Dr. Jane Walsh

Dr. Jane Walsh

Dr. Jane Walsh is the Director of the Mobile Technology and Health (mHealth) Research Group (NUIG) and the Co-Leader of the Health and Wellbeing Cluster in the Whitaker Institute.

The bedrock of her research is underpinned by the theme ‘Health Behaviours for Healthy Ageing’ and she has recently secured funding in excess of €8 million euro from the EU to conduct research on personalised technological solutions for healthy ageing.

Current research also includes a HRB funded project using mobile technology to increase physical activity in stroke survivors and an SFI funded project using augmented virtual reality to reduce sedentary behaviour in older adults.

Jane is an Associate Editor of the Journal Psychology and Health and on the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Behavioural Medicine and the British Journal of Health Psychology.

She is former Chair of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) Division of Health Psychology and is an active member of the European Health Psychology Society.  Jane also serves on the Research Advisory Board for the Irish Cancer Society.

 

ABSTRACT

Title: Mobile Technology and Health: Pestilence or Panacea?

Summary: Dr Jane Walsh will discuss how advancements in technology, and in particular mobile technology (e.g. Apps, FitBits) can be used to promote health and wellbeing in cancer survivors.

It is well known that cancer and cancer treatment can result in physical inactivity, a loss of muscular strength and weight gain. There is a strong need to facilitate rehabilitation of cancer survivors to improve physical and psychological health.

The use of mobile technology has been linked to reductions in weight and BMI and also to be effective in increasing physical activity. However, as will be discussed, new technologies can only work effectively if they are developed by using a ‘patient-centred’ evidence-based design.

Jane will present some of the latest research findings to highlight state-of-the-art developments in this area.

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