Gallagher, Stephen, Dr.

Gallagher, Stephen, Dr.

Name: 
Dr. Stephen Gallagher
Email: 
stephen.gallagher@ul.ie
Phone: 
+ 353 61 234899
Role: 
Faculty and Assistant Dean Research
Address: 
Psychology Department E1-030 University of Limerick
Room: 
E1-030

 

Office Hours: Thursdays, 9-11am

 

Biographical Details:

Senior Lecturer in Psychology (.5) and Assistant Dean of Research Faculty of Education & Health Sciences

After graduating from the University of Liverpool with a BSc in Psychology and Health Sciences, I then completed and MSc in Health Psychology at Staffordshire University. Following this, I then went on to do a PhD in psychoneuroimmunology at the University of Birmingham which I completed in October 2008. I started a lectureship in Psychology at Staffordshire University in January 2009 where I obtained a Post Graduate Certificate in Higher and Professional Education in 2010. I started my current lecturing position at the University of Limerick in September 2010. 

Research Interests

Dr Stephen Gallagher is a health psychologist and a lecturer in the Psychology Department here in UL and has been here since August 2010. My main research interests focus on the impact of stress on health and well-being. I am particularly interested in the impact of psychosocial factors on health via interactions between the neuroendocrine and immune systems. My current research is looking at the psychological and social factors that are associated with caregiver health as well as those experiencing unemployment, both of who are under chronic stress. We are also involved with designing and delivery of number interventions (e.g. stress management, positive psychology, and physical activity) to improve health and well-being for carers, the general population as well those with chronic illnesses.   I am also using laboratory-based research to examine the buffering role of social support on cardiovascular reactivity and immunity. I am also a member of the Centre for Social Issues Research and the Health Research Institute and Director of the Study of Anxiety, Stress & Health Laboratory here in UL, www.sashlab.com.  Stephen has published extensively in the areas described above, with national and international research teams and his research has been funded by the Irish Research Council, Health Research Board, and Research Institutes in the USA. He would be interested in supervising PhD projects in some of the areas described above. Please send an e-mail to Stephen for possible opportunities. 

 

Teaching

At the Department of Psychology: Module organiser for Health Psychology 4th year module; Co-teach on Theory and Method 1 1st year module; final year Project Supervisor;

 

Awards

UL Team Teaching Award for 2017 with collaborator Dr. Ann-Marie Creaven

UL Excellence in Service to the Community Award 2016;

I have won a number of awards for my research, Radcliffe Prize, PhD research, University of Birmingham, 2009 and Deanery Prize Winner, Graduate School, University of Birmingham, 2007. I have also successfully obtained grant funding for several research projects, with other funding applications currently being reviewed. 

 

Postgraduate Supervision.

I have supervised over twelve MSc level students. I have supervised six PhD students to completion and I am currently supervising four more. I am also interested in supervising international fellows, thus those interesting in coming here on research sabbatical or Marie Curie Fellowships please drop me an e-mail. I am also on the Graduate Research Committee for a PhD student at the National University of Ireland, Galway.

 

Other activities 

  • Member of Collaborative Learning Committee, UL
  • Director of Limerick City Community Development Project
  • Advisory board member of St Mary's Community Development Project
  • Community-based learning programme steering committee
  • Conference Social Psychology of Ireland 2011 (CSP-I) - organising committee and session chair
  • Workshop leader - Social Identity and Health - European Association of Social Psychology Summer School 2012
  • Carers' Alliance Family Carer Network Research Group

 

Publications 

Coote, S., Uszynski, M., Hayes, S., Scarrott, C. Newell, J., Gallagher, S., Larkin, A. & Motl, R.W (Forthcoming). Effect of exercising at minimum recommendations of the MS exercise guideline combined with structured education or attention control education – Secondary results of the Step it up RCT BMC Neurology 17: 119.

Hayes S., Marcin Uszynski, M., Motl, R.W., Gallagher, S., Larkin,, A., Newell, J., Scarrott, C., & Coote, S. (Forthcoming).  A randomised controlled pilot trial of an exercise plus behaviour change intervention in people with multiple sclerosis: the Step it Up study" British Medical Journal Open.

Uszynski, M.K., Casey, B., Hayes, S., Gallagher, S., Purtill, H., Motl, R.W. & Coote, S (Forthcoming). Social cognitive theory correlates of physical activity in inactive adults with multiple sclerosis.  International Journal of MS Care (Non ISI) https://doi.org/10.7224/1537-2073.2016-111

Larkin, L., Gallagher, S., Fraser, A.D., & Kennedy. N. (Forthcoming). “it might hurt, but still it’s good”: People with rheumatoid arthritis beliefs and expectations about physical activity interventions . Journal of Health Psychology https://doi.org/10.1177/1359105316633286

Brand, C., Barry, L., & Gallagher, S. (Forthcoming). Social support mediates the association between benefit finding and quality of life in caregivers. Journal of Health Psychology

Meaney, S. Gallagher, S., Everard, C., & O’Donoghue (Forthcoming). Parents concerns about future pregnancy after stillbirth: a qualitative study. Health Expectations, 20 (4), 555-562

O’Connell, B., O’Shea, D., & Gallagher, S.  ((Forthcoming). Feeling thanks and Saying thanks: A randomized controlled trial examining if and how socially- orientated gratitude journals work. Journal of Clinical Psychology. DOI: 10.1002/jclp.22469

Larkin, L., Gallagher, S., Fraser, A.D., & Kennedy. N. (Forthcoming). Developing an Intervention to Promote Physical Activity in People with Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Qualitative Study. Disability & Rehabilitation

O’Connell, B., O’Shea, D., & Gallagher, S. (In press).  Psychological Pathways Underlying Gratitude Interventions. Psychology & Health

Uszynski, M.K., Herring, M.P., Casey, B., Hayes, S., Gallagher, S., Motl, R.W. & Coote, S. (2017).  Sources of Variability in Physical Activity Among Inactive People with Multiple Sclerosis. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 1-610.1007/s12529-017-9674-z.

Creaven, A-M., O’Connell, B., & Gallagher, S. (2017) A commentary on ‘Positive Psychology Interventions for Patients with Heart Disease: A Preliminary Randomized Trial. Psychosomatics, 58, 3, 329-330  

Walsh, R.S., Muldoon, O.T., Fortune, D., & Gallagher, S. (2017). A longitudinal study of relationships between identity continuity and anxiety following brain injury’ Frontiers, Psychology for Clinical Settings. 8, Article: 648

Slattery, E., McMahon, J., Gallagher, S., (2017). Optimism and Benefit Finding in Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilities: The Role of Positive Reappraisal and Social Support. Research in Developmental Disabilities. 65, 12-22

Kelly, J., Gallagher, S & McMahon, J. (2017).  Developing a recovery college: A preliminary exercise in establishing regional readiness and community needs. Journal of Mental Health. 26:2, 150-155

Sumner, R. C., & Gallagher, S (2017). Unemployment as a chronic stressor:  a systematic review of cortisol studies. Psychology & Health 32:3, 289-311

Larkin, L., Gallagher, S., Fraser, A.D., & Kennedy. N. (2017) If a joint is hot it’s not the time: health professionals’ views on developing an intervention to promote physical activity in rheumatoid arthritis. Disability and Rehabilitation, 39(11):1106-1113

O’Connell, B., O’Shea, D., & Gallagher, S (2016). Mediating Effects of Loneliness on the Gratitude-Heath Link. Personality and Individual Differences, 98, 179–183.

Larkin, L., Gallagher, S., Fraser, A.D., & Kennedy, N. (2016). Relationship between, Self-Efficacy, beliefs, and Physical Activity in Inflammatory Arthritis.  Hong Kong Physiotherapy Journal. 34, 34, 33-40 Email to request a reprint

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

O’ Shea, D., O’Connell, B.H., & Gallagher, S. (2016). Randomised controlled trails in WOHP interventions: A review and guidelines for use. Applied Psychology: An International Review. 65(2), 190-222 Email to request a reprint

Larkin, L., Gallagher, S., Cramp, F., Brand, C., Fraser, A.S. & Kennedy, N. (2015).  Behaviour Change Interventions to Promote Physical Activity in Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Systematic Review. Rheumatology International. 35(10):1631-40. Email to request a reprint

Brand. C., O’Connell, B.H., & Gallagher, S (2015). A randomised controlled trial of benefit finding in caregivers: the building resources in caregivers (BRiC) study protocol. Health Psychology Open. July-December: 1–7. Email to request a reprint

O’Donnell, A.T., Corrigan, F., & Gallagher, S. (2015). The impact of anticipated stigma on psychological and physical health problems in the unemployed group. Frontiers in Psychology. 6, 1263 Email to request a reprint

Cantwell, J., Muldoon, O.T., & Gallagher, S. (2015). The influence of self-esteem and social support on the relationship between stigma and depressive symptomology in parents caring for children with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. 59 (10), 948-957 Email to request a reprint

O’Connell, B., O’Shea, D., & Gallagher, S., (2016).  Enhancing social relationships through positive psychology activities: A Randomised Controlled Trial. Journal of Positive Psychology. 11 (2) 149-162

Gallagher, S., Howard, S., & Heffernan, M (2015). Differential hemodynamic effects during the provision of active and passive support in the laboratory. Psychology & Health. 30(9):1088-102. Email to request a reprint

Larkin, L., Kennedy, N. & Gallagher, S. (2015). Promoting Physical Activity in Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Narrative Review of Behaviour Change Theories. Disability & Rehabilitation. 37(25):2359-66 Email to request a reprint

Hughes, A., Gallagher, S. & Hannigan, A. (2015). A Cluster Analysis of Sleeping patterns of 9-month old infants and the association with maternal health: Results from a population based cohort study. Maternal & Child Health. 19(8):1881-9. Email to request a reprint

Meaney, S., Gallagher, S., Lutomski, J.E., & O’Donoghue, K (2015). Parental decision-making around perinatal autopsy varies with type of stillbirth: A qualitative investigation. Health Expectations. 18(6):3160-71 Email to request a reprint

Walsh, R.S., Muldoon, O.T., Gallagher, S., & Fortune, D.G (2015). Affiliative and "self-as-doer" identities: Relationships between social identity, social support, and emotional status amongst survivors of acquired brain injury (ABI). Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. 25(4):555-73.  Email to request a reprint

Brand, C., Barry, L., & Gallagher, S. (Forthcoming). Social support mediates the association between benefit finding and quality of life in caregivers. Journal of Health PsychologyEmail to request a reprint

Richardson, V.E., Bennett, K.M., Carr, D., Gallagher, S., Kim, J., & Fields, N. (2015). How Does Bereavement Get Under the Skin? The Effects of Late Life Spousal Loss on Cortisol Levels. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences. 70 (3): 341-347. Email to request a reprint

Walsh, R.S., Gallagher, S., Muldoon, O.T. Fortune, D. (2014). An integrative approach to Acquired Brain Injury: Combining Social Psychological and Neuropsychological perspectives. Health Psychology Review. 8(4):458-72. Email to request a reprint

Gallagher, S & Hannigan, A. (2015). Child problem behaviours are associated with obesity in parents caring for children with developmental disabilities. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 36,358-365 Email to request a reprint

Vitlic, A., Phillips, A.C., Gallagher, S., Carroll, D., Lord, J.M., Oliver, C., & Moss, P. (2015). Anti-cytomegalovirus antibody titres are not associated with caregiving burden in younger caregivers, but do relate to negative health behaviours. British Journal of Health Psychology.  20, 68–84 Email to request a reprint

Gallagher, S., Phillips, A.C, Lee, H., & Carroll, D. (2015). The association between spirituality and depression in parents caring for children with developmental disabilities: social support and/or last resort. Journal of Religion and Health, 54,(1) 358-370  Email to request a reprint

Gallagher, S., Wallace, S., Nathan, Y., & McGrath, D. (2015). "Soft and Fluffy": Medical students' experiences of psychology in medical education. 20(1):91-101  Email to request a reprint

Coote, S., Gallagher, S., Msetfi, R.M., Larkin, A., Newell, J., Motl, R.W & Hayes, S (2014). A randomised controlled trial of an exercise plus behaviour change intervention in people with multiple sclerosis: the Step it Up study protocol. BMC Neurology 14(1):241 Email to request a reprint

Gallagher, S. & Hannigan, A. (2014). Depression and chronic health conditions in parents of children with and without developmental disabilities: The Growing Up in Ireland cohort study. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35, 448–454 Email to request a reprint

Cantwell, J., Muldoon, O.T., & Gallagher, S. (2014). Social support and mastery influence the association between stress and poor physical health in parents caring for children with developmental disabilities. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35(9):2215-23. Email to request a reprint

Howell, J.L., Koudenburg, N., Loschelder, D.D. Weston, D., Fransen, K., De Dominicis, S., Gallagher, S., & Haslam, A. (2014). Happy but Unhealthy: An Investigation of the Relationship Between Social Ties and Health in an Emerging Network. European Journal of Social Psychology, 14,  612–621 Email to request a reprint

Gallagher, S., Meaney, S., & Muldoon, O.T. (2014). The influence of social identity processes on stress appraisals and cardiovascular reactions in response to acute psychological stress. British Journal of Health Psychology 19, 566-579.Email to request a reprint

Gallagher, S., & Whiteley, J. (2013). The association between stress and physical health problems in parents caring for children with intellectual disabilities is moderated by children's challenging behaviours. Journal of Health Psychology, 18, 1220-1231 Email to request a reprint

Healey, S., Gallagher, S., & Msetfi, R. (2013). Happy and a bit Nervous': The Experiences of Children with Autism in Inclusive Physical Education. British Journal of Learning Disabilities. 41, 222-228. Email to request a reprint

Gallagher, S., & Whiteley, J. (2012).Social support is associated with blood pressure responses in parents caring for children with developmental disabilities. Research in Developmental Disabilities. 33, 2099-2105 Email to request a reprint

Gallagher, S & Tierney, W (2012) "Spirituality," Chapter 495, Encyclopedia of Behavioural Medicine (Springer Publishing).

Gallagher, S & Tierney, W (2012) " Religion/Spirituality," Chapter 488, Encyclopedia of Behavioural Medicine (Springer Publishing).

Gallagher, S & Tierney, W (2012) " Religiousness/Religiosity," Chapter 489, Encyclopedia of Behavioural Medicine (Springer Publishing).

Gallagher, S., Randall, J., Punnett, G., Li, E., Buckley, E., & Grogan, S. (2012). Experiences of adolescent participation in community-based workshops designed to improve psychosocial skills: What are the key benefits? Community, Work & Family, 15,209-216 Email to request a reprint

Burns, V.E., and Gallagher, S. (2010). Antibody response to vaccination as a marker of in vivo immune function in psychophysiological research. Neuroscience Biobehavioral Review, 35, 122-126 (PDF)

Gallagher, S, Phillips, A.C. & Carroll (2010). Parental stress is associated with poor sleep quality in parents caring for children with developmental disabilities. Pediatric Psychology, 35, 728-737 Email to request a reprint

Phillips, A.C., Carroll, D., Gallagher, S., Der, G., & Hunt, K. (2010).  Depression and anxiety in caregivers: a population study. British Journal of Clinical Psychology 48, 335-46 Email to request a reprint

Gallagher, S. (2009). Review of Professor Kiecolt-Glaser's 'How stress kills' keynote address. Health Psychology Update, 18, 51-54 Email to request a reprint

Gallagher, S., Phillips, A.C., Drayson, M.T., & Carroll, D. (2009). Caregiving for children with developmental disabilities is associated with a poor antibody response to influenza vaccination. Psychosomatic Medicine. 71, 341-344 Email to request a reprint

Gallagher, S., Phillips, A.C., Drayson, M.T., & Carroll, D. (2009). Parental caregivers of children with developmental disabilities mount a relatively poor antibody response to pneumococcal vaccination. Brain, Behaviour and Immunity, 23, 338-346 Email to request a reprint

Phillips, A.C., Gallagher, S., & Carroll, D. (2009). Social support, social intimacy, and cardiovascular reactions to acute psychological stress. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 37, 38-45 Email to request a reprint

Gallagher, S., Phillips, A.C., Ferraro, A.J., Drayson, M.T., & Carroll, D. (2008). Social support is positively associated with the immunoglobulin M response to vaccination with pneumococcal polysaccharides. Biological Psychology, 78, 211-215 Email to request a reprint

Gallagher, S., Phillips, A.C., Ferraro, A.J., Drayson, M.T., & Carroll, D. (2008). Psychosocial factors are associated with the antibody response to both thymus-dependent and thymus-independent vaccines. Brain, Behaviour and Immunity, 22, 456-460 Email to request a reprint

Gallagher, S., Phillips, A.C., Evans, P., Der, G., Hunt, K., & Carroll, D. (2008). Caregiving is Associated with Low Secretion Rates of Immunoglobulin A in Saliva. Brain, Behaviour and Immunity, 22, 565-572 Email to request a reprint

Gallagher, S., Phillips, A.C., Oliver, C., & Carroll, D. (2008). Predictors of Psychological Morbidity in Parents of Children with Intellectual Disabilities. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 33,1129-1136 Email to request a reprint

Phillips, A.C., Gallagher, S., Carroll, D., & Drayson, M.T. (2008). Preliminary evidence that morning vaccination is associated with an enhanced antibody response in men. Psychophysiology,45, 663-666 Email to request a reprint

Gallagher, S., Bennet, M., & Halford, J.C.G. (2006). A comparison of acute and long-term health-care personnel's attitudes towards older adults. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 12, 273-279 Email to request a reprint

Gallagher, S., & Povey, R. (2006). Determinants of older adults' intentions to vaccinate against influenza: a theoretical application. Journal of Public Health, 28, 139-144 Email to request a reprint

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