Aoife Marie Foran

Aoife Marie Foran

Aoife Marie Foran
PhD Student
Structured Ph.D.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts (1st Hons) in Psychology and Sociology, University of Limerick

Proposed PhD Title:  Stigma as a barrier to eating disorder recovery: the impact of anticipated, perceived, internalized and cultural stigma on psychological and social health aspects of recovery.

PhD Supervisors: Dr Aisling O’Donnell & Prof Orla Muldoon



Aoife completed the BA in Psychology and Sociology in UL and graduated with a first class honours in August 2018. She subsequently began a PhD by research in the Department of Psychology in September 2018.

Project Description:

To date, stigma has received little attention in terms of how it influences people’s recovery from an eating disorder. In prior research, it has been argued that stigma is linked to adverse psychological and social health consequences, and may create barriers for sustained recovery. Therefore, the current project will examine the effects of stigma on the psychological and social health aspects of eating disorder recovery overtime. This novel research will provide findings that can be used in the development of an evidence-based intervention, that facilitates sustained recovery.


Awards and Honours:

  • University of Limerick Presidential List for exceptional academic performance and QCA in five semesters (Autumn and Spring 14/15, Spring 16/17, Autumn and Spring 17/18)



Teaching assistant, Department of Psychology, University of Limerick

  • PS4041 Practical Psychology 1