Creaven, Ann-Marie, Dr.

Creaven, Ann-Marie, Dr.

Dr. Ann-Marie Creaven
+353 61 234909
Department of Psychology EM-015 University of Limerick Limerick Ireland

Dr. Ann-Marie Creaven is currently on leave

I completed my degree and doctorate in psychology at NUI Galway, supported by a college fellowship and the (then) Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences. During my undergraduate studies I also completed a diploma in Gaeilge (Irish language), and during my PhD studies I collaborated on an NIH-funded study of at-risk parents and children, based in Pennsylvania State University. Broadly, my research examines how our social relationships influence health, for better and for worse, particularly in terms of coping with stress. This programme of research spans several sub-disciplines of psychology and relates to other disciplines including health and sociology.



I joined the Department of Psychology at the University of Limerick as a Lecturer in September 2013, following my training at NUI Galway, and a year applying my research skills to several policy-relevant projects at the Educational Research Centre in Drumcondra. At UL, I am a member of the Heath Research Institute and the Centre for Social Issues Research. I am also part of the SASHLab research cluster, involved in several strands of research in relationships, stress and health. For example, one strand explores the importance of social support for quality of life in individuals with chronic illness. I currently supervise four PhD students conducting research on loneliness, attachment, emotion regulation, and families affected by imprisonment.  I am a member of the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in Social Sciences (BITSS) Catalyst network, committed to advancing the practice and teaching of transparent social science research.



My primary teaching is for research methods (mainly quantitative), and introductory psychology. I have taught students from psychology, arts (omnibus), law, international business, sports science, clinical therapies, Erasmus, and study abroad, from first year to sPhD. I also lead the psychology research project modules for UG and masters, and have supervised 22 undergraduate theses and 14 masters’ theses to date, primarily in health psychology. In 2015-2016, I was one of four recipients of the First Seven Weeks Teaching Award, for staff identified by first year students as having the most positive effect on their early learning experiences at UL. In 2016, I was one of three UL staff shortlisted for the Shannon Consortium Regional Teaching Excellence Award. In 2017, I won UL’s team teaching award with collaborator Dr. Stephen Gallagher.


Other Activities

I regularly give presentations on both my research (nationally and internationally), and on my teaching, including at public events such as the Midlands Science Festival. I also regularly contribute to the Today with Sean O’Rourke show on RTE Radio 1, discussing topics related to health and well-being.





Habenicht, A.E., Gallagher, S., O’Keeffe, M-C., & Creaven, A-M. (in press). Making the leap and finding your feet: A qualitative study of disclosure and social support at university for students with Type 1 diabetes. Journal of Health Psychology.

Brown, E.G., Creaven, A-M., & Gallagher, S. (in press). Loneliness and cardiovascular reactivity to acute stress in younger adults. International Journal of Psychophysiology.

Gallagher, S., O’Riordan, A., McMahon, G., & Creaven, A-M. (2018). Evaluating personality as a moderator of the association between life events stress and cardiovascular reactivity to acute stress. International Journal of Psychophysiology.

Brown, E.G., Gallagher, S., & Creaven, A-M.  (2017). Loneliness and acute stress reactivity: A systematic review of psychophysiological studies. Psychophysiology.

Msetfi, R.M., Jay, S., O’Donnell, A-M., Kearns, M., Kinsella, E.L., McMahon, J., Muldoon, O.T., Naughton, C., & Creaven, A-M. (2017). Restricted reproductive rights and risky sexual behaviour: How political disenfranchisement relates to women’s sense of control, well-being and sexual health. Journal of Health Psychology.

Creaven, A-M., Healy, A., & Howard, S. Social connectedness and depression: Is there added value in volunteering? (2017). Journal of Social and Personal Relationships.

Howard, S., Creaven, A-M., Hughes, B.M., O’Leary, E.D., & James, J.E. (2017). Perceived social support predicts lower cardiovascular reactivity to stress in older adults. Biological Psychology, 125, 70-75. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2017.02.006.

Brown, E.G., & Creaven, A.-M. (2017). Performance feedback, self-esteem and cardiovascular adaption to recurring stressors. Anxiety, Stress and Coping, 30(3), 290-303. doi: 10.1080/10615806.2016.1269324

Kearns, S.M., & Creaven, A-M. (2017). Individual differences in positive and negative emotion regulation: Which strategies explain variability in loneliness? Personality and Mental Health, 11(1), 64-74. doi: 10.1002/pmh.1363

Brennan, K.A.M., & Creaven, A-M. (2016). Living with invisible illness: social support experiences of individuals with systemic lupus erythematosus. Quality of Life Research, 25(5),1227-35. doi: 10.1007/s11136-015-1151-z

Gallagher, S., Sumner, R.C., Muldoon, O.T., Creaven, A-M., & Hannigan, A. (2016). Unemployment is associated with lower cortisol awakening and blunted dehydroepiandrosterone responses. Psychoneuroendocinology, 69, 41-49.

Creaven, A-M., Skowron, E.A., Hughes, B.M., Howard, S., & Loken, E. (2014). Dyadic concordance in mother and pre-schooler resting cardiovascular function varies by risk status.  Developmental Psychobiology, 56(1), 142-52. doi: 10.1002/dev.21098.

Creaven, A-M., Howard, S., & Hughes, B.M. (2013). Social support and trait personality are independently associated with resting cardiovascular function in women. British Journal of Health Psychology, 18(3),556-73. doi: 10.1111/bjhp.12001. ISI impact factor: 2.778.

Creaven, A-M., & Hughes, B.M. (2012). Cardiovascular responses to mental activation of social support schemas. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 84, 113-119. Doi: 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2012.01.018.



Cosgrove, J., Butler, D., Leahy, M., Shiel, G., Kavanagh, L., & Creaven, A-M. (2014). The 2013 ICT Census in Schools – Main Report. Dublin: Educational Research Centre.

Clerkin, A. & Creaven, A-M. (2013). Pupil engagement. In Eivers, E. & Clerkin, A. (Eds)., National Schools, international contexts: Beyond the PIRLS and TIMSS test results (pp. 33-54). Dublin: Educational Research Centre.

Eivers, E. & Creaven, A-M. (2013). Home-school communication.  In Eivers, E. & Clerkin, A. (Eds)., National Schools, international contexts: Beyond the PIRLS and TIMSS test results (pp. 105-128). Dublin: Educational Research Centre.

Cosgrove, J., & Creaven, A-M. (2013). Understanding achievement in PIRLS and TIMSS 2011. In Eivers, E. & Clerkin, A. (Eds)., National Schools, international contexts: Beyond the PIRLS and TIMSS test results (pp. 201-227). Dublin: Educational Research Centre. 

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