Prof. Molly Byrne

University Of Galway

Prof. Molly Byrne

Executive Management Committee
National University of Ireland Galway (NUI Galway), Ireland

In 2014 she was awarded a Health Research Board (HRB, Ireland) Research Leadership Award to establish and direct the Health Behaviour Change Research Group (HBCRG). Her research aims to improve population health by developing and promoting an evidence-based behavioural science approach to health behaviour change interventions. She is interested in developing approaches to increase the implementation and impact of behaviour change interventions, in particular focusing on chronic disease prevention and management.

She directs the Collaborative Doctoral Programme in Chronic Disease Prevention (CDP-CDP), as well as the MSc in Health Psychology.

In 2019, she was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the European Health Psychology Society, in recognition of an exceptional contribution to the discipline.

She provides behavioural science expertise to the network to ensure that evidence-based, systematic approaches to intervention development, piloting, evaluation and implementation are employed.


Prof Byrne has been the Health Psychology lead or PI on a number of feasibility, pilot and definitive randomised controlled trials, including:

  • D1 Now pilot cluster randomised controlled trial (an intervention to improve outcomes among young adults with Type 1 Diabetes);
  • Irish DAFNE Study cRCT (evaluating Group follow-up compared to individual clinic visits after structured education for type 1 diabetes, published 2013);
  • Pilot cRCT of the DECIDE intervention (Supporting care for sub-optimally controlled type 2 diabetes mellitus in general practice with a clinical decision support system, published 2019);
  • Feasibility study of the MY COMRADE intervention (Improving medication management for patients with multimorbidity in primary care).
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