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Dr. Caoimhe Hannigan
Visiting Research Fellow, Trinity Inst. of Neurosciences (TCIN)

Biography

Dr Caoimhe Hannigan is a Research Fellow and Project Manager on the ProACT Horizon 2020 project (www.proact.eu). Caoimhe received a BA (Hons) in Psychology from University College Dublin, MSc in Applied Psychology from University of Ulster, and completed her PhD in Psychology at Trinity College Dublin in 2016.

Caoimhe has significant experience in the design and implementation of research related to cognitive function, health and well-being in older populations. Her key research interests include modifiable risk factors for chronic health conditions and dementia; brain health and dementia prevention; successful ageing; and interventions to support health and well-being in older adults. She previously worked as Study Coordinator for the NEIL Memory Research Unit in Trinity College. She was also a collaborator on the BIOMARKAPD project at St James' Hospital, the FP-7 funded Hello Brain project, and the COASTAL project at Trinity College.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Galvin, M., Doyle, J., Murphy, E., Hannigan, C., Brady, A.M., McCarron, M., Bowman, S., Smith, S. and Dinsmore, J., The role of design thinking in the application of PPI within the ProACT project, SPHeRE Network 4th Annual Conference 2018, Dublin, Ireland, 2018 Poster, 2018

O'Sullivan, M., Lawlor, B., Hannigan, C., Brennan, S., Robertson, IH. , Cognitive functioning among cognitively intact dementia caregivers compared to matched self-selected and population controls., Aging & Mental Health (CAMH), 2018 Journal Article, 2018 URL

Doyle, J., Hoogerwerf, E.J., Kuiper, J., Murphy, E., Hannigan, C., Dinsmore. J., Van der Auwermeulen, T., Albert, J., Jacobs, A., Maluccelli, L., Desideri, L., Fiordelmondo, V., Designing a proactive, person-centred, digital integrated care system , International Journal of Integrated Care, 17th International Conference for Integrated Care 2017, Dublin, Ireland, May 2017, 17, (5), 2017, ppA211- Published Abstract, 2017 TARA - Full Text URL

Doyle, J., Hoogerwerf, E.J.H., Kuiper, J., Desideri, L., Fiordelomondo, V., Hannigan, C., Jacobs, A., Maluccelli, L., Murphy, E., Smith S. and Dinsmore, J., White paper on the needs and requirements of older people with multiple chronic conditions to self-manage their health , European Commission CORDIS, European Commission , 2017 Report, 2017 TARA - Full Text URL

McHugh-Power, J., Hannigan, C., Carney, S., & Lawlor, B.A., Exploring the meaning of loneliness among socially isolated older adults in rural Ireland: A qualitative investigation, Qualitative Research in Psychology, 2017 Journal Article, 2017

Kuiper J., Jacobs A., Doyle J., Murphy E., Smith S., Hannigan C., Dinsmore J., Overcoming Challenges of Digital Self-Management in Older Adults with Multimorbidity: the Promise of Social Connectedness, European Geriatric Medicine, European Union Geriatric Medicine Society Congress 2017, Nice, France, 20th-22nd September, 8, (Supplement 1), 2017, ppS139 Published Abstract, 2017 URL

Doyle, J., Hoogerwerf, E.J., Kuiper, J., Murphy, E., Hannigan, C., Dinsmore, J., Van der Auwermeulen, T., Albert, J., Jacobs, A., Maluccelli, L., Desideri, L., Fiordelmondo, V., Designing a Proactive, Person-Centred, Digital Integrated Care System, 17th International Conference for Integrated Care 2017, Dublin, Ireland, 8-10 May 2017, 2017 Poster, 2017 TARA - Full Text

Wolfe, H., O'Sullivan, M., Hannigan, C., Brennan, S., Lawlor, B.A., Robertson, I.H. and Lynch, M.A., Evidence that a metabolic shift towards glycolysis in PBMCS may provide the basis of a biomarker of early cognitive dysfunction, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Alzheimers Association International Conference 2017, London, UK, 13, (7), 2017, pp982 - 983 Published Abstract, 2017 DOI URL

Dinsmore J., Murphy E., Hannigan C., Smith S., Doyle J., Towards A Digital Behaviour Change Intervention For People With Multiple Chronic Conditions To Enhance Self Management., 14th Annual Psychology, Health & Medicine Conference, RCSI, Dublin Ireland, 2017 Poster, 2017 URL

Pertl, M.M., Hannigan, C., Brennan, S., Robertson, I.H. and Lawlor, B.A., Cognitive reserve and self-efficacy as moderators of the relationship between stress exposure and executive functioning among spousal dementia caregivers, International Psychogeriatrics, 29, (4), 2017, p615 - 625 Journal Article, 2017 URL

Balasa, M., Miller, A.M., O'Dwyer, S., Hutchinson, S., Rutkowska, A., Gardiner, M., Hannigan, C., McGuigan, C.., Williams, L., Rochford, G., Lohan, D., Keavenny, J., Schnittger, T., Kennelly, S. and Lawlor, B.A., Diagnostic utility of CSF biomarkers in Irish subjects with cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's Association International Conference, London, U.K., 16-20 July 2017, 2017 Poster, 2017

Smith, S., Doyle, J., Hannigan, C., Murphy, E., and Dinsmore, J., Supporting older people with multi morbidity: experiences of caregiver burden among paid care workers in Ireland, Age and Ageing, Irish Gerontological Society 65th Annual and Scientific Meeting, Wexford, Ireland, 28-30 September 2017, 46, (Suppl. 3), 2017, ppiii13 - iii59 Published Abstract, 2017 URL

Power, J.E., Hannigan, C., Carney, S., Murphy, A., Moynihan, S., Kee, F. and Lawlor, B.A., Targeting appropriate users of a befriending service: recommendations from qualitative and quantitative studies, Sphere Network 3rd Annual Conference, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, 12 January 2017, 2017 Poster, 2017

Balasa, M., Miller, A.M., O'Dwyer, S., Hutchinson, S., Rutkowska, A., Gardiner, M., Hannigan, C., McGuigan, C., Williams, L., Rochford, G., Lohan, D., Keavenny, J., Schnittger, T., Briggs, R., Kennelly, S.P., and Lawlor, B.A., Diagnostic utility of cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers in Irish subjects with cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's and Dementia, Alzheimers Association International Conference 2017, London, UK, 13, (7), 2017, pp341 Published Abstract, 2017 DOI URL

Hannigan, C., Doyle, J., Murphy, E., Smith, S. and Dinsmore, J., Experiences and perceptions of self-management for older adults with multi morbidity: a multi-stakeholder study, Age and Ageing, Irish Gerontological Society 65th Annual and Scientific Meeting, Wexford, Ireland, 28-30 September 2017, 46, (Suppl. 3), 2017, ppiii1 - iii12 Published Abstract, 2017 URL

Murphy E., Doyle J., Hannigan C., Smith S., Dinsmore J, Perceptions and use of technology to support self management for older adults living with multiple health conditions within an ecosystem of care, Age and Ageing, Irish Gerontological Society 65th Annual and Scientific Meeting, Wexford, Ireland, 46, (Suppl_3), Oxford University Press, 2017, ppiii13 - iii59 Published Abstract, 2017 URL DOI TARA - Full Text

Murphy E., Doyle J., Hannigan C., Smith S., Kuiper J, Jacobs A., Hoogerwerf EJ., Desideri L., Fiordelmondo V., Maluccelli L., Brady AM., Dinsmore J, Perceptions and use of technology to support older adults with multiple chronic conditions, Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, AAATE 2017, Sheffield, UK, 12-15 September 2017, 242, 2017, pp748-754 Conference Paper, 2017 DOI TARA - Full Text

Hannigan C., Doyle J., Murphy M., Smith S., Dinsmore J., Experiences and Perceptions of Self-Management for Older Adults with Multimorbidity: A Multi-Stakeholder Study, Irish Gerontological Society Conference, Wexford, Ireland, 28th-30th September, 2017 Oral Presentation, 2017 URL

Dinsmore J., Hannigan C., Murphy M., Kuiper J., Jacobs A., Smith S., Doyle J., The impact of carer 'shared (disease management) responsibility' on 'shared decision making' for older persons managing multimorbidity , European Journal of Neurology, 3rd Congress of the European Academy of Neurology, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 24th-27th June, 24, (Supplement 1), 2017 Published Abstract, 2017 Other TARA - Full Text

Wolfe, H.G., O'Sullivan, M., Hannigan, C., Brennan, S., Lawlor, B.A. , Robertson, I.H. and Lynch, M.A., Inflammatory markers in plasma treated monocytes and metabolic changes as a novel blood biomarker assay for early cognitive dysfunction, 9th International Dementia Conference, Dublin, Ireland, 15th-16th May 2017, 2017 Poster, 2017

Doyle, J. Murphy E., Smith S., Hannigan C., Kuiper J., Jacobs A., Dinsmore J. , Addressing Medication Management Challenges for Older People with Multimorbidities: A Multi-Stakeholder Approach, SIGCHI, Pervasive Health: ACM SIGCHI, Barcelona, Spain, 23-26/05/2017, ACM, 2017, pphttps://doi.org/10.1145/315486 Conference Paper, 2017 TARA - Full Text DOI

Carney, S., Hannigan, C., McHugh, J.E. and Lawlor, B.A, Perceived benefits of volunteering at a community-based telephone befriending service for rural-dwelling older adults, British Psychological Society Annual Conference 2016, Nottingham, UK, 26-28 April 2016, 2016 Poster, 2016

Hannigan, C., Pertl, M.M., Brennan, S., Robertson, I.H. and Lawlor, B.A. , Moderators of the effect of stress exposure on executive functioning in spousal dementia caregivers, 30th Conference of the EHPS/DHP, Aberdeen, Scotland, 23-27 August 2016, 2016 Oral Presentation, 2016

Carney, S., Hannigan, C., McHugh, J.E. and Lawlor, B.A, A qualitative evaluation of a telephone befriending service for rural dwelling older adults in Donegal, 60th Anniversary Annual Conference of the Northern Ireland Branch of the British Psychological Society (NIBPS), Dundalk, Ireland, 3-5 March 2016, 2016 Oral Presentation, 2016

Hannigan, C., Pertl, M.M., Brennan, S., Robertson, I.H. and Lawlor, B.A. , Moderators of the effect of stress exposure on executive functioning in spousal dementia caregivers, 13th Annual Psychology, Health and Medicine Conference, University College Cork, Ireland, 27 May 2016, 2016 Poster, 2016

Pertl, M.M., Hannigan, C., Brennan, S., Robertson, I.H. and Lawlor, B.A., Greater levels of psychological distress, sleep disturbance, and social isolation may place dementia caregivers at a greater risk of executive dysfunction, Alzheimer Europe Conference 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark, 31 Oct - 2 Nov 2016, 2016 Oral Presentation, 2016

McHugh Power, J.E., Carney, S., Hannigan, C., Brennan, S., Wolfe, H., Lynch, M., Kee, F. and Lawlor, B.A., Systemic inflammatory markers and sources of social support among older adults in the Memory Research Unit cohort, Journal of Health Psychology, 2016 Journal Article, 2016 URL

McHugh Power, J.E, Hannigan, C., Hyland, P., Kenny, R., Kee, F. and Lawlor, B.A., Emotional and social loneliness, and depressive symptomatology among adults aged over 50, 12th Congress of the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society (EUGMS), Lisbon, Portugal, 5-7 October 2016, 2016 Poster, 2016

Hannigan, C.,McHugh, J., Coen, R.F., Brennan, S., Robertson, I.H. and Lawlor, B.A. , Cognitive reserve moderates the relationship between sleep quality and executive functioning in healthy adults aged 50+, Irish Ageing Studies Review, 6, (1), 2015, pp251- Published Abstract, 2015

Hannigan, C., McHugh, J., Coen, R., Brennan, S., Robertson, I.H. and Lawlor, B.A., Cognitive reserve moderates the relationship between sleep quality and executive functioning in healthy adults aged 50+, International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics - European Region 8th Congress, Dublin, 23-26 April 2015, 2015 Poster, 2015

Hannigan C, Coen RF, Lawlor BA, Robertson IH, Brennan S, The NEIL Memory Research Unit: psychosocial, biological, physiological and lifestyle factors associated with healthy ageing: study protocol., BMC psychology, 3, (1), 2015, p20 Journal Article, 2015 URL

Di Rosa, E, Hannigan, C, Brennan, S, Reilly, R, Rapcan, V, Robertson, IH, Reliability and validity of the Automatic Cognitive Assessment Delivery (ACAD), Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 6, 2014, p34- Journal Article, 2014 DOI TARA - Full Text

Hannigan, C., Brennan, S., Coen, R.F., Lawlor, B.A. and Robertson, I.H., The influence of lifestyle factors on cognitive performance in Irish adults aged 50 and over, Irish Journal of Medical Science, 183, (7), 2014, ppS376- Published Abstract, 2014

Hannigan, C., Brennan, S., Coen, R.F., Lawlor, B.A. and Robertson, I.H., The influence of lifestyle factors on cognitive performance in Irish adults aged 50 and over, 62nd Annual and Scientific Meeting of Irish Gerontological Society, Ireland, 9-11 October 2014, 2014 Poster, 2014

Hannigan, C., Brennan, S., Coen, R.F., Lawlor, B.A. and Robertson, I.H., Cognitive reserve: developing a model of the social processes that influence age-related cognitive decline, 61st Annual and Scientific Meeting of the Irish Gerontological Society, Ireland, 20-21 September 2013, 2013 Poster, 2013

Hannigan, C., Brennan, S., Coen, R.F., Lawlor, B.A. and Robertson, I.H., Cognitive reserve: developing a model of the social processes that influence age-related cognitive decline, Irish Journal of Medical Science, 182, (6), 2013, ppS284- Published Abstract, 2013

Hannigan, C., Brennan, S., Coen, R.F., Lawlor, B.A. and Robertson, I.H., Cognitive reserve: understanding the influence of social and lifestyle variables on age-related cognitive decline, CARDI International Training Program on Ageing, Dublin, Ireland, September 2013, 2013 Oral Presentation, 2013

Hannigan, C., Brennan, S., Coen, R.F., Lawlor, B.A. and Robertson, I.H., IQ-Memory discrepancy in healthy older adults: relationships with factors involved in early cognitive decline, Psychological Society of Ireland 43rd Annual Conference, Ireland, November 2013, 2013 Oral Presentation, 2013

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Hannigan, C., Using our outdoor resources to promote cognitive health in an ageing population, Living Landscape Conference, Galway, Ireland, May 2012, 2012 Oral Presentation, 2012

Research Expertise

Projects

  • Title
    • Cognitive Reserve: An investigation of construct validity and relationships with cognitive function in generally healthy older adults
  • Summary
    • PhD Project supervised by Prof Ian Robertson and Dr Sabina Brennan
  • Funding Agency
    • Irish Research Council
  • Date From
    • Sept 2012
  • Date To
    • Sept 2015

Recognition

Awards and Honours

Trinity College Dublin Postgraduate Research Studentship 2012

Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship 2012

University College Dublin Postgraduate Scholarship 2007

Selected by UK Science and Innovation Network to take part in European Young Leaders in Dementia event, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London February 2017

University College Dublin: University Scholarship for Academic Session 2005/6 2005

Awarded scholarship by Global Brain Health Institute to attend their inaugural conference in Cuba, December 2015 2015

Awarded place at CARDI International Training Program on Ageing September 2013

Memberships

Member of World Young Leaders in Dementia Network, established to support the work of the World Dementia Council 2015 – Present

Certification in Clinical Dementia Rating, Knight ADRC Memory and Ageing Project, Washington University St Louis 2013