Dr Laura Coffey

Psychology, ALL Institute

Lecturer / Assistant Professor

John Hume Building
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Biography

Dr. Laura Coffey is a Lecturer/Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. Her research explores the lived experience and psychosocial impacts of illness and disability, with a specific focus on amputation, cancer survivorship, goal-related self-regulatory processes, self-management, and assistive technology. A graduate of University College Dublin (BA Psychology), the National University of Ireland, Galway (MPsychSc Health Psychology), and Dublin City University (PhD), she worked as a postdoctoral researcher and co-investigator on various projects funded by the Irish Research Council, Irish Cancer Society and Health Research Board at Dublin City University before taking up her current post in 2015. She was recently appointed as an Associate Editor of Prosthetics and Orthotics International.

Research Interests

The lived experience and psychosocial impacts of illness and disability; amputation; cancer survivorship; goal-related self-regulatory processes; self-management; assistive technology; supported decision-making; participatory autism research.

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2019 'Limb loss'
Gallagher, P., Coffey, L., Desmond, D. M., Lombard-Vance, R., Jefferies, P., & Wegener, S. T. (2019) 'Limb loss' In: L. A. Brenner, S. A. Reid-Arndt, T. R. Elliott, R. G. Frank, & B. Caplan (eds). Handbook of Rehabilitation Psychology (3rd Ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. [Details]
2012 'Limb amputation'
Desmond DM, Coffey L, Gallagher P, MacLachlan M, Wegener ST, O'Keeffe F (2012) 'Limb amputation' In: Oxford Handbook of Rehabilitation Psychology. Oxford University Press. [full-text] [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2021 '“You either sink or you swim, and you're better off swimming”: A qualitative study exploring the self-management experiences of soft tissue sarcoma survivors'
Beghean, R. & Coffey, L. (2021) '“You either sink or you swim, and you're better off swimming”: A qualitative study exploring the self-management experiences of soft tissue sarcoma survivors'. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 55 [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2021 'The role of expectations and future-oriented cognitions in quality of life of people with multiple sclerosis: A systematic review'
Maguire, R., McKeague, B., Kóka, N., Coffey, L., Maguire, P., & Desmond, D. (2021) 'The role of expectations and future-oriented cognitions in quality of life of people with multiple sclerosis: A systematic review'. Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders, [DOI] [Details]
2021 'Health literacy impacts self-management, quality of life and fear of recurrence in head and neck cancer survivors'
Clarke, N;Dunne, S;Coffey, L;Sharp, L;Desmond, D;O'Conner, J;O'Sullivan, E;Timon, C;Cullen, C;Gallagher, P (2021) 'Health literacy impacts self-management, quality of life and fear of recurrence in head and neck cancer survivors'. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 15 :855-865 [DOI] [Details]
2019 'Perceptions and experiences of diabetic foot ulceration and foot care in people with diabetes: A qualitative meta‐synthesis'
Coffey, L., Mahon, C., & Gallagher, P. (2019) 'Perceptions and experiences of diabetic foot ulceration and foot care in people with diabetes: A qualitative meta‐synthesis'. International Wound Journal, 16 (1):183-210 [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
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] [full-text] [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] [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 '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 to 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 to 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]
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] [full-text] [Details]
2015 '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 (2015) '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] [full-text] [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] [full-text] [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] [full-text] [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] [full-text] [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] [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] [full-text] [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] [full-text] [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
2012 'The efficacy of psychosocial factors in predicting pain and functional outcomes following knee replacement surgery'
Jefferies P, Coffey L, Gallagher P (2012) 'The efficacy of psychosocial factors in predicting pain and functional outcomes following knee replacement surgery' Evidence-Based Nursing, 15 :92-93. [DOI] [full-text] [Details]
2010 'Post amputation depression'
Coffey L, Gallagher P, Desmond D (2010) 'Post amputation depression' Diabetes Professional, 6 :22-23. [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
2021 Mothers' perspectives on providing supported decision making to adults with intellectual disability
Casey, H., Desmond, D., & Coffey, L. (2021) Mothers' perspectives on providing supported decision making to adults with intellectual disability 6th International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IASSIDD) Europe Congress , pp.1366-1366 [DOI] [Details]
2019 The influence of expectations on quality of life in people with multiple sclerosis: a protocol for a systematic review
Maguire, R., Hanly, P., Coffey, L., Desmond, D. & Maguire, P. (2019) The influence of expectations on quality of life in people with multiple sclerosis: a protocol for a systematic review MS Frontiers Bath, UK, [Details]
2019 Relationships between health literacy, self-management and quality of life in head and neck cancer survivors following primary treatment
Clarke, N., Dunne, S., Coffey, L., Desmond, D., Sharp, L., O’Sullivan, E., Conrad, T., Cullen, C., & Gallagher, P. (2019) Relationships between health literacy, self-management and quality of life in head and neck cancer survivors following primary treatment 21st World Congress of Psycho-Oncology [Details]
2019 The SEA-CHANGE study: Protocol for a pilot randomised controlled trial of the SElf-management After Cancer of the Head And Neck Group intErvention
Clarke, N., Coffey, L., Desmond, D., Dunne, S., Timon, C., Sharp, L., & Gallagher, P. (2019) The SEA-CHANGE study: Protocol for a pilot randomised controlled trial of the SElf-management After Cancer of the Head And Neck Group intErvention 21st World Congress of Psycho-Oncology [Details]
2018 Making sense of existential concerns arising from head and neck cancer: A qualitative study
Dunne, S., Coffey, L., Sharp, L., Desmond, D., Gooberman-Hill, R., O'Sullivan, E., Timmons, A., Keogh, I., Timon, C., Gallagher, P. (2018) Making sense of existential concerns arising from head and neck cancer: A qualitative study 20th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology , pp.181-181 [DOI] [Details]
2017 Head and neck cancer survivors’ experiences of self-managing their condition following primary treatment
Dunne, S., Coffey, L., Sharp, L., Timmons, A., Desmond, D., Gooberman-Hill, R., O’Sullivan, E., Keogh, I., Timon, C., & Gallagher, P. (2017) Head and neck cancer survivors’ experiences of self-managing their condition following primary treatment 14th Psychology, Health and Medicine Annual Conference [Details]
2016 Relationships between self-management and quality of life (HRQL) in post-primary treatment head and neck cancer survivors
Cullen, C., Coffey, L., Dunne, S., O’Connor, J., Desmond, D., Sharp, L., Timmons, A., O’Sullivan, E., Keogh, I., Sheahan, P., Timon, C., & Gallagher, P. (2016) Relationships between self-management and quality of life (HRQL) in post-primary treatment head and neck cancer survivors 10th International Conference Quality of Life in Head and Neck Cancer [Details]
2016 Head and neck cancer survivors’ experiences of self-managing their condition following primary treatment
Dunne, S., Coffey, L., Sharp, L., Timmons, A., Desmond, D., Gooberman-Hill, R., O’Sullivan, E., Keogh, I., Timon, C., & Gallagher, P. (2016) Head and neck cancer survivors’ experiences of self-managing their condition following primary treatment 10th International Conference Quality of Life in Head and Neck Cancer [Details]
2016 Investigating the role of self-management strategies as predictors of health-related quality of life (HRQL) in head and neck cancer (HNC) survivors
Cullen, C., Coffey, L., Dunne, S., O'Connor, J., Desmond, D., Sharp, L., O'Sullivan, E., Keogh, I., Timon, C., & Gallagher, P. (2016) Investigating the role of self-management strategies as predictors of health-related quality of life (HRQL) in head and neck cancer (HNC) survivors 2016 World Congress of Psycho-oncology , pp.110-111 [DOI] [Details]
2015 Investigating the psychological factors that predict quality of life in head and neck cancer: A 10-year systematic review
Dunne, S., Coffey, L., Sharp, L., Timmons, A., Desmond, D., O’Sullivan, E., Keogh, I., Timon, C., & Gallagher, P. (2015) Investigating the psychological factors that predict quality of life in head and neck cancer: A 10-year systematic review All-Ireland National Cancer Institute Cancer Consortium Conference [Details]
2015 Self-management for head and neck cancer (HNC) survivors: living well with and beyond HNC
Gallagher, P., Coffey, L. , Dunne, S., Sharp, L., Timmons, A., Desmond, D., O'Sullivan, E., & Timon, C. (2015) Self-management for head and neck cancer (HNC) survivors: living well with and beyond HNC 55th Annual Meeting of the Irish Otorhinolaryngology/Head and Neck Society , pp.S110-S110 [DOI] [Details]
2014 Beyond function: Using assistive technologies following lower limb loss
Dunne, S., Coffey, L., Gallagher, P., & Desmond, D. (2014) Beyond function: Using assistive technologies following lower limb loss 11th Psychology, Health and Medicine Annual Conference [Details]
2014 Psychological predictors of quality of life in head and neck cancer: A 10-year systematic review
Dunne, S., Coffey, L., Sharp, L., Timmons, A., Desmond, D., O’Sullivan, E., Keogh, I., Timon, C., & Gallagher, P. (2014) Psychological predictors of quality of life in head and neck cancer: A 10-year systematic review 9th International Conference Quality of Life in Head and Neck Cancer [Details]
2014 Psychological predictors of quality of life in head and neck cancer: A 10-year systematic review
Dunne, S., Mooney, O., Coffey, L., Desmond, D., O’Sullivan, E., Sharp, L., Timmons, A., Timon, C., & Gallagher, P. (2014) Psychological predictors of quality of life in head and neck cancer: A 10-year systematic review Irish Cancer Society Survivorship Research Day [Details]
2014 A qualitative study of health professionals’ perspectives on supporting self-management in head and neck cancer survivors
Coffey, L., Dunne, S., Sharp, L., Timmons, A., Desmond, D., Timon, C., O’Sullivan, E., & Gallagher, P. (2014) A qualitative study of health professionals’ perspectives on supporting self-management in head and neck cancer survivors 9th International Conference Quality of Life in Head and Neck Cancer [Details]
2013 Goal strategies and psychosocial outcomes in people with a lower limb amputation
Gallagher, P., Coffey, L., Desmond, D., & Ryall, N. (2013) Goal strategies and psychosocial outcomes in people with a lower limb amputation 14th World Congress of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics [Details]
2013 Examining psychosocial adjustment to lower limb amputation from a self-regulation perspective: A multilevel modelling approach
Coffey, L., Gallagher, P., & Desmond, D. (2013) Examining psychosocial adjustment to lower limb amputation from a self-regulation perspective: A multilevel modelling approach 27th Conference of the European Health Psychology Society , pp.79-79 [DOI] [Details]
2013 The influence of goal management tendencies on trajectories of adjustment to lower limb amputation
Coffey, L., Gallagher, P., Desmond, D., & Ryall, N. (2013) The influence of goal management tendencies on trajectories of adjustment to lower limb amputation British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine Autumn Meeting [Details]
2013 A prospective study of goal characteristics, goal adjustment capacities, and subjective well-being following lower limb amputation
Coffey, L., Gallagher, P., & Desmond, D. (2013) A prospective study of goal characteristics, goal adjustment capacities, and subjective well-being following lower limb amputation 10th Psychology, Health and Medicine Annual Conference [Details]
2012 Psychosocial adjustment to lower limb amputation: The role of tenacious goal pursuit and flexible goal adjustment
Coffey, L., Gallagher, P., & Desmond, D. (2012) Psychosocial adjustment to lower limb amputation: The role of tenacious goal pursuit and flexible goal adjustment 14th Annual Conference of the APA Division of Rehabilitation Psychology [Details]
2012 Goal disengagement predicts psychosocial outcomes following prosthetic rehabilitation
Coffey, L., Gallagher, P., & Desmond, D. (2012) Goal disengagement predicts psychosocial outcomes following prosthetic rehabilitation 26th Conference of the European Health Psychology Society , pp.22-22 [DOI] [Details]
2011 Psychosocial adjustment to lower limb amputation: The role of self-regulatory processes
Coffey, L., Gallagher, P., Desmond, D., Ryall, N., Carton, S., Byrne, P., & Dolan, E. (2011) Psychosocial adjustment to lower limb amputation: The role of self-regulatory processes 8th Psychology, Health and Medicine Annual Conference [Details]
2011 Adaptive self-regulation and psychosocial adjustment to amputation
Coffey, L., Gallagher, P, Desmond, D., Ryall, N., & Dolan, E. (2011) Adaptive self-regulation and psychosocial adjustment to amputation 25th Conference of the European Health Psychology Society , pp.17-18 [DOI] [Details]
2010 Adjustment to amputation and body image
Gallagher, P., Desmond, D., Coffey, L., Horgan, O., & MacLachlan, M. (2010) Adjustment to amputation and body image 13th World Congress of the International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics [Details]
2006 Promoting a low-fat diet in primary care: A randomised controlled trial of a theory-based intervention
Coffey, L., & Byrne, M. (2006) Promoting a low-fat diet in primary care: A randomised controlled trial of a theory-based intervention 37th Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland [Details]
2006 The adoption of a low-fat diet in a primary care patient sample: A randomised control trial of a theory-based intervention
Coffey, L., & Byrne, M. (2006) The adoption of a low-fat diet in a primary care patient sample: A randomised control trial of a theory-based intervention 3rd Psychology, Health and Medicine Annual Conference [Details]

Published Reports

  Year Publication
2009 Digital Literacy: New Approaches to Participation and Inquiry Learning to Foster Literacy Skills among Primary School Children.
Casey L, Bruce BC, Martin A, Reynolds A, Sheil G, Coffey L, Brown C, Hallissy M (2009) Digital Literacy: New Approaches to Participation and Inquiry Learning to Foster Literacy Skills among Primary School Children. National College of Ireland, Dublin. [Details]

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
Psychological Society of Ireland Graduate Member /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
PSI Division of Health Psychology Committee Honorary Secretary 2012 / 2015

Reviews

  Journal Role
Prosthetics And Orthotics International Associate Editor