Cathal Mc Crory
Senior Research Fellow, Medical Gerontology

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

McCrory, C., Berkman, L., Nolan, H., O'Leary, N., Foley, M., & Kenny, R.A., Speed of Heart Rate Recovery in Response to Orthostatic Challenge: A Strong Risk Marker of Mortality., Circulation Research, 119, (5), 2016, p666 - 675 Journal Article, 2016 URL

Fiorito, G., Polidoro, S. Dugue, P.A., Kivimaki, M., Ponzi, E., Matullo, G., Guarrera, S., Assummaa, M.B. Georgiadis, P., Kyrtopoulos, S.O. Krogh, V. Palli, D., Panico, S., Sacerdote, C. Tumino, R., Chadeau-Hyam, M., Stringhini, S., Severi, G., Hodge, A.M., Giles, G.G., Marioni, R., Linnér, R.K. O'Halloran, A., Kenny, R.A., Layte, R., McCrory, C., Baglietto, L., Milne, R.L., Vineis, P. (2017)., Social adversity and epigenetic aging: a multi-cohort study on socioeconomic differences in peripheral blood DNA methylation., Scientific Reports, 7, (1), 2017, p16391 - 16395 Journal Article, 2017 DOI URL

McCrory, C. Dooley, C., Layte, R., & Kenny RA, The Lasting Legacy of Childhood Adversity for Disease Risk In Later Life, Health Psychology, 34, (7), 2015, p687-696 Journal Article, 2015 URL TARA - Full Text

Layte, R., Bennett, A., McCrory, C., & Kearney, J., Social class variation in the predictors of rapid growth in infancy and obesity at age three years, International Journal of Obesity, 38, (1), 2014, p82 - 90 Journal Article, 2014 TARA - Full Text URL

McCrory, C., Finucane, C., O'Hare, C., Frewen, J., Nolan, H., Layte, R., Kearney, P., & Kenny, R.A., Social Disadvantage and Social Isolation are Associated with a Higher Resting Heart Rate: Evidence from the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 71, (3), 2016, p463 - 473 Journal Article, 2016 URL

Mosca, I., & McCrory, C. , Personality and Wealth Accumulation Among Older Couples: Do Dispositional Characteristics Pay Dividends? , Journal of Economic Psychology, 56, 2016, p1 - 19 Journal Article, 2016 URL

Cathal McCrory, Lisa F. Berkman, Patrick V. Moore, Rose Anne Kenny, What Explains Socioeconomic Differences in the Speed of Heart Rate Recovery to Postural Challenge?, Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, 72, (12), 2017, p1717 - 1723 Journal Article, 2017 DOI

McCrory, C. & Layte, R., Prenatal Exposure to Maternal Smoking and Childhood Behavioural Problems, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 40, (8), 2012, p1277 - 1288 Journal Article, 2012

McCrory, C., O'Leary, N., Fraga, S., Ribeiro, A.I., Barros, H., Kartiosuo, N. Raitakari, O., Kivimaki, M., Vineis, & Layte, R. for the Lifepath Consortium, Socioeconomic differences in children's growth trajectories from infancy to early adulthood: evidence from four European countries, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 71, (10), 2017, p981 - 989 Journal Article, 2017 URL

Reinhard, E., Layte, R., McCrory, C., Panico, L., & Avendano, M. , The Great Recession and the Health of Young Children: A Fixed Effects Analysis in Ireland, American Journal of Epidemiology, 2018, pin press Journal Article, 2018

Henretta, J.C., & McCrory, C., Childhood Circumstances and Mid-life Functional Mobility, Journal of Aging & Health, 28, (3), 2016, p440 - 459 Journal Article, 2016 URL

O'Hare, C., McCrory, C., O'Connell, M.D.L., & Kenny, R.A., Sub-clinical Orthostatic Hypotension is Associated with Greater Subjective Memory Impairment in Older Adults., International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 32, (4), 2017, p429 - 438 Journal Article, 2017 URL

McCrory, C., & Layte, R., Breastfeeding and risk of overweight and obesity at nine years of age, Social Science and Medicine, 75, (2), 2012, p323 - 330 Journal Article, 2012 TARA - Full Text

d'Errico A. Ricceri, F. Stringhini, S., Carmeli, C., Kivimaki, M. Bartley M., McCrory, C. Bochud, M. Vollenweider, P. Tumino, R., Goldberg, M. Zins, M., Barros, H., Giles, G., Costa, G., Severi, G., & Vineis, P., Socioeconomic indicators in epidemiologic research: a practical example from the LIFEPATH study, PLOS One, 12, (5), 2017, pe0178071 Journal Article, 2017 URL

McCrory, C. & Murray, A., The effect of breastfeeding on neuro-development in infancy, Maternal and Child Health Journal, 17, (9), 2013, p680 - 688 Journal Article, 2013

Vineis, P., Avendano-Pabon, M., Barros, H., Chadeau-Hyam, M., Costa, G., Dijmarescu, M., Delpierre, C., D'Errico, A, Fraga, S., Giles, G., Goldberg, M., Zins, M., Kelly-Irving, M., Kivimaki, M., Lang, T., Layte, R., Mackenbach, J., Marmot, M., McCrory, C., Carmeli, C., Milne, R.L., Muennig, P., Nusselder, W., Polidoro, S., Ricceri, F., Robinson, O., Stringhini, S. & The LIFEPATH Consortium, The biology of inequalities in health: the LIFEPATH project., Longitudinal and Life Course Studies,, 8, (4), 2017, p417 - 439 Journal Article, 2017 URL

McCrory, C. & McNally, S., The effect of pregnancy intention on maternal prenatal behaviours and parent and child health: results of an Irish cohort study, Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 27, (2), 2013, p208 - 215 Journal Article, 2013

'Hare, C., McCrory, C., O'Leary, N., O'Brien, H., & Kenny, R.A. , Childhood Trauma and Lifetime Syncope Burden Among Older Adults. , Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 97, 2017, p63 - 69 Journal Article, 2017 URL

McCrory, C. & Layte, R., Testing competing models of the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire's (SDQ's) factor structure for the parent-informant instrument, Personality and Individual Differences, 52, (8), 2012, p882 - 887 Journal Article, 2012

Humphreys, G.W., Duta, M.D., Montana, L., Demeyere, N., McCrory, C., Rohr, J., Kahn, K., Tollman, S. & Berkman, L. , Cognitive Function in Low-Income and Low-Literacy Settings: Validation of the Tablet-Based Oxford Cognitive Screen in the Health and Aging in Africa: A Longitudinal Study of an INDEPTH Community in South Africa (HAALSI)., Journals of Gerontology (Series B): Psychological Sciences & Social Sciences, 72, (1), 2017, p38 - 50 Journal Article, 2017 URL

Layte, Richard; McCrory, Cathal, Paediatric Chronic Illness and Educational Failure: the Role of Emotional and Behavioural Problems, Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 48, (8), 2013, p1307 - 1316 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

Layte, Richard; McCrory, Cathal, Growing Up in Ireland - National Longitudinal Study of Children: Overweight and Obesity Among 9-Year-Olds, Dublin, Stationery Office, November , 2011 Report, 2011 TARA - Full Text

McCrory, C. & Layte, R., The effect of breastfeeding on children's educational test scores at nine years of age: Results of an Irish cohort study, Social Science & Medicine, 72, (5), 2011, p1515 - 1521 Journal Article, 2011

McCrory, Cathal; Murray, Aisling, The Effect of Breastfeeding on Neuro-Development in Infancy, Maternal and Child Health Journal, 17, (9), 2013, p1680 - 1688 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

Williams, James; Murray, Aisling; McCrory, Cathal; McNally, Sinéad , Growing Up In Ireland: Development from Birth to Three Years, Dublin, Stationery Office / Department of Children and Youth Affairs, September, 2013 Report, 2013 TARA - Full Text

McCrory, C., & Cooper, C., Overlap between different visual inspection time tasks and general intelligence., Learning and Individual Differences, 17, (2), 2007, p187 - 192 Journal Article, 2007 URL

McCrory, C., & Cooper, C., The relationship between three auditory inspection time tasks and general intelligence, Personality and Individual Differences, 38, (8), 2005, p1835 - 1845 Journal Article, 2005 URL

Layte, R. and McCrory, C. , Maternal Health Behaviours and Child Growth in Infancy, 4, Dublin, Dept. of Children and Youth Affairs, February, 2015 Report, 2015

O'Hare C, McCrory C, O'Leary N, O'Brien H, Kenny R.A, Childhood trauma and lifetime syncope burden among older adults, Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 97, 2017, p63 - 69 Journal Article, 2017 URL DOI

Research Expertise


One of the most consistently documented findings in epidemiological research is that health is socially patterned and that individuals at the lower end of the social spectrum are disproportionately more likely to suffer the burden of ill health. The gradient is apparent in early infancy and extends through childhood and adolescence into adulthood and old age. My research aims to elucidate the processes, pathways and mechanisms through which socially mediated variations in risk exposures come to influence health and mortality across the life-course. In trying to understand the factors contributing to the premature onset of disease among vulnerable groups, it is hoped that we will be better able to understand the ageing process.



Research Affiliate, Economic and Social Research Institute 2012

Member of the Expert Advisory Group, Growing Up in Ireland 2014

Member of the Society for Longitudinal and Life Course Studies (SLLS) 2014