Dr. Siobhan Leahy
Siobhan Leahy joined TILDA in February 2013 as a post-doctoral Health Researcher. She was awarded a B.Sc. in Physiotherapy from the University of Limerick in 2008 and subsequently completed a PhD investigating body composition and its measurement in Irish adults, also at the University of Limerick. Siobhan is working on the HRB-funded Project SADD, investigating the relationships between socioeconomic position, anxiety, depression and diabetes in the ageing population of Ireland.
Project SADD will address the following research questions using TILDA data:
- What is the distribution of Type 2 diabetes, depression and anxiety in older Irish adults?
- How do these distributions differ by diabetes sub-group and what other characteristics define these groups?
- What is the burden of undiagnosed diabetes in older Irish adults and how does this differ by sub-group?
- What is the incidence of each condition (diabetes, depression, anxiety) over time?
- What is the direction of the association between diabetes and mental health?
- What are the pathways by which socio-economic position leads to diabetes? What are the specific roles of depression and anxiety?
- How can these factors be modified to improve outcomes in older adults?