Jenny Groarke


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    United Kingdom

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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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

Expertise related to UN SDGs

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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