Prof Deirdre Desmond

Psychology, ALL Institute

Professor

John Hume Building
SF17
(01) 708 6479

Biography

Deirdre Desmond PhD is an associate professor 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.   

Research Interests

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

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
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] [full-text] [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] [full-text] [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] [full-text] [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] [full-text] [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] [full-text] [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] [full-text] [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] [full-text] [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] [full-text] [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] [full-text] [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] [full-text] [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] [full-text] [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] [full-text] [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 [full-text] [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]
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]
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:. [full-text] [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, . [full-text] [Details]
2006 'Exploring Psychoprosthetics'
Gallagher P., & Desmond D.M. (2006) 'Exploring Psychoprosthetics' InMotion, 16 :18-20. [Details]