Dr. Herring is a Lecturer in Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology in the Department of Physical Education and Sport Science within the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences, a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, and Director of the Exercise is Medicine Ireland National Centre. He is an internationally-recognized exercise psychologist whose transdisciplinary research program spans physical activity and mental health epidemiology, experimental research into acute and chronic effects of exercise on anxiety and depression among diverse populations, and mechanistic research into plausible psychobiological mechanisms of exercise dose, response, and compliance.  The overarching goals of his research are to understand the mechanisms that link physical activity and exercise to improved mental health; to understand how and in whom exercise is effective; and to identify profiles that best predict response and compliance.  His active research projects include investigations of dose-dependent associations between physical activity and Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and Depression; plausible mechanisms of acute exercise effects among young adults with analogue GAD; randomized controlled trials of the effects of resistance exercise training in analogue GAD and Pilates training in Multiple Sclerosis; and genetic and non-genetic mechanisms of exercise training effects on anxiety and depressive symptoms.


McDowell C.P., Dishman R.K., Vancampfort D., Hallgren M., Stubbs B., MacDonncha C., Herring M.P. (2018). Physical activity and Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Results from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing. International Journal of Epidemiology. 47(5):1443-1453. PMID: 29982489. DOI: 10.1093/ije/dyy141. PMID: 29982489. https://academic.oup.com/ije/article-abstract/47/5/1443/5048421?redirectedFrom=fulltext

Gordon B.R., McDowell C.P., Hallgren M., Meyer J.D., Lyons M., Herring M.P. (2018). Association of efficacy of resistance exercise training with depressive symptoms: A meta-analysis and meta-regression analysis of randomized clinical trials. JAMA Psychiatry. 75(6):566-576. PMID: 29800984. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2018.0572. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapsychiatry/article-abstract/2680311

Herring M.P., Jacob M.L., Suveg C., Dishman R.K., O’Connor P.J. (2012). Feasibility of exercise training for the short-term treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder: A randomized controlled trial. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, 81(1):21-28, PMID: 22116310. http://www.karger.com/article/Abstract/327898

Herring M.P., Puetz T.W., O’Connor P.J., Dishman R.K. (2012). Effect of exercise training on depressive symptoms among patients with a chronic illness: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Archives of Internal Medicine, 172(2):101-111, PMID: 22271118. http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1108677

Herring M.P., O’Connor P.J., Dishman, R.K. (2010). The effect of exercise training on anxiety symptoms among patients. A systematic review.  Archives of Internal Medicine, 170(4):321-331, PMID: 20177034. http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=774421&sa=U&ei=ty80VZu3IJHoav6XgLgP&ved=0CDcQ9QEwEQ&usg=AFQjCNHVJr9ZZGP