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Professor Ronan O'Carroll


Psychology University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Professor Ronan O'Carroll

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Professor Ronan O'Carroll FRSE is a Clinical and Health Psychologist who is  interested in behaviour, health, disease and medicine. He is also a registered Clinical Neuropsychologist. He is past President of the UK Society for Behavioural Medicine. He has published over 230 papers in peer-reviewed journals and his work has been cited over 11,600 times. In September 2019 his Google Scholar H index was 62 with an i10 index of 169.

He is the British Psychological Society Representative on the Executive Committee of Scottish Intercollegiate Guideline Network (SIGN) (2009-date). He served on the UK National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) organ transplantation clinical guideline development group (2010, 2013, 2016). He was then appointed as an Expert Adviser for the NICE Centre for Guidelines (2017-2020). He was a member of UK National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Health Services & Delivery Research Grants Board (2010-2017) and the UK NIHR Programme Grants Board for Applied Research (2011-2014). In 2017 he was appointed to the NIHR Policy Research Unit Commissioning Panel. He was Chair of the Scientific Programme Committee for the International Congress of Behavioural Medicine (ICBM) 2014, and served on the Scientific Programme Committee for ICBM 2016. He is currently Associate Editor of the British Journal of Health Psychology and was a previous Associate Editor of Health Psychology. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of Annals of Behavioral Medicine, Psychology and Health, the British Journal of Clinical Psychology and the Journal of Behavioural Medicine.

He graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1979 with a BSc in Biological Sciences, with Honours in Psychology. He then completed an MRC funded PhD studentship (1980-83) entitled "The behavioural effects of androgens in man" in Edinburgh. His PhD thesis was awarded the Kinsey Institute prize for outstanding doctoral research in 1984. Two of the papers from his PhD now have accrued more than 200 citations each. He then trained as a Clinical Psychologist in Edinburgh (1983-85), and then worked as an NHS Clinical Psychologist in Edinburgh (1985-88) before moving to Canada, to take up an Assistant Professor position at Memorial University, helping to run a Clinical Psychology post-graduate programme (1988-90). He returned to Scotland, and took up a position as Senior Scientist at the Medical Research Council Brain Metabolism Unit in Edinburgh (1990-96), before accepting a post as Senior Research Fellow at the University of Stirling (1996-99). He was then appointed Professor of Psychology at the University of St Andrews (1999-2003), before returning to take up the post of Professor of Psychology at the University of Stirling in February 2003.

Honours and Awards - Fellow of the UK Academy of Social Sciences (2012). Distinguished International Affiliate of the Division of Health Psychology (Division 38) of the American Psychological Association (2013). Fellow of the European Health Psychology Society (2014). British Psychological Society outstanding Contribution to Research in Health Psychology Prize (2016). Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (2017).

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