Dr. Claire Howlin

Dr. Claire Howlin

Assistant Professor, Psychology

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Claire is a psychology researcher interested in identifying the long-term impact of music and visual arts engagement on lifelong health and wellbeing using controlled experimental designs and evidence synthesis from large international datasets. Central to Claire's research is understanding how music and arts engagement can facilitate personal agency, identity development, and self-efficacy, which are key determinants of mental health and psychological wellbeing. Claire is currently an assistant professor in psychology in Trinity college Dublin. Previously Claire was a post-doctoral researcher in the Autism Research Centre in the university of Cambridge where she was the lead researcher on the Autism-CHIME study and held a junior research fellowship in Wolfson college and a creative health research fellowship from University College London. She is currently a committee member of a special interest group for arts and health in the Royal Society of Public health. Previous research projects have included music and pain, community arts for social inclusion, art viewing for psychological wellbeing, music therapy for autism, and socio-emotional reasons for music engagement in times of Covid.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

  • The Audio-Visual Aesthetics of Music and Dance in, editor(s)Marcos Nadal and Oshin Vartanian , The Oxford Handbook of Empirical Aesthetics, Oxford , Oxford University Press, 2020, [Guido Orgs, Claire Howlin]Book Chapter, 2020, DOI
  • Howlin C., Rooney B., Patients choose music with high energy, danceability, and lyrics in analgesic music listening interventions, Psychology of Music, 2020Journal Article, 2020, DOI
  • Howlin C., Vicary S., Orgs G., Audiovisual Aesthetics of Sound and Movement in Contemporary Dance, Empirical Studies of the Arts, 38, (2), 2020, p191 - 211, p191-211Journal Article, 2020, DOI
  • Howlin C., Rooney B., The Cognitive Mechanisms in Music Listening Interventions for Pain: A Scoping Review, Journal of Music Therapy, 57, (2), 2020, p127 - 167Journal Article, 2020, DOI
  • Howlin, C. Lynch D., Guerin, S., Rooney, B. , It's not just the music: impact of the environment and individual differences on music medicine in pain settings., Proceedings of the 11th International Student Conference on Systematic Musicology (SYSMUS 18), 11th International Student Conference on Systematic Musicology (SYSMUS 18, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, June 2018, 2018, pp106 - 114Oral Presentation, 2018
  • Howlin C. Orgs, G., Vicary, S. , The impact of soundtrack congruency on the aesthetic experience of contemporary dance: exploring aesthetic interaction in terms of arousal and enjoyment ratings in three audio settings., In Proceedings of the 25th Anniversary Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music, Ghent, Belgium, 31 July - 4 August , European Society for the Cognition of Music, 2017, pp91 - 95Oral Presentation, 2017
  • Howlin, C., Rooney, B. , Exploring danceability and music energy in mediating the analgesic benefits of music listening., 'Time changes in experiences of music and dance', International Symposium, Hamburg, Germany, 29th-30th November , 2019Poster, 2019
  • Howlin, C. Lynch D., Guerin, S., Rooney, B. , Visual Imagery and music listening interventions for pain: preliminary results, KOSMOS workshop on "Mind wandering and visual mental imagery in Music, Berlin, Germany, May, 2018Poster, 2018
  • Howlin, C., Rooney, B., Cognitive Agency in Music Interventions: Increased perceived control of music predicts increased pain tolerance, European Journal of Pain, 2021Journal Article, 2021, DOI
  • McCann M., Kelly A.M., Eustace-Cook J., Howlin C. and Daly L., Community nurses attitudes, knowledge and educational needs in relation to urinary continence, continence assessment, and management: A systematic review, Journal of Clinical Nursing, 31, (7-8), 2022, p1041-1060Journal Article, 2022, DOI , URL
  • Walsh, A., McCluskey, R., Cassidy, D., McGoldrick, G., Howlin, C., Muldoon, K., Butler, É., & Byrne, G., The Support Needs and Current Practices of Public Health Nurses in the Republic of Ireland Who Provide Support to Breastfeeding Mothers: A Cross-Sectional Survey. , Journal of Human Lactation, 2023Journal Article, 2023, DOI , TARA - Full Text
  • LK Fink, LA Warrenburg, C Howlin, WM Randall, NC Hansen, M Wald-Fuhrmann, Viral tunes:changes in musical behaviours and interest in corona music predict socio-emotional coping during COVID-19 lockdown, Humanities and Social Sciences Communications, (8), 2021Journal Article, 2021, DOI
  • Howlin C., Walsh R., D'Alton P., Rooney B., How do people with chronic pain choose their music for pain management? Examining the external validity of the cognitive vitality model, Frontiers in Psychology, 13, 2023Journal Article, 2023, DOI
  • O'Connor Power F., Beatty S., Dunne N., O'Connell L., O' Riordan N., Sloane H., Prizeman G., O'Sullivan K., Butler E., Howlin C., Byrne G., 'I'm not being serviced; I'm being cared for': A mixed methods study of patients' and nurses' perceptions of community oncology nursing delivered by a Community Intervention Team, European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 60, 2022Journal Article, 2022, DOI
  • Howlin C., Stapleton A., Rooney B., Tune out pain: Agency and active engagement predict decreases in pain intensity after music listening, PLoS ONE, 17, (8 August), 2022Journal Article, 2022, DOI
  • The Health Benefits of Art Experience in, editor(s)M Skov, M Nadal , The Routledge International Handbook of Neuroaesthetics, 2022, pp410 - 422, [Claire Howlin]Book Chapter, 2022
  • Claire Howlin and Niels Chr. Hansen, Music in times of COVID-19, [], 2022Journal Article, 2022, DOI
  • C. Howlin, E. O'Shea, M. Dunne, L. Mullaney, M. McGarry, A. Clayton-Lea,M. Finn, P. Carter, B. Garret, P. Thirion, A randomized controlled trial comparing customized versus standard headrests for head and neck radiotherapy immobilization in terms of set-up errors, patient comfort and staff satisfaction (ICORG 08-09), Radiography, 21, (1), 2015, p74 - 83Journal Article, 2015, DOI
  • Howlin, C*. Fink, L.*, Randall, W., Warrenburg, L., Wald-Fuhrmann, M. and Hansen, N. C, Music as a tool for socio-emotional coping during Covid-19 pandemic lockdown. , SEMPRE Conference 'The role of music psychology research in a complex world', Leeds, 9th - 11th September, 2020Oral Presentation
  • Orgs, O., Howlin, C. , Music Dance interactions. , Congress of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics., University of Toronto, Canada, 30 August- 2 Septemb, 2018Oral Presentation
  • Fink, L., Warrenburg, L. A., Howlin, C., Randell, W. M., Hansen, N. C., Wald-Fuhrmann, M., Viral Tunes: Changes in musical behaviours and interest in coronamusic predict socio-emotional coping during COVID-19 lockdown, PsyArchiv, 2021Journal Article, DOI
  • Mc Cluskey, R., Walsh, A, Howlin, C., Cassidy, D., Muldoon, K., Byrne, G., Developing a questionnaire-based tool to assess the support needs and current practices of PHNs who provide support to breastfeeding mothers., Trinity Health and Education International Research Conference , Dublin, Ireland, March , 2021Poster
  • C Howlin, E Quinn, J Jones, Identifying the art of wellbeing: The experiences and impacts of Entelechy Arts' Staying Connected Programme, Dublin Ireland, Entelechy Arts, July, 2022, p1 - 40Report, URL

Research Expertise

Creative & performing arts, Oncology and cancer biology, Mental Health (including Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology), Other Health Sciences, Psychology and Behavioural Sciences,


  • Awarded UCD Graduate Research and Innovations award to present my research at the European society for the cognition of music's 10th triennial conference, in Gräz, Austria. July 2018
  • Conference Award from the Society for Education and Music Psychology Research May 2018
  • Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship from the Irish Research Council 2017 - 2020
  • Awarded SEMPRE Conference award to attend and present my research at the international student conference for systematic musicology at Berlin, Germany Sep 2019
  • UCD College of Social Sciences and Law Scholarship 2016 - 2020
  • Awarded SEMPRE Conference award to attend and present my research at the international student conference for systematic musicology, Belo Horizonte, Brazil Jun 2018
  • Awarded UCD Graduate Research and Innovations award to present at the 25th Anniversary Conference of the European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music, Ghent, Belgium. Aug 2017