Biography

Prof. Dónal G. Fortune is the Full Professor and Chair of Clinical Psychology at the University of Limerick. He also retains a clinical role with the Health Service Executive. Dónal holds both clinical psychology practitioner doctorate (Clin.PsyD), and a research doctorate in clinical psychology (Ph.D.), and, in keeping with necessary dualities, is both a clinical psychologist and clinical neuropsychologist.


Research Interests

Research interests
The ambit of Dónal's research is informed by his clinical work and his research interests concern the application of psychological knowledge to improve outcomes for people with mental health challenges particularly in the context of an additional enduring medical or surgical condition, social or psychological adversity across the life span. He has an interest in strengths-based interventions and the factors that enable people to construe benefits from adversity in terms of growth experiences. He is also interested in research that aims to enhance how clinicians assess, formulate, intervene, and monitor change with people experiencing stress, distress or other mental health challenges. His research has been cited by researchers in over 5000 individual scientific publications and yields a current H-index of 34.

Current funded projects I manage include:

HRB COVID-19 Pandemic rapid response
An investigation of psychological responses to COVID-19 in health care workers during the delay and mitigation phase of disease management: longitudinal and nested qualitative study.


HSE National Office
National Evaluation of Primary Care Psychology Service Enhancement

Amalgam RX LLC
Usability and Feasibility of an m-Health delivered positive stress management for treatment of Psoriasis..


Peer Reviewed Journals

2023

Evaluation of a School-Based Attention Training Program for Improving Sustained Attention

Slattery E.J.;Ryan P.;Fortune D.G.;McAvinue L.P. (2023) Evaluation of a School-Based Attention Training Program for Improving Sustained Attention. Mind Brain And Education

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2023

Psychological Distress in Patients With Urolithiasis: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Ní Néill E.;Richards H.L.;Hennessey D.;Ryan E.M.;Fortune D.G. (2023) Psychological Distress in Patients With Urolithiasis: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Journal Of Urology :58-70

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2023

Refugees and asylum seekers who have experienced trauma: Thematic synthesis of therapeutic boundary considerations

Davoren N.;McEleney A.;Corcoran S.;Tierney P.;Fortune D.G. (2023) Refugees and asylum seekers who have experienced trauma: Thematic synthesis of therapeutic boundary considerations. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy

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2023

Self-awareness and quality of relationships after acquired brain injury: Systematic review without meta-analysis (SWiM)

McCabe C.;Sica A.;Doody N.;Fortune D.G. (2023) Self-awareness and quality of relationships after acquired brain injury: Systematic review without meta-analysis (SWiM). Neuropsychological Rehabilitation

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2023

Exploding head syndrome

Fortune, D.G, Richards, H.L. (2023) Exploding head syndrome. Sleep Medicine Clinics

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2023

Reply by Authors

Ní Néill E.;Richards H.L.;Hennessey D.;Ryan E.M.;Fortune D.G. (2023) Reply by Authors. Journal Of Urology :-70

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2023

Post-acute phase and sequelae management of epidermal necrolysis: an international, multidisciplinary DELPHI-based consensus

Ingen-Housz-Oro S.;Schmidt V.;Ameri M.M.;Abe R.;Brassard A.;Mostaghimi A.;Paller A.S.;Romano A.;Didona B.;Kaffenberger B.H.;Ben Said B.;Thong B.Y.H.;Ramsay B.;Brezinova E.;Milpied B.;Mortz C.G.;Chu C.Y.;Sotozono C.;Gueudry J.;Fortune D.G.;Dridi S.M.;Tartar D.;Do-Pham G.;Gabison E.;Phillips E.J.;Lewis F.;Salavastru C.;Horvath B.;Dart J.;Setterfield J.;Newman J.;Schulz J.T.;Delcampe A.;Brockow K.;Seminario-Vidal L.;Jörg L.;Watson M.P.;Gonçalo M.;Lucas M.;Torres M.;Noe M.H.;Hama N.;Shear N.H.;O’Reilly P.;Wolkenstein P.;Romanelli P.;Dodiuk-Gad R.P.;Micheletti R.G.;Tiplica G.S.;Sheridan R.;Rauz S.;Ahmad S.;Chua S.L.;Flynn T.H.;Pichler W.;Le S.T.;Maverakis E.;Walsh S.;French L.E.;Brüggen M.C. (2023) Post-acute phase and sequelae management of epidermal necrolysis: an international, multidisciplinary DELPHI-based consensus. Orphanet Journal Of Rare Diseases

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2023

‘Like a ticking time bomb’: A qualitative study exploring the illness experiences of adults with kidney stone disease

Ní Néill E.;Richards H.L.;Hennessey D.;Fortune D.G. (2023) ‘Like a ticking time bomb’: A qualitative study exploring the illness experiences of adults with kidney stone disease. British journal of health psychology

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2023

Personality trait associations with quality-of-life outcomes following bariatric surgery: a systematic review.

Summerville S;Kirwan E;Sutin AR;Fortune D;O'Súilleabháin PS; (2023) Personality trait associations with quality-of-life outcomes following bariatric surgery: a systematic review.. Health And Quality Of Life Outcomes

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2023

Parents’ experiences of an assistant psychologist enhanced primary care mental health service in Ireland

Wormald A.D.;Summerville S.;McGinley M.;Davoren N.;Curtin Y.;Fortune D.G. (2023) Parents’ experiences of an assistant psychologist enhanced primary care mental health service in Ireland. Advances In Mental Health

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2023

Personality trait associations with quality-of-life outcomes following bariatric surgery: a systematic review

Summerville S.;Kirwan E.;Sutin A.R.;Fortune D.;O'Súilleabháin P.S. (2023) Personality trait associations with quality-of-life outcomes following bariatric surgery: a systematic review. Health And Quality Of Life Outcomes :-32

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2023

‘I Had It. I Don’t Think I Have It…But I Do Feel It Will Come Back Somewhere’: A Qualitative Investigation of the Experience of People With Non-Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer

Stewart R.;Richards H.L.;Houghton S.;Sweeney P.;Fortune D.G. (2023) ‘I Had It. I Don’t Think I Have It…But I Do Feel It Will Come Back Somewhere’: A Qualitative Investigation of the Experience of People With Non-Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer. Qualitative health research

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2023

Awareness through relationships in individuals undergoing rehabilitation following acquired brain injury

McCabe C.;Sica A.;Fortune D.G. (2023) Awareness through relationships in individuals undergoing rehabilitation following acquired brain injury. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation

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2022

Resilience among health care workers while working during a pandemic: A systematic review and meta synthesis of qualitative studies

Curtin M.;Richards H.L.;Fortune D.G. (2022) Resilience among health care workers while working during a pandemic: A systematic review and meta synthesis of qualitative studies. Clinical psychology review

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2022

Popular interventions to enhance sustained attention in children and adolescents: A critical systematic review

Slattery E.J.;O'Callaghan E.;Ryan P.;Fortune D.G.;McAvinue L.P. (2022) Popular interventions to enhance sustained attention in children and adolescents: A critical systematic review. Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews

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2022

Enhancing primary care psychology services with assistant psychologists: An evaluation of output, throughput and stakeholder satisfaction

' Wormald, A., Summerville, S., McGinley, M., Davoren, N. & Fortune, D.G. (2022) Enhancing primary care psychology services with assistant psychologists: An evaluation of output, throughput and stakeholder satisfaction. Health and Social Care in the Community

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2022

Emotion networks across self-reported depression levels during the COVID-19 pandemic,

Whiston, A., Igou, E.R., & Fortune, D.G. (2022) Emotion networks across self-reported depression levels during the COVID-19 pandemic, . Cognition & Emotion :31-48

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2022

Healthcare workers use of psychological support resources during COVID-19; a mixed methods approach utilising Pillar Integration Analysis

Richards H.L.;Eustace J.;ODwyer A.;Wormald A.;Curtin Y.;Fortune D.G. (2022) Healthcare workers use of psychological support resources during COVID-19; a mixed methods approach utilising Pillar Integration Analysis. Plos One

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2022

New group memberships formed after an acquired brain injury and posttraumatic growth: A prospective study

Siobhán M. Griffin, Elaine L. Kinsella, Daragh Bradshaw, Grace McMahon, Alastair Nightingale, Donal G. Fortune, & Orla T. Muldoon (2022) New group memberships formed after an acquired brain injury and posttraumatic growth: A prospective study. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation

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2022

Unique and overlapping contributions of sustained attention and working memory to parent and teacher ratings of attention problems

Slattery, E., Ryan, P., Fortune, D.G., MacAvinue, L. (2022) Unique and overlapping contributions of sustained attention and working memory to parent and teacher ratings of attention problems. Child Neuropsychology

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2022

Healthcare workers beliefs about COVID-19; a longitudinal, mixed methods analysis.

Richards, H.L., Wormald, A., O'Dwyer, A., Najt, P., Eustace, J,, O'Connor, K., McKiernan, M,, O'Dea, E., Burke, P. & Fortune DG (2022) Healthcare workers beliefs about COVID-19; a longitudinal, mixed methods analysis.. Psychology Health & Medicine

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2022

Glass ceilings, sticky floors and sideways sexism as barriers to equality in clinical psychology: An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis.

' Reynolds, R., Rogers, D., Crawley, L. Richards, H.L. & Fortune, D.G. (2022) Glass ceilings, sticky floors and sideways sexism as barriers to equality in clinical psychology: An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis.. Professional Psychology-Research And Practice

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2022

Examining Stress and Residual Symptoms in Remitted and Partially Remitted Depression Using a Wearable Electrodermal Activity Device: A Pilot Study

Whiston A.;Igou E.R.;Fortune D.G.;Team A.D.;Semkovska M. (2022) Examining Stress and Residual Symptoms in Remitted and Partially Remitted Depression Using a Wearable Electrodermal Activity Device: A Pilot Study. Ieee Journal Of Translational Engineering In Health And Medicine

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2022

A digital therapeutic for management of psychosocial aspects of psoriasis: A pre-post proof of concept study

Fortune D.G.;Ravnkilde V.;Ryan S.;Ramsay B.;Clough S.;Richards H.L. (2022) A digital therapeutic for management of psychosocial aspects of psoriasis: A pre-post proof of concept study. Skin Health And Disease

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2022

Popular interventions to enhance sustained attention in children and adolescents: A critical systematic review

' Slattery E., O'Callaghan, E; Ryan, P., Fortune, D.G., McAvinue, L. (2022) Popular interventions to enhance sustained attention in children and adolescents: A critical systematic review . Neuroscience And Biobehavioral Reviews

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2021

Contributions of working memory and sustained attention to children's reading achievement: A commonality analysis approach

Slattery, Ryan, Fortune,, & McAvinue (2021) Contributions of working memory and sustained attention to children's reading achievement: A commonality analysis approach. Cognitive Development

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2021

Brain Imaging in Patients with COVID-19: A Systematic Review.

Najt,P., Richards,HL., Fortune DG (2021) Brain Imaging in Patients with COVID-19: A Systematic Review.. Brain Behavior And Immunity

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2021

An investigation of psychological responses to COVID-19 in Irish healthcare workers: longitudinal quantitative and nested qualitative study

Fortune, D. G., Richards, H. L., Wormald, A., Connor, K. O., McKiernan, M., Najt, P., ... & Eustace, J. (2021) An investigation of psychological responses to COVID-19 in Irish healthcare workers: longitudinal quantitative and nested qualitative study. Hrb Open Research

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2021

Breaking the cycle of intergenerational trauma: Evaluating the impact of parental adverse childhood experiences on parenting group outcomes using a mixed-methods approach

Burke, J;Fitzhenry, M;Houghton, S;Fortune, DG (2021) Breaking the cycle of intergenerational trauma: Evaluating the impact of parental adverse childhood experiences on parenting group outcomes using a mixed-methods approach. OXFORD : PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD Children And Youth Services Review

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2021

Breaking the Cycle of Intergenerational Trauma: Evaluating The Impact of Parental Adverse Childhood Experiences on Parenting Group Outcomes Using A Mixed-Methods approach.

Burke, J., Fitzhenry, M., Houghton, S., & Fortune, D. G. (2021) Breaking the Cycle of Intergenerational Trauma: Evaluating The Impact of Parental Adverse Childhood Experiences on Parenting Group Outcomes Using A Mixed-Methods approach. . Children And Youth Services Review

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2021

Patients', family members' and healthcare practitioners' experiences of Stevens Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis: a qualitative descriptive study using emotional touchpoints

O'Reilly P.;Whelan B.;Ramsay B.;Kennedy C.;Meskell P.;Coffey A.;Wilson D.M.;Fortune D.G.;Ryan S. (2021) Patients', family members' and healthcare practitioners' experiences of Stevens Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis: a qualitative descriptive study using emotional touchpoints. Journal Of The European Academy Of Dermatology And Venereology

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2021

Contributions of working memory and sustained attention to children’s reading achievement: A commonality analysis approach

Eadaoin J. Slattery;Patrick Ryan;Donal G. Fortune;Laura P. McAvinue; (2021) Contributions of working memory and sustained attention to children’s reading achievement: A commonality analysis approach. Cognitive Development

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2021

Emotion networks across self-reported depression levels during the COVID-19 pandemic

Whiston, A., Igou, E.R., Fortune, D.G. (2021) Emotion networks across self-reported depression levels during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cognition & Emotion

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2021

An investigation of psychological responses to COVID-19 in Irish healthcare workers: longitudinal quantitative and nested qualitative study

Fortune D.G.;Richards H.L.;Wormald A.;O Connor K.;McKiernan M.;Najt P.;O Dwyer A.;O Dea E.;Burke P.;Eustace J. (2021) An investigation of psychological responses to COVID-19 in Irish healthcare workers: longitudinal quantitative and nested qualitative study. Hrb Open Research

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2021

'Picture this'-Patients' Drawings of Non-Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer: A Novel Method to Help Understand How Patients Perceive Their Condition

Richards, H. L., Sweeney, P., Corscadden, R., Carr, C., Rukundo, A., Fitzgerald, J., ... & Fortune, D.G. (2021) 'Picture this'-Patients' Drawings of Non-Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer: A Novel Method to Help Understand How Patients Perceive Their Condition. British J. Oral And Maxillofacial Surgery :149-159

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2021

Brain imaging in patients with COVID-19: A systematic review

Najt P.;Richards H.L.;Fortune D.G. (2021) Brain imaging in patients with COVID-19: A systematic review. Brain, Behavior, And Immunity - Health

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2020

Collective influences on individual functioning: Multiple group memberships, self-regulation, and depression after acquired brain injury

Elaine L. Kinsella;Orla T. Muldoon;Dónal G. Fortune;Catherine Haslam; (2020) Collective influences on individual functioning: Multiple group memberships, self-regulation, and depression after acquired brain injury. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation

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2020

Exploding head syndrome, chronotype, parasomnias and mental health in young adults

Kirwan E.;Fortune D.G. (2020) Exploding head syndrome, chronotype, parasomnias and mental health in young adults. Journal Of Sleep Research

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2020

Facilitating a return to productive roles following acquired brain injury: The impact of pre-injury work level, current abilities, and neuropsychological performance

Fortune D.G.;Walsh R.S.;MacConaill S.;Harte M.;Richards H.L. (2020) Facilitating a return to productive roles following acquired brain injury: The impact of pre-injury work level, current abilities, and neuropsychological performance. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation

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2020

The man who used to shrug - one man's lived experience of TBI

Walsh R.S.;Crawley L.;Dagnall N.;Fortune D.G. (2020) The man who used to shrug - one man's lived experience of TBI. Neurorehabilitation :11-24

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2017

Assessing Cognitive Estimation and Its Effects on Community Integration in People with Acquired Brain Injury Undergoing Rehabilitation

Fortune, DG,Richards, HL (2017) Assessing Cognitive Estimation and Its Effects on Community Integration in People with Acquired Brain Injury Undergoing Rehabilitation. Biomed Research International

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2016

Cognitive reserve and preinjury educational attainment: effects on outcome of community-based rehabilitation for longer-term individuals with acquired brain injury

Fortune, DG,Walsh, RS,Richards, HL (2016) Cognitive reserve and preinjury educational attainment: effects on outcome of community-based rehabilitation for longer-term individuals with acquired brain injury. International Journal Of Rehabilitation Research :234-239

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2016

A structured multicomponent group programme for carers of people with acquired brain injury: Effects on perceived criticism, strain, and psychological distress

Fortune, DG,Rogan, CR,Richards, HL (2016) A structured multicomponent group programme for carers of people with acquired brain injury: Effects on perceived criticism, strain, and psychological distress. British journal of health psychology :224-243

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2015

Changes in aspects of social functioning depend upon prior changes in neurodisability in people with acquired brain injury undergoing post-acute neurorehabilitation

Fortune, DG,Walsh, RS,Waldron, B,McGrath, C,Harte, M,Casey, S,McClean, B (2015) Changes in aspects of social functioning depend upon prior changes in neurodisability in people with acquired brain injury undergoing post-acute neurorehabilitation. Frontiers in psychology

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2014

Schools-Based Interventions for Reducing Stigmatization of Acquired Brain Injury: The Role of Interpersonal Contact and Visible Impairment

Irwin, LG,Fortune, DG (2014) Schools-Based Interventions for Reducing Stigmatization of Acquired Brain Injury: The Role of Interpersonal Contact and Visible Impairment. Archives Of Clinical Neuropsychology :194-205

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2013

Post-traumatic growth, illness perceptions and coping in people with acquired brain injury

Rogan, C,Fortune, DG,Prentice, G (2013) Post-traumatic growth, illness perceptions and coping in people with acquired brain injury. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation :639-657

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