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Dr. Christine McGarrigle

Dr. Christine McGarrigle joined TILDA as a Social Epidemiology Research Fellow in April 2012. She was TILDA Research Director between September 2015 and November 2017. She received her M.Sc. and PhD in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London (UK). She previously received a B.Sc. in Chemistry from University College Dublin. As part of the TILDA team her research is currently focused on (1) intergenerational transfers between generations; (2) the health and social determinants associated with successful ageing and; (3) the health and wellbeing outcomes associated with caring and social participation, including religiosity, and the determinants that enable and constrain continued participation of older people in society. Her research has been reported on extensively in national broadcast (RTE, Newstalk, Today FM) and national and international print media (The New York Times, The Sunday Times, The Times, Irish Independent, Irish Times, Irish Examiner) and health publications (Irish Medical Times, Health News, Irish Dentistry, MDmag.com). All media coverage can be accessed here.

Prior to joining TILDA, Christine worked at the Health Protection Agency in London where she was the lead scientist for behavioural surveillance, and was an honorary research fellow at the Department of Primary Care and Population Sciences, University of London. She worked on a number of national surveillance and research programmes which included behavioural surveys, recruiting from both clinical settings and community settings using participatory research methods, which informed health promotion and disease control. Christine also worked on national programmes for establishing and developing unlinked anonymous surveys in clinical settings to estimate population prevalence of HIV infection. She led research focused on developing novel methods of estimating undiagnosed HIV prevalence and incidence using behavioural surveillance data. Her PhD thesis developed a novel method to estimate national HIV prevalence in the UK, using behavioural data on HIV testing.

Recent Peer-reviewed Publications

Journal articles

  1. Orr J, Kenny RA, McGarrigle CA. Longitudinal associations of religious affiliation and attendance with two objective measures of physical function. A mixed effects analysis of adults aged 50 and over in Ireland. Journal of American Geriatric Society. 2020 (In Press)

  2. Donoghue OA, O’Shea M, McGarrigle CA, Lang D, Whitty H, O’Shea D, Kenny RA, Translating frailty assessment methodologies and research-based evidence to clinical education and practice: Insights from TILDA. Journal Ageing & Social Policy. 2020 (In Press).

  3. May P, Roe L, McGarrigle CA, Kenny RA, Normand C. End-of-life experience for older adults in Ireland: results from the Irish longitudinal study on ageing (TILDA). BMC Health Services Research. 2020 Feb 14;20(1):118. doi: 10.1186/s12913-020-4978-0

  4. Ward M, McGarrigle CA, Laird E, Kenny RA. Social capital and quality of life among urban and rural older adults. Findings from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing. Applied Research Quality of Life 2020;262(1):389-396. doi: 10.1007/s11482-020-09820-7.

  5. Orr J, Tobin K, Kenny RA, McGarrigle CA. Religious attendance, loneliness and depressive symptoms in middle aged and older women in Ireland. Research on Aging 2019; 41(9):891-911. doi: 10.1177/0164027519860270. PMID:31331248

  6. Brown P, RELISH Consortium, Zhou Y. Large expert-curated database for benchmarking document similarity detection in biomedical literature search. Database 2019: 2019 article ID baz085;doi: 10.1093/database/baz085.

  7. Donoghue OA, McGarrigle CA, Kenney RA. Who’s in the driver’s seat? Impact on social participation and psychosocial wellbeing in adults aged 50 and over. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour. 2019; 64: 522-531. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trf.2019.06.010.

  8. Curran E, Rosato M, Cooper J, McGarrigle CA, Leavey G. Symptom profiles of late‐life anxiety and depression: The influence of migration, religion and loneliness. Depression and Anxiety. 2019;36:824-833. https://doi.org/10.1002/da.22893.

  9. Ní Bhuachalla B, McGarrigle CA, O’Leary N, Akuffo KA, Peto T, Beatty S, Kenny RA. Blood Pressure Variability Is Associated With Lower Visual Contrast Sensitivity Function: Findings From The Irish Longitudinal Study on Aging. Experimental Gerontology. 2019; 119:14-24. doi: 10.1016/j.exger.2019.01.009. PubMed PMID: 30677467

  10. Wallace E, Moriarty F, McGarrigle C, Smith SM, Kenny RA, Fahey T. Self-report versus electronic medical record recorded healthcare utilisation in older community-dwelling adults: Comparison of two prospective cohort studies. PLoS One. 2018; Oct 26;13(10):e0206201. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0206201. eCollection 2018. PubMed PMID: 30365518.

  11. Ward M, McGarrigle CA, Kenny RA. More than health: quality of life trajectories among older adults-findings from The Irish Longitudinal Study of Ageing (TILDA). Quality of Life Research. 2019;28(2):429-439. doi: 10.1007/s11136-018-1997-y. PubMed PMID: 30209723.

  12. Donoghue OA, McGarrigle CA, Foley M, Fagan A, Meaney J, Kenny RA. Cohort Profile Update: The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA). International Journal of Epidemiology. 2018; 47(5):1398-1398l. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyy163. PubMed PMID: 30124849

  13. Ní Bhuachalla B, McGarrigle CA, O’Leary N, Akuffo KA, Peto T, Beatty S, Kenny RA. Orthostatic Hypertension and Age-Related Macular Degeneration: Results from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing: Findings From The Irish Longitudinal Study on Aging. Experimental Gerontology 2018; 106:80-87. doi: 10.1016/j.exger.2018.02.029. PubMed PMID: 29501627.

  14. McGarrigle CA, Timonen V, Layte R. Choice and Constraint in the Negotiation of the Grandparenting role. Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine 2018;4:2333721417750944. doi: 10.1177/2333721417750944. eCollection 2018 Jan-Dec. PubMed PMID: 29372176; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5774728.

  15. Ní Bhuachalla B, McGarrigle CA, Akuffo KA, Peto T, Beatty S, Kenny RA. Phenotypes of Orthostatic Blood Pressure Behaviour and Association with Visual Acuity. Clinical Autonomic Research 2015 Dec; 25(6):373-381. doi: 10.1007/s10286-015-0315-9. PubMed PMID: 26564200.

  16. Ní Bhuachalla B, McGarrigle CA, Kenny RA. Neurocardiovascular Instability May Modulate End-Organ Damage. A Review of this Hypothesis and The Eye. Medical Hypotheses 2015 Nov;85(5):594-602. doi: 10.1016/j.mehy.2015.07.020. Review. PubMed PMID: 26272606.

  17. Hayakawa T*, McGarrigle CA*, Coen R, Soraghan C, Foran T, Lawlor BA, Kenny RA. Orthostatic blood pressure behaviour in people with mild cognitive impairment predicts conversion to dementia. Journal of American Geriatric Society 2015 Sep;63(9): 1868-73. doi: 10.1111/jgs.13596. PubMed PMID: 26313614. *Joint first authors

  18. McGarrigle CA, Cronin H, Kenny RA. The impact of being the intermediate caring generation and intergenerational transfers on self-reported health of women in Ireland. International Journal of public health, 2014. 59(2):301-8. doi: 10.1007/s00038-013-0521-y. PubMed PMID: 24114358

Dr. McGarrigle’s complete publication list can be viewed here

Book chapters

  1. Donoghue O, McGarrigle CA, Kenny RA. The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA). HRS Studies Series. In Gu D and Dupre ME (Eds) Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging. Springer, Cham 2019. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2_340-1

TILDA Reports

  1. McGarrigle C, Ward M, Scarlett S, Kenny RA. The contributions of the over 70s to Irish society: Results from Wave 5 of the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing. The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, Dublin, March 2020

  2. Kenny RA, Hernandez B, O’Halloran A, Moriarty F, McGarrigle C. TILDA report to inform demographics for over 50s in Ireland for COVID-19 crisis. The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, Dublin, March 2020

  3. Donoghue O, McGarrigle C, Kenny RA. Pet ownership and associations with physical health and wellbeing. The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, Dublin, August 2019

  4. McGarrigle C, Ward M. Quality of life and relationships. In Wellbeing and Health in Ireland’s over 50s, 2009-2016. Turner N, Donoghue, Kenny RA (eds.). The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, Dublin, November 2018

  5. May P, McGarrigle C, Normand C. The end of life experience of older adults in Ireland. The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, Trinity College Dublin, November 2017

  6. Sheehan A, McGarrigle C, O’Connell B. Oral health and wellbeing in older Irish adults. The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, Trinity College Dublin, September 2017

  7. McGarrigle C, Donoghue O, Scarlett S, Kenny RA (eds.). Health and Wellbeing. Active ageing for older adults in Ireland. The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, Trinity College Dublin, March 2017

  8. Kenny RA, McGarrigle C. 1. Introduction. In: Health and Wellbeing. Active ageing for older adults in Ireland. The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, Trinity College Dublin, March 2017

  9. Ward M, McGarrigle C. 2. The contribution of older adults to their families and communities. In: Health and Wellbeing. Active ageing for older adults in Ireland. The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, Trinity College Dublin, March 2017

  10. O’Connor D, Leahy S, McGarrigle C. 3. Consumption patterns and adherence to the Food Pyramid. In: Health and Wellbeing. Active ageing for older adults in Ireland. The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, Trinity College Dublin, March 2017

  11. Orr J, McGarrigle C, Kenny RA. Sexual activity in the over 50s population in Ireland. The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, Trinity College Dublin. February 2017

  12. Orr J, Scarlett S, Donoghue O, McGarrigle C. Housing conditions of Ireland's older population: implications for physical and mental health. The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, Trinity College Dublin, October 2016

  13. McCrory C, Leahy S, McGarrigle C. 6. What Factors are Associated with Change in Older People's Quality of Life? In: The Over 50s in a Changing Ireland: Economic Circumstances, Health and Well-Being. The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, Trinity College Dublin, 2014.

  14. McGarrigle C, Kenny RA. Profile of the sandwich generation and intergenerational transfers in Ireland. The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, Trinity College Dublin, August 2013.

Recent Grant Funding

  • 2020-2023 National Institute on Aging. Harmonizing Cognitive Assessments in Irish, English, and American Longitudinal Studies: Supporting Cross-National Research on the Epidemiology of Dementia HCAP, (€3,630,636). Role: Co-Applicant.

  • 2018-2021 Health Research Board. Multimodal Cardiovascular Modelling for Predicting and Preventing Disability in TILDA (€369,994). Role: Co-applicant.

  • 2015-2017 Health Service Executive. What are the important determinants for maintaining social participation in over 50s in Ireland? Evidence from TILDA (€98,250). Role: Co-applicant).

Media Coverage

McGarrigle C, Ward M, Scarlett S, Kenny RA. The contributions of the over 70s to Irish society: Results from Wave 5 of the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing. The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, Dublin, March 2020
The Irish Times Irish Examiner

Donoghue OA, McGarrigle CA, Kenney RA. Who’s in the driver’s seat? Impact on social participation and psychosocial wellbeing in adults aged 50 and over. Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour. 2019; 64: 522-531.
The Irish Times Irish Independent Irish Independent Medical Express Irish Health The University Times Extra.ie RTE

Donoghue O, McGarrigle C, Kenny RA. Pet ownership and associations with physical health and wellbeing. The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, Dublin, August 2019
Irish Examiner The University Times The Irish Times Phys.org

Orr J, Tobin K, Kenny RA, McGarrigle CA. Religious attendance, loneliness and depressive symptoms in middle aged and older women in Ireland. Research on Aging 2019; 41(9):891-911. doi: 10.1177/0164027519860270. PMID:31331248
Medical Express Irish Independent The Irish Times The Irish Times The Journal.ie Irish Independent The University Times Irish Examiner The Irish Times NewsTalk RTE News

McGarrigle CA, Timonen V, Layte R. Choice and Constraint in the Negotiation of the Grandparenting role. Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine 2018;4:2333721417750944. doi: 10.1177/2333721417750944. eCollection 2018 Jan-Dec. PubMed PMID: 29372176; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5774728.
New York Times The Irish Independent Irish Independent Irish Independent Irish Independent Irish Examiner Irish Independent Herald Irish Examiner The Irish Times RTE The Irish Times

McGarrigle C, Ward M. Quality of life and relationships. In Wellbeing and Health in Ireland’s over 50s, 2009-2016. Turner N, Donoghue, Kenny RA (eds.). The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, Dublin, November 2018.
Breaking News.ie The Journal.ie The University Times The Irish Times RTE Irish Independent The Times

McGarrigle C, Donoghue O, Scarlett S, Kenny RA (eds.). Health and Wellbeing. Active ageing for older adults in Ireland. The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, Trinity College Dublin, March 2017
BreakingNews.ie The Irish Times The Irish Times Irish Examiner

McGarrigle CA. Challenges and opportunities for older people in Ireland. The Citizens’ Assembly, Second Meeting on How We Best Respond to the Challenges and Opportunities of an Ageing Population, Malahide, 8 July 2017 Irish Independent

May P, McGarrigle C, Normand C. The end of life experience of older adults in Ireland. The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, Trinity College Dublin, November 2017.
The Journal.ie The Irish Times Irish Examiner Irish Independent

McGarrigle C, Kenny RA. Profile of the sandwich generation and intergenerational transfers in Ireland. The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, Trinity College Dublin, August 2013.
The Irish Times Irish Independent Irish Health The Journal.ie The Farmers Journal RTE News

Orr J, McGarrigle C, Kenny RA. Sexual activity in the over 50s population in Ireland. The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, Trinity College Dublin. February 2017
Irish Mirror Irish Independent Newstalk The Irish Times

Ní Bhuachalla B, McGarrigle CA, O’Leary N, Akuffo KA, Peto T, Beatty S, Kenny RA. Orthostatic Hypertension and Age-Related Macular Degeneration: Results from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing: Findings From The Irish Longitudinal Study on Aging. Experimental Gerontology 2018; 106:80-87. doi: 10.1016/j.exger.2018.02.029. PubMed PMID: 29501627.
MDmag.com

Hayakawa T*, McGarrigle CA*, Coen R, Soraghan C, Foran T, Lawlor BA, Kenny RA. Orthostatic blood pressure behaviour in people with mild cognitive impairment predicts conversion to dementia. Journal of American Geriatric Society 2015 Sep;63(9): 1868-73. doi: 10.1111/jgs.13596. PubMed PMID: 26313614. *Joint first authors
MedicalResearch.com

Sheehan A, McGarrigle C, O’Connell B. Oral health and wellbeing in older Irish adults. The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing, Trinity College Dublin, September 2017.
Irish Examiner Irish Dentistry