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Dr. Margaret Lawler

Assistant Professor (Occupational Therapy)

 


Dr Margaret Lawler is an Assistant Professor in Psychology in the Discipline of Occupational Therapy, School of Medicine, TCD, and a Charted Psychologist of the Psychological Society of Ireland. Her research focuses on understanding the role of psychosocial factors in adolescents' body image and physical activity participation. She is particularly interested in the application of novel interventions (e.g. mindfulness, motivational interviewing, social prescribing) to promote health behaviour change and psychological well-being among children and adolescents. Margaret received a BSc. (Hons) in Sport Science and Health from Dublin City University and holds a Higher Diploma in Psychology, Post-graduate Diploma in Statistics, and a PhD (Psychology) from Trinity College Dublin. Her doctoral research, funded by a competitive Irish Research Council Scholarship, explored adolescents' physical activity patterns and psychosocial predictors of physical activity maintenance and behaviour change over twelve months. Prior to taking up her academic post, Margaret completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the School of Psychology, TCD, where she managed a trial jointly funded by Health Research Charities Ireland and the Health Research Board, which examined the feasibility of a novel peer-led motivational interviewing intervention for health behaviour change (smoking, alcohol, physical activity) among at-risk adolescents from low socioeconomic status communities. Margaret is currently collaborating with the Gaelic Athletic Association, Camogie Association, Ladies Gaelic Football Association and several academic institutions across Ireland and Northern Ireland on the first all-island study to explore adolescents' participation rates in Gaelic games. Funded by Sport Ireland, this large-scale study seeks to explore the psychosocial factors underpinning male and female adolescents' involvement in Gaelic games, and the impact of COVID-19 on sport participation. Dr Lawler has published qualitative and quantitative research papers in Q1 journals within her field (e.g. Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health; Journal of Youth and Adolescence) and has presented her research nationally and internationally. Margaret is an editorial board member for the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. In addition, she peer reviews papers for several international journals within the area of Psychology and Health including Psychology of Sport and Exercise, International Journal of Sport and Exercise, Health Education and Behavior, European Physical Education Review and Public Health Nutrition. Margaret coordinates and teaches four undergraduate psychology modules in the Discipline of Occupational Therapy, School of Medicine and contributes to teaching on the MSc in Cancer Survivorship.
  Applied Psychology   Behaviour Change   BODY IMAGE   CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE   Developmental Psychology   Health Psychology   Latent Class Analysis   Mindfulness   MOTIVATION   motivational interview   PHYSICAL ACTIVITY   SELF-DETERMINATION THEORY   SPORT
 Social Prescribing for at-risk Adolescents
 Examining Gaelic Games experiences and participation rates among adolescents
 Exploring the suitability and acceptability of social prescribing for men with prostate cancer
 Peer-to-peer motivational interview intervention for smoking, alcohol and physical activity among at-risk adolescents in low SES communities: A feasibility trial.
 Transitions in Physical Activity among Irish youth

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International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Editorial Board Member December 2021
Research and Postgraduate Committee - Discipline of Occupational Therapy, School of Medicine, TCD November 2021
Committee Member - Women in Research Ireland (WIRI) January 2020
Please see https://publons.com/researcher/4433907/margaret-lawler/. I have been a reviewer for the following journals: Psychology of Sport and Exercise, Health Education and Behavior, International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Public Health Nutrition, Appetite, Children and Youth Services Review, European Physical Education Review
All Ireland Social Prescribing Research and Evaluation Committee Member
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Chartered Psychologist of the Psychological Society of Ireland 2022 Present
Division of Health Psychology (Psychological Society of Ireland)
European Health Psychology Society 2021 Present
Lawler, M., Heary, C. & Nixon, E., Irish adolescents' perspectives on the factors influencing motivation in team sport, Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, 13, (6), 2021, p1503 - 1516, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Lawler, M., Heary, C., Shorter, G., .& Nixon, E., Peer and parental processes predict distinct patterns of physical activity participation among adolescent girls and boys, International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 20, (2), 2021, p497 - 514, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Walsh, B., Dempsey, R., & Lawler, M., Family perspectives on educational experiences, post-school needs, and quality of life of young autistic adults, Irish Educational Studies , 2021, Notes: [https://doi.org/10.1080/03323315.2021.1926309], Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Rhona Dempsey, Olive Healy, Emma Lundy, Joanne Banks, Margaret Lawler, Air travel experiences of autistic children/young people, Annals of Tourism Research Empirical Insights, 2, (2), 2021, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Lawler, M., Heary,C. & Nixon, E, Peer Support and Role Modelling Predict Physical Activity Change among Adolescents over Twelve Months, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 49, (7), 2020, p1503 - 1516, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
O'Byrne, C., Jagoe, C., & Lawler, M. , Experiences of dyslexia and the transition to university: A case study of five students at different stages of study, Higher Education Research and Development, 38, (5), 2019, p1031 - 1045, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  URL
Lawler, M., Hickey, A., Hevey, D., Doyle, F., Nixon, E., Darker, C., Barry, M., & Field, C. , Effects of a peer-led motivational interviewing intervention on physical activity levels of adolescents in low SES communities, Psychology Health and Medicine Conference 2019, Maynooth University , 22nd March, 2019, Published Abstract, PUBLISHED
Lawler, M., Hickey, A., Doyle, F., Nixon, E., Darker, C., Barry, M., Field, C., & Hevey, D. , Effectiveness of a peer-led motivational interviewing intervention for increasing physical activity among at-risk adolescents, 33rd Annual Conference of the European Health Psychological Society, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 3 - 7 September 2019, 2019, Published Abstract, PUBLISHED  URL
Hickey, A., Lawler, M., Doyle, F., Nixon, E., Darker, C., Barry, M., Field, C., & Hevey, D. , The effects of training low-SES adolescents in Motivational Interviewing for health behaviour change among peers., 33rd Annual Conference of the European Health Psychological Society, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 3 - 7 September 2019, 2019, Published Abstract, PUBLISHED
Hickey, A., Lawler, M., Nixon, E., Heary, C., Darker, C., Barry, M., Filed, C., Doyle, F., & Hevey, D. , The effects of training adolescents in a proven method for behaviour change - A pilot Study, 10th IUHPE European Conference and International Forum for Health Promotion Research, Trondheim, Norway, 24th -26th September, 2018, Poster, PUBLISHED
  

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Award Date
TCD MED Research Seed Award 2022
Conference Bursary from the Children's Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin 2013
Travel Bursary from the Trinity Trust, Trinity College Dublin 2012
Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship from the Irish Research Council (IRC) 2010
George White Memorial Prize from School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin - I received this annual award for a research paper accepted for publication in Journal of Youth and Adolescence during my postgraduate studies (https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-009-9500-2) 2010
Postgraduate Research Studentship from Trinity College Dublin 2009