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Research Interests

My research focuses on applications of music for health and wellbeing enhancement, with a particular emphasis on the development of theories and measurement instruments. Recently my research is using mobile technology and experience sampling applications to examine the effects of music in people’s everyday lives.

I'm also involved in psycho-oncology research. Specifically, designing and evaluating an intervention using mobile technology to improve health and wellbeing outcomes in cancer survivors. I am especially interested in positive adaptations to cancer, such as, post-traumatic growth and benefit finding. My research in this area involves longitudinal modelling examining how negative emotional experiences and their regulation predict positive growth over the cancer trajectory.


I graduated from the National University of Ireland, Galway with a BA in Psychological Studies and Sociological and Political Science in 2006, and a Higher Diploma in Psychology (conversion) in 2007. After graduating, I worked as a teaching assistant at the School of Psychology NUI, Galway, and research assistant on the Challenging Breast Cancer Together project. In 2012 I was awarded an Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship for my PhD in Psychology examining the functions and effects of music listening in adolescence versus older adulthood. Following my PhD, I was a postdoctoral researcher with the mHealth Research Group at NUI, Galway on an Irish Cancer Society funded project designing and evaluating an intervention using mobile technology and behaviour change techniques to improve health behaviour among cancer survivors.  


  • Chartered member (CPsychol) British Psychological Society
  • Division of Health Psychology (BPS)
  • European Health Psychology Society
  • Society for Education, Music and Psychology Research
  • Northern Ireland Representative for Arts Health Early Career Researchers Network

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Research Output 2015 2019

An Agenda for Best Practice Research on Group Singing, Health, and Well-Being

Dingle, G., Clift, S., Finn, S., Gilbert, R., Groarke, J., Irons, J. Y., Jones Bartoli, A., Lamont, A., Launay, J., Martin, E., Moss, H., Sanfilippo, K. R., Shipton, M., Stewart, L., Talbot, S., Tarrant, M., Tipp, L. & Williams, E., 10 Jul 2019, In : Music & Science. 2, p. 1-15

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Practice Guidelines

Comparing the affect regulating effects of self-selected and researcher-selected music

Groarke, J., Groarke, A., Hogan, M. J., Costello, L. & Lynch, D., 25 Oct 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Research Personnel

Evaluating the effect of a self-management intervention using mobile technology on health outcomes in cancer survivors.

Groarke, J., Walsh, J., Harney, O., Richmond, J., Kelly, M. G. & Glynn, L., Apr 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Examining the Impact of a Personalized Self-Management Lifestyle Program Using Mobile Technology on the Health and Well-Being of Cancer Survivors: Protocol and Rationale for a Randomized Controlled Trial (The Moving On Study)

Groarke, J., Richmond, J., Kelly, M. G., McSharry, J., Groarke, A., Kerr, T., Singaroyan, N., Harney, O., Haughey, C., Glynn, L., Masterson, E., O Donnell, A., Duffy, K. & Walsh, J., 23 Aug 2019, In : JMIR Research Protocols. 8, 8, 8(8):e13214.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Biomedical Technology
Self Care
Life Style
Randomized Controlled Trials


British Psychological Society Early Career Study Visit

Jenny Groarke (Recipient), 2019

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

Collaborative Research
Music Psychology

Activities 2017 2019

Psychology of Music (Journal)

Jenny Groarke (Peer reviewer)
14 Apr 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

AHSS Action Learning Programme

Jenny Groarke (Participant)
Sep 2019Dec 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

National Centre for Research Methods: Using Creative Research Methods

Jenny Groarke (Participant)
29 Oct 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

Jenny McSharry

Jenny Groarke (Host)
21 Feb 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

Managing Chronic Conditions with Digital Technologies

Jenny Groarke (Chair)
05 Sep 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Press / Media

Study finds that listening to music helps to reduce stress and it has a bigger impact the older you get

Jenny Groarke


3 items of media coverage, 2 media contributions

Press/Media: Research

BBC Radio Ulster 'Science and Stuff' How Music Works

Jenny Groarke


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment