Lecturer
Applied Psychology

Lecturer
Applied Psychology
University College Cork
Cork
Ireland

T: +353-21-490-3000
F: 021-4904505
E: Z.DiBlasi@ucc.ie

Post-doctorate in Integrative Medicine and Health Psychology (University of California San Francisco), PhD in Health Sciences (University of York), Masters of Psychological Science in Health Psychology (University College Galway), BA (Hon's) Applied Psychology (University College Cork).

Research Interests

Health and positive psychology, the placebo effect.

My research interest lies at the intersection of health and positive psychology, integrative medicine and health service research. I am particularly interested in understanding and harnessing wellbeing, through positive health psychology interventions, and enhanced health care encounters. I am also interested in addressing theoretical, ethical and methodological issues in placebo effect research.

My post-graduate research was funded by the Medical Research Council and the National Institute of Health, and published in leading medical journals. It is during postdoctoral research at the University of California San Francisco that I became particularly interested in positive psychology. Since joining UCC in 2006, I have developed modules in Positive Psychology and Health Psychology, and have been focusing on identifying predictors of happiness and evaluating the effects of positive psychology interventions (e.g. mindfulness, gratitude, altruism). I continue to advance placebo effect research, and at present, this includes updating a systematic review on the placebo effect for the Cochrane Library.

 

Book Chapters

YearPublication
(2013)'Breaking Points and Turning Points: The Lived Experience of Emergency Department Self- Harm Patients'
Larkin, C., Di Blasi, Z., Arensman, E. (2013) 'Breaking Points and Turning Points: The Lived Experience of Emergency Department Self- Harm Patients' In: Self-cutting and Prospective Repetition of Self-Harm: Studies of Emergency Department Presentations in Ireland. University College Cork: PhD Dissertation. [Details]
(2005)'The crack in the biomedical box: The placebo effect'
Di Blasi, Z; (2005) 'The crack in the biomedical box: The placebo effect' In: Perspectives on complementary and alternative medicine:. Taylor & Francis: Oxon. [Details]
(1998)'Systematic reviews and meta-analyses: Opportunities and Threats'
Russell, I., Di Blasi, Z., Lambert, M., & Russell, D; (1998) 'Systematic reviews and meta-analyses: Opportunities and Threats' In: Evidence-based fertility treatment. London: Royal College of General Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

YearPublication
(2015)'The effect of patient-practitioner communication on pain: a systematic review'
Mistiaen, P., van Osch, M., van Vliet, L., Howick, J., Bishop, F., Di Blasi, Z., Bensing, J. (2015) 'The effect of patient-practitioner communication on pain: a systematic review'. European Journal of Pain, [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'Risk factors for repetition of self-harm: a systematic review of prospective hospital-based studies'
Larkin C, Di Blasi Z;Arensman E (2014) 'Risk factors for repetition of self-harm: a systematic review of prospective hospital-based studies'. Plos One, 9 (1) [DOI] [Details]
(2014)'Perceived social support and neuroticism interact in predicting depression level among depressed university students'
Dwyer, A., Murphy, M., Di Blasi, Z. (2014) 'Perceived social support and neuroticism interact in predicting depression level among depressed university students'. Irish Journal of Psychology (Special Issue), [Details]
(2013)'Combined flow in musical jam sessions: A pilot qualitative study'
Hart, E. and Di Blasi, Z. (2013) 'Combined flow in musical jam sessions: A pilot qualitative study'. Psychology of Music, [Details]
(2013)'Self-cutting versus intentional overdose: Psychological risk factors'
Larkin, C., Di Blasi, Z., Arensman, E. (2013) 'Self-cutting versus intentional overdose: Psychological risk factors'. Medical Hypotheses, [Details]
(2011)'Experiences of sleep paralysis in a sample of Irish university students'
O'Hanlon, J,Murphy, M,Di Blasi, Z (2011) 'Experiences of sleep paralysis in a sample of Irish university students'. Irish journal of medical science, 180 :917-919 [DOI] [Details]
(2011)'Sharing and borrowing prescription medication: a survey of Irish college students'
Goulding, E., Murphy, M. & Di Blasi, Z.; (2011) 'Sharing and borrowing prescription medication: a survey of Irish college students'. Irish Journal of Medical Science, 180 (3):687-690 [Details]
(2010)'The effect of varying practitioner communication on patients' health status and treatment outcomes'
Verheul, W., Mistiaen, P., Di Blasi, Z., Kok, L., van Dulmen, Bensing, S.J.; (2010) 'The effect of varying practitioner communication on patients' health status and treatment outcomes'. Cochrane Library, [CORA Link] [Details]
(2005)'Reactions to treatment debriefing in the participants of a placebo controlled RCT'
Di Blasi Z, Crawford F, Bradley C, Kleijnen J.; (2005) 'Reactions to treatment debriefing in the participants of a placebo controlled RCT'. BioMed Central Health Service Research, 5 (1):30-38 [CORA Link] [Details]
(2005)'Placebos in medicine: medical paradoxes need disentangling'
Di Blasi, Z., Reilly, D.; (2005) 'Placebos in medicine: medical paradoxes need disentangling'. British Medical Journal, 330 (7481):45-* [CORA Link] [Details]
(2005)'Bias control in bodywork therapies: a review of methodological issues'
Mehling, W., Di Blasi, Z., Hecht R.; (2005) 'Bias control in bodywork therapies: a review of methodological issues'. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 11 (2):333-342 [CORA Link] [Details]
(2003)'Context effects: Powerful therapies or methodological bias?'
Di Blasi, Z., & Kleijnen, J. ; (2003) 'Context effects: Powerful therapies or methodological bias?'. Evaluation and the Health Professions, 26 (2):79-166 [Details]
(2001)'Influence of context effects on health outcomes: a systematic review'
Di Blasi, Z., Harkness E., Ernst E., Georgiou, A., & Kleijnen J.; (2001) 'Influence of context effects on health outcomes: a systematic review'. Lancet, 10 (357):757-762 [Details]

Other Journals

YearPublication
(2003)'The crack in the biomedical box'
Di Blasi, Z. (2003) 'The crack in the biomedical box' Psychologist, 16 (2) :72-75. [Details]
(2002)'Creative Consulting: More about placebos?'
Reilly, D. & Di Blasi, Z.; (2002) 'Creative Consulting: More about placebos?' Student British Medical Journal, 10 (*) :61-63. [CORA Link] [Details]
(2004)'The Placebo effect: bridging the gap between conventional and alternative medicine. Guide to Integrative Medicine'
Di Blasi, Z; (2004) 'The Placebo effect: bridging the gap between conventional and alternative medicine. Guide to Integrative Medicine' Integrative Medicine Network at UCSF, :60-68. [Details]
(2004)'Remarkable recoveries: individual potential for healing'
Di Blasi, Z; (2004) 'Remarkable recoveries: individual potential for healing' Positive Health, 103 :13-24. [Details]
(2002)'CREATE--A Postgraduate Student Initiative to Promote Further Training and Support for Early Career Health Psychologists'
Hevey, D., Di Blasi Zelda, Hall, S., Absetz, P.; (2002) 'CREATE--A Postgraduate Student Initiative to Promote Further Training and Support for Early Career Health Psychologists' European Psychologist, 5 (2) :169-170. [Details]
(2002)'Health psychology and health service research'
Di Blasi, Z.; (2002) 'Health psychology and health service research' Health Psychology Update, * (*) :*-*. [Details]
(1995)'The great outburst of dance ecstasy'
Di Blasi Z; (1995) 'The great outburst of dance ecstasy' The Irish Psychologist, 21 (1) :78-79. [Details]

Conference Publications

YearPublication
(2010)PSYCHOGENIC CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE CONFERENCE
Murphy, M; O'Sullivan , D; Gallagher,J; DI Blasi,Z; Hammond, S and O'Rourke, M; (2010) Cardiac Misconceptions, Type D Personality and Physical Activity in a sample of young adults PSYCHOGENIC CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE CONFERENCE [Details]
(2010)EHPS (European Health Psychology Society) 23rd Annual Conference 2009
Di Blasi, Z., O'Reilly Trace A., & Bourgoyne L.; (2010) The role of mindfulness in first year psychology lectures on attention, wellbeing and academic performance . In: Psychology and Health, Vol. 24, Supplement 1 eds. EHPS (European Health Psychology Society) 23rd Annual Conference 2009 Pisa, Italy, , 23-SEP-09 - 27-SEP-09 [Details]
(2009)EHPS (European Health Psychology Society) 23rd Annual Conference 2009
Larkin, C. & Di Blasi, Z.; (2009) Optimism, biofeedback and nocebo responding . In: Psychology and Health, Vol. 24, Supplement 1 eds. EHPS (European Health Psychology Society) 23rd Annual Conference 2009 Pisa, Italy, , 23-SEP-09 - 27-SEP-09 , pp.242-243 [Details]

Published Reports

YearPublication
(2001)Scoping review of the effectiveness of mental health services.
Jepson, R., Di Blasi, Z., & Ter Riet, G; (2001) Scoping review of the effectiveness of mental health services. NHS Center for Reviews and Dissemination, University of York, UK. [Details]
(2000)Consultations at Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital.
Di Blasi, Z., & Kleijnen, J; (2000) Consultations at Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital. Report to the Fetzer Institute, USA. [Details]
(2000)Health and patient-practitioner interactions.
Di Blasi, Z., Harkness, E., Ernst, E., Georgiou, A., & Kleijnen, J; (2000) Health and patient-practitioner interactions. Report to the Fetzer Institute, USA. [Details]
(1998)The rise in emergency admissions.
Crossen-White, H., Moss, P., Di Blasi, Z., Lambert, M.L., & Russell, I; (1998) The rise in emergency admissions. Report to the West Midlands NHS Executive, Report to the West Midlands NHS Executive. [Details]
(2003)Exploring context effects: from the science of the placebo to the art of human care.
Di Blasi Z; (2003) Exploring context effects: from the science of the placebo to the art of human care. . [Details]

Abstract

YearPublication
(2010)Constructing health: Doctors, alternative therapists and patients.
Morrisroe, R,Di Blasi, Z,Evans, D (2010) Constructing health: Doctors, alternative therapists and patients. Abstract [Details]
(2010)Health, optimism and mindfulness: Exploring relationships using self-report measures.
Morrisroe, R,Di Blasi, Z,Evans, D (2010) Health, optimism and mindfulness: Exploring relationships using self-report measures. Abstract [Details]
(2009)Optimism, biofeedback and nocebo responding.
Larkin, C,Di Blasi, Z (2009) Optimism, biofeedback and nocebo responding. Abstract [Details]

Book Reviews

YearPublication
(1998)Lifestyle management for patients with coronary heart disease. Psychology and Health.
Di Blasi, Z; (1998) Lifestyle management for patients with coronary heart disease. Psychology and Health. Book Reviews [Details]

Manuscript

YearPublication
(2001)The placebo effect: trick or treat?.
Di Blasi, Z. ; (2001) The placebo effect: trick or treat?. Manuscript [Details]

Reviews

YearPublication
(2014)Risk Factors for Repetition of Self-Harm: A Systematic Review of Prospective Hospital-Based Studies.
Larkin, C,Di Blasi, Z,Arensman, E (2014) Risk Factors for Repetition of Self-Harm: A Systematic Review of Prospective Hospital-Based Studies. Reviews [DOI] [Details]

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2007President's Award for Research on Innovative forms of Teaching and Learning UCC
2013President's Award for Research on Innovative Forms of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education University College Cork
2004Post-doctoral Fellowship National Institutes of Health
2000PhD Studentship Medical Research Council

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Psychological Society of Ireland member01-FEB-12 /
British Psychological Society Chartered Member18-MAY-15 /

Conference Contributions

YearPublication
(2015)Innovations in Health Psychology,
Zelda Di Blasi, Sinéad Forde, Janelle Logan Lane, Michael Murphy (2015) The Effects of Intranasal Oxytocin on Cardiovascular and Psychological Stress Response: A double blind placebo-controlled RCT. [Poster Presentation], Innovations in Health Psychology, NUI Galway , 08-JUN-15 - 08-JUN-15. [Details]
(2015)Innovations in Health Psychology:
 Celebrating 21 years of Health Psychology at NUI Galway,
Blasi, Z., Teahan, A., Bruton, L., Murphy, M. (2015) The influence of the practitioner-patient relationship on pain perception: a placebo-controlled RCT. [Poster Presentation], Innovations in Health Psychology:
 Celebrating 21 years of Health Psychology at NUI Galway, Galway , 08-JUN-15 - 08-JUN-15. [Details]
(2013)The XXVI World Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention,
Larkin, C., Di Blasi, Z., Arensman, E. (2013) Risk factors for repetition of self-harm: A systematic review of hospital based studies. [Oral Presentation], The XXVI World Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention, Oslo, Norway , 24-SEP-13 - 28-SEP-13. [Details]
(2012)Psychological Society of Ireland Annual Conference,
Murphy, M., Hennessy, E., O'Sullivan, D. & Di Blasi, Z. (2012) Direct and Stress-Buffering Effects of Social Support: Real and Virtual?. [Oral Presentation], Psychological Society of Ireland Annual Conference, Cork, Ireland , 08-NOV-12 - 11-NOV-12. [Details]
(2011)International Association for Suicide Prevention, 26th World Conference,
Larkin, C., Di Blasi, Z., Aresnman, E. (2011) Risk factors for repetition of self-harm: a systematic review of prospective hospital-based studies. [Oral Presentation], International Association for Suicide Prevention, 26th World Conference, Beijing, China , 13-SEP-11 - 17-SEP-11. [Details]
(2012)14th European Symposium of Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour,
Larkin, C., Di Blasi, Z., Arensman, E. (2012) How do self-harm repeaters make sense of their experience? An interpretative phenomenological analysis of emergency department patients' accounts. [Oral Presentation], 14th European Symposium of Suicide and Suicidal Behaviour, Tel Aviv, Israel , 03-SEP-12 - 06-SEP-12. [Details]
(2012)14th European Symposium of Suicide and Suicidal Bhaviour,
Larkin, C., Di Blasi, Z., Arensman, E. (2012) Risk factors for repetition of self-harm: a systematic review of prospective hospital based studies. [Poster Presentation], 14th European Symposium of Suicide and Suicidal Bhaviour, Tel Aviv, Israel , 03-SEP-12 - 06-SEP-12. [Details]
(2012)NHS Health Service Research Network Symposium,
Larkin, C., Di Blasi, Z., Arensman, E. (2012) Hospital emergency department presentations of self-harm: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of patient experience. [Oral Presentation], NHS Health Service Research Network Symposium, Manchester, UK , 19-JUN-12 - 20-JUN-12. [Details]
(2012)Psychological Society of Ireland, 42nd Annual Conference,
Di Blasi, Z., Dockray, S., O'Leary, K. (2012) The Heart and Science of Positive Psychology. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Psychological Society of Ireland, 42nd Annual Conference, Cork, Ireland , 22-NOV-12 - 25-NOV-12. [Details]
(2012)Psychological Society of Ireland, 42nd Annual Conference,
Murphy, M., Hennessy, E., O'Sullivan, D., Di Blasi, Z. (2012) Direct and stress buffering effects of social support: real or virtual?. [Oral Presentation], Psychological Society of Ireland, 42nd Annual Conference, Rochestown Hotel, Cork, Ireland , 22-NOV-12 - 25-NOV-12. [Details]
(2012)Psychological Society of Ireland, 42nd Annual Conference,
O'Leary, K., Di Blasi, Z., O'Sullivan, D. (2012) Grateful during pregnancy. [Poster Presentation], Psychological Society of Ireland, 42nd Annual Conference, Rochestown Hotel, Cork, Ireland , 22-NOV-12 - 25-NOV-12. [Details]
(2012)Psychological Society of Ireland, 42nd Annual Conference,
O'Leary, K., Dockray, S., Di Blasi, Z. (2012) The effect of gratitude and mindful interventions on levels of gratitude and mindfulness. [Oral Presentation], Psychological Society of Ireland, 42nd Annual Conference, Rochestown Hotel, Cork, Ireland , 22-NOV-12 - 25-NOV-12. [Details]
(2011)International Association for Suicide Prevention 26th World Congress,
Larkin, C., Di Blasi, Z., Arensman, E. (2011) Risk factors for repetition of self-harm: A systematic review of prospective hospital-based studies. [Oral Presentation], International Association for Suicide Prevention 26th World Congress, Beijing, China , 13-SEP-12 - 17-SEP-12. [Details]
(2011)Irish Association of Suicidology 15th Annual Conference,
Larkin, C., Di Blasi, Z., Aresnman, E. (2011) Risk factors for repetition of self-harm: A systematic review of prospective hospital-based studies. [Oral Presentation], Irish Association of Suicidology 15th Annual Conference, Sligo, Ireland , 05-OCT-11 - 06-OCT-11. [Details]
(2011)International Society for the Study of Self-Injury 6th Annual Meeting,
Larkin, C., Di Blasi, Z., Arensman, E. (2011) Risk factors for repetition of self-harm: A systematic review of prospective hospital-based studies. [Oral Presentation], International Society for the Study of Self-Injury 6th Annual Meeting, Fordham University, New York City, USA , 24-JUN-12 - 26-JUN-12. [Details]
(2011)Psychological Society of Ireland, 41st Annual Conference,
Dwyer, A., Murphy, M., Di Blasi, Z., O'Sullivan, D. (2011) Social Support and Personality: Additive or Interactive in Predicting Happiness?. [Oral Presentation], Psychological Society of Ireland, 41st Annual Conference, Galway, Ireland , 10-NOV-11 - 13-NOV-11. [Details]
(2011)Psychological Society of Ireland, 41st Annual Conference,
Goulding, E., Murphy, M., Di Blasi, Z. (2011) Prescription medication borrowing and sharing among Irish college students. [Oral Presentation], Psychological Society of Ireland, 41st Annual Conference, Galway, Ireland , 10-NOV-11 - 13-NOV-11. [Details]
(2010)Psychogenic Cardiovascular Disease Conference,
Murphy, M., O'Sullivan, D., Gallagher, J., Di Blasi, Z., Hammond, S. & O'Rourke, M.; (2010) Cardiac misconceptions, Type D personality and physical activity in a sample of young adults. [Poster Presentation], Psychogenic Cardiovascular Disease Conference, Prato, Italy , 01-SEP-10 - 04-SEP-10. [Details]
(2010)31st World Conference on Stress and Anxiety Research,
Kearney, G., Di Blasi, Z., Murphy, M. & O'Sullivan, D.; (2010) What Makes the Heart Sing? The Effects of a Gratitude Intervention on Happiness Levels among Irish University Students. [Oral Presentation], 31st World Conference on Stress and Anxiety Research, Galway, Ireland , 04-AUG-10 - 06-AUG-10. [Details]
(2009)39th Annual Psychological Society of Ireland Conference,
Beecher, T., Whelton, H., Di Blasi, Z., O'Mullane, D., Browne, D. & Flannery E. (2009) What do Health-Related Quality of Life Measures Really Measure?. [Oral Presentation], 39th Annual Psychological Society of Ireland Conference, Wexford, Ireland . [Details]
(2010)7th Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland Division of Health Psychology in association with the Division of Health Psychology of the British Psychological Society, Northern Ireland Branch,
Larkin, C., Di Blasi , Z. & Arensman, E.; (2010) Risk factors for repeated deliberate self-harm: a prospective study of emergency department presentations. [Poster Presentation], 7th Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland Division of Health Psychology in association with the Division of Health Psychology of the British Psychological Society, Northern Ireland Branch, Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland , 31-MAR-10 - 31-MAR-10. [Details]
(2010)24th European Health Psychology Society Conference (EHPS) Annual Conference: Health in context,
Morrisroe, R., Di Blasi, Z., & Evans, D.; (2010) Health, optimism and mindfulness: Exploring relationships using self-report measures. [Oral Presentation], 24th European Health Psychology Society Conference (EHPS) Annual Conference: Health in context, Cluj-Napoca, Romania , 01-SEP-10 - 04-SEP-10. [Details]
(2010)7th Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland Division of Health Psychology in association with the Division of Health Psychology of the British Psychological Society, Northern Ireland Branch,
Morrisroe, R., Di Blasi, Z., Evans, D.; (2010) Health, optimism and mindfulness: exploring relationships using self-report measures. [Poster Presentation], 7th Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland Division of Health Psychology in association with the Division of Health Psychology of the British Psychological Society, Northern Ireland Branch, Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Ireland , 31-MAR-10 - 31-MAR-10. [Details]
(2009)23rd European Health Psychology Society (EHPS) Annual Conference 2009,
DiBlasi, Z., O'Reilly-Trace, A., & Bourgoyne, L; (2009) The Role of Mindfulness in First Year Psychology lectures on attention, well-being and academic performance. [Poster Presentation], 23rd European Health Psychology Society (EHPS) Annual Conference 2009, Italy , 01-OCT-09 - 31-OCT-09. [Details]
(2008)NAIRTL (National Academy for Integration of Research & Teaching & Learning) Conference 2008: Challenging Assumptions,
Di Blasi, Z., O'Reilly, A. & Burgoyne, L. ; (2008) The Role of Mindfulness in First Year Psychology Lectures. [Peer Reviewed Published Proceedings], NAIRTL (National Academy for Integration of Research & Teaching & Learning) Conference 2008: Challenging Assumptions, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland , 13-NOV-07 - 14-MAR-08. [Details]
(2008)National Academy for Integration of Research & Teaching & Learning (NAIRTL). Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Challenging Assumptions,
Di Blasi, Z., Reilly, A. Burgoyne, L.; (2008) The Role of Mindfulness in First year Psychology Lectures. [Oral Presentation], National Academy for Integration of Research & Teaching & Learning (NAIRTL). Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: Challenging Assumptions, Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland , 13-NOV-08 - 14-NOV-08. [Details]
(2008)The role of mindfulness in first year Psychology lectures,
DiBlasi, Z., Trace, A., & Borgoyne, L. ; (2008) The role of mindfulness in first year Psychology lectures. [Oral Presentation], The role of mindfulness in first year Psychology lectures, National Academy for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning Conference , 01-JAN-08 - 31-DEC-08. [Details]
(2008)UCC/Cork University Hospital Teaching Day,
Goulding, E. & Di Blasi, Z; (2008) Another Man's Poison: Students Sharing Prescription Medicines. [Oral Presentation], UCC/Cork University Hospital Teaching Day, Cork, Ireland , 03-JAN-08 - 03-JAN-08. [Details]
(2007)37th Psychological Society of Ireland Annual Conference,
Beecher, T., Whelton, H., Di Blasi, Z; (2007) Investigation of the relationship between oral health and health-related quality of life. [Oral Presentation], 37th Psychological Society of Ireland Annual Conference, Galway, Ireland , 01-JAN-07 - 01-JAN-07. [Details]
(2007)Health Day, Cork University Hospital conference,
Lenane, G. & Di Blasi, Z; (2007) The Irish Adonis: Male Body Dissatisfaction and its Association with Media, Fitness and Happiness. [Oral Presentation], Health Day, Cork University Hospital conference, Cork, Ireland , 01-JAN-07 - 01-JAN-07. [Details]
(2007)Group Health,
Di Blasi, Z; (2007) When Irish Eyes are Smiling: a short course in happiness. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], Group Health, Seattle , 05-JAN-07 - 05-JAN-07. [Details]
(2006)36th Psychological Society of Ireland Annual Conference,
Crowley, T., Browne, D., Whelton, H., Flannery, E., Di Blasi, Z., Porteous, P. & O'Mullane, D. (2006) Investigation of the Relationship Between Oral Health and Health-Related Quality of Life. [Oral Presentation], 36th Psychological Society of Ireland Annual Conference, Galway, Ireland . [Details]
(2006)36th Psychological Society of Ireland Annual Conference 2006,
Crowley, T.; Browne, D., Whelton, H., Flannery, E., Di Blasi, Z., Porteous, M., & O¿Mollane, D.; (2006) Investigation of the Relationship between Oral Health and Health-Related Quality of Life. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], 36th Psychological Society of Ireland Annual Conference 2006, Galway, Ireland , 09-NOV-06 - 10-NOV-06. [Details]
(2006)36th Psychological Society of Ireland Annual Conference 2006,
Crowley, T., Browne, D., Whelton, H., Flannery, E., Di Blasi, Z., Porteous, M., & O'Mollane, D.; (2006) The Impact of Tooth Enamel Defects (Fluorosis) on Irish Children's Quality of Life: A New Measure. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], 36th Psychological Society of Ireland Annual Conference 2006, Galway, Ireland , 09-NOV-06 - 12-NOV-06. [Details]
(2005)63rd Annual Scientific Conference of the American Psychosomatic Society,
Di Blasi, Z; (2005) Placebo effects in health care interactions: A systematic review. [Poster Presentation], 63rd Annual Scientific Conference of the American Psychosomatic Society, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada , 01-JAN-05 - 01-JAN-05. [Details]
(2004)Group Health,
Di Blasi, Z; (2004) From the Science of the Placebo to the Art of Human Care. [Invited Oral Presentation], Group Health, Seattle , 01-JAN-04 - 01-JAN-04. [Details]
(2004)Holistic Healing,
Di Blasi, Z; (2004) The Science and Art of the Placebo Effect. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Holistic Healing, San Francisco State University, CA , 03-JAN-04 - 03-JAN-04. [Details]
(2004)California Institute of Integral Studies,
Di Blasi, Z; (2004) The Powerless Placebo. [Invited Seminars/Guest Lectures], California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA , 01-JAN-04 - 01-JAN-04. [Details]
(2003)17th European Health Psychology Conference,
Di Blasi, Z; (2003) Placebo effects and patient-practitioner interactions: A systematic review of randomised controlled trials. [Oral Presentation], 17th European Health Psychology Conference, Kos, Greece , 01-JAN-03 - 01-JAN-03. [Details]
(2003)Women Health Resource Center,
Di Blasi, Z; (2003) The Placebo Effect: The crack in the biomedical box. [Invited Lectures (Workshops)], Women Health Resource Center, UCSF , 03-JAN-03 - 03-JAN-03. [Details]
(2003)Brown Bag Lecture Series. Osher Center for Integrative Medicine,
Di Blasi, Z; (2003) The Placebo Effect: The crack in the biomedical box. [Invited Oral Presentation], Brown Bag Lecture Series. Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, UCSF , 01-JAN-03 - 01-JAN-03. [Details]
(2003)1st Bay Area Biomedical Symposium,
Di Blasi, Z; (2003) Placebo unmasking: Are trial participants told what they got at study closure?. [Oral Presentation], 1st Bay Area Biomedical Symposium, San Francisco, CA , 04-JAN-03 - 04-JAN-03. [Details]
(2002)Annual General Practitioners of Ireland Conference,
Di Blasi, Z.; (2002) Influence of context effects on health outcomes: A systematic review. [Oral Presentation], Annual General Practitioners of Ireland Conference, Cork, Ireland , 08-JAN-02 - 08-JAN-02. [Details]
(2002)Annual General Practice Conference,
Di Blasi, Z; (2002) Placebo unmasking: Are trial participants told what they got?. [Oral Presentation], Annual General Practice Conference, University College Cork, Ireland , 01-JAN-02 - 01-JAN-02. [Details]
(2002)Department of General Practice,
Di Blasi, Z; (2002) The Science and. Art of the Placebo Effect. [Invited Oral Presentation], Department of General Practice, University College Cork, Ireland , 04-JAN-02 - 04-JAN-02. [Details]
(2002)Complementary and Alternative Medicine Association,
Di Blasi, Z; (2002) The placebo effect: The discredited sister of scientific medicine. [Invited Oral Presentation], Complementary and Alternative Medicine Association, Liverpool, UK , 02-JAN-02 - 02-JAN-02. [Details]
(2000)14th Annual European Health Psychology Conference,
Di Blasi, Z; (2000) The rise in emergency hospital admissions: A systematic review on the nature, causes and consequences. [Oral Presentation], 14th Annual European Health Psychology Conference, Florence, Italy , 01-JAN-00 - 01-JAN-00. [Details]
(2000)30th Annual Psychological Society of Ireland,
Di Blasi, Z; (2000) Emergency admissions: nature, causes, consequences. [Oral Presentation], 30th Annual Psychological Society of Ireland, Kilkenny, Ireland , 05-MAY-00 - 05-MAY-00. [Details]
(1996)10th Annual European Health Psychology Conference,
Di Blasi, Z; (1996) Skin cancer in Irish outdoor workers: knowledge and risk perceptions. [Oral Presentation], 10th Annual European Health Psychology Conference, Dublin, Ireland , 05-JAN-96 - 05-JAN-96. [Details]

Employment

 EmployerPositionFrom / To
University College Cork Lecturer06-JAN-06 /
University of York, UK. Research Fellow01-JAN-97 / 01-JAN-99
University of York,Uk Research Fellow01-JAN-99 / 01-JAN-00
University of California San Francisco, USA Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Integrative Medicine and Health Psychology22-JUL-02 / 01-JAN-05

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
1996University College Galway MScHealth Psychology
2008University College Cork Postgraduate Diploma Teaching & Learning in Higher EducationEducation
1992University College Cork BA HONSApplied Psychology
2003University of York, UK. PhDHealth Sciences

Languages

 LanguageReadingWritingSpeaking
Italian FluentFluentFluent

Consultancy

 ClientDescription
RTE Radio interviews in Mooney Goes Wild
Consultant to the Centre for Integrative Medicine, Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland
Consultant to the `Optimizing Healing Encounters study, Group Health, Seattle
Consultant to the Placebo Effect Research Group, Harvard Medical School

Journal Activities

 JournalRoleTo / From
Journal Of Health Service Research And Policy Referee-
Transportation Research: Traffic Psychology & Behaviour Referee-
Cambridge University Press & Cork University Press Referee-
Irish Journal Of Psychology Referee01-JAN-07 - 01-JAN-09
British Medical Journal Referee01-JAN-03 - 01-JAN-08
Journal Of Health Service Research And Policy Referee01-JAN-01 - 01-JAN-04

Teaching Interests

I am passionate about Positive and Health Psychology (e.g. theoretical, methodological and practical issues in stress & its management; the role of positive affect in wellbeing; the placebo effect and how this can be harnessed in health care). I am also interested in Social Psychology, particularly the Social Psychology of Good and Evil. With regards to research methods, I am interested in systematic reviews and randomized controlled trials.

Currently module co-ordinator of the following courses:
AP2109 Social Psychology
AP3109 Applied Social and Health Psychology
AP3199 Wellbeing and Social Engagement
AP6129 Health Psychology
AP6112 Critical Issues in Applying Psychology 

Recent Postgraduates

 Graduation YearStudent NameInstitutionDegree TypeThesis Title
2014Mark Barry University College CorkPhDResearch into the potential of short interventions in promoting well-being among adolescents
2015Richard Morrisroe University College CorkPHDThe Placebo Effect: Measurement By Multiple Methods
2015Karen O'Leary University College CorkPhDThe effect of positive psychological interventions on psychological and physical well-being during pregnancy
2013Celine Larkin University College CorkPHDSelf-cutting and prospective repetition of self-harm: Studies of emergency department presentations in Ireland

Current Postgraduate Students

 StudentDegree Type
Beecher Tara Jane Doctoral Degree

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2016Coaching Skills 1 AP6161Coaching Skills 1
2016Health Psychology AP6129Health Psychology
2016Social Psychology AP2109Social Psychology
2016Applied Social & Health Psychology AP3109Applied Social & Health Psychology
2016The Competent Coach: Ethics and Supervision AP6157The Competent Coach: Ethics and Supervision
2016Coaching Skills 2 AP6163Coaching Skills 2
2016Positive Organisational Psychology AP6159Positive Organisational Psychology
2016Positive Psychology AP3033Positive Psychology
2016Evidence Based Coaching: Theory, Approaches and Models AP6162Evidence Based Coaching: Theory, Approaches and Models
2016Private Practice AP6160Private Practice