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Our Research

 

Ongoing Projects and Research Areas

 

  • The Department is involved in multiple interdisciplinary research streams investigating the efficacy of mindfulness-based interventions on clinical outcomes and immune regulation of physiological markers of psychological experiences in oncology.

  • We are leading an assessment of the potential links between various psychological constructs of mindfulness, self compassion and attachment style in a large sample of patients attending the oncology and psycho-oncology services in the acute university hospital.

  • We are engaged in the scientific study of the phenomenon of death in the acute hospital environment.

  • A further focus of interest is the investigation of the design, application and efficacy of technology-assisted psychological interventions in health care. 

 

Journal Publications, Book Chapters and Conference Presentations

 

2013

Reygan, F. & D’Alton, P. (2013). Providing Hospice Care to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Populations. In J. Hanl & S. Koeck [eds], Hospice Care: Health Services, Quality and Clinical Management. Nova Publishers: New York. 

D’Alton, P., Guilfoyle, M., & Randall, P. (2013). The psychosexual developmental experience of clerical child sex offenders. Child Abuse and Neglect. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2012.12.001 

D’Alton, P., O’Malley, G., Adamzik, K., Sweeney, C., Keenan, M., & Kirby, B. (2013). The link between mindfulness, self-compassion, and telomerase activity in psoriasis: Results from a controlled MBCT trial. Presentation to the Bangor University Centre for Mindfulness Practice and Research Mindfulness in Society Conference, Chester, UK, March 2013.

O’Malley, G., D’Alton, P., O’Connor, N. & McGoran, G. (2013). Carrying out qualitative research with palliative patients in the acute hospital setting: A feasibility study. Presentation to the 12th Annual Irish Association for Palliative Care Education and Research Seminar.

 

2012

D’Alton, P. (2012). Self-compassion: The key to surviving and flourishing as a professional in palliative care. Invited Speaker at the 11th Annual Kaleidoscope Palliative Care Conference, Dublin, Ireland.

Reygan, F. & D'Alton, P. (2012). A pilot training programme for health and social care professionals providing oncological and palliative care to lesbian, gay and bisexual patients in Ireland. Psycho-oncology. doi: 10.1002/pon.3103 

McGoran, G. (2012). Exploring relationships at end of life: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of palliative care patients’ experiences. Presentation to the 11th Annual Irish Association for Palliative Care Education and Research Seminar. 

 

2011

Reygan, F. & D'Alton, P. (2011) A pilot training programme for health and social care professionals providing palliative and oncological care to lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) patients. Presented at American Psychological Association Annual Congress, Washington DC, USA, August 2011.

D'Alton, P. & Reygan, F. (2011) A pilot training programme for health and social care professionals providing palliative and oncological care to lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) patients. Presented at International Psycho-oncology Society Conference, Antalya, Turkey, October 2011, Psycho-oncology 20 (Suppl. 2), 131.

 

2010

D’Alton, P. (2010). The cult of the positive: Mindfulness based intervention as an antidote? Invited Speaker at the 9th Annual Irish Association of Palliative Care Conference Education and Research Seminar.

Kinsella, L., D’Alton, P., & Guilfoyle, M. (2010). Living with dying: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of the experiences of palliative care oncology patients in a general hospital. Presentation to the 9th Annual Irish Association for Palliative Care Education and Research Seminar. 

D’Alton, P. & O'Malley, C. (2010). Changing the culture and experience of cancer patients in an acute hospital: The Distress Education And Management Programme.  Presented at International Psycho-oncology Society Conference, Quebec, Canada, May 2010. Psycho-oncology, 19 (Suppl. 2), S125.

D’Alton, P. (2010) Garden Project Supports Cancer Patients. Health Matters, 6(1).

D’Alton, P. (2010). The cult of the positive- Mindfulness based intervention as an antidote? Annual Education and Research Seminar, Irish Association of Palliative Care Conference 2010. Presentation 5th February 2010.

D’Alton, P. (2010). Mindfulness: Helping us live with the worry and uncertainty that cancer brings. Presentation. National Conference of Cancer Support Groups, February 2010.

D’Alton, P. & O'Malley, C. (2010) Planting Something Special: Developing A Vegetable Garden (Allotment) Project For Men Living with Cancer. Paper presented at IPOS Conference, Quebec, Canada, May 2010.

McGoran, G., D’Alton, P. (2010). An exploration of relationships in palliative care: A qualitative Investigation. Doctoral Thesis 2010, Trinity College Dublin.

 

2009

Curtin, A., D'Alton, P., Creaner, M. (2009). The impact of a Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) course on psychological wellbeing in cancer patients Paper presented at Symposium: Psychological Innovations in Palliative Care and Psycho-oncology. PSI Conference, October 2009. Irish Psychologist 35(15), 414.

Cussen, S., D'Alton, P. & Hevey, D. (2009). The relationships between a MBCT programme and quality of life, coping strategies, levels of stress, and individual social comparisons in cancer patients. Paper presented at Symposium: Psychological Innovations in Palliative Care and Psycho-oncology. PSI Conference, October 2009. Irish Psychologist, 35(15), 414.

D’Alton, P. (2009). The Cult of the Positive. IACP News Summer 2009. Irish Association for Palliative Care.

D’Alton, P. (2009). Symposium: Living with Death and Dying. PSI 2009 Conference. Author led symposium. Irish Psychologist, 35 (15), 414.

D’Alton, P. (2009). Symposium: Psychological Innovations in Palliative Care and Psycho-oncology. PSI 2009 Conference Author led symposium. Irish Psychologist, 35 (15), 414.

D’Alton, P. (2009). The Allotment Project: An Innovative Psychological Service Model for Men with Cancer. 7th International Cancer Conference 2009, Dublin, Ireland.

D’Alton, P. (2009) Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. All Ireland International Conference, Northern Ireland Hospice.

D'Alton, P. & O'Malley, C. (2009). Witnessing death in an acute hospital: What do we know? Paper presented at Symposium: Living with death and dying. PSI Conference, October 2009. Irish Psychologist, 35 (15), 414.

Kinsella, L., D'Alton, P. & Guilfoyle, M. (2009). Living with dying: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of the experiences of palliative care oncology patients in a general hospital setting. Paper presented at Symposium: Living with death and dying. PSI Conference, October 2009. Irish Psychologist, 35 (15), 418.

Kinsella, L., D'Alton, P. & Guilfoyle, M. (2009). Living with dying: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of the experiences of palliative care oncology patients in a general hospital setting. Irish Association of Palliative Care Conference 2010. Annual Education and Research Seminar Paper presentation 4th February 2010.

Kinsella, L., D'Alton, P. & Guilfoyle, M. (2009). Living with dying: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of the experiences of palliative care oncology patients in a general hospital setting. Presented at International Psychooncology Society Conference, Quebec, Canada, May 2010.

O'Malley, C., D'Alton, P., O'Donnell, E., Gill, F. & Canny, A. (2009). Dealing with distress in an oncology hospital setting: The Distress Education and Management Programme. Paper presented at Symposium: Psychological Innovations in Palliative Care and Psycho-oncology. PSI Conference, October 2009. Irish Psychologist, 35 (15), 426.

2008

Byrne, G., Hannigan, B., D’Alton, P. (2008). Mindfulness and Cancer: An Exploratory Study of Cancer Patients’ Subjective Experiences of a Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Programme. Abstracts of the PSI 2008 Conference. The Irish Psychologist, Vol. 35 (4), 89.

Byrne, G., D’Alton, P., Hannigan, B. (2008) Mindfulness and cancer patients: Examining aspects of continuing practice and perceived levels of anxiety after completion of an eight-week Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Programme. Paper Presentation. British Psychological Society/ Psychological Society of Ireland Joint Conference of the Divisions of Counselling Psychology.

Crawley, L. D’Alton, P. & Hevey, D. (2008). Examining Reperceiving as a Predictor of Self-regulation, Exposure and Life Values in Everyday Mindfulness. Abstracts of the PSI 2008 Conference. The Irish Psychologist 35 (4), 91.

D’Alton, P. & O’Malley, C. (2008).The Allotment Project: Mindfully. Abstracts of the PSI 2008 Conference. The Irish Psychologist 35 (4), 93.

Rosin Ingles, Planting Something Special. Wednesday 16th July, 2008. The Irish Times.

RTE Nationwide: Garden Therapy for Male Patients. 3rd October 2008.

 

2007

Keville, R. & D’Alton P. (2007). A Workshop for Teachers of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. Paper presented at the 2007 PSI Conference.

 

2006

D’Alton, P. & Keville, R. (2006). Mindfulness-Based Approaches: A Review of the Theoretical and Philosophical underpinnings and the Clinical Application of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Abstracts of the PSI 2006 Conference.