Skip to main content

Dr. Ann Marie Creaven

Biography

I completed my degree and doctorate in psychology at NUI Galway, supported by a college fellowship and IRCHSS. During my undergraduate studies I also completed a diploma in Gaeilge (Irish language). 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 Centre for Social Issues Research cluster, the Health Research Institute, and the SASHLab research group (sashlab.com), involved in several strands of research in social connectedness and health.

Research Interests

My research interests are in social connectedness and health. Current projects are focused on (1) the impact of loneliness for health in young adults (2) the role of social support in managing illness including T1 diabetes and (3) the impact of social support on physiological stress responses. I am also interested in replication and meta-research in this area.

Teaching Interests

At UL, my primary teaching has been for research methods (UG & PG; mainly quantitative), for introductory psychology, and for developmental psychology. These modules include students from programmes in psychology, arts (omnibus), law, international business, sports science, physiotherapy, Erasmus, and study abroad, from first year to sPhD. I have also lead the psychology research project modules for UG and masters. My teaching has been recognised through three award schemes to date. In 2016, I was one of three UL staff shortlisted for the Shannon Consortium Regional Teaching Excellence Award. In 2015-2016, as part of the First Seven Weeks initiative, I was one of the top four most frequently cited staff in UL identified by first year students as having the most positive effect on their early learning experiences. In 2017 I was awarded the UL Team Teaching Award (with Prof. Stephen Gallagher).

Research Collaborators

  • Elizabeth Skowron - Joint Publication - University of Oregon -USA
  • Eric Loken - Joint Publication - Penn State University -USA
  • Jack James - Joint Publication - Reykjavik University -Iceland
  • Rachel Sumner - Joint Publication - University of Gloucestershire -England

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

2021

Cardiovascular reactivity to acute stress: Attachment styles and invisible stranger support
McMahon, G;Creaven, AM;Gallagher, S
(2021) Cardiovascular reactivity to acute stress: Attachment styles and invisible stranger support
In International Journal Of Psychophysiology; AMSTERDAM : ELSEVIER
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2021.03.005

2021

Parental incarceration affects children's emotional and behavioral outcomes: A longitudinal cohort study of children aged 9 to 13 years
Bradshaw, D;Creaven, AM;Muldoon, OT
(2021) Parental incarceration affects children's emotional and behavioral outcomes: A longitudinal cohort study of children aged 9 to 13 years
In International Journal Of Behavioral Development; LONDON : SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD
DOI: 10.1177/0165025421995918

2021

Making the leap and finding your feet: A qualitative study of disclosure and social support in university students with type 1 diabetes
Habenicht, AE;Gallagher, S;O'Keeffe, MC;Creaven, AM
(2021) Making the leap and finding your feet: A qualitative study of disclosure and social support in university students with type 1 diabetes
In Journal of health psychology; LONDON : SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD
DOI: 10.1177/1359105318810875

2021

Protocol for a Qualitative Study: Exploring Loneliness and Social Isolation in Emerging Adulthood (ELSIE)
Creaven, AM;Kirwan, E;Burns, A;O'Suilleabhain, PS
(2021) Protocol for a Qualitative Study: Exploring Loneliness and Social Isolation in Emerging Adulthood (ELSIE)
In International Journal Of Qualitative Methods; THOUSAND OAKS : SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC
DOI: 10.1177/16094069211028682

2021

Gratitude, social support and cardiovascular reactivity to acute psychological stress
Gallagher, S;Creaven, AM;Howard, S;Ginty, AT;Whittaker, AC
(2021) Gratitude, social support and cardiovascular reactivity to acute psychological stress
In Biological psychology; AMSTERDAM : ELSEVIER
DOI: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2021.108090

2021

Allostatic load and mental health during COVID-19: The moderating role of neuroticism
Gallagher, S.; Sumner, R.; Creaven, A-M.; O'Súilleabháin, P.S.; Howard, S.
(2021) Allostatic load and mental health during COVID-19: The moderating role of neuroticism
In Brain Behavior And Immunity;
[ULIR]

2020

Personality, cardiovascular, and cortisol reactions to acute psychological stress in the Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) study
Coyle D.;Howard S.;Bibbey A.;Gallagher S.;Whittaker A.;Creaven A.
(2020) Personality, cardiovascular, and cortisol reactions to acute psychological stress in the Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) study
In International Journal Of Psychophysiology;
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2019.11.014

2020

Social support, social participation, and cardiovascular reactivity to stress in the Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) study
Creaven A.M.;Higgins N.M.;Ginty A.T.;Gallagher S.
(2020) Social support, social participation, and cardiovascular reactivity to stress in the Midlife in the United States (MIDUS) study
In Biological psychology;
DOI: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2020.107921
[ULIR]

2020

Stressful life events and adolescent well-being: The role of parent and peer relationships
McMahon G.;Creaven A.;Gallagher S.
(2020) Stressful life events and adolescent well-being: The role of parent and peer relationships
In Stress And Health;
DOI: 10.1002/smi.2923
[ULIR]

2019

Longitudinal associations between parental incarceration and children's emotional and behavioural development: Results from a population cohort study
Bradshaw D.;Hannigan A.;Creaven A.;Muldoon O.
(2019) Longitudinal associations between parental incarceration and children's emotional and behavioural development: Results from a population cohort study
In Child: Care Health And Development;
DOI: 10.1111/cch.12732
[ULIR]

2019

Perceived social support mediates the association between attachment and cardiovascular reactivity in young adults
McMahon G.;Creaven A.;Gallagher S.
(2019) Perceived social support mediates the association between attachment and cardiovascular reactivity in young adults
In Psychophysiology;
DOI: 10.1111/psyp.13496
[ULIR]

2019

Loneliness and cardiovascular reactivity to acute stress in younger adults
Brown, EG;Creaven, AM;Gallagher, S
(2019) Loneliness and cardiovascular reactivity to acute stress in younger adults
In International Journal Of Psychophysiology; AMSTERDAM : ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2018.07.471

2019

Unemployment, employment precarity, and inflammation
Sumner R.;Bennett R.;Creaven A.;Gallagher S.
(2019) Unemployment, employment precarity, and inflammation
In Brain, behavior, and immunity;
DOI: 10.1016/j.bbi.2019.10.013
[ULIR]

2018

Social connectedness and depression: Is there added value in volunteering?
Creaven, AM;Healy, A;Howard, S
(2018) Social connectedness and depression: Is there added value in volunteering?
In Journal Of Social And Personal Relationships; LONDON : SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD
DOI: 10.1177/0265407517716786

2018

Restricted reproductive rights and risky sexual behaviour: How political disenfranchisement relates to women's sense of control, well-being and sexual health
Msetfi, R,Jay, S,O'Donnell, AT,Kearns, M,Kinsella, EL,McMahon, J,Muldoon, OT,Naughton, C,Creaven, AM
(2018) Restricted reproductive rights and risky sexual behaviour: How political disenfranchisement relates to women's sense of control, well-being and sexual health
In Journal of health psychology;
DOI: 10.1177/1359105317736784
[ULIR]

2018

Evaluating personality as a moderator of the association between life events stress and cardiovascular reactivity to acute stress
Gallagher, S;O'Riordan, A;McMahon, G;Creaven, AM
(2018) Evaluating personality as a moderator of the association between life events stress and cardiovascular reactivity to acute stress
In International Journal Of Psychophysiology; AMSTERDAM : ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2018.02.009
[ULIR]

2017

Individual differences in positive and negative emotion regulation: Which strategies explain variability in loneliness?
Kearns, S., & Creaven, A-M.
(2017) Individual differences in positive and negative emotion regulation: Which strategies explain variability in loneliness?
In Personality And Mental Health;
DOI: 10.1002/pmh.1363

2017

Performance feedback, self-esteem, and cardiovascular adaptation to recurring stressors
Brown, EG,Creaven, AM
(2017) Performance feedback, self-esteem, and cardiovascular adaptation to recurring stressors
In Anxiety Stress And Coping;
DOI: 10.1080/10615806.2016.1269324

2017

Restricted reproductive rights and risky sexual behaviour: How political disenfranchisement relates to women's sense of control, well-being and sexual health
Msetfi R, Jay S, O'Donnell AT, Kearns M, Kinsella EL, McMahon J, Muldoon OT, Naughton C, Creaven AM
(2017) Restricted reproductive rights and risky sexual behaviour: How political disenfranchisement relates to women's sense of control, well-being and sexual health
In Journal Of Health Psychology;
[ULIR]

2017

Evaluating the Impact of a Brief Artistic Intervention on Cardiovascular Recovery From Acute Stress
Keogh, K,Creaven, AM
(2017) Evaluating the Impact of a Brief Artistic Intervention on Cardiovascular Recovery From Acute Stress
In Art Therapy;
DOI: 10.1080/07421656.2017.1386038

2017

Individual differences in positive and negative emotion regulation: Which strategies explain variability in loneliness?
Kearns, SM,Creaven, AM
(2017) Individual differences in positive and negative emotion regulation: Which strategies explain variability in loneliness?
In Personality And Mental Health;
DOI: 10.1002/pmh.1363

2017

Perceived social support predicts lower cardiovascular reactivity to stress in older adults
Howard, S,Creaven, AM,Hughes, BM,O'Leary, ED,James, JE
(2017) Perceived social support predicts lower cardiovascular reactivity to stress in older adults
In Biological psychology;
DOI: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2017.02.006

2016

Living with invisible illness: social support experiences of individuals with systemic lupus erythematosus
Brennan, KAM,Creaven, AM
(2016) Living with invisible illness: social support experiences of individuals with systemic lupus erythematosus
In Quality Of Life Research;
DOI: 10.1007/s11136-015-1151-z
[ULIR]

2016

Unemployment is associated with lower cortisol awakening and blunted dehydroepiandrosterone responses
Gallagher, S,Sumner, RC,Muldoon, OT,Creaven, AM,Hannigan, A
(2016) Unemployment is associated with lower cortisol awakening and blunted dehydroepiandrosterone responses
In Psychoneuroendocrinology;
DOI: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2016.03.011
[ULIR]

2016

Performance feedback, self-esteem and cardiovascular adaption to recurring stressors.
Brown, E.G., & Creaven, A-M.
(2016) Performance feedback, self-esteem and cardiovascular adaption to recurring stressors.
In Anxiety Stress And Coping;

2016

A Commentary on 'Positive Psychology Interventions for Patients With Heart Disease: A Preliminary Randomized Trial'
Creaven, A-M., O'Connell, B.H., & Gallagher, S.
(2016) A Commentary on 'Positive Psychology Interventions for Patients With Heart Disease: A Preliminary Randomized Trial'
In Psychosomatics;
DOI: 10.1016/j.psym.2016.12.001

2014

Dyadic concordance in mother and preschooler resting cardiovascular function varies by risk status
Creaven, AM,Skowron, EA,Hughes, BM,Howard, S,Loken, E
(2014) Dyadic concordance in mother and preschooler resting cardiovascular function varies by risk status
In Developmental Psychobiology;
DOI: DOI 10.1002/dev.21098

2014

Dyadic concordance in mother and preschooler resting cardiovascular function varies by risk status
Creaven A.;Skowron E.;Hughes B.;Howard S.;Loken E.
(2014) Dyadic concordance in mother and preschooler resting cardiovascular function varies by risk status
In Developmental Psychobiology;
DOI: 10.1002/dev.21098

2013

Social support and trait personality are independently associated with resting cardiovascular function in women
Creaven A.;Howard S.;Hughes B.
(2013) Social support and trait personality are independently associated with resting cardiovascular function in women
In British journal of health psychology;
DOI: 10.1111/bjhp.12001

2013

Social support and trait personality are independently associated with resting cardiovascular function in women
Creaven, AM,Howard, S,Hughes, BM
(2013) Social support and trait personality are independently associated with resting cardiovascular function in women
In British journal of health psychology;
DOI: DOI 10.1111/bjhp.12001

2012

Cardiovascular responses to mental activation of social support schemas.
Creaven, A-M., & Hughes, B.M.
(2012) Cardiovascular responses to mental activation of social support schemas.
In International journal of psychophysiology : official journal of the International Organization of Psychophysiology;
DOI: doi: 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2012.01.018

Published Reports

2014

The 2013 ICT Census in Schools – Main Report.
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

2013

Understanding achievement in PIRLS and TIMSS 2011.
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.(Ed.) Dublin : Educational Research Centre

2013

Home-school communication.
Eivers, E., & Creaven, A-M.
(2013) Home-school communication.
Eivers, E. & Clerkin, A.(Ed.) Dublin : Educational Research Centre

2013

Pupil engagement.
Clerkin, A., & Creaven, A-M.
(2013) Pupil engagement.
Eivers, E. & Clerkin, A.(Ed.) Dublin : Educational Research Centre

Articles

2018

Making the leap and finding your feet: A qualitative study of disclosure and social support in university students with type 1 diabetes
Habenicht A.;Gallagher S.;O’Keeffe M.;Creaven A.
(2018) Making the leap and finding your feet: A qualitative study of disclosure and social support in university students with type 1 diabetes
In Journal of health psychology;
DOI: 10.1177/1359105318810875

Letters

2017

A Commentary on "Positive Psychology Interventions for Patients With Heart Disease: A Preliminary Randomized Trial"
Creaven, AM;O'Connell, BH;Gallagher, S
(2017) A Commentary on "Positive Psychology Interventions for Patients With Heart Disease: A Preliminary Randomized Trial"
In Psychosomatics; NEW YORK : ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC