Fortune, Dónal G., Prof.

Fortune, Dónal G., Prof.

Name: 
Prof. Dónal G. Fortune
Email: 
Donal.Fortune@ul.ie
Phone: 
+ 353 (0)61 234927
Role: 
Faculty
Address: 
Psychology Department, E1-031, University of Limerick, Ireland.
Room: 
E1-031

Prof. Dónal G. Fortune is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Limerick. He also retains a clinical role with the Health Service Executive (CHO 3).  Dónal trained in London, Warwick and Manchester in the UK, holds both clinical psychology practitioner doctorate (Clin.PsyD), and a research doctorate in clinical psychology (Ph.D.), and, in keeping with necessary dualities, is both a clinical psychologist and clinical neuropsychologist.  He has worked as a clinical psychologist in the UK’s National Health Service with University attachment, and in both the voluntary sector and the HSE in Ireland.

 

Research interests

The ambit of Dónal’s research is informed by his clinical work and his research interests concern the application of psychological knowledge to improve outcomes for people with mental health challenges particularly in the context of an additional enduring medical or surgical condition, social adversity or issues of ageing. Thus his research aims to provide evidence that might be used to help people living with such challenges through developing a better understanding of the varied contexts that contribute to mental health difficulties for individuals and their families across the life span. He has an interest in strengths-based interventions and the factors that enable people to construe benefits from adversity in terms of growth experiences. He is also interested in research that aims to enhance how clinicians assess, formulate, intervene, and monitor change with people experiencing stress, distress or other mental health challenges.

 

His research has been cited by researchers in over 3,800 individual scientific publications and yields a current H-index of 29.

 

Publications

Walsh, R.S. Muldoon, O.T., Fortune, D.G., & Gallagher, S. (2017). A longitudinal study of relationships between identity continuity and anxiety following brain injury. Frontiers in Psychology – Clinical Section, 8; 648,  doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00648

Fortune, D.G. & Richards, H.L. (2017). Assessing cognitive estimation and its effects on community integration in people with acquired brain injury undergoing rehabilitation. Biomed Rehabilitation Research International in press

Fortune, D.G., Walsh, R.S., & Richards, H.L. (2016). Cognitive reserve and educational attainment: effects on neurorehabilitation outcomes for longer-term people with acquired brain injury. International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, 39 (3); 234-239.

Fortune, D.G., Rogan, C.A. & Richards, H.L. (2016). A structured multicomponent group programme for family carers of people with acquired brain injury: Effects on perceived criticism, strain, and psychological distress. British Journal of Health Psychology, 21; 224-243.

Richards, H.L & Fortune, D.G. (2016). Psychosocial aspects of low back pain; an outline of the challenges and management strategies for GP’s in assessing and treating low back pain. Medical Independent, September 2016, 26-28.

Fortune, D.G., Kinsella, E.K. & Muldoon, O.T. (2016). Better together: A joined up psychological approach to health, well-being and rehabilitation. Editorial. Frontiers in Psychology: (Clinical section) doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00974.

Richards, H.L & Fortune, D.G. (2016) Psychosocial aspects of chronic pain: Practitioner review. Rheumatology and Pain Update, 2016; 55-58.

Walsh, RS., Muldoon, O.T., Gallagher, S. & Fortune, D.G. (2015). ‘Affiliative’ and ‘self as doer’ identities: relationships between social identity, social support, and emotional state amongst survivors of brain injury. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 25,(4), 555–573.

Fortune, D.G., Walsh, R.S., Waldron, B.,  McGrath, C., Harte, M., Casey, S. & McClean, B. (2015). Changes in aspects of social functioning depend upon prior changes in neurodisability in people with acquired brain injury undergoing post-acute neurorehabilitation. Frontiers in Psychology,Clinical Section, doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01368.  

Lowe, N., Fortune, D.G., Kinsella, E., Walsh, R.S. & Muldoon O.T. (2015). Viewpoints: “I felt let down by psychology (client, clinical and researcher perspectives)”. The Psychologist (British Psychological Society), 28 (2), 676-679.

Grace, J.J., Kinsella, E.K., Muldoon, O.T. & Fortune, D.G.  (2015). Post-traumatic growth following Acquired Brain Injury: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Frontiers in Psychology, Clinical Section, doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01162. 

Irwin, L & Fortune DG. (2014). Risk factors for psychosis secondary to temporal lobe epilepsy: A systematic review. Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, 26; 5-23.

Walsh, R S., Fortune D.G., Gallagher, S. & Muldoon, OT. (2014). An integrative approach to acquired brain injury:  Combining social psychological and neuropsychological perspectives. Health Psychology Review, 8; 456-472.

Irwin, L. & Fortune, D.G. (2014). A schools-based intervention for reducing stigmatisation of Acquired Brain Injury: The role of interpersonal contact and visible impairment. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 29; 194-205.

Lennon, A., Bramham, J., Carroll, A., McElligott, J., Carton, S., Waldron, B., Fortune, DG., Burke, T., Fitzhenry, M., Benson, C. (2013) A qualitative exploration of how individuals reconstruct their sense of self following acquired brain injury in comparison with spinal cord injury. Brain Injury 28; 27-37.

Rogan, C., Fortune, D.G. & Prentice, G. (2013). Post-traumatic growth, Illness Perceptions and Coping in People with Acquired Brain Injury. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 23(5), 639-657.

Ackroyd, K., Fortune DG, Sharrack, B., Price, S., Howell, S, Isaac CL. (2012). Adversarial growth in people with multiple sclerosis and their partners: relationships with illness perceptions, disability and distress. Journal of Clinical Psychology in a Medical Setting, 18; 372-379.

Fortune, D.G. Bradley, P. & Page, T. (2012). Understanding and Treating Functional Impacts of Brain Injury. In The Essential Brain Injury Guide. 2012, pp 77-104. Brain Injury Association of America.

Kleyn, C., McKie, S., Ross, A., Montaldi, D., Gregory, L., Elliott, R., Isaacs, C., Anderson, I., Richards, H., Deakin, J., Fortune, D.G, Griffiths, C. (2011). Neural responses to facial expressions of disgust in patients with psoriasis. Acta Dermato-Venereologica, 91(2), 238-239.

Peoples, L.A. & Fortune, D.G. (2011).  The role of premorbid personality in predicting rehabilitative outcome in people with Acquired Brain Injury: systematic review. Irish Journal of Psychology, 32: 1-2; 61-71.

Fortune D.G. & Richards HL. (2010). Putting the “Me” in Memory: From autobiographical memory to self-defining memory. Irish Psychologist, 36 (12): 290-298.

Kleyn E, McKie S, Ross A, Montaldi D, Gregory L, Elliott R, Isaac C, Anderson IM, Richards HL, Deakin JFW, Fortune DG, Griffiths CEM. (2009). Neural correlates for processing facial expressions of disgust in patients with psoriasis: a BOLD functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging study. JID, 129(11), 2613-2619.

Kleyn E, Schneider L, Saraceno R, Mantovani C, Richards HL, Fortune DG, Griffiths, CEM. (2008). The effects of acute social stress on epidermal Langerhans’ cell frequency and expression of cutaneous Neuropeptides. Journal of Investigative Dermatology, 128: 1273–1279.

Fortune D.G. Richards HL. (2008). Co-morbidity of depression with psoriasis. Dermatology in Practice 16: 4-8.

Richards HL, Ling TC, Evangelou G, Brooke RCC, Huber K, Gibbs NK, Fortune DG, Rhodes LE. (2008). Anxiety and Depression in Polymorphic Light Eruption. British Journal of Dermatology, 159: 439-444.

Kirby B, Richards HL, Mason DL, Fortune DG, Main CJ, Griffiths CEM. (2008). Alcohol consumption and psychological distress in patients with psoriasis. British Journal of Dermatology, 158, 138-140.

Richards HL, Fortune DG, Griffiths CEM. (2008). “The Greater Patient Concept”. British Journal of Dermatology, 2008; 158, 176-178.

Richards HL, Ling TC, Evangelou G, Brooke RCC, Huber K, Gibbs NK, Fortune DG. (2007). Psychological distress in polymorphic light eruption and its relationship to patients’ beliefs about their condition. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 56: 426-431.

Wittkowski A, Richards HL, Williams J, Fortune DG, Griffiths CEM, Main CJ. (2007). Examination of the psychometric properties and factor structure of the ‘Feelings of Stigmatization questionnaire’. Journal of Clinical Psychology in a Medical Setting, 14; 248-257.

Fortune DG, Parker S, Varden J, Harper L, Richards HL, Shaffer J. (2006).  Illness beliefs of patients on Home Parenteral Nutrition and their relation to emotional distress. Clinical Nutrition, 24, 896-903.

Richards HL. Fortune DG. (2006). Psychological distress and adherence in patients with psoriasis. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venerology, 20, 31-39.

Fortune DG. Richards HL. (2006). The psychological impact of skin disease. MIMS Dermatology, 2, 26-29.

Richards HL, Fortune DG, Griffiths CEM. (2006). Adherence in patients with psoriasis. Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venerology, 20, 370-379.

Fortune DG, Smith JV, Garvey K. (2005). Perceptions of Psychosis, coping, appraisals and psychological distress in the relatives of patients with Schizophrenia: A self‑regulation theory analysis.  British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 44, 319-331.

Richards HL, Ray D, Kirby B, Mason D, Plant D, Main CJ, Fortune DG, Griffiths CEM. (2005). Response of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis to psychological stress in patients with psoriasis. British Journal of Dermatology, 153; 1114-1120.

Fortune DG, Richards HL, Griffiths CEM. (2005). Psychological aspects of psoriasis: Consequences, Mechanisms and Interventions. Dermatology Clinics 23(4). 681-694.

Fortune DG, Richards HL, Griffiths CEM, Main, CJ. (2005). Worry and pathological worry: Cross sectional and longitudinal analyses of the Penn State Worry Questionnaire (PSWQ) in four samples of patients. Journal of Clinical Psychology in a Medical Setting, 12: 143-152.

Richards HL, Fortune DG, Griffiths CEM, Main CJ. (2005). Alexithymia in patients with psoriasis: Clinical correlates and psychometric properties of the Toronto Alexithymia Scale-20. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 58; 89-96.

Fortune DG, Richards HL, Griffiths CEM, Main CJ. (2005). Adversarial growth: A prospective study of the ability of patients to construe benefits from negative events. Psychology, Health and Medicine, 10: (1), 44-56.

Fortune DG, Richards HL, Griffiths CEM, Main CJ. (2004). Targeting cognitive-behavioural therapy to patients’ implicit model of psoriasis: Results from a patient preference controlled trial. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 43; 65-82.

Richards HL, Fortune DG, Weidman A, Sweeney S, Griffiths CEM. (2004). Detection of psychological distress in patients with psoriasis – low consensus between doctor and patient. British Journal of Dermatology, 151; 1227-1233.

Fortune DG, Richards HL, McElhone K, Kirby B, Main CJ, Griffiths CEM. (2004). Successful treatment of psoriasis improves psoriasis-specific but not more general aspects of patients’ well-being.  British Journal of Dermatology, 151; 1219-1226.

Richards HL, Fortune DG, Chong SLP, Mason D, Sweeney S, Main CJ, Griffiths CEM. (2004).  Divergent beliefs about psoriasis are associated with increased psychological distress for patients and their partners.  Journal of Investigative Dermatology, 123; 49-56.

Richards HL, Herrick AL, Griffin K, Gwilliam PDH, Fortune DG. (2004). Psychological adjustment to Systemic Sclerosis – exploring the association of disease factors, functional ability, body-related attitudes and fear of negative evaluation.  Psychology, Health and Medicine, 9; 30-39.

Fortune DG, Richards HL, Corrin A, Taylor RJ, Griffiths CEM, Main CJ. (2003). Attentional bias for psoriasis-specific and psychosocial threat in patients with psoriasis.  Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 26: 211-24.

Richards HL, Herrick AL, Griffin K, Gwilliam PDH, Loukes J, Fortune DG. (2003).  Systemic Sclerosis: Patients’ perceptions of their condition. Arthritis Care and Research, 49: 689-696.

Fortune DG, Richards HL, Kirby B, McElhone K, Markham T, Rogers S, Main CJ, Griffiths CEM. (2003). Psychological distress impairs clearance of psoriasis in patients treated with photochemotherapy (PUVA).  Archives of Dermatology, 139: 752-756.

Richards HL, Fortune DG, Main CJ, Griffiths CEM. (2003). Stigmatization and psoriasis. British Journal of Dermatology, 149: 209-11.

Fortune DG, Richards HL, Kirby B, Bowcock S, Main CJ, Griffiths CEM. (2002). A cognitive-behavioural symptom management programme as an adjunct in psoriasis therapy. British Journal of Dermatology, 146: 458-465. (IF=4.1)

Fortune DG, Richards HL, Main CJ, Griffiths CEM. (2002).  Patients’ strategies for coping with psoriasis.  Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, 127: 177-185.

Fortune DG, Richards HL, Griffiths CEM, Main CJ. (2002). Psychological stress, distress and disability in patients with psoriasis: Consensus and variation in the contribution of illness perceptions, coping and alexithymia.  British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 41: 157-174.

Richards HL, Fortune DG, Griffiths CEM, Main CJ. (2001).  The contribution of perceptions of stigmatisation to disability in patients with psoriasis.  Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 50: 11-15.

Fortune DG, Richards HL, Main CJ, Griffiths CEM. (2000). Pathological worrying, illness perceptions, and disease severity in patients with psoriasis.  British Journal of Health Psychology, 5: 71-82.

Main CJ, Richards HL, Fortune DG. (2000). Why put new wine in old bottles? The need for a biopsychosocial approach to the assessment, treatment and understanding of unexplained and explained symptoms in medicine.  Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 48: 511-514.

Kirby B, Fortune DG, Bhushan M, Chalmers RJG, Griffiths CEM. (2000). The Salford Psoriasis Index (SPI): an holistic measure of psoriasis severity.  British Journal of Dermatology, 142: 728-732.

Fortune DG, Richards HL, Bowcock S, Main CJ, Griffiths CEM. (1999). Beliefs about psoriasis.  Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 41: 283-284.

Woodward C. & Fortune DG. Coping, Healing and Surviving Child Sexual Abuse.  In N. Parton and C Wattam (eds) Child Sexual Abuse: Responding to the experiences of children. 1999 (pp123-140). Chichester, John Wiley

Richards HL, Fortune DG, O’Sullivan TM, Main CJ, Griffiths CEM. (1999). Patients with psoriasis and their compliance with medication.  Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 41: 581-584.

Fortune DG, Richards HL, Main CJ, O'Sullivan TM, Griffiths CEM. (1998). Developing clinical psychology services in an outpatient speciality clinic: what factors are associated with non-uptake of the service?  Clinical Psychology Forum, 115: 34-38.

Clark CM, McKay RA, Fortune DG, Griffiths CEM. (1998). Use of alternative treatments by patients with psoriasis. British Journal of General Practice, 48: 1873-1874.

Fortune DG, Richards HL, Main CJ, Griffiths CEM. (1998). What patients with psoriasis believe about their condition.  Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 39: 197-201.

Rankine JJ, Fortune DG, Hutchinson CE, Hughes DG, Main CJ. (1998). Pain drawings in the assessment of nerve root compression: a comparative study with lumbar spine Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Spine, 23; 1668-1676.

Fortune DG, Main CJ, O'Sullivan TM, Griffiths CEM. (1997). Assessing Illness-related stress in psoriasis. The psychometric properties of the Psoriasis Life Stress Inventory.  Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 42: 467-476.

Fortune DG, Main CJ, O'Sullivan TM, Griffiths CEM. (1997). Quality of life in psoriasis: the contribution of clinical variables and psoriasis-specific stress.  British Journal of Dermatology, 137: 755-760.

 

Edited work

Fortune, D.G. Kinsella, E.K., & Muldoon, O.T. (Eds) (2016). “Better Together: A Joined-up Psychological Approach to Health, Well-being and Rehabilitation” Lausanne: Frontiers Media. doi: 10.3389/978-2-88919-941-9

 

Chapters In Books:

Fortune, DG., Bradley, P. & Page, T. Understanding and Treating Functional Impacts of Brain Injury. In The Essential Brain Injury Guide, 2012, Brain Injury Association of America, pp 79-106.

Woodward C. & Fortune DG. Coping, Healing and Surviving Child Sexual Abuse. In N Parton and C Wattam (eds) Child Sexual Abuse: Responding to the experiences of children. 1999 (pp123-140). Chichester, Wiley. 

 

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