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Dr. Maria Pertl

Maria Pertl

Position & Discipline

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, NEIL, Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience

Research

Maria Pertl is a postdoctoral research fellow in the NEIL team where she is running the De-Stress project. De-Stress is a three year cohort study, looking at the relationship between cognitive function and the stress associated with caring for a spouse with dementia. The aim of the project is to understand the physiological, psychological, and behavioural mechanisms underlying the relationship between cognitive function and caregiver stress and to inform policy, future research and the development of targeted interventions to improve caregiver health. The project is funded by The Alzheimer Society of Ireland and the Health Research Board.

Maria’s research interests are in health psychology, psychoneuroimmunology, psycho-oncology and cognitive aging. Specifically she is interested in psychological and cognitive well-being in patients with chronic illness and individuals under chronic stress; models that help us to conceptualise the development of chronic health conditions; and understanding how interactions between psychological, physiological, behavioural and cognitive factors can impact on health.

Before coming to NEIL, Maria held a postdoctoral position in the School of Psychology, Trinity College Dublin, where she worked on a study investigating impaired decision making among people with depression. Maria completed her PhD in the School of Psychology in 2012. Her doctoral research, which was funded by IRCSET and the Irish Cancer Society, investigated the contributing factors to cancer-related fatigue and evaluated the effectiveness of a psychological intervention for cancer survivors with persistent fatigue. Before undertaking her PhD, Maria completed a research MSc in health psychology; her thesis investigated the public’s willingness to participate in population biobanking. She has also been involved in several research projects on cancer screening and prevention. Maria has worked as a lecturer, teaching health psychology and research methods to students in a number of health-related disciplines, for a number of years in Trinity College Dublin, Dublin City University, and St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra.

Publications

Pertl, M. M., Quigley, J., & Hevey, D. (2014). ‘I’m not complaining because I’m alive’: Barriers to the emergence of a discourse of cancer-related fatigue. Psychology & Health, 29(2), 141 - 161. doi: 10.1080/08870446.2013.839792

Pertl, M. M., Hevey, D., Boyle, N. T., Hughes, M. M., Collier, S., O’Dwyer, A.-M., Harkin, A., Kennedy, M. John, Connor, T. J. (2013). C-reactive protein predicts fatigue independently of depression in breast cancer patients prior to chemotherapy. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 34, 108-119. doi: 10.1016/j.bbi.2013.07.177

Hevey, D., Pertl, M., Thomas, K., Maher, L., Craig, A., & Ni Chuinneagain, S. (In Press). Method Effects and the Need for Cognition Scale. International Journal of Educational and Psychological Assessment.

Pertl, M., Hevey, D., Collier, S. & O’Dwyer, A. (2013). Predictors of fatigue in cancer patients before and after chemotherapy. Journal of Health Psychology. doi: 10.1177/1359105313477675

Pertl, M., Hevey, D., Donohoe, G., & Collier, S. (2012). Assessing Patients’ Beliefs About Their Cancer-Related Fatigue: Validation of an Adapted Version of the Illness Perception Questionnaire. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 19, 293-307. doi: 10.1007/s10880-012-9298-z

Thomas, K., Hevey, D., Pertl, M., Ní Chuinneagáin, S., Craig, A., & Maher, L. (2011). Appearance matters: The frame and focus of health messages influences beliefs about skin cancer. British Journal of Health Psychology, 16, 418-429. doi: 10.1348/135910710X520088

Pertl, M., & Hevey, D. (2010). Exploratory Data Analysis. In N. J. Salkind, D. M. Dougherty & B. Frey (Eds.), Encyclopaedia of Research Design: Sage Publications.

Pertl, M., Hevey, D., Thomas, K., Craig, A., Ni Chuinneagain, S., & Maher, L. (2010). Differential effects of self-efficacy and perceived control on intention to perform skin cancer-related health behaviours. Health Education Research, 25(5). doi: 10.1093/her/cyq031

Hevey, D., Pertl, M., Thomas, K., Maher, L., Craig, A., & Ni Chuinneagain, S. (2010). Consideration of future consequences scale: Confirmatory Factor Analysis. Personality and Individual Differences, 48(5), 654-657. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2010.01.006

Hevey, D., Pertl, M., Thomas, K., Maher, L., Craig, A., & Chuinneagain, S. N. (2010). Body consciousness moderates the effect of message framing on intentions to use sunscreen. Journal of Health Psychology, 15, 553-559. doi: 10.1177/1359105309355335

Hevey, D., Pertl, M., Thomas, K., Maher, L., Craig, A., & Ní Chuinneagáin, S. (2009). The relationship between Prostate Cancer knowledge and beliefs and intentions to attend PSA Screening among at-risk men. Patient Education and Counselling, 74, 244-249. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2008.08.013

Hoerold, D., Dockree, P.M., O’Keeffe, F.M., Bates, H., Pertl, M. & Robertson I.H. (2008). Neuropsychology of Self-Awareness in Young Adults. Experimental Brain Research, 186, 509 - 5. doi: 10.1007/s00221-008-1341-9

Conference Presentations


Pertl, M., Hevey, D., & Collier, S. Psychological distress predicts maintenance of cancer-related fatigue in cancer patients treated with chemotherapy. Oral presentation at the forthcoming International Psycho-Oncology Society Congress, Brisbane; 13-15th November 2012.

Pertl, M., Hevey, D., & Quigley, J. “I’m not complaining because I’m alive”: constructing a discourse of cancer-related fatigue that can inform clinical practice. Oral presentation at the forthcoming International Psycho-Oncology Society Congress, Brisbane; 13-15th November 2012.

Pertl, M., Hevey, D., O’Donohoe, G., & Collier, S. Cancer patients’ experience of fatigue and its management: a qualitative study. Presented as a poster presentation at the European Health Psychology Society Conference, Hersonissos, Crete; September 2011.

Pertl, M., Hevey, D., & Collier, S. A longitudinal investigation of the correlates of cancer-related fatigue in patients treated with chemotherapy. Presented as a poster presentation at the European Health Psychology Society Conference, Hersonissos, Crete; September 2011.

Pertl, M., Hevey, D., & Collier, S. Patients' experiences of cancer-related fatigue. The Irish Psychologist, 37 (1), p. 45. Presented as an oral presentation at the Psychology Society of Ireland Annual Conference, Athlone; November 2010.

Pertl, M., Hevey, D., & Collier, S. Assessing patients’ representation of cancer-related fatigue. Presented as an oral presentation at the European Health Psychology Society Conference, Cluj-Napoca; September 2010.

Pertl, M., Hevey, D., & Collier, S. Assessing patients’ representation of cancer-related fatigue: Implications for Practice. Psycho-Oncology, 19, s.2. p 114. Presented as an oral presentation at the International Psycho-Oncology Society Congress, Quebec, May, 2010.

Pertl, M., Hevey, D., & Collier, S. Assessing patients’ representation of cancer-related fatigue. Presented as an oral presentation at Psychology, Health and Medicine, Dublin; March 2010.

Pertl, M., & Hevey, D., Cancer-related Fatigue: a role for illness-perceptions? The Irish Psychologist,35 (15), p. 427. Presented as an oral presentation at the Psychology Society of Ireland annual Conference, Wexford; November 2009. 

Pertl, M.,  Thomas, K., Hevey, D., Maher, L., Craig, A., Ni Chuinneagain, S. Differential effects of self-efficacy and perceived behavioural control on skin cancer risk behaviours. Health Psychology Review, 24, s.1, p. 311. Presented as a poster at the European Health Psychology Society Conference, Pisa; September 2009. 

Pertl, M.,  Hevey, D., Thomas, K., Maher, L., Craig, A., Ni Chuinneagain, S. Differential effects of self-efficacy and perceived behavioural control on skin cancer risk behaviours. Presented as an oral presentation at Psychology, Health and Medicine, Dublin; June 2009.

Pertl, M.,  Hevey, D., Thomas, K., Maher, L., Craig, A., Ni Chuinneagain, S. Differential effects of self-efficacy and perceived behavioural control on skin cancer risk behaviours. International Journal of Psychology, 43, p. 802. Presented as a poster at the International Congress of Psychology, Berlin, Germany; July, 2008.

Pertl, M., Maher, L., Craig, A., Ni Chuinneagain, S. Thomas, K., Hevey, D., Prostate cancer and screening: knowledge and attitudes of men at risk. BPS Conference Proceedings. Presented as a poster at the British Psychological Society: Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference, Nottingham, England; September 2007.

Pertl, M., Hevey, D., Menezes, G. Psychosocial variables associated with willingness to donate tissue to biobanks. Health Psychology Review,1, s.1, p. 157. Presented as a poster at the European Health Psychology Society Conference, Maastricht, The Netherlands; August 2007.

Pertl, M., Hevey, D., Menezes, G. Psychosocial variables associated with willingness to donate tissue to biobanks for genetic research and storage. Presented as a poster at Psychology, Health and Medicine, Maynooth, Ireland; April 2007.

Pertl, M., Coen, R., Lawlor, A., Cunningham, C., O’Mara, S.M., Walsh, B., & Coakley, D. The Cognitive Linguistic Quick Test: Its Appropriateness for Irish Populations and Aphasic Stroke Patients. Irish Journal of Medical Science, 174(3) s2, 26. Presented as an oral presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Irish Gerontological Society, Dublin; September 2005.

Pertl, M., Coen, R., Lawlor, A., Cunningham, C., O’Mara, S.M., Walsh, B., & Coakley, D. The Cognitive Linguistic Quick Test: Its Appropriateness for Irish Populations and Aphasic Stroke Patients. Presented as an oral presentation at the Psychology Student Congress of Ireland, Belfast; March 2005.


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Last updated 15 April 2014

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