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Dr. Margaret Lawler

Assistant Professor (Occupational Therapy)

 


Dr Margaret Lawler is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin, and a Charted Health Psychologist of the Psychological Society of Ireland. She co-ordinates and teaches four undergraduate psychology modules in the Discipline of Occupational Therapy and contributes to teaching on the MSc in Cancer Survivorship. Her research focuses on adolescents' health and wellbeing. She is particularly interested in understanding the psychological and social factors that underpin health behaviours during adolescence and applying novel interventions (e.g. mindfulness, social prescribing) to promote health behaviour change and psychological wellbeing among youth. Margaret received a BSc. (Hons) in Sport Science and Health (1st Class Honours) from Dublin City University and holds a Higher Diploma in Psychology (1st Class Honours), Post-graduate Diploma in Statistics, and a PhD (Psychology) from Trinity College Dublin. Her doctoral research, funded by a competitive Postgraduate 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 was recently awarded a TCD School of Medicine Research Seed Award (2022) and an IRC New Foundations Award (2022) for her novel research exploring social prescribing as a potential mechanism for supporting adolescents' and young adults' health and wellbeing. In addition, she 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 Gaelic Games Youth Participation Study, which is the first all-island study to explore adolescents' experiences of, and participation rates in Gaelic games. 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. She is an editorial board member for the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity and an active peer reviewer for several international journals within the area of Psychology and Health (e.g. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, International Journal of Sport and Exercise, Health Education and Behavior). Margaret has also served as an expert reviewer for ReThink Ireland evaluating grants targeted at improving positive mental health outcomes for adolescents and young adults.
  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
 Exploration of suitability and acceptability of social prescribing for adolescents and young adults with cancer
 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.

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Details Date
Editorial Board Member - International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity December 2021
Research and Postgraduate Committee - Discipline of Occupational Therapy, School of Medicine, TCD November 2021
Ordinary 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
Ordinary Committee Member - All Ireland Social Prescribing Research and Evaluation
Ordinary Committee Member- Division of Health Psychology, Psychological Society of Ireland 2022
Details Date From Date To
Chartered Health Psychologist of the Psychological Society of Ireland 2022 Present
Division of Health Psychology (Psychological Society of Ireland)
European Health Psychology Society 2021 Present
International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2022
Connolly H, Delimata N, Galway K, Kiely Lawler M, Mulholland J, O'Grady M, Connolly D., Exploration of Evaluation Practices in Social Prescribing Services in Ireland: A Cross-Sectional Observational Study, Healthcare, 12, (2), 2024, p219 - 229, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI  Other  Other
Horgan, Peter; Donnelly, Paul; Lane, Aoife; McKay, Michael; O'Brien, Wesley; Lawler, Margaret; Donoghue, Kevin; Fogarty, Niamh; Harmon, William; Heffernan, James., Youth Participation in Gaelic games: A State of Play Review, EASM 2023 CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS, 31st European Association for Sport Management Conference, Belfast, Northern Ireland,, 12-15 September 2023, 202, 2023, pp387 - 388, Oral Presentation, PUBLISHED  URL
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
Dempsey, Rhona, Healy, Olive, Lundy, Emma, Banks, Joanne, Lawler, Margaret, 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  URL
  

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Horgan, P., Donnelly, P., Lane, A., McKay, M., McGourty, P., O'Brien, W., Lawler, M., Donoghue, K., Fogarty, N., Meyers, E., Heffernan, J., and Harmon, W., The Gaelic Games Youth Participation Study, Gaelic Athletic Association. Dublin, Ireland, 2024, Report, IN_PRESS

  

Award Date
IRC New Foundations Award 2022
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