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Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

I am open to PhD applications in the fields of: - arts in health, - music and stress, - emotion and ageing, - psycho-oncology, - health behavior change, - digital health technologies


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Personal profile

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

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

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    Book review: Handbook of music, adolescents, and wellbeing

    Groarke, J., 25 Dec 2019, In : Music & Science.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

    Open Access
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    CN52: A pilot trial to investigate the impact of a personalised self-management lifestyle programme using mobile technology on the health and wellbeing of cancer survivors

    Kelly, M. G., Richmond, J., Singaroyan, N., Kerr, T., O Donnell, A., Masterson, E., Haughey, C., Harney, O., Walsh, J. & Groarke, J., 05 Oct 2019, In : Annals of Oncology. 30, 5

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    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

  • Prizes

    British Psychological Society Early Career Study Visit

    Jenny Groarke (Recipient), 2019

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Activities

    Psychology of Music (Journal)

    Jenny Groarke (Peer reviewer)
    Feb 2020

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

    Frontiers in Psychology (Journal)

    Jenny Groarke (Peer reviewer)
    25 Feb 2020

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

    Will Randall

    Jenny Groarke (Host)
    20 Feb 2020

    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

    Psychomusicology: Music, Mind, and Brain (Journal)

    Jenny Groarke (Peer reviewer)
    May 2019Sep 2019

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

    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