Lab Leader


Samantha Dockray‘s key interests relate to the application of psychobiological models to understand the development of health and wellbeing.  Samantha has a particular interest in the health and wellbeing of people at periods of transition, such as adolescence and emerging adulthood, and during periods of stress.


PhD Research Students


Siobhan O’Neill’s research examines associations between sleep and stress during adolescence and young adulthood, and the influence of these on psychobiological health.  Siobhán’s research was funded by the Irish Research Council.


Owen Jump’s research examines biobehavioural reactivity to experience in laboratory and ecological settings, and he is especially interested in emergent devices and technologies that measure cardiovascular activity.



Lisa Murphy’s research focusses on the association of time perspective and decision making with regards to health risk and health protective behaviours.   Lisa’s research is supported by an Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship.



Kathleen Ryan’s research explores person-centred approaches to health behaviours; her interest areas include human-computer interaction (HCI) and health behaviour change.   Kathleen’s research is supported by an Irish Research Council Enterprise Partnership Postgraduate Scholarship, in collaboration with S3 Connected Health.


Isabella Muscolino‘s research interests are: Emotion Regulation, Body Dissatisfaction and Psychosomatic.  Isabella is leading the  Bips Body and Emotions project.



Eadaoin Whelan


Master Students

Jenny Cooney is currently working on her MA Applied Psychology (Mental Health) project examining the relationship between anxiety, obesity, and systemic inflammation in adolescents.  Adolescence is a high-risk period for the emergence and intensification of anxiety disorders, and as such, understanding the potential contribution of obesity to anxiety via immunological pathways is essential for this developmental stage.  Jenny works on the HaBiTS Team.


Lab Members

Dr Karen Matvienko-Sikar

Dr Gillian Murphy