PhD

Contact Details

Post Doctoral Researcher
SCHOOL OF PSYCHOLOGY
NUIG

E: PARAIC.OSUILLEABHAIN@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

Following several years employed within the private sector, Páraic returned to third-level education where he received both his PhD (Psychology) and BA (Hons) Psychology degrees from NUI Galway. Previously, he has also attained a Diploma in Irish Studies from NUI Galway, and further specialised certifications within Information Technology, and Networks and Software Systems. Páraic currently serves as postdoctoral researcher and project manager on the 'StressBio' project. 'StressBio' represents a programme of research that is an interdisciplinary approach to build integrated understanding, classification, and monitoring of cardiovascular and immune system responsivity to stress. The project consists of experts from a range of disciplines; including psychology, engineering, and natural sciences. Prior to his current appointment, Páraic also served as a postdoctoral researcher with the Multiple Sclerosis Research Group at the University of Limerick. 

Páraic also currently lectures (part-time) at the School of Psychology at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He currently lectures on both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes on a range of topics, including; Personality Psychology; Forensic, Abnormal, & Clinical Psychology; and Health Psychology (specifically Biobehavioural Processes in Health and Illness). Páraic is also actively involved in research dissertation supervision at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 


Research Interests

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2017) 'Openness to experience and adapting to change: Cardiovascular stress habituation to change in acute stress exposure'
Ó Súilleabháin, P.S., Howard, S., & Hughes, B.M. (2017) 'Openness to experience and adapting to change: Cardiovascular stress habituation to change in acute stress exposure'. Psychophysiology, [Details]
(2017) 'Dog bite injuries to humans and the use of breed-specific legislation: A comparison of bites from legislated and non-legislated dog breeds'
Creedon, N; Ó Súilleabháin, P.S. (2017) 'Dog bite injuries to humans and the use of breed-specific legislation: A comparison of bites from legislated and non-legislated dog breeds'. Irish Veterinary Journal, 70 :23-23 [Details]
(2016) 'Conscientiousness and mindfulness in midlife coping: An assessment based on MIDUS II'
Sesker, A.; Ó Súilleabháin, P.S.; Howard, S.; Hughes, B.M. (2016) 'Conscientiousness and mindfulness in midlife coping: An assessment based on MIDUS II'. Personality And Mental Health, 10 (1):29-42 [Details]
(2015) 'Human hospitalisations due to dog bites in Ireland, 1998-2013: Implications for current breed specific legislation'
Ó Súilleabháin, P.S (2015) 'Human hospitalisations due to dog bites in Ireland, 1998-2013: Implications for current breed specific legislation'. The Veterinary Journal, 204 (3):357-359 [Details]
(2015) 'Epidemiology of dog bite injuries: Dog-breed identification and dog-owner interaction'
Ó Súilleabháin, P.S.; Doherty, N. (2015) 'Epidemiology of dog bite injuries: Dog-breed identification and dog-owner interaction'. Journal Of Plastic, Reconstructive And Aesthetic Surgery, 68 (8):1157-1158 [Details]
(2015) 'Training methods and dog-owner interaction as a public health risk factor for dog bites'
Ó Súilleabháin, P.S. (2015) 'Training methods and dog-owner interaction as a public health risk factor for dog bites'. Zoonoses And Public Health, 62 [Details]
(2014) 'Experimental stress methodology, personality and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical (HPA) axis associations: A commentary on ‘Global stress response during a social stress test: impact of alexithymia and its subfactors''
Ó Súilleabháin, P.S. (2014) 'Experimental stress methodology, personality and hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical (HPA) axis associations: A commentary on ‘Global stress response during a social stress test: impact of alexithymia and its subfactors''. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 50 [Details]
(2014) 'Personality – at the heart of health'
Ó Súilleabháin, P.S. (2014) 'Personality – at the heart of health'. The Psychologist, 27 (4):550-551 [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2017) 75th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society, Sevilla, Spain
Ó Súilleabháin, P.S.; Howard, S.; Hughes, B.M. (2017) Openness to experience and stress responsivity: An examination of cardiovascular and underlying hemodynamic trajectories within an acute stress exposure 75th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society, Sevilla, Spain [Details]
(2015) Early Career Graduate Annual Conference, Psychological Society of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
Ó Súilleabháin, P.S.; Howard, S.; Hughes, B.M. (2015) The role of openness to experience in the cognitive and affective components of subjective well-being Early Career Graduate Annual Conference, Psychological Society of Ireland, Galway, Ireland [Details]
(2015) Early Career Graduate Annual Conference, Psychological Society of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
Ó Súilleabháin, P.S.; Howard, S.; Hughes, B.M. (2015) Psychosomatic influences on health: Openness to experience and stress responding Early Career Graduate Annual Conference, Psychological Society of Ireland, Galway, Ireland [Details]
(2015) 36th Annual Conference of the Stress and Anxiety Research Society, Tel Aviv, Israel
Ó Súilleabháin, P.S.; Howard, S.; Hughes, B.M. (2015) Openness to experience and cardiovascular stress responses 36th Annual Conference of the Stress and Anxiety Research Society, Tel Aviv, Israel [Details]
(2014) International Conference on Cardiovascular Reactivity to Psychological Stress: The Effects of Stress on Health Conference, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
Ó Súilleabháin, P.S.; Howard, S.; Hughes, B.M. (2014) Personality, gender, cortisol and perceived stress in a large national sample: New evidence for openness to experience from the Big Five International Conference on Cardiovascular Reactivity to Psychological Stress: The Effects of Stress on Health Conference, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom [Details]
(2014) National University of Ireland Research Showcase, Galway, Ireland
Ó Súilleabháin, P.S.; Howard, S.; Hughes, B.M. (2014) Personality, gender, cortisol and perceived stress in a large national sample: new evidence for openness to experience from the Big Five National University of Ireland Research Showcase, Galway, Ireland [Details]
(2014) 35th Annual Stress and Anxiety Research Society Conference, Cluj, Romania
Ó Súilleabháin, P.S.; Howard, S.; Hughes, B.M. (2014) Openness to experience and stress reactivity in a large national sample: Findings from the MIDUS data 35th Annual Stress and Anxiety Research Society Conference, Cluj, Romania [Details]
(2014) 11th Annual Psychology, Health & Medicine Conference, Limerick, Ireland
Ó Súilleabháin, P.S.; Howard, S.; Hughes, B.M. (2014) Personality, cortisol and perceived stress in a large national sample: New evidence for openness to experience from the Big Five 11th Annual Psychology, Health & Medicine Conference, Limerick, Ireland [Details]
(2014) 44 th Annual Psychological Society of Ireland Conference, Kilkenny, Ireland
Ó Súilleabháin, P.S.; Howard, S.; Hughes, B.M. (2014) The role of openness to experience in responding to novel stress 44 th Annual Psychological Society of Ireland Conference, Kilkenny, Ireland [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
(2014) 'Review of the 11th Annual Psychology, Health and Medicine Conference Public Talks'
Ó Súilleabháin, P.S. (2014) 'Review of the 11th Annual Psychology, Health and Medicine Conference Public Talks' The Irish Psychologist, 40 (11) . [Details]
(2014) 'Psychosomatic influences on health'
Ó Súilleabháin, P.S. (2014) 'Psychosomatic influences on health' The Irish Psychologist, 41 (2) :49-50. [Details]

Abstract

  Year Publication
(2017) Openness to experience and stress responsivity: An examination of cardiovascular and underlying hemodynamic trajectories within an acute stress exposure. Psychosomatic Medicine.
Ó Súilleabháin, P.S.; Howard, S.; Hughes, B.M. (2017) Openness to experience and stress responsivity: An examination of cardiovascular and underlying hemodynamic trajectories within an acute stress exposure. Psychosomatic Medicine. Abstract [Details]

Invited Lectures

  Year Publication
(2017) Dog-bite fatalities and breed-specific legislation: A need for evidence-based law reform (School of Law, National University of Ireland Galway).
Ó Súilleabháin, P.S. (2017) Dog-bite fatalities and breed-specific legislation: A need for evidence-based law reform (School of Law, National University of Ireland Galway). Invited Lectures [Details]

Report

  Year Publication
(2016) Report on the Control of Dogs Act 1998 Regulations. (Presented to the Law Reform Commission of Ireland, for recommendation to Dáil Éireann).
Ó Súilleabháin, P.S. (2016) Report on the Control of Dogs Act 1998 Regulations. (Presented to the Law Reform Commission of Ireland, for recommendation to Dáil Éireann). Report [Details]
(2016) Review of the United Kingdom's Dangerous Dogs Act. (Presented to the Law Commission, United Kingdom for recommendation to UK Parliament).
Ó Súilleabháin, P.S. (2016) Review of the United Kingdom's Dangerous Dogs Act. (Presented to the Law Commission, United Kingdom for recommendation to UK Parliament). Report [Details]
(2015) Review of the Control of Dogs Act 1998 Regulations. (Presented to the sub-Committee on the Environment, Community and Local Government, Dáil Éireann).
Ó Súilleabháin, P.S. (2015) Review of the Control of Dogs Act 1998 Regulations. (Presented to the sub-Committee on the Environment, Community and Local Government, Dáil Éireann). Report [Details]
(2014) Report on the Control of Dogs Act 1998 Regulations. (Presented to the Department for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Dáil Éireann).
Ó Súilleabháin, P.S. (2014) Report on the Control of Dogs Act 1998 Regulations. (Presented to the Department for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Dáil Éireann). Report [Details]

Seminar

  Year Publication
(2017) Dog-bite fatalities and breed-specific legislation: Putting the evidence back into evidence-based policy (Health Behaviour Change Research Group, National University of Ireland Galway).
Ó Súilleabháin, P.S. (2017) Dog-bite fatalities and breed-specific legislation: Putting the evidence back into evidence-based policy (Health Behaviour Change Research Group, National University of Ireland Galway). Seminar [Details]
(2015) Human-animal interaction: Canine behaviour, socialisation, and public health (School of Psychology, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland).
Doherty, N.; Ó Súilleabháin, P.S. (2015) Human-animal interaction: Canine behaviour, socialisation, and public health (School of Psychology, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland). Seminar [Details]
(2015) Informing public policy from research in Ireland. (Early Career Graduate Annual Conference, Psychological Society of Ireland, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland).
Ó Súilleabháin, P.S. (2015) Informing public policy from research in Ireland. (Early Career Graduate Annual Conference, Psychological Society of Ireland, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland). Seminar [Details]
(2014) Human-animal interaction (School of Psychology, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland).
Ó Súilleabháin, P.S.; Doherty, N. (2014) Human-animal interaction (School of Psychology, National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland). Seminar [Details]

Workshops

  Year Publication
(2015) Human-animal interaction: Behaviour, personality and interaction. (The Dog Academy, Galway, Ireland).
Ó Súilleabháin, P.S.; Doherty, N. (2015) Human-animal interaction: Behaviour, personality and interaction. (The Dog Academy, Galway, Ireland). Workshops [Details]
(2014) Website design, search engine optimisation, and social media. (Department of Psychology & Department of Clinical Therapies, University of Limerick, Limerick).
Ó Súilleabháin, P.S. (2014) Website design, search engine optimisation, and social media. (Department of Psychology & Department of Clinical Therapies, University of Limerick, Limerick). Workshops [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2016 Mayor's Award for Community Service and Social Inclusion Gradaim an Mhéara, Galway City Council (Awarded for my public engagement in providing research expertise and dissemination of peer-reviewed research with public policy implications in both national, and wider international communities)
2014 Conference Presentation (Overall Winner) International Conference on Cardiovascular Reactivity to Psychological Stress: The Effects of Stress on Health, University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
2013 Innovation 35th Annual Congress of Psychology Students in Ireland.
2011 Title of University Scholar Údarás na hOllscoile NUI Galway (Awarded the title for top echelon results achieved within 2nd year of undergraduate psychology)
2010 Title of University Scholar Údarás na hOllscoile NUI Galway (Awarded the title for top echelon results achieved within 1st year of undergraduate psychology)
2010 Denominated Psychology Program National University of Ireland, Galway (Awarded place within the denominated psychology program based on academic performance in 1st year undergraduate psychology)

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
American Psychosomatic Society (2016 - present) Member /
Division of Health Psychology, Psychological Society of Ireland (2017-present) Member /
Psychological Society of Ireland (2017-present) Member /
PSI CHI Lifetime Member /

Current Postgraduate Students (Taught)

  Name Degree Primary Supervisor
Anna Soye MSc in Health Psychology Y

Recent Postgraduate Students

  Graduation Name Degree Primary Supervisor
2017 Fiona O'Brien MSc in Health Psychology
2017 Daniel O'Rourke MSc in Health Psychology
2017 Katherine Quigley MSc in Health Psychology

Modules Taught

  Term/Year Module Title Module Code Subject / Desc
2017-2018 Forensic, Abnormal, & Clinical Psychology PS427
2017-2018 Biobehavioural Processes in Health and Illness PS588 Contributing Lecturer - MSc in Health Psychology
2017-2018 Forensic, Abnormal, & Clinical Psychology PS407
2017-2018 Personality Psychology PS338