Howard, Siobhán Dr.

Howard, Siobhán Dr.

Name: 
Dr. Siobhán Howard
Email: 
siobhan.howard@ul.ie
Phone: 
+353-61-234712
Role: 
Faculty
Address: 
Psychology Department E2-013 University of Limerick
Room: 
E2-013

Office Hour:

AY 1819

Mondays, 12pm to 1pm

 

Siobhán Howard completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies in the School of Psychology, National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway), graduating with her PhD in 2008. Since then, Siobhán has worked as a postdoctoral researcher at NUI Galway in the Centre for Research on Occupational and Life Stress (CROLS) and the School of Psychology (2008-2011) and lecturer in psychology at the Department of Psychology at Mary Immaculate College (2011-2017). In September 2017, Siobhán took up the position of Senior Lecturer in Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Limerick. She is the past holder of an Irish Research Council New Horizons Research Project Award, and in 2015 and was joint National Co-Ordinator of the European Social Survey in Ireland (with Dr Brendan O’Keeffe, Mary Immaculate College) from 2016-2018.

 

Research Interests

Siobhán’s main research interests lie in the areas of health, biological, and behavioral psychology. Her work examines the impact of psychosocial variables on physiological responses to stress. Over the past 14 years, Siobhán has worked on a number of different research projects examining how stress affects our body’s physiological processes, looking at both cardiovascular and hormonal responses. Siobhán is particularly interested in how environmental factors, such as social context, and personality factors, such as neuroticism and extraversion, may influence a person’s physiological response to stressful situations.

Siobhán has published her research widely, in outlets such as Biological Psychology, Psychosomatic Medicine, and Psychophysiology. She regularly presents her research at international conferences. She sat on the board as secretary of the International Society for Stress and Anxiety Research (STAR) from 2012-2016. She has received funding from the Health Research Board, the Irish Research Council, and the Royal Irish Academy to support her research.

 

Teaching 1819

PS4045: Advanced Research Methods

PS6051: Advanced Analysis 1

Dr Howard will be on leave from November 2018 to June 2019. 

 

Awards

  1. Early Career Award, International Stress and Anxiety Research Society, 2018
  2. Shannon Consortium Regional Teaching Excellence Award (Shortlisted Nominee: 2017)
  3. Royal Irish Academy Charlemont Scholar, 2017

 

Publications  

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

Howard, S., O’Riordan, A., & Nolan, M. (2018). Cognitive bias of interpretation in Type D personality: Associations with physiological indices of arousal. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 43, 193-201.

Hughes, B. M., Lü, W., &  Howard, S. (2018). Cardiovascular stress-response adaptation: Conceptual basis, empirical findings, and implications for disease processes. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 131, 4-12.

Ó’Súilleabháin, P., Howard, S., & Hughes, B. M. (2018). Openness to experience and adapting to change: Cardiovascular stress habituation to change in acute stress exposure. Psychophysiology.55, (5), e0199221.

Horgan, K., Howard, S., & Gardiner-Hyland, F. (2018). Pre-service teachers and stress during microteaching: An experimental investigation of the effectiveness of relaxation training with biofeedback on psychological and physiological indices of stress. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 43, 217-225.

Ó’Súilleabháin, P., Howard, S., & Hughes, B. M. (2018). Openness to experience and stress responsivity: An examination of cardiovascular and underlying hemodynamic trajectories within an acute stress exposure. PLoS One, 13, e0199221

Lü, W., Hughes, B. M., Howard, S., & James, J. E. (2018). Sleep restriction undermines cardiovascular adaptation during stress, contingent on emotional stability. Biological Psychology, 132, 125-132.

Griffin, C. P., & Howard, S. (2017). Restructuring the college classroom: A critical reflection on the use of scaffolded, collaborative teaching/learning strategies to target student engagement in higher education. Psychology, Learning, and Teaching, 16, 375-392.

Howard, S., Hughes, B. M., & Myers, L. B. (2017). Repressive coping and cardiovascular reactivity to novel and recurrent stress. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping, 30, 562-574.

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

Sesker, A., Ó Súilleabháin, P., Howard, S., & Hughes, B. M. (2016). Conscientiousness and mindfulness in midlife coping: An assessment based on MIDUS II. Personality and Mental Health, 10, 29-42.

Gallagher, S., Howard, S., & Herffernan, M. (2015). Differential hemodynamic effects during the provision of active and passive support in the laboratory. Psychology & Health, 30, 1088-1102.

Higgins, E., Fitzgerald, J. & Howard, S. (2015).  An experimental evaluation of a reading recovery programme on literacy skills and reading self-concept. Educational Psychology in Practice, 31, 247-264.

O'Leary, É. D., Howard, S., Hughes, B. M., & James, J. E. (2015). Salivary alpha-amylase reactivity to laboratory social stress with and without acute sleep restriction. Journal of Psychophysiology, 29, 55-63.

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, 142-152.

Kaniasty, K., Buchwald, P., Howard, S., & Moore, K. A. (2014). Edited book. Stress and Anxiety: Application to occupations and education. Berlin: Logos Verlag.

Howard, S., & Hughes, B. M.  (2013). Type D personality is associated with impeded cardiovascular adaptation to recurrent stress in men. Biological Psychology, 94, 450-455

O’Leary, É. D., Howard, S., Hughes, B. M., & James, J. E. (2013). An experimental test of blunting using sleep-restriction as an acute stressor in Type D and non-Type D women. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 90, 37-43.

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, 556-573.

Kola, S., Walsh, J. C., Hughes, B. M., & Howard, S. (2013). Matching intra-procedural information with coping style reduces psychophysiological arousal in women undergoing colposcopy. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 36, 401-412.

O’Leary, E. D., Howard, S., & James, J. E. (2012). Sleep duration and health: Examining psychosomatic stress-related pathways. In K. A. Moore, K. Kaniasty, & Buckwald, P. (Eds.). Stress and Anxiety: Applications to economic hardship, occupational demands, and developmental challenges. Berlin: Logos Verlag.

James, J. E., Douglas Gregg, M. E., Matyas, T. A., Hughes, B. M., & Howard, S. (2012). Stress reactivity and the hemodynamic profile-compensation deficit (HP-CD) model of blood pressure regulation. Biological Psychology, 90, 161-170.

Hogan, M. J., James, J. E., Kilmartin, L., McCabe, T. R., & Howard, S. (2012). Cardiovascular reactivity of younger and older adults to positive-, negative-, and mixed-emotion cognitive challenge. Biological Psychology, 89, 553-561.

Howard, S., & Hughes, B. M. (2012). Benefit of social support for resilience-building is contingent on social context: Examining cardiovascular adaptation to recurrent stress in women.  Anxiety, Stress and Coping, 25, 411-423.

Kola, S., Walsh, J. C., Hughes, B. M., & Howard, S. (2012). Attention focus, trait anxiety, and pain perception in patients undergoing colposcopy. European Journal of Pain, 16, 890-900.

Howard, S., & Hughes, B. M. (2012). Construct, concurrent, and discriminant validity of Type D personality in the general population: Associations with anxiety, depression, stress, and cardiac output. Psychology and Health, 27, 242-258

Howard, S., Hughes, B. M., & James, J. E. (2011). Type D personality and hemodynamic reactivity to laboratory stress in women. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 80, 96-102.

Hughes, B. M., Howard, S., James, J. E., & Higgins, N. M. (2011). Individual differences in adaptation of cardiovascular response to stress. Biological Psychology, 86, 129-136.

Howard, S., & Hughes, B. M. (2010). Does the Type D personality affect health through stress-related psychosomatic pathways? In P. Buchwald & K. Moore (Eds), Stress and anxiety: Application to adolescence, job stress, and health.  Berlin: Logos Verlag.

Ferguson, E., Williams, L., O’Connor, R. C., Howard, S., Hughes, B. M. Johnston, D. W., et al. (2009). A taxometric analysis of Type-D personality. Psychosomatic Medicine, 71, 981-986.

Hughes, B. M., & Howard, S. (2009). Social support reduces resting cardiovascular function in women. Anxiety, Stress, and Coping, 22, 537-548.

Howard, S., & Hughes, B. M. (2008). Expectancies, not aroma, explain impact of lavender aromatherapy on psychophysiological indices of relaxation in young healthy women. British Journal of Health Psychology, 13, 603-617.

Williams, L., O’Connor, R. C., Howard, S., Hughes, B. M., Johnston, D. W., Hay, J. L., et al. (2008). Type-D personality mechanisms of effect:  The role of health-related behavior and social support. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 64, 63-69. 

 

External Research Funding  

2016-2018: Irish Research Council Award. Co-ordination of the European Social Survey Round 8 (Co-PI with Dr Brendan O’Keeffe).

2015-2017: Irish Research Council New Horizons Research Project Award. Emotion regulation and cardiovascular reactivity to stress: Experimentally manipulating the “Type D” behavioural profile. REPRO/2015/39

2016: Royal Irish Academy Charlemont Award. Psychophysiological stress reactions in military veterans: Examining the moderating role of stressor context and Type D personality.

2011: Government of Ireland, Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS). Utility of novel hybrid personality typologies in explaining adjustment to stress: The case of the “Type D” personality.

2009: Health Research Board, Summer Student Scholarships (2), with B. M. Hughes.

2005: Government of Ireland Scholarship from the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS). Utility of the Type D personality in psychosomatic cardiovascular etiology: Effects on well-being and patterns of hemodynamic response to stress. Postgraduate Research Fellowship. 

2003: National University of Ireland, Galway. Utility of the Type D personality in psychosomatic cardiovascular etiology: Effects on well-being and patterns of hemodynamic response to stress. Postgraduate Research Fellowship. 

 

Professional Membership

Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI)
Stress and Anxiety Research Society (STAR)

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