Jenny Groarke
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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

    Frequent Journals

    • Psycho-oncology

      ISSNs: 1057-9249

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1099-1611


      Scopus rating (2018): SJR 1.444 SNIP 1.431


    • Social Indicators Research

      ISSNs: 0303-8300

      Springer Netherlands

      Scopus rating (2018): SJR 0.881 SNIP 1.363


    • Studies in Higher Education

      ISSNs: 0307-5079

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1470-174X


      Scopus rating (2018): SJR 1.888 SNIP 2.271


    • Frontiers in Psychology

      ISSNs: 1664-1078

      Frontiers Media S.A.

      Scopus rating (2018): SJR 0.997 SNIP 1.03


    • Psychology of Music

      ISSNs: 0305-7356

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1741-3087

      SAGE Publications Ltd

      Scopus rating (2018): SJR 0.98 SNIP 1.033


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