Dr Páraic Ó Súilleabháin is a Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Psychology at the Department of Psychology, University of Limerick, Ireland. Páraic also serves as the Research Coordinator on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Programme at the University of Limerick. Prior to this appointment, Páraic has served as Lecturer in Psychology (Part-time) and Postdoctoral Researcher on several projects; examining the role of the genome, environment, microbiome and metabolome in the development of autism; building an integrated understanding, classification, and monitoring of cardiovascular and immune system responsivity to stress; and a randomised controlled trial seeking to improve symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. Páraic completed his PhD in Psychology, Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning, and BA (Hons) in Psychology (1.1) at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Prior to beginning his third level education, he worked for several years in the medtech and information technology industries.
Páraic’s research is primarily focused on the biobehavioural processes underlying disease and mortality. He is interested in the processes underlying the development and progression of disease, including resulting mortality. Páraic examines the associations between biobehavioural factors (such as personality traits, loneliness, stress) on the accumulative lifespan development and progression of several diseases (notably cardiovascular disease). Páraic also conducts some research in the interaction between humans and domestic dogs (canis familiaris). He has published his research in leading international journals and has been awarded several awards for his research.