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Dr. Ann-Marie Creaven
Lecturer

Postal Address:
Department of Psychology
EM-015
University of Limerick
Limerick
Ireland

Telephone: 00353 (0) 61 234909
Email: ann-marie.creaven@ul.ie 

Following my undergraduate degree in Psychology at NUI Galway, I undertook my doctorate in the School of Psychology and the Centre for Research on Occupational and Life Stress. Funded by NUI Galway and by IRCHSS, my doctoral research tested social and health psychology theories of giving and receiving support on well-being and physiological responses to stress, in young adult and parent-child populations. During this time I also collaborated on an NIH-funded study of at-risk parents and children, based in Pennsylvania State University. After my PhD I joined the Educational Research Centre in Drumcondra. Here I worked on several projects including large-scale international assessments of reading, mathematics, and science achievement (PIRLS, TIMSS, and PISA), the evaluation of the DEIS intervention at primary and post-primary level, and the on-going census of ICT infrastructure in schools, on behalf of the National Centre for Technology in Education (NCTE).

I joined the Department of Psychology at the University of Limerick as a Lecturer in September 2013. My research interests are in biological, social, health, and developmental psychology, and the application of psychology to policy issues in health and education. My teaching interests are in these areas, and also in the development of research methods competency and scientific literacy in social science.

Qualifications: B.A. (Psychology [1st]), Dip. Gaeilge (Irish language [1st]), PhD. 

Office hours: Tuesdays: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. EM-015

 

Semester 1 Teaching:

PS4031 Psychology and Everyday Life (Module Leader)

PS4035 Biological Basis of Behaviour

PS4045 Advanced Research Methods

 

Publications

Clerkin, A. & Creaven, A-M. Pupil engagement. In Eivers, E. & Clerkin, A. (Eds)., National Schools, international contexts: Beyond the PIRLS and TIMSS test results (pp. 33-54). Dublin: Educational Research Centre.

Eivers, E. & Creaven, A-M. Home-school interaction. In Eivers, E. & Clerkin, A. (Eds)., National Schools, international contexts: Beyond the PIRLS and TIMSS test results (pp. 105-128). Dublin: Educational Research Centre.

Cosgrove, J., & Creaven, A-M. (2013). Understanding achievement in PIRLS and TIMSS 2011. In Eivers, E. & Clerkin, A. (Eds)., National Schools, international contexts: Beyond the PIRLS and TIMSS test results (pp. 201-227). Dublin: Educational Research Centre.

Creaven, A-M., Skowron, E.A., Hughes, B.M., Howard, S., & Loken, E. (in press). Dyadic concordance in mother and pre-schooler resting cardiovascular function varies by risk status.  Developmental Psychobiology.

Creaven, A-M., Howard, S., & Hughes, B.M. (2013). Social support and trait personality are independently associated with resting cardiovascular function in women. British Journal of Health Psychology, 18,556-573.

Creaven, A-M., & Hughes, B.M. (2012). Cardiovascular responses to mental activation of social support schemas. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 84, 113-119. 

Hughes, B. M., & Creaven, A-M. (2009). Achieving greater theoretical sophistication in research on socially supportive interactions and health. In A. T. Heatherton & V. A. Walcott (Ed.), Handbook of social interactions in the 21st century(pp. 125-135). New York: Nova Science.

 

Recent/forthcoming Conference Presentations

Creaven, A-M., & Cosgrove, J. Understanding achievement in PIRLS 2011. Symposium presentation forthcoming at Reading Association of Ireland Conference, Dublin, September 2013. What can we learn from PIRLS 2011 international study of reading literacy in fourth class? Eivers, E., Creaven, A-M., Shiel, G., & Cosgrove J.

Creaven, A-M., Howard, S., & Hughes, B.M. Personality and perceived social support: Overlap in measurement and associations with resting cardiovascular function. Paper presented at 32nd Stress and Anxiety Research Society Conference, Muenster, Germany, July 2011. 

Creaven, A-M., & Hughes, B.M. Influence of trait neuroticism on cardiovascular reactivity to and recovery from a social interaction. Paper presented at Cardiovascular Stress Reactivity Conference, School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Birmingham, U.K., June 2011.

Creaven, A-M., & Hughes, B.M. Individual differences in need for support and cardiovascular reactivity during support transactions. Paper presented at Conference on Social Psychology in Ireland, University of Limerick, Ireland, April 2011.

Creaven, A-M., & Hughes, B.M. Blood pressure responses to internal representations of support provision. Paper presented at the Psychological Society of Ireland, Annual Conference of the Division of Health Psychology, Galway, Ireland, April 2011. 

Creaven, A-M., & Hughes, B.M. Socially relevant traits are more predictive of cardiovascular reactivity than perceived social support. Poster presented at the American Psychosomatic Society Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, March 2011. 

Creaven, A-M., Skowron, E., Howard, S., & Hughes, B.M. Patterns of physiological congruence between mothers and their pre-school children: Evidence for stress-contagion phenomenon among maltreating parents - a follow-up. Paper presented at 31st Stress and Anxiety Research Society Conference, Galway, Ireland, August 2010.

Creaven, A-M., & Hughes, B.M. Schema activation of social support: effects on cardiovascular response to stress for providers and recipients. Paper presented at the 31st Stress and Anxiety Research Society Conference, Galway, Ireland, August 2010. 

Creaven, A-M., Skowron, E., Howard, S., & Hughes, B.M. Patterns of physiological congruence between mothers and their pre-school children: Evidence for stress-contagion phenomenon among maltreating parents. Paper presented at Psychological Society of Ireland, Annual Conference of the Division of Health Psychology, Dublin, Ireland, March 2010.

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