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Dr. Caoimhe Hannigan

Visiting Research Fellow (Trinity Inst. of Neurosciences (TCIN))


Dr Caoimhe Hannigan is a Research Fellow and Project Manager on the ProACT Horizon 2020 project ( Caoimhe received a BA (Hons) in Psychology from University College Dublin, MSc in Applied Psychology from University of Ulster, and completed her PhD in Psychology at Trinity College Dublin in 2016. Caoimhe has significant experience in the design and implementation of research related to cognitive function, health and well-being in older populations. Her key research interests include modifiable risk factors for chronic health conditions and dementia; brain health and dementia prevention; successful ageing; and interventions to support health and well-being in older adults. She previously worked as Study Coordinator for the NEIL Memory Research Unit in Trinity College. She was also a collaborator on the BIOMARKAPD project at St James' Hospital, the FP-7 funded Hello Brain project, and the COASTAL project at Trinity College.
 Cognitive Reserve: An investigation of construct validity and relationships with cognitive function in generally healthy older adults

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Member of World Young Leaders in Dementia Network, established to support the work of the World Dementia Council 2015 Present
Certification in Clinical Dementia Rating, Knight ADRC Memory and Ageing Project, Washington University St Louis 2013
O'Sullivan, M., Lawlor, B., Hannigan, C., Brennan, S., Robertson, IH. , Cognitive functioning among cognitively intact dementia caregivers compared to matched self-selected and population controls., Aging & Mental Health (CAMH), 2018, Notes: [], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Galvin, M., Doyle, J., Murphy, E., Hannigan, C., Brady, A.M., McCarron, M., Bowman, S., Smith, S. and Dinsmore, J., The role of design thinking in the application of PPI within the ProACT project, SPHeRE Network 4th Annual Conference 2018, Dublin, Ireland, 2018, Poster, PUBLISHED
Doyle, J. Murphy E., Smith S., Hannigan C., Kuiper J., Jacobs A., Dinsmore J. , Addressing Medication Management Challenges for Older People with Multimorbidities: A Multi-Stakeholder Approach, SIGCHI, Pervasive Health: ACM SIGCHI, Barcelona, Spain, 23-26/05/2017, ACM, 2017, pp , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Murphy E., Doyle J., Hannigan C., Smith S., Kuiper J, Jacobs A., Hoogerwerf EJ., Desideri L., Fiordelmondo V., Maluccelli L., Brady AM., Dinsmore J, Perceptions and use of technology to support older adults with multiple chronic conditions, Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, AAATE 2017, Sheffield, UK, 12-15 September 2017, 242, 2017, pp748-754 , Conference Paper, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text  DOI
Pertl, M.M., Hannigan, C., Brennan, S., Robertson, I.H. and Lawlor, B.A., Cognitive reserve and self-efficacy as moderators of the relationship between stress exposure and executive functioning among spousal dementia caregivers, International Psychogeriatrics, 29, (4), 2017, p615 - 625, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
McHugh-Power, J., Hannigan, C., Carney, S., & Lawlor, B.A., Exploring the meaning of loneliness among socially isolated older adults in rural Ireland: A qualitative investigation, Qualitative Research in Psychology, 2017, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Hannigan C., Doyle J., Murphy M., Smith S., Dinsmore J., Experiences and Perceptions of Self-Management for Older Adults with Multimorbidity: A Multi-Stakeholder Study, Irish Gerontological Society Conference, Wexford, Ireland, 28th-30th September, 2017, Oral Presentation, PRESENTED  URL
Power, J.E., Hannigan, C., Carney, S., Murphy, A., Moynihan, S., Kee, F. and Lawlor, B.A., Targeting appropriate users of a befriending service: recommendations from qualitative and quantitative studies, Sphere Network 3rd Annual Conference, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, 12 January 2017, 2017, Poster, PUBLISHED
Dinsmore J., Murphy E., Hannigan C., Smith S., Doyle J., Towards A Digital Behaviour Change Intervention For People With Multiple Chronic Conditions To Enhance Self Management., 14th Annual Psychology, Health & Medicine Conference, RCSI, Dublin Ireland, 2017, Poster, PUBLISHED  URL
Doyle, J., Hoogerwerf, E.J., Kuiper, J., Murphy, E., Hannigan, C., Dinsmore, J., Van der Auwermeulen, T., Albert, J., Jacobs, A., Maluccelli, L., Desideri, L., Fiordelmondo, V., Designing a Proactive, Person-Centred, Digital Integrated Care System, 17th International Conference for Integrated Care 2017, Dublin, Ireland, 8-10 May 2017, 2017, Poster, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text

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Hannigan, C., Using our outdoor resources to promote cognitive health in an ageing population, Living Landscape Conference, Galway, Ireland, May 2012, 2012, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED


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Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship 2012
Trinity College Dublin Postgraduate Research Studentship 2012
University College Dublin Postgraduate Scholarship 2007
Selected by UK Science and Innovation Network to take part in European Young Leaders in Dementia event, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London February 2017
University College Dublin: University Scholarship for Academic Session 2005/6 2005
Awarded scholarship by Global Brain Health Institute to attend their inaugural conference in Cuba, December 2015 2015
Awarded place at CARDI International Training Program on Ageing September 2013