Dr Ursula Kenny

Lecturer in Clinical Sciences and Nutrition

Qualifications

  • BSc Nutritional Sciences - University College Cork, Ireland   
  • PhD (recently submitted) Health Promotion - National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
  • PG Certificate – Learning & Teaching in Higher Education (enrolled; due to commence in September)

Overview

Ursula undertook her PhD studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), examining the role of peers on adolescent body image. Specifically, her PhD research aimed to explore: (i) adolescents’ perceptions on the mechanisms through which peers influence body image; (ii) the factors that influence adolescent body image relative to peers; and (iii) the impact of cyberbullying and friendship dynamics on body image among youth in Ireland. Whilst Ursula was pursuing her PhD, she became a member of the Health Promotion Research Centre (HPRC) at NUIG, and subsequently worked on a WHO-collaborative research project pertaining to young peoples’ health and health behaviours (Health Behaviours in School Aged Children Study, HBSC), as well as a school food environment study (Combating Childhood Obesity through Improving Dietary & Food Environment Measurements).

Towards the latter stages of her PhD, Ursula pursued a lecturing position in Public Health Nutrition, at the University of Chester. She is module leader for a number of modules delivered on the MSc in Public Health Nutrition, and also contributes to modules delivered on both the Human Nutrition and Nutrition and Dietetics programmes.

Teaching

Ursula leads or contributes to the following Undergraduate and Postgraduate modules:

  • XN5101 Professional Perspectives in Human Nutrition
  • XN6121 Health Improvement
  • XN7052 Developing Healthier Communities
  • XN7054 Professional Perspectives
  • XN7202 Causes and Assessment of Obesity
  • XN7050 Sociology and Psychology and Public Health

Research

  • Body image in adolescence
  • Nutrition and food behaviours of adults and young people
  • Overweight and obesity
  • Health behaviours among school-aged children
  • Participative approaches to research
  • Qualitative research
  • Salutogenic/Health Assets approaches

Published work

  • Kenny, U., Molcho, M., O’Malley-Keighran, MP. and Kelly, C., 2016. Peer influences on adolescent body image: Friends or foes? Journal of Adolescent Research.
  • Kenny, U., Molcho, M. and Kelly, C., 2016. Young people’s perspectives in developing a survey item on factors that influence body image. YOUNG
  • Kenny, U., Sullivan, L., Callaghan, M., Molcho, M. and Kelly, C., 2016. The relationship between cyberbullying and peer support on adolescent body dissatisfaction: A cross-sectional study. The Journal of Health Psychology (provisionally accepted, Nov 2016).
  • Ryan, A.M., Cushen, S., Schellekens, H., Bhuachalla, E.N., Burns, L., Kenny, U. and Power, D.G., 2015. Poor awareness of risk factors for cancer in Irish adults: results of a large survey and review of the literature. Oncologist20(4).
  • Kenny, U., Burke, L., Fox, K.A. & Kelly, C (2014). Their voice: Involving adolescents in the research process to capture factors influencing body image perceptions in Ireland. (2014). Children’s Research Digest: Volume 1 Issue 1, Dec 2014.

 

Conference Publications

(2016)

·         Kenny, U., Sullivan, L., Callaghan, M., Molcho, M. and Kelly, C (2016). The relationship between cyberbullying and peer support on adolescent body image: A cross-sectional study. Oral presentation at the European Association for Research on Adolescence, La Barrosa, Cadiz, Spain, Sept 2016. 

·         Kenny, U., Molcho, M. and Kelly, C (2016). A conceptual model of peer influences on adolescent body image: Where do we go from here? (2016). Oral presentation at the European Association for Research on Adolescence, La Barrosa, Cadiz, Spain, Sept 2016.

·         Kenny, U., Molcho, M. and Kelly, C (2016). The mechanisms through which peers influence adolescent body image: A conceptual model. Oral presentation at the Appearance Matters Conference, The Royal College of Surgeons, London, England, June 2016.

·         Kenny, U., Sullivan, L., Callaghan, M., Molcho, M. and Kelly, C (2016). Examining the impact of cyberbullying and peer support on adolescent body image. Poster presentation at the Health Promotion Research Annual Conference, NUI Galway, June 2016.

·         Kenny, U., Molcho, M. and Kelly, C (2016). Capturing the mechanisms through which peers impact adolescent body image through the lens of a newly developed conceptual model. Oral presentation at the Psychology Health and Medicine Conference, University College Cork, May 2016.

·         Kenny, U., Molcho, M. and Kelly, C (2016). Young people’s perspectives in developing a survey item on factors that influence body image. Oral presentation at the Postgraduate Conference, University of Limerick, May 2016.

(2015)

·         Kenny, U., Molcho, M. & Kelly, C (2015). Unveiling the reality of adolescent peer cultures: Impact on body image perception. Poster presentation at the International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland, June 2015.

·         Kenny, U., Molcho, M. & Kelly, C (2015). Adolescent involvement in the development of a body image question for use in the HBSC 2013/14 Ireland survey. Poster presentation at the International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland, June 2015.

(2014)

·         Kenny, U. & Kelly, C. (2014). Peer Influences on adolescent body image in Ireland. Oral presentation at the Postgraduate Nutrition Society meeting, Dublin, Feb 2014.

·         Kenny, U., Molcho, M. & Kelly, C. (2014). Body image perceptions and health among adolescents in Ireland. Oral presentation at the Sociological Association of Ireland Conference, NUI Galway, March 2014.

·         Kenny, U., Molcho, M. & Kelly, C. (2014). Factors influencing adolescent body image in Ireland. Poster presentation at the Health Promotion Research Annual Conference, NUI Galway, June 2014.  

·         Kenny, U., Burke, L., Fox, K.A., Molcho, M. & Kelly, C. (2014). What influences adolescent body image? Oral presentation at the HBSC Summer meeting, Czech Republic, June 2014.

·         Kenny, U., Burke, L., Fox, K.A., Molcho, M. & Kelly, C. (2014). What influences adolescent body image? Research Showcase, National University of Ireland, Galway, July 2014.

(2013)

Kenny, U., Molcho, M. & Kelly, C. (2013). Trends in body size perception among school children in Ireland. Poster presentation at the Health Promotion Research Annual Conference, NUI Galway, June 2016.