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. She holds visiting researcher status at Dr. Dominic Trépel's health economics lab at the Global Brain Health Institute, Trinity College Dublin, assisting with review projects on the clinical and cost-effectiveness of neurorehabilitation for acquired brain injury. Elayne is a member of the GroWTH lab in the Department of Psychology, 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

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

Award

  • 2018 - Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship

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Peer Reviewed Journals

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

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2017
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A meta-analysis of influenza vaccination following correspondence: Considerations for COVID-19

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2021
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Neuropsychological rehabilitation interventions for people with an acquired brain injury. A protocol for a systematic review of economic evaluation

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2020
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A Hot-Cold Cognitive Model of Depression: Integrating the Neuropsychological Approach Into the Cognitive Theory Framework

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2019
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Online neurocognitive remediation therapy to improve cognition in community-living individuals with a history of depression: A pilot study

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2017
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Clinical efficacy and economic evaluation of online cognitive behavioral therapy for major depressive disorder: a systematic review and meta-analysis

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2018
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Cognitive function following a major depressive episode: a systematic review and meta-analysis

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2019
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