Biography

Dr. Elayne Ahern is a lecturer in the Department of Psychology at the University of Limerick. Her primary research area adopts a neuropsychological lens to investigate the conceptualisation, treatment, and recovery outcomes for mood disorders, with a particular focus on major depression. Having recently completed her interfaculty Ph.D. in psychology with health economics at the University of Limerick (December 2020), funded under the Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship Programme, Elayne's research efforts continue to be directed towards strategies to maximise health outcomes for the costs associated with mental health conditions. This has resulted in work into novel, psychological treatment approaches, incorporating complementary perspectives of neuro- and/or social- psychology to optimise functional recovery.

Elayne is a member of the GroWTH lab, where she works in collaboration with Professor Orla Muldoon and her team on the ERC-funded project awarded to Professor Muldoon on social identity and trauma.

Research Interests

Neuropsychological function associated with mood disorders and brain injury | cognitive remediation | functional recovery | social identity, trauma, and recovery outcomes | cost-effectiveness of psychological treatment | systematic review and meta-analysis

Professional Activities

Award

  • 2022 - Evidence Synthesis Ireland Fellowship
  • 2018 - Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship

Employment

  • 2021 Department of Psychology, University of Limerick - Lecturer Below the Bar
  • 2020 Department of Psychology, University of Limerick - Module Leader (Lecturer)
  • 2020 School of Psychology, Dublin City University - Assistant Professor (Lecturer)

Education

  • 2020 University of Limerick - Ph.D., Interfaculty Psychology with Health Economics
  • 2012 University of Limerick - First Class Honours, B.Sc. Psychology

Peer Reviewed Journals

2022

Disruption to well-being activities and depressive symptoms during the COVID-19 pandemic: The mediational role of social connectedness and rumination

McMahon, G., Douglas, A., Casey, K., & Ahern, E. (2022) Disruption to well-being activities and depressive symptoms during the COVID-19 pandemic: The mediational role of social connectedness and rumination. Journal Of Affective Disorders :274-281

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2021

A meta-analysis of influenza vaccination following correspondence: Considerations for COVID-19

Murphy, R. P., Taaffe, C., Ahern, E., McMahon, G., & Muldoon, O. (2021) A meta-analysis of influenza vaccination following correspondence: Considerations for COVID-19. Vaccine :7606-7624

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2020

Neuropsychological rehabilitation interventions for people with an acquired brain injury. A protocol for a systematic review of economic evaluation

Mitchell, E. ,Ahern, E., Saha, S., & Trepel, D. (2020) Neuropsychological rehabilitation interventions for people with an acquired brain injury. A protocol for a systematic review of economic evaluation. Hrb Open Research :83-83

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2019

Cognitive function following a major depressive episode: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Semkovska, M., Quinlivan, L., O'Grady, T., Johnson, R., Collins, A., O'Connor, J., Knittle, H., Ahern, E., & Gload, T. (2019) Cognitive function following a major depressive episode: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet Psychiatry :851-861

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2019

A Hot-Cold Cognitive Model of Depression: Integrating the Neuropsychological Approach Into the Cognitive Theory Framework

Ahern, E., Bockting, C.L.H., & Semkovska, M. (2019) A Hot-Cold Cognitive Model of Depression: Integrating the Neuropsychological Approach Into the Cognitive Theory Framework. Clinical Psychology In Europeclinical Psychology In Europe :1-35

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2018

Clinical efficacy and economic evaluation of online cognitive behavioral therapy for major depressive disorder: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Ahern, E., Kinsella, S., & Semkovska, M. (2018) Clinical efficacy and economic evaluation of online cognitive behavioral therapy for major depressive disorder: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Expert review of pharmacoeconomics & outcomes research :25-41

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2017

Cognitive functioning in the first-episode of major depressive disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis.

Ahern, E., & Semkovska, M. (2017) Cognitive functioning in the first-episode of major depressive disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis.. Neuropsychology :52-72

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2017

Online neurocognitive remediation therapy to improve cognition in community-living individuals with a history of depression: A pilot study

Semkovska, M., & Ahern, E. (2017) Online neurocognitive remediation therapy to improve cognition in community-living individuals with a history of depression: A pilot study. Internet Interventions :7-14

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