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Professor David Hevey

Professor in Clinical Health Psychology (Psychology)

After his undergraduate (B.A. [Hons] Psychology) and masters (M.A. Applied Psychology) in UCD, David Hevey completed his PhD in Trinity College Dublin in 2000. He subsequently worked as a Lecturer in Psychology in the Department of Psychology (RCSI) and research psychologist in the Department of Cardiology in Beaumont Hospital, before taking up his current post as Lecturer in Psychology in the School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin. He has published on a wide variety of issues in health psychology and has represented health psychology on both national and international professional committees.
  Applied Psychology   CARDIAC REHABILITATION   Cognitive Development/Processes   CORONARY HEART-DISEASE   Psychobiology   PSYCHOLOGICAL STRESS
 The development of a Mental Health Information and Support Programme both for people with severe and enduring mental health difficulties and also their carers
 The influence of cognition and emotion on decision-making
 Mechanisms underlying a psychological intervention for cancer-related fatigue
 Social sharing among cardiac patients
 Causal Attributions for Eating Disorders

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External examiner to the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme, Bath University, United Kingdom 2013-20
External examiner to the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme, Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland. 2007
I was a committee member of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) Special Interest Group in Health Psychology (March 1999 - March 2004). I served as secretary for 2003-2004. I was elected by the members to be the inaugural Chair of the Division of Health Psychology (DHP) and served on the committee until 2016 1999-
External examiner on DCU University Accreditation Panel for a MSc in Psychology 2018
SPHeRE Academic Panel Member overseeing HRB funded Sphere PhD scholar progress. SPHeRE is an all-Ireland cross-university initiative to produce high-level students to lead health services research nationally. I was responsible for reviewing the students' progress documents, attending presentations and providing feedback and guidance to ensure successful submission of PhD. 2015
I was invited to be on the Advisory Committee for the European Federation of Psychologists' Associations' (EFPA) Congress on Psychology for Health, which formulates recommendations for European healthcare policies. 2016
I was elected by the membership (n = 1000) to the European Health Psychology Society Executive Committee. In addition to the general duties on the committee, I was a member of the publications committee, which oversaw the emergence of the journal Health Psychology Review (One of the highest impact factor journals in the discipline). Furthermore I was the Education and training officer and developed the advisory document on establishing minimal standards for European Health Psychology training programmes. 2006
Elected Council member of the Irish Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation (IACR).I served as secretary, treasurer and editor of IACR Newsletter. I was part of the expert panel responsible for publishing the first IACR National Standards and Guidelines for Cardiac Rehabilitation (2000) and I Chaired the expert panel that developed the 2nd edition of the Guidleines. I have been involved in organizing the scientific programme of the national IACR annual general conferences. 1998
External examiner to the BA Psychology degrees in the School of Psychology, NUIG 2018
Associate Editor of the international peer reviewed journal British Journal of Health Psychology (rank Q1 Health Psychology journals) 2014
Associate Editor of international peer reviewed journal Psychology & Health (rank Q1 Health Psychology journals) 2016
Editorial board member of the international peer reviewed journal European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (Q1 ranking for Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems) 2009
Editorial Board member for international peer reviewed journal Coronary Health Care 1999
I was a founding member of the PSI Division for Teachers and Researchers in Psychology (2007) and have served as its Chair and I am still a member of the committee. 2007
I was a member of Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) Accreditation Quality Assurance Group (2004-2010), which developing guidelines for the accreditation of postgraduate training programmes in psychology. I am on the PSI Health Psychology Accreditation group: I led the development of the initial national Guidelines (2008) for postgraduate training in health psychology, and was a member of the committee that developed the most recent version of the national Guidelines. (2018). I was both a member (2006) and the Chair (2012) of the Accreditation Panel review for the NUIG Health Psychology programme. 2004
I am on the PSI Expert Validation Committee (EVC; 2008-to date);I am responsible for examining applications for eligibility to be placed on the PSI register of professional psychologists and to determine eligibility to work in the HSE. 2008
I was a member of a working group that led the establishment of the new Psychological Society of Ireland PSI Science & Public Policy group (2017), which I am currently a member of. The group provides national leadership on applications of psychological science and practice to public policy. 2017
Journal reviewer: Psychosomatic Medicine; Psychology and Health; the British Journal of Health Psychology; the Journal of Health Psychology; Psychology, Health and Medicine; the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology; Journal of Behavioral Medicine; Health Psychology; Clinical Psychology Review; Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine; International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology; Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings 2002
Grant reviewer: Health Research Board; UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC); Wellcome Trust UK; Various
Member of the European Association of Preventive Cardiology (EAPC) working group that developed the HeartQOL self-report measure for assessing Quality of Life among cardiac patients internationally. 2010
External examiner for 10 PhDs (University of Ulster, Derry, 2007; Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford 2010; Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, 2010; Edinburgh University 2014; Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland 2015; University of Bath 2016; NUI Galway 2017; Sheffield University 2019; Queens University Belfast 2019; University College Cork 2019). Various
Expert consultant to COPD Ireland for the development of their patient handbook (COPD and Me Information Booklet - Chapter 8: Mental Health & Wellbeing) 2017
European Health Psychology Society (Organising Committee) September
Conference organising committee March
Conference organizing committee for the PSI Division for Teachers, Academics and Researchers in Psychology Annual Scientific Conference.
Conference organizing committee for the Irish Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation (IACR) Annual Scientific Conference 1999
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Psychological Society of Ireland 1998 to-date
European Health Psychology Society 2000 to-date
Association for Psychological Science 2008 to-date
American Psychological Association 2000 to-date
British Psychological Society 1998 2017
de Lenne, Orpha and Mahon, Ciara and Eggermont, Steven and Smits, Tim and Hevey, David and Vandenbosch, Laura, Intercultural insights on the impact of different non-idealized models on men's body image and advertising perceptions, Journal of health psychology, 2023, p13591053231152012 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
O'Connor, Sarah and Hevey, David and Burke, Tom and Rafee, Shameer and Pender, Niall and O'Keeffe, Fiadhnait, A Systematic Review of Cognition in Cervical Dystonia, Neuropsychology review, 2023, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Akkol-Solakoglu, Selin and Hevey, David, Internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy for depression and anxiety in breast cancer survivors: Results from a randomised controlled trial, Psycho-oncology, 2023, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Lowry, D and Hevey, D and Wilson, C and Doherty, V O' and Sullivan, S O' and Finnerty, C and Pender, N and D'Alton, P and Mulhern, S, Wellbeing and mental health outcomes amongst hospital healthcare workers during COVID-19, Irish journal of psychological medicine, 2023, p1â€"9 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Darker CD, Mullin M, Doyle L, Tanner M, McGrath D, Doherty L, Dreyer-Gibney K, Barrett EM, Flynn D, Murphy P, Ivers JH, Burke E, Ryan M, McCarron M, Murphy P, Sheils O, Hevey D, Leen A, Keogh L, Walls B, Bennett AE, Petersen F, Nolan A, Barry JM., Developing a health promoting university in Trinity College Dublin-overview and outline process evaluation, Health Promotion International, 38, (4), 2023, p1 - 14, p1-14 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Mahon, Ciara and Hevey, David, Pilot trial of a self-compassion intervention to address adolescents' social media-related body image concerns, Clinical child psychology and psychiatry, 28, (1), 2023, p307â€"322 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Allen, Niamh and Hevey, David and Cogley, Clodagh and O'Keeffe, Fiadhnait, A meta-analysis of the association between event-related rumination and posttraumatic growth: The Event-Related Rumination Inventory and the Posttraumatic Growth Inventory, Journal of traumatic stress, 35, (6), 2022, p1575â€"1585 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
O'Connor, Sarah and Hevey, David and O'Keeffe, Fiadhnait, Illness Perceptions, Coping, Health-Related Quality of Life and Psychological Outcomes in Cervical Dystonia, Journal of clinical psychology in medical settings, 2022, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Timulak, Ladislav and Keogh, Daragh and Chigwedere, Craig and Wilson, Charlotte and Ward, Fiona and Hevey, David and Griffin, Patrick and Jacobs, Louise and Hughes, Suzanne and Vaughan, Christina and Beckham, Kea and Mahon, Shona, A comparison of emotion-focused therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy in the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder: Results of a feasibility randomized controlled trial, Psychotherapy (Chicago, Ill.), 59, (1), 2022, p84â€"95 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI
Campbell, Dónal and Wilson O'Raghallaigh, Jennifer and O'Doherty, Veronica and Lunt, Victoria and Lowry, Damien and Mulhern, Sinead and Lonergan, Katie and McSharry, Kathy and Lynnott, Jackie and Forry, Mary and Evans, David and Pardoe, Peter and Ward, Harry and Hevey, David, Investigating the impact of a chronic disease self-management programme on depression and quality of life scores in an Irish sample, Psychology, health & medicine, 27, (7), 2022, p1609â€"1617 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI

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Hevey, D., Invited Keynote Address: Research methods in Health Psychology: A healthy prognosis?, Psychology, Health and Medicine, Cork, Ireland, 2020, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Hevey, D., Invited Opening Address: Digital Mental Health: from potential promise to practical programmes, European Society for Research on Internet Intervention (ESRII) , Dublin, 2018, Notes: [Invited address], Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Hevey, D., Invited Keynote Address: Radon risk education, perception and action, British Nuclear Medicine Association and Irish Nuclear Medicine Association, Dublin, 2018, Notes: [Invited keynote], Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Hevey, D., Invited Keynote Address: Challenges in radon risk communication, UK Radon Association Conference, Bath, Uk, 2018, Notes: [Invited Keynote], Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Hevey, D, Invited Research Seminar: " Winning by not Losing. Risk aversion and depression", Invited Research Seminar, University of Sheffield, 2018, Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Hevey, D., Invited Keynote Address: The psychology of Radon Risk Perception, European Radon Association, Sofia, Bulgaria, 2017, Notes: [Keynote presentation], Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Hevey, D., Invited Keynote Address: Managing the psychological burden of COPD, Respiratory nurse specialists conference, Galway, 2017, Notes: [Invited Keynote], Invited Talk, PUBLISHED
Hevey, D, Evaluation of the SuperTroopers programme in Ireland, 2017, Report, PUBLISHED
Hevey, D., Wilson, C, & McCauley, M., Review and recommendations regarding Critical Incident Stress Management systems in the Irish Fire Service. , Dublin, National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management, 2016, Report, PUBLISHED
Hevey, D., Invited Keynote Address: Depression and CHD: the silent risk factor?, Irish Association of Cardiac Rehabiitation, Dublin, 2010, Notes: [Invited Keynote], Invited Talk, PUBLISHED


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European Health Psychology Society Best poster prize at annual conference (380 posters presented at the conference) September 2019
Tallaght University Hospital 2018 Clinical audit and quality improvement symposium best poster (1st of 40 posters) August 2018
Psychological Society of Irleand Annual Scientific Conference, best poster winner (1st of 80 posters) November, 2017
Irish Institute of Mental Health Nursing Annual Conference, best conference poster prize (1st of 40 posters) Spetember 2011
Winner of European Society of Cardiology Working Group on Cardiac Rehabilitation and Exercise Physiology Diploma for best poster presentation ( Rated 1st of 60 posters) at annual conference August 2009
Winner of the Sheppard Trust prize, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland for best postgraduate poster and oral summary presentation (1st of 10) March 1999
Winner of the Sheppard prize, Beaumont Hospital for best non-medical postgraduate research (1st of 25) June 1999
My internationally recognised research programme focuses on applying psychological science to answer two main research questions: 1) How can we best meet the psychosocial needs of patients living with long-term physical and mental health conditions? 2) How can we communicate health risks (arising from behaviours and environmental threats) to keep people healthy? I make important theoretical, methodological and practical contributions in these areas. My highly-cited innovative research on how people with eating disorders seek reward and avoid punishment in experimental conditions produced novel insights into impaired decision-making processes that negatively impact on health. My research on stress and coping among parents of children with autism has over 300 citations and is the 5th most cited article in the Journal's history. My applications of novel statistical approaches (e.g., network analysis; sensitivity of psychological measures) have been highly cited; I was invited to write an open access tutorial paper on network analysis. My research has real-world impact. For example, my current MCRG-HRB grant examines how we can train adolescents in socio-economically marginalised communities to deliver health behaviour change interventions to their peers. My research for EPA Ireland informs the national radon awareness programme policy in terms of content and process of delivery. I have published or in press 110 peer reviewed journal articles; I frequently publish in journals ranked in the top 20% in the Clarivate journal rankings; one of my most recent Senior Author publications was in the British Journal of Dermatology (IF=7, top 5% ranking). My Google Scholar h index is 32, with i10-index of 62. My citation count is 4,870. I have given invited research seminars at leading research-intensive Russell Group universities (e.g., Kings College London, University of St. Andrews). Based on my research impact, I have been invited to give keynote talks at national and international scientific conferences.