Dr Deirdre Desmond

Psychology, ALL Institute

Senior Lecturer

John Hume Building
SF17
(01) 7086479

Biography

Deirdre Desmond PhD is a senior lecturer in the Department of Psychology and co-director of the Assisting Living and Learning (ALL) Institute.  She co-leads the Science Foundation Ireland Centre for Research Training in Advanced Networks for Sustainable Societies. 

Her research is grounded in health and rehabilitation psychology, with particular focus on psychosocial adjustment to long-term illness and acquired physical impairment.  She is particularly interested in exploring issues at the interface between people and assistive technologies, taking a person centred approach to technology.   Her research has received funding from a range of sources including the Health Research Board, Irish Research Council, Irish Heart Foundation.

Deirdre is a consulting editor for the APA journal Rehabilitation Psychology and is a member of the Prosthetics and Orthotics International editorial board. She is co-director of the Dublin Psychoprosthetics Group and an active member of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics.   Deirdre is former Chair of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) Division of Health Psychology. 

Research Interests

Psychosocial adjustment to illness, injury and disability; Coping; Outcomes measurement; Rehabilitation; Assistive technology; Self-management.

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2019 'Investigating the impact of self-management behaviours on quality of life and fear of recurrence in head and neck cancer survivors: a population-based survey'
Dunne, S., Coffey, L., Sharp, L., Desmond, D., Cullen, C., O’Connor, J., O’Sullivan, E., Timon, C., Gallagher, P. (2019) 'Investigating the impact of self-management behaviours on quality of life and fear of recurrence in head and neck cancer survivors: a population-based survey'. Psycho-Oncology, 28 (4):742-749 [DOI] [Details]
2019 'Integrating self-management into daily life following primary treatment: head and neck cancer survivors' perspectives'
Dunne, S., Coffey, L. Sharp, L., Desmond, D. Gooberman-Hill, R, O’Sullivan, E., Timmons, A, Keogh, I., Timon, C., Gallagher, P. (2019) 'Integrating self-management into daily life following primary treatment: head and neck cancer survivors' perspectives'. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 13 (1):43-55 [DOI] [Details]
2019 'Comprehensive Neuropsychological Assessment of Cognitive Functioning of Adults with Lower Limb Amputation in Rehabilitation'
Lombard-Vance, R., O’Keeffe, F., Desmond, D., Coen, R., Ryall, N., Gallagher, P. (2019) 'Comprehensive Neuropsychological Assessment of Cognitive Functioning of Adults with Lower Limb Amputation in Rehabilitation'. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 100 (2):278-288 [DOI] [Details]
2019 'The impact of assistive technology use for students with disabilities in higher education: a systematic review'
McNicholl, A., Casey, H., Desmond, D., Gallagher, P. (2019) 'The impact of assistive technology use for students with disabilities in higher education: a systematic review'. Disability and rehabilitation. Assistive technology, [DOI] [Details]
2018 'Assistive Technology and People: A Position Paper from the First Global Research, Innovation, and Education on Assistive Technology (GREAT) Summit'
Desmond, D; Layton, N; Bentley, J; Boot, F; Borg, J; Dhungana, B; Gallagher, P; Gitlow, L; Gowran, R; Groce, N; Mavrou, K; Mackeogh, T; McDonald, R; Pettersson, C; Scherer, MJ. (2018) 'Assistive Technology and People: A Position Paper from the First Global Research, Innovation, and Education on Assistive Technology (GREAT) Summit'. Disability and rehabilitation. Assistive technology, [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2018 'Barriers to active self-management following treatment for head and neck cancer: survivors’ perspectives'
Dunne, S., Coffey, L., Sharpe, L., Desmond, D. Gooberman-Hill, R., Timons, A., O'Sullivan, E., Timon, C., Keogh, IJ., Gallagher, P. (2018) 'Barriers to active self-management following treatment for head and neck cancer: survivors’ perspectives'. Psycho-Oncology, 27 (10):2382-2388 [DOI] [Details]
2018 'The effect of viewing fitness imagery on body dissatisfaction: sex and physical activity differences'
Rothwell, C., Desmond, D. (2018) 'The effect of viewing fitness imagery on body dissatisfaction: sex and physical activity differences'. Psychology, Health and Medicine, [DOI] [Details]
2017 'Early interventions to promote work participation in people with regional musculoskeletal pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis'
Cochrane A, Higgins NM, FitzGerald O, Gallagher P, Ashton J, Corcoran O, Desmond D. (2017) 'Early interventions to promote work participation in people with regional musculoskeletal pain: A systematic review and meta-analysis'. Clinical Rehabilitation, 31 (11):1466-1481 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2017 'Work Outcomes in Patients Who Stay at Work Despite Musculoskeletal Pain'
Cochrane A, Higgins NM, Rothwell C, Ashton J, Breen R, Corcoran O, FitzGerald O, Gallagher P, Desmond D. (2017) 'Work Outcomes in Patients Who Stay at Work Despite Musculoskeletal Pain'. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, [DOI] [Details]
2017 'Self-management strategies used by head and neck cancer survivors following completion of primary treatment: A directed content analysis'
Dunne S; Mooney O; Coffey L; Sharp L; Timmons A; Desmond D; Gooberman-Hill R; O’Sullivan E; Keogh I; Timon C; Gallagher, P. (2017) 'Self-management strategies used by head and neck cancer survivors following completion of primary treatment: A directed content analysis'. Psycho-Oncology, 26 (12):2194-2200 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2017 'Psychological variables associated with quality of life following primary treatment for head and neck cancer: A systematic review of the literature from 2004-2015'
Dunne S, Mooney O, Coffey L, Sharp L, Desmond D, Timon C, O'Sullivan E & Gallagher P (2017) 'Psychological variables associated with quality of life following primary treatment for head and neck cancer: A systematic review of the literature from 2004-2015'. Psycho-Oncology, 26 (2):149-160 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2016 'Cancer survivors' perspectives on adjustment-focused self-management interventions: a qualitative meta-synthesis'
Coffey L;Mooney O;Dunne S;Sharp L;Timmons A;Desmond D;O'Sullivan E;Timon C;Gooberman-Hill R;Gallagher P; (2016) 'Cancer survivors' perspectives on adjustment-focused self-management interventions: a qualitative meta-synthesis'. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 10 (6):1012-1034 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2016 'Stroke in young Irish women: an interpretive phenomenological analysis'
Leahy, D., Desmond, D., Coughlan, T., O’Neill, D., & Collins, D.R. (2016) 'Stroke in young Irish women: an interpretive phenomenological analysis'. Journal of Health Psychology, 21 (5):669-678 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2015 'Management of diabetic foot disease and amputation in the Irish health system: a qualitative study of patients attitudes and experiences with health services'
Delea, S., Buckley, C., Hanrahan, A., McGreal, G., Desmond, D., & McHugh, S. (2015) 'Management of diabetic foot disease and amputation in the Irish health system: a qualitative study of patients attitudes and experiences with health services'. BMC HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH, 15 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2015 'Beyond function: Using assistive technologies following lower limb loss'
Dunne S, Coffey L, Gallagher P, Desmond D, Ryall N (2015) 'Beyond function: Using assistive technologies following lower limb loss'. JOURNAL OF REHABILITATION MEDICINE, 47 :561-568 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2014 'Goal pursuit and goal adjustment as predictors of disability and quality of life among individuals with a lower limb amputation: A prospective study'
Coffey L, Gallagher P, Desmond D (2014) 'Goal pursuit and goal adjustment as predictors of disability and quality of life among individuals with a lower limb amputation: A prospective study'. ARCHIVES OF PHYSICAL MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION, 95 :244-252 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2014 'Goal management tendencies predict trajectories of adjustment to lower limb amputation up to 15 months post rehabilitation discharge'
Coffey L, Gallagher P, Desmond D, Ryall N, Wegener ST (2014) 'Goal management tendencies predict trajectories of adjustment to lower limb amputation up to 15 months post rehabilitation discharge'. ARCHIVES OF PHYSICAL MEDICINE AND REHABILITATION, 95 :1895-1902 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2014 'A prospective study of the importance of life goal characteristics and goal adjustment capacities in longer term psychosocial adjustment to lower limb amputation'
Coffey L, Gallagher P, Desmond D (2014) 'A prospective study of the importance of life goal characteristics and goal adjustment capacities in longer term psychosocial adjustment to lower limb amputation'. CLINICAL REHABILITATION, 28 :196-205 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2014 'Goal pursuit, goal adjustment, and affective well-being following lower limb amputation'
Coffey L, Gallagher P, Desmond D, Ryall N (2014) 'Goal pursuit, goal adjustment, and affective well-being following lower limb amputation'. BRITISH JOURNAL OF HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY, 19 :409-424 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2014 'If I can do it I will do it, if I can't, I can't: A study of adaptive self-regulatory strategies following lower limb amputation'
Dunne, S., Coffey, L., Gallagher, P., Desmond, D. (2014) 'If I can do it I will do it, if I can't, I can't: A study of adaptive self-regulatory strategies following lower limb amputation'. DISABILITY AND REHABILITATION, 36 :1990-1997 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2012 'Cognitive functioning in persons with lower limb amputations: A review'
Coffey, L., O'Keeffe, F., Gallagher, P., Desmond, D., & Lombard-Vance, R. (2012) 'Cognitive functioning in persons with lower limb amputations: A review'. DISABILITY AND REHABILITATION, 34 :1950-1964 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2011 'Environmental Barriers, Activity Limitations and Participation Restrictions Experienced by People with Major Limb Amputation'
Gallagher, P., O'Donovan, M.A., Doyle, A., Desmond, D. (2011) 'Environmental Barriers, Activity Limitations and Participation Restrictions Experienced by People with Major Limb Amputation'. PROSTHETICS AND ORTHOTICS INTERNATIONAL, 35 :278-284 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2010 'Prevalence and characteristics of phantom limb pain and residual limb pain in the long term following upper limb amputation'
Desmond, D. M., MacLachlan, M. (2010) 'Prevalence and characteristics of phantom limb pain and residual limb pain in the long term following upper limb amputation'. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF REHABILITATION RESEARCH, 33 :279-282 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2010 'Irish mothers intentions to have daughters receive the HPV vaccine'
Fahy, A., & Desmond, D. (2010) 'Irish mothers intentions to have daughters receive the HPV vaccine'. IRISH JOURNAL OF MEDICAL SCIENCE, 179 :427-430 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2009 'Psychosocial interventions for the prevention of disability following traumatic physical injury'
De Silva M, MacLachlan M, Devane D, Desmond D, Gallagher P, Schnyder U, Brennan M, Patel V. (2009) 'Psychosocial interventions for the prevention of disability following traumatic physical injury'. COCHRANE DATABASE OF SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS, [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2009 'Psychosocial adjustment to diabetes-related lower limb amputation'
Coffey L, Gallagher P, Horgan O, Desmond D, MacLachlan M (2009) 'Psychosocial adjustment to diabetes-related lower limb amputation'. DIABETIC MEDICINE, 26 :1063-1067 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2008 'Pain and psychosocial adjustment to lower limb amputation amongst prosthesis users'
Desmond, D;Gallagher, P;Henderson-Slater, D;Chatfield, R (2008) 'Pain and psychosocial adjustment to lower limb amputation amongst prosthesis users'. Prosthetics and Orthotics International, 32 :244-252 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2008 'Intentions to consent to living organ donation: an exploratory study'
Browne, C. & Desmond, D. M. (2008) 'Intentions to consent to living organ donation: an exploratory study'. PSYCHOLOGY, HEALTH AND MEDICINE, 13 :605-609 [DOI] [IR Link] [Details]
2007 'Coping, affective distress and psychosocial adjustment among people with acquired upper limb amputations'
Desmond, D. M. (2007) 'Coping, affective distress and psychosocial adjustment among people with acquired upper limb amputations'. JOURNAL OF PSYCHOMATIC RESEARCH, 62 :15-21 [IR Link] [Details]
2007 'Psychosocial interventions for the prevention of disability following traumatic physical injury (Protocol)'
MacLachlan M, De Silva MJ, Devane D, Desmond D, Gallagher P, Schnyder U, Brennan M, Patel V. (2007) 'Psychosocial interventions for the prevention of disability following traumatic physical injury (Protocol)'. COCHRANE DATABASE OF SYSTEMATIC REVIEWS, [DOI] [Details]
2007 'Measuring quality of life in prosthetic practice: benefits and challenges'
Gallagher, P., & Desmond, D. M. (2007) 'Measuring quality of life in prosthetic practice: benefits and challenges'. PROSTHETICS AND ORTHOTICS INTERNATIONAL, 31 :167-169 [IR Link] [Details]
2006 'Affective distress and amputation-related pain among older men with long-term, traumatic limb amputations'
Desmond, D. M., & MacLachlan, M. (2006) 'Affective distress and amputation-related pain among older men with long-term, traumatic limb amputations'. JOURNAL OF PAIN AND SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT, 31 :362-368 [IR Link] [Details]
2006 'Dimensional analysis of the coping strategy indicator in a sample of elderly veterans with acquired limb amputations'
Desmond, D. M., Shevlin, M., & MacLachlan, M. (2006) 'Dimensional analysis of the coping strategy indicator in a sample of elderly veterans with acquired limb amputations'. PERSONALITY AND INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES, 40 :249-259 [IR Link] [Details]
2006 'Augmenting the Reality of Phantom Limbs: three case studies using an augmented mirror box procedure'
Desmond, D. M., O'Neill, K., de Paor, A., Mac Darby, G., & MacLachlan, M. (2006) 'Augmenting the Reality of Phantom Limbs: three case studies using an augmented mirror box procedure'. Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics, 18 :74-79 [IR Link] [Details]
2006 'Coping strategies as predictors of psychosocial adaptation in a sample of elderly veterans with acquired lower limb amputations'
Desmond, D. M., & MacLachlan, M. (2006) 'Coping strategies as predictors of psychosocial adaptation in a sample of elderly veterans with acquired lower limb amputations'. SOCIAL SCIENCE AND MEDICINE, 62 :208-216 [IR Link] [Details]
2005 'The factor structure of the Trinity Amputation and Prosthesis Experience Scales (TAPES) with individuals with acquired upper limb amputations'
Desmond, D., & MacLachlan, M. (2005) 'The factor structure of the Trinity Amputation and Prosthesis Experience Scales (TAPES) with individuals with acquired upper limb amputations'. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL MEDICINE & REHABILITATION, 84 :506-513 [Details]
2005 'The factor structure of the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale in older individuals with acquired amputations: A comparison of 4 models using confirmatory factor analysis'
Desmond, D., & MacLachlan, M. (2005) 'The factor structure of the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale in older individuals with acquired amputations: A comparison of 4 models using confirmatory factor analysis'. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 20 :344-349 [Details]
2004 'Psychosocial perspectives on post-amputation rehabilitation: a review of disease, trauma, and war related literature'
Desmond, D. & MacLachlan, M. (2004) 'Psychosocial perspectives on post-amputation rehabilitation: a review of disease, trauma, and war related literature'. Critical Reviews in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, :77-93 [Details]
2003 'Psychological issues in prosthetic and orthotic practice: A twenty-five year review of psychology in Prosthetics & Orthotics International'
Desmond, D. & MacLachlan, M. (2003) 'Psychological issues in prosthetic and orthotic practice: A twenty-five year review of psychology in Prosthetics & Orthotics International'. Prosthetics and Orthotics International, 26 :182-188 [Details]
2003 'Psychological Correlates of Illusory Body Experiences'
MacLachlan, M., Desmond, D. & Horgan, O. (2003) 'Psychological Correlates of Illusory Body Experiences'. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 40 :59-66 [Details]
2002 'Psychosocial Issues in the Field of Prosthetics and Orthotics'
Desmond, D. & MacLachlan, M. (2002) 'Psychosocial Issues in the Field of Prosthetics and Orthotics'. Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics, 12 :19-22 [Details]

Books

  Year Publication
2008 Psychoprosthetics: State of the Knowledge.
(2008) Psychoprosthetics: State of the Knowledge. : Springer-Verlag. [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2012 'Limb Amputation'
Desmond, D.M., Coffey, L., Gallagher, P., MacLachlan, M., Wegener, S., & O'Keeffe, F. (2012) 'Limb Amputation' In: The Oxford Handbook of Rehabilitation Psychology. Oxford: Oxford University Press:. [IR Link] [Details]
2012 'Appearance and Embodiment'
MacLachlan, M., Ni Mhaille G., Gallagher P., Desmond D. (2012) 'Appearance and Embodiment' In: The Oxford Handbook of the Psychology of Appearance. Oxford: Oxford University Press:. [Details]
2010 'Adaptation to Amputation and Prosthesis Use'
Schaffalitzky, E., Gallagher, P., Desmond, D. M., MacLachlan, M. (2010) 'Adaptation to Amputation and Prosthesis Use' In: Amputation, Prostheses, and Phantom Limb Pain: An Interdisciplinary Perspective. . London: Springer-Verlag. [Details]
2010 'Quality of life in people with lower-limb amputation'
Desmond, D. & Gallagher, P. (2010) 'Quality of life in people with lower-limb amputation' In: Handbook of Disease Burdens and Quality of Life Measures. Springer-Verlag: London. [Details]
2008 'Psychoprosthetics: an introduction'
Gallagher, P. & Desmond D.M. & MacLachlan, M. (2008) 'Psychoprosthetics: an introduction' In: Psychoprosthetics: State of the Knowledge. Springer-Verlag: London. [Details]
2008 'Coping and Psychosocial Adjustment to Amputation'
Desmond, D. M. & Gallagher, P. (2008) 'Coping and Psychosocial Adjustment to Amputation' In: Psychoprosthetics: State of the Knowledge. Springer-Verlag: London. [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2010 'Psychosocial Adjustment to Diabetes-Related Lower Limb Amputation: A Review'
Coffey, L., Gallagher, P., Desmond, D. (2010) 'Psychosocial Adjustment to Diabetes-Related Lower Limb Amputation: A Review' Diabetes Professional, Autumn ed, . [IR Link] [Details]
2006 'Exploring Psychoprosthetics'
Gallagher P., & Desmond D.M. (2006) 'Exploring Psychoprosthetics' InMotion, 16 :18-20. [Details]