Having obtained interdisciplinary experience while studying Polish Philology and Philosophy at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland and completing BA (Hons.) in Fine Art and Design at the CIT Crawford College of Art in Design (2010) in Cork, as well as H.Dip. in Applied Psychology at University College Cork (2013) Katarzyna (Kasia) Pyrz is currently pursuing her PhD at the UCC, School of Applied Psychology. Her doctoral research, supervised by Dr. Audrey DunnGalvin and Dr. Samantha Dockray is funded by the UCC's Department of Paediatrics and Child's Health within an European Union 7th Framework Programme (FP7).
Kasia is a member of an international research group investigating management, risk perception and risk behaviour in food allergy and social contexts in which allergic incidents happen. Kasia contributes to this trans-disciplinary team by drawing on the perspectives and contributions of Health, Biological, Cognitive, Developmental, Positive and Social Psychology.
In her time as an undergraduate, Kasia contributed to research projects in the School of Applied Psychology as a research assistant. She has also conducted research into a role of resilience resources in the cardiovascular recovery from laboratory stress with her supervisor Dr. Samantha Dockray and her colleagues from the BEATS (Biological Explanations, Approaches and Testing of Stress) research group.
Kasia is a member of a Well-being and Social Engagement research group (http://www.ucc.ie/en/apsych/research/groups/wase/) in the School of Applied Psychology and the Institute for Social Sciences in the 21st Century in the School of Applied Social Science (http://www.ucc.ie/en/iss21/about-iss21/).
Kasia has also a work experience as a primary and secondary school teacher, a freelance artist and an art administrator, as well as a carer for children with developmental disabilities.
My research interests lie mostly in the field of health and bio-psychology - I am interested particularly in stress-resilience processes, risk management, bio-psycho-social assessment of chronic illnesses, psychometrics and mixed-methods designs. My PhD research focuses on coping, risk behaviours and risk perception in food allergies. On a broader basis, I am interested in quality of life and functional status of vulnerable populations and their families, in developmental pathways of chronic illnesses, health promotion and health modelling.
|Start Date||End Date||Award|
|Integrated Approaches to Food Allergen and Allergy Risk Management||European Framework Programme Seven (FP7)||01-MAR-13||28-FEB-17|
|Researcher Name||Project||Role||Funding Body|
|Prof. Jonathan Hourihane||AlleRiC, AlleRiSC||Co Principal Investigator||European Framework Programme Seven (FP7)|
|Dr. Audrey DunnGalvin||AlleRiC, AlleRiSC||Co Principal Investigator||European Framework Programme Seven (FP7)|
Peer Reviewed Journals
|(2016)||'Can we identify patients at risk of life-threatening allergic reactions to food?' |
Turner PJ;Baumert JL;Beyer K;Boyle RJ;Chan CH;Clark AT;Crevel RW;DunnGalvin A;Fernández-Rivas M;Gowland MH;Grabenhenrich L;Hardy S;Houben GF;O'B Hourihane J;Muraro A;Poulsen LK;Pyrz K;Remington BC;Schnadt S;van Ree R;Venter C;Worm M;Mills EN;Roberts G;Ballmer-Weber BK; (2016) 'Can we identify patients at risk of life-threatening allergic reactions to food?'. Allergy, 71 (9) [DOI] [Details]
Katarzyna Maria Pyrz, Audrey Dunn Galvin (2015) Conference Paper: How can we get better at managing food allergies? EAACI [Details]
|(2014)||11th Psychology, Health and Medicine Conference |
Pyrz, K., Lyne, J.P. & Dockray, S. (2014) The role of resilience resources in cardiovascular recovery from laboratory stress 11th Psychology, Health and Medicine Conference [Details]
|(2014)||iFAAM FP7 research group conference, Zagreb |
Pyrz, K. & DunnGalvin, A. (2014) An update on the AlleRiC/AlleRiSC study: past, present and future of the real-world study of food-Allergic Reactions in the Social Contexts iFAAM FP7 research group conference, Zagreb [Details]
|(2014)||Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Meeting. European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology |
Pyrz, K., Semic-Jusufagic, A., Munro, Ch., Couch, Ph., Mills, C., Hourihane, J. & Dunn Galvin, A. (2014) Developing and validating a novel questionnaire to capture bio-psycho-social variables of allergic reactions in the community: the AlleRiC study and the preliminary analyses Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Meeting. European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology [Details]
|Association||Function||From / To|
|Institute for Social Sciences in the 21st Century||Full-time member||01-OCT-13 /|
|Psychological Society of Ireland||Graduate, full-time member||01-DEC-12 /|
|iFAAM research group||Researcher||01-OCT-13 /|
|European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology||Full-time Member||10-JUN-14 /|
|UCCRSA (Research Staff Association)||Full-time member||01-NOV-13 /|
Honours and Awards
|2013||PhD Scholarship||Department of Paediatrics and Child's Health|
|2013||The Peter Dempsey Award||School of Applied Psychology|
|(2013)||2nd IFAAM Consortium Annual Conference, |
Katarzyna Pyrz, Audrey DunnGalvin (2013) Interdisciplinary Conference of the iFAAM research project. [Oral Presentation], 2nd IFAAM Consortium Annual Conference, Vienna, Austria . [Details]
|(2014)||11th Psychology, Health and Medicine Conference, |
Pyrz, K., Lyne, P., Dockray, S. (2014) The role of resilience resources in cardiovascular recovery from laboratory stress. [Oral Presentation], 11th Psychology, Health and Medicine Conference, Limerick, Ireland . [Details]
|(2014)||Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Meeting. European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, |
Morrissey E., DunnGalvin A, Pyrz, K. & Hourihane, J. (2014) A validation study of the Food Allergy Socio-Economic Questionnaire – Short Form (FASEQ-SF). [Oral Presentation], Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Meeting. European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Dublin . [Details]
|2002||Jagiellonian University||M.A.||Polish Philology|
|2013||University College Cork||Higher Certificate||Applied Psychology|
|2017||University College Cork||PHD||Health Psychology|
|2012||CIT Crawford College of Art||BA (Hons)||Fine Art and Design|
Teaching InterestsHealth, Cognitive, Biological, Developmental, Social Psychology. Psychometrics and statistical applications.
Psychology as science.
|Name||Organisation / Institute||Country|
|Prof. Angela Simpson||University of Manchester||UNITED KINGDOM|
|Dr. Christopher Munro||University of Manchester||UNITED KINGDOM|
|Prof. Clare Mills||University of Manchester||UNITED KINGDOM|
|Dr. Aida Semic-Jusufagic||University of Manchester||UNITED KINGDOM|