Research Profile

Myles Balfe

Biography

Hi,

My name is Myles. I'm a lecturer in Medical Sociology in UCC. I teach on all aspects of the undergraduate programme in Sociology. In first and second year I teach core concepts in the Sociology of STEM. In second and third year I teach more advanced concepts such as social networks, professionalization, standardization, risk, trust and technology. I teach a third year course on medical deviance which covers 'why good healthcare professionals go bad'. This course gives a wide-ranging overview of the involvement of medical and other allied professionals in atrocities such as torture, genocide and apocalyptic violence. 
     Prior to coming to UCC I worked for a number of years in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), where I was based in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine. While there I completed a number of projects on sexual abuse, young adults with diabetes and young adults' experiences of attending Irish health services for STI screening.
     My research interests are in the areas of chronic illness (especially type 1 diabetes), social networks, stigma, technology, violence and the sociology of healthcare professionals, especially the medical profession. I am currently working on a number of articles on cancer survivorship, the involvement of medical professionals in extreme deviance, and internet related deviance.  I have obtained approximately 300,000 euro in external research funding.
     If you are a student who is interested in doing postgraduate work in the area of the Sociology of Health, Science or Technology I'd be very happy to talk to you if you email me at the email address listed on this page.
     

Research Interests

Violence; stigma; technology; chronic illness (especially type 1 diabetes); medical deviance; trust; risk; standardisation; bureaucracy; professionalisation; social networks.

Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
What factors influence the self-care practices of young adults with type 1 diabetes in Ireland?Health Research Board03-SEP-1221-JAN-14€95,000.00
The use of the internet for deviant activitiesIrish Research Council€200,000.00

Publications

Book Chapters

 YearPublication
(2010)'Diets and discipline. The narratives of practice of university students with diabetes'
Balfe, M. and Brugha, R. (2010) 'Diets and discipline. The narratives of practice of university students with diabetes' In: Researching young people: fundamentals of applied research. London: Sage. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(2018)'Idiots, ideologues and just plain interested: the individuals who engage in amateur waterboarding on the internet'
Balfe, M. (2018) 'Idiots, ideologues and just plain interested: the individuals who engage in amateur waterboarding on the internet'. Deviant Behavior, [Details]
(2018)'Post-traumatic growth in head and neck cancer survivors: is it possible and what are the correlates?'
Sharp, L., Redfern, D., Timmons, A., Balfe, M. and Patterson, J. (2018) 'Post-traumatic growth in head and neck cancer survivors: is it possible and what are the correlates?'. Psycho-Oncology, (doi:10.1002/pon.4682) [Details]
(2017)'The nun study and Alzheimer’s disease: quality of vocation as a potential protective factor?'
Keohane, K. and Balfe, M. (2017) 'The nun study and Alzheimer’s disease: quality of vocation as a potential protective factor?'. Dementia, [Details]
(2017)'Making implicit assumptions explicit in the costing of informal care: the case of head and neck cancer in Ireland'
Hanly, P., Maguire, R., Balfe, M., O’ Sullivan, E. and Sharp, L. (2017) 'Making implicit assumptions explicit in the costing of informal care: the case of head and neck cancer in Ireland'. Pharmacoeconomics, 35 (5):581-560 [Details]
(2017)'Social support, social negativity and social networks: the case of head and neck cancer caregivers'
Balfe, M., O’ Brien, K., Keohane, K. and Sharp L. (2017) 'Social support, social negativity and social networks: the case of head and neck cancer caregivers'. European Journal of Cancer Care, 26 (6) [Details]
(2017)'Worry in head and neck cancer caregivers: the role of survivor factors, care-related stressors and loneliness in predicting fear of recurrence'
Maguire, R., Hanly, P., Balfe, M., Timmons, A., Hyland, P., O’ Sullivan, R, Butown, P. and Sharp, L. (2017) 'Worry in head and neck cancer caregivers: the role of survivor factors, care-related stressors and loneliness in predicting fear of recurrence'. Nursing Research, 66 :295-303 [Details]
(2017)'Associations between neighbourhood support and financial burden with unmet needs of head and neck cancer survivors'
O’ Brien, K., Timmons, A., Butow, P., Gooberman-Hill, R., O’ Sullivan, E., Balfe, M. and Sharp, L. (2017) 'Associations between neighbourhood support and financial burden with unmet needs of head and neck cancer survivors'. Oral Oncology, 65 (1):57-64 [Details]
(2016)'What factors are associated with posttraumatic growth in head and neck cancer carers'
Balfe, M., O’ Brien, K, Timmons, A., Butow, P., O’ Sullivan P., O’ Sullivan, E., Gooberman-Hill, R., and Sharp, L. (2016) 'What factors are associated with posttraumatic growth in head and neck cancer carers'. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 21 :31-37 [Details]
(2016)'Distress in head and neck cancer caregivers: causes, and implications for policy and practice'
Balfe, M., O’ Brien, K, Timmons, A., Butow, P., O’ Sullivan P., O’ Sullivan, E., Gooberman-Hill, R., and Sharp, L. (2016) 'Distress in head and neck cancer caregivers: causes, and implications for policy and practice'. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 25 :2317-2327 [Details]
(2016)'The financial impact of head and neck cancer caregiving: a qualitative study'
Balfe, M., Butow, P., O’ Sullivan, E., Gooberman-Hill, R., Timmons, A. and Sharp, L. (2016) 'The financial impact of head and neck cancer caregiving: a qualitative study'. Psycho-Oncology, 25 :1441-1447 [Details]
(2016)'The unmet care needs of long-term head and neck cancer caregivers in the extended survivorship period'
Balfe, M., O’ Brien, K, Timmons, A., Butow, P., O’ Sullivan P., O’ Sullivan, E., Gooberman-Hill, R., and Sharp, L. (2016) 'The unmet care needs of long-term head and neck cancer caregivers in the extended survivorship period'. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 25 :1576-1586 [Details]
(2016)'Burden and happiness in head and neck cancer carers: the role of supportive care needs'
Hanly, P., Maguire, R., Hyland, P., Balfe, M., Timmons, A. and Sharp, L. (2016) 'Burden and happiness in head and neck cancer carers: the role of supportive care needs'. Supportive Care In Cancer, 24 :4283-4291 [Details]
(2016)'Informal caregiving in head and neck cancer: a quantitative survey of caregiving activities and psychological wellbeing'
Balfe, M., O’ Brien, K, Timmons, A., Butow, P., O’ Sullivan P., O’ Sullivan, E., Gooberman-Hill, R., and Sharp, L. (2016) 'Informal caregiving in head and neck cancer: a quantitative survey of caregiving activities and psychological wellbeing'. European Journal of Cancer Care, (doi:10.1111/ecc.1) [Details]
(2016)'Standardising psycho-medical torture during the War on Terror: why it happened, how it happened, and why it didn’t work'
Balfe, M. (2016) 'Standardising psycho-medical torture during the War on Terror: why it happened, how it happened, and why it didn’t work'. Social Science and Medicine, 171 (1):1-8 [Details]
(2016)'Why did U.S. healthcare professionals become involved in torture during the War on Terror?'
Balfe, M. (2016) 'Why did U.S. healthcare professionals become involved in torture during the War on Terror?'. Journal Of Bioethical Inquiry, 13 :449-460 [Details]
(2015)'Developmental markers of risk or vulnerability? Young females who sexually abuse- characteristics, backgrounds, behaviours and outcomes'
Masson, H., Phillips, J., Hackett, S., Balfe, M (2015) 'Developmental markers of risk or vulnerability? Young females who sexually abuse- characteristics, backgrounds, behaviours and outcomes'. Child and Family Social Work, 20 :19-29 [Details]
(2014)'The use of identity protection technologies by internet child sex offenders'
Balfe, M., Gallagher, B., Balfe, S., Hackett, S., Phillips, J., Mason, H., Brugha, R. (2014) 'The use of identity protection technologies by internet child sex offenders'. Child Abuse Review, [Details]
(2014)'What's difficult about managing type 1 diabetes in the workplace?'
Balfe M, Doyle F, Smith D, Sreenan S, Brugha R, Conroy R (2014) 'What's difficult about managing type 1 diabetes in the workplace?'. Health and Place, [Details]
(2013)'Developmental markers of risk or vulnerability? Young females who sexually abuse – characteristics, backgrounds, behaviours and outcomes'
Masson, H., Hackett, S., Phillips, J. and Balfe, M. (2013) 'Developmental markers of risk or vulnerability? Young females who sexually abuse – characteristics, backgrounds, behaviours and outcomes'. Child and Family Social Work, [Details]
(2013)'Dealing with the devil: weight loss concerns in young adult women with type 1 diabetes'
Balfe, M., Brugha, R., Smith, D., Sreenan, S., Conroy, R., Doyle, F. (2013) 'Dealing with the devil: weight loss concerns in young adult women with type 1 diabetes'. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 22 (13):2030-2038 [Details]
(2013)'Community Reactions to Young People Who Have Sexually Abused and Their Families: A Shotgun Blast, Not a Rifle Shot'
Hackett, S., Balfe, M., Masson, H., Phillips, J. (2013) 'Community Reactions to Young People Who Have Sexually Abused and Their Families: A Shotgun Blast, Not a Rifle Shot'. Children & Society, [Details]
(2013)'Considering quality of care for young adults with diabetes in Ireland'
Balfe, M., Brugha, R., Smith, D., Sreenan, S., Conroy, R., Doyle, F. (2013) 'Considering quality of care for young adults with diabetes in Ireland'. BMC Health Services Research, 13 (448) [Details]
(2013)'Looking Back on the Long-Term Fostering and Adoption of Children with Harmful Sexual Behaviours: Carers' Reflections on Their Experiences'
Masson, H., Hackett, S., Phillips, J. and Balfe, M. (2013) 'Looking Back on the Long-Term Fostering and Adoption of Children with Harmful Sexual Behaviours: Carers' Reflections on Their Experiences'. British Journal of Social Work, [Details]
(2013)'What’s distressing about having type 1 diabetes? A qualitative study of young adults’ perspectives'
Balfe, M., Brugha, R., Smith, D., Sreenan, S., Conroy, R., Doyle, F. (2013) 'What’s distressing about having type 1 diabetes? A qualitative study of young adults’ perspectives'. BMC Endocrine Disorders, 13 (25) [Details]
(2013)'Individual, Family and Abuse Characteristics of 700 British Child and Adolescent Sexual Abusers'
Hackett, S., Phillips, J., Masson, H. and Balfe, M. (2013) 'Individual, Family and Abuse Characteristics of 700 British Child and Adolescent Sexual Abusers'. Child Abuse Review, 22 (4):232-245 [Details]
(2013)'Lost without a Trace? Social Networking and Social Research with a Hardto-Reach Population'
Masson, H., Balfe, M., Hackett, S., Phillips, J. (2013) 'Lost without a Trace? Social Networking and Social Research with a Hardto-Reach Population'. British Journal of Social Work, 43 (1):24-40 [Details]
(2012)'Where do young adults want opportunistic chlamydia screening services to be located?'
Gillespie, P., O’ Neill, C., Adams, E., Turner, K., O’ Donovan, D., Brugha, R., Vaughan, D., O’ Connell, E., Cormican, M., Balfe, M., Coleman, C., Fitzgerald, M., Fleming, C. (2012) 'Where do young adults want opportunistic chlamydia screening services to be located?'. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 88 :222-228 [Details]
(2012)'Analysing historical case material- the problems of looking back and the implications for service development in relation to research and evaluation activities'
Masson, H., Balfe, M., Hackett, S., Phillips, J. (2012) 'Analysing historical case material- the problems of looking back and the implications for service development in relation to research and evaluation activities'. Journal of Sexual Aggression, 18 (1):112-122 [Details]
(2012)'Using Facebook to Recruit Young Adults for Qualitative Research Projects: How Difficult Is It?'
Balfe, M., Conroy, R., Doyle, F. (2012) 'Using Facebook to Recruit Young Adults for Qualitative Research Projects: How Difficult Is It?'. Cin-Computers Informatics Nursing, [Details]
(2012)'Men's attitudes towards chlamydia screening: a narrative review'
Balfe M, Brugha R, O'Connell E, Vaughan D, O'Donovan D. (2012) 'Men's attitudes towards chlamydia screening: a narrative review'. Sexual Health, 9 (2):120-130 [Details]
(2012)'Family Responses to Young People Who have Sexually Abused: Anger, Ambivalence and Acceptance'
Hackett, S., Balfe, M., Masson, H., Phillips, J. (2012) 'Family Responses to Young People Who have Sexually Abused: Anger, Ambivalence and Acceptance'. Children & Society, [Details]
(2011)'What concerns do young adults in Ireland have about attending health services for STI testing?'
Balfe, M., and Brugha, R. (2011) 'What concerns do young adults in Ireland have about attending health services for STI testing?'. Deviant Behavior, 32 (4):320-330 [Details]
(2011)'Where do young adults in Ireland want chlamydia screening services to be located? A cross-sectional survey of 5065 young adults'
Brugha, R., Balfe, M. et al. (2011) 'Where do young adults in Ireland want chlamydia screening services to be located? A cross-sectional survey of 5065 young adults'. Journal of Public Health, 33 (4):571-578 [Details]
(2011)'How do young adults want to be notified of STI test results? A cross-sectional survey of 5065 young adults'
Brugha, R. Balfe, M. et al. (2011) 'How do young adults want to be notified of STI test results? A cross-sectional survey of 5065 young adults'. International Journal of STD and AIDS, 22 (11):635-639 [Details]
(2010)'‘Pee-in-a-pot’: acceptability and uptake of on-site chlamydia screening in a student population in the Republic of Ireland'
Vaughan, D., O’ Connell, E., Cormican, M., Brugha, R., Faherty, C., Balfe, M., O’ Donovan, D. (2010) '‘Pee-in-a-pot’: acceptability and uptake of on-site chlamydia screening in a student population in the Republic of Ireland'. BMC Infectious Diseases, 10 (325) [Details]
(2010)'Disclosure of STI testing practices by young adults: influence of emotions and social networks'
Balfe, M. and Brugha, R. (2010) 'Disclosure of STI testing practices by young adults: influence of emotions and social networks'. Sociology of health & illness, 32 (7) [Details]
(2010)'A descriptive social and health profile of a community sample of adults and adolescents with Asperger syndrome'
Balfe, M. and Tantam, D. (2010) 'A descriptive social and health profile of a community sample of adults and adolescents with Asperger syndrome'. BMC Research Notes, 3 (300) [Details]
(2007)'Alcohol, diabetes and the student body'
Balfe, M. (2007) 'Alcohol, diabetes and the student body'. Health, Risk and Society, 9 (3):241-257 [Details]
(2010)'Young women’s decisions to accept chlamydia screening: influences of stigma and doctor-patient interactions'
Balfe, M., Brugha, R., et al. (2010) 'Young women’s decisions to accept chlamydia screening: influences of stigma and doctor-patient interactions'. BMC Public Health, 10 (425) [Details]
(2010)'Where do young Irish women want Chlamydia-screening services to be set up? A qualitative study employing Goffman's impression management framework'
Balfe M, Brugha R, O' Connell E, McGee H, O' Donovan D. (2010) 'Where do young Irish women want Chlamydia-screening services to be set up? A qualitative study employing Goffman's impression management framework'. Health and Place, 16 (1):16-24 [Details]
(2010)'Why don't young women go for Chlamydia testing? A qualitative study employing Goffman's stigma framework'
Balfe M, Brugha R, O' Connell E, McGee H, O' Donovan D., Vaughan, D. (2010) 'Why don't young women go for Chlamydia testing? A qualitative study employing Goffman's stigma framework'. Health, Risk and Society, 12 (2):131-148 [Details]
(2010)'Triggers of self-conscious emotions in the sexually transmitted infection testing process'
Balfe M, Brugha R, O' Connell E, O' Donovan D., Vaughan, D. (2010) 'Triggers of self-conscious emotions in the sexually transmitted infection testing process'. BMC Research Notes, 3 (229) [Details]
(2009)'The healthcare routines of university students with type 1 diabetes'
Balfe, M. (2009) 'The healthcare routines of university students with type 1 diabetes'. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 65 (11):2367-2375 [Details]
(2009)'What prompts young adults in Ireland to attend health services for STI testing?'
Balfe, M., and Brugha, R. (2009) 'What prompts young adults in Ireland to attend health services for STI testing?'. BMC Public Health, 9 (311) [Details]
(2009)'The multiple body projects of university students with type 1 diabetes'
Balfe, M. and Jackson, P. (2009) 'The multiple body projects of university students with type 1 diabetes'. Qualitative health research, 19 (1):128-139 [Details]
(2007)'Diets and discipline: the narratives of practice of university students with type 1 diabetes'
Balfe M (2007) 'Diets and discipline: the narratives of practice of university students with type 1 diabetes'. Sociology of health & illness, 29 (1):136-153 [DOI] [Details]
(2007)'Technologies, diabetes and the student body'
Balfe M, Jackson P. (2007) 'Technologies, diabetes and the student body'. Health and Place, 13 (4):775-787 [Details]
(2004)'Incredible geographies? Orientalism and the fantasy genre'
Balfe, M. (2004) 'Incredible geographies? Orientalism and the fantasy genre'. Social and Cultural Geography, 5 (1):75-90 [Details]

Professional Activities

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Sociological Association of Ireland Member/

Committees

 CommitteeFunctionFrom / To
Public Health Research Ethics Committee Research ethics2017 / 2018
Graduate Studies Committee Management of postgraduate education2016 / 2018
Undergraduate Committee Management of undergraduate education2014 / 2015

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2000UCC B.A. (1st class)Geography
2001University of Nottingham M.A. (1st class)Social Science
2006University of Sheffield Ph.D.Medical Sociology

Other Activities

 Description

Have acted as a reviewer for the following journals: British Journal of Social Work, Social Science and Medicine, Sociology of Health and Illness, Qualitative Health Research, BMC Public Health, Health Risk and Society, Health and Place, Environment and Planning D amongst many others

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

Medical sociology; sociology of science; public health.

As well as the modules listed below I also teach the following modules in UCC:

SC1005 Medical Sociology for First Arts.
SC1012 Medical Sociology for First Social Science.
SC2052 Forensic Sociology







Current Postgraduate Students

 StudentDegree Type
Gleeson Emma Siobhan Anne Doctoral Degree

Modules Taught

 Term (ID))TitleLinkSubject
2019Sociological Concepts for Midwifery SC1016Sociological Concepts for Midwifery
2019Social Pathology, Civic Health, New Technology SC6627Social Pathology, Civic Health, New Technology
2019Research Seminars and Project SC3016Research Seminars and Project
2019Research Project 2 SC3055Research Project 2
2019Health and Scientific Deviance SC3025Health and Scientific Deviance
2019Sociology of the Body, Health and Illness SC2027Sociology of the Body, Health and Illness
2019Sociology of Health, Public Health and Health Promotion SC1011Sociology of Health, Public Health and Health Promotion
2019Sociological concepts for Nursing SC1015Sociological concepts for Nursing

Contact details

Search profiles by name

Search profiles by topic

Department of Sociology & Criminology

Socheolaíocht

Askive, Donovan's Road, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland, T12 DT02

Top