_policy.html