Cathal Mc Crory
Senior Research Fellow, Centre For Medical Gerontology

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

McCrory, C. Dooley, C., Layte, R., & Kenny RA, The Lasting Legacy of Childhood Adversity for Disease Risk In Later Life, Health Psychology, 34, (7), 2014, p687-696 Journal Article, 2014 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. & 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., & 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

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

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

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

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

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, 2017 Journal Article, 2017

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