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Dr. Paraic O Suilleabhain


Dr Páraic Ó Súilleabháin is Lecturer in Psychology and the Research Coordinator on the Clinical Psychology Doctorate Programme. Prior to this appointment, Páraic was employed as Lecturer in Psychology at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He has also held several appointments as Postdoctoral Researcher on a variety of projects in differing areas; examining the role of the genome, environment, microbiome and metabolome in the development of autism; building an integrated understanding, classification, and monitoring of cardiovascular and immune system responsivity to stress; and a randomised controlled trial seeking to improve symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. Páraic completed his PhD in Psychology, Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning, and BA (Hons) in Psychology at the NUI Galway. Prior to beginning his third level education, he worked for several years in med-tech and information technology industries.

Research Interests

Páraic's research is primarily focused on the bio-behavioural processes underlying health and mortality. Páraic examines the associations between bio-behavioural factors (such as personality traits, loneliness, stress) on the accumulative lifespan development and progression of mental health challenges, psychophysiological health processes, and resulting mortality risk trajectories across the lifespan. His research has been recognised both nationally and internationally with several awards; most recently being successfully awarded the prestigious Charlemont Grant from the Royal Irish Academy. He has published his research in leading international journals in his research specialism and is currently involved in a number of projects with international collaborators, from Humboldt University Berlin, Florida State University, and University College London.


Other Journal


Personality Pathways to Mortality: Interleukin-6 Links Conscientiousness to Mortality Risk
O'Súilleabháin, P.S., Turiano, N.A., Gerstorf, D., Luchetti, M., Gallagher, S., Sesker, A.A., Terracciano, A., & Sutin, A.R.


Psychological Factors of Intrusive Thoughts in an Irish Student Population
Donaghey, C, Egan, J., & O'Súilleabháin, P.S.
Clinical Psychology Today

Peer Reviewed Journal


Relationship between parent-reported gastrointestinal symptoms, sleep problems, autism spectrum disorder symptoms, and behavior problems in children and adolescents with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome
Leader, G., Murray, M., O'Súilleabháin, P.S., Arndt, S., Maher, L., Naughton, K., & Mannion, A.
Research In Developmental Disabilities


Vulnerability to stress: Personality facet of vulnerability is associated with cardiovascular adaptation to recurring stress
O'Súilleabháin, P.S., Hughes, B.M., Oommen, A. M., Joshi, L., & Cunningham, S.
International Journal Of Psychophysiology


Conscientiousness and mindfulness in midlife coping: An assessment based on MIDUS II
Sesker, A. A., O'Súilleabháin, P.S., Howard, S., & Hughes, B. M.
Personality And Mental Health


Epidemiology of dog bite injuries: Dog-breed identification and dog--owner interaction
O'Súilleabháin, P.S., & Doherty, N.
Journal Of Plastic Reconstructive And Aesthetic Surgery


Personality-at the heart of health
O'Súilleabháin, P.S.