Research Profile

Katarzyna Pyrz

Biography

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. 

Research Interests

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. 


Research Grants

 ProjectFunding
Body
Start DateEnd DateAward
Integrated Approaches to Food Allergen and Allergy Risk ManagementEuropean Framework Programme Seven (FP7)01-MAR-1328-FEB-17

Contract Researchers

 Researcher NameProjectRoleFunding Body
Prof. Jonathan HourihaneAlleRiC, AlleRiSCCo Principal InvestigatorEuropean Framework Programme Seven (FP7)
Dr. Audrey DunnGalvinAlleRiC, AlleRiSCCo Principal InvestigatorEuropean Framework Programme Seven (FP7)

Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals

 YearPublication
(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]

Conference Publications

 YearPublication
(2015)EAACI
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]

Professional Activities

Professional Associations

 AssociationFunctionFrom / To
Institute for Social Sciences in the 21st Century Full-time member01-OCT-13 /
Psychological Society of Ireland Graduate, full-time member01-DEC-12 /
iFAAM research group Researcher01-OCT-13 /
European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Full-time Member10-JUN-14 /
UCCRSA (Research Staff Association) Full-time member01-NOV-13 /

Honours and Awards

 YearTitleAwarding Body
2013PhD Scholarship Department of Paediatrics and Child's Health
2013The Peter Dempsey Award School of Applied Psychology

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(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]

Education

 YearInstitutionQualificationSubject
2002Jagiellonian University M.A.Polish Philology
2013University College Cork Higher CertificateApplied Psychology
2017University College Cork PHDHealth Psychology
2012CIT Crawford College of Art BA (Hons)Fine Art and Design

Languages

 LanguageReadingWritingSpeaking
Russian FunctionalBasicBasic
Polish FluentFluentFluent
English FluentFluentFluent
Latin FunctionalBasicNone

Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

Health, Cognitive, Biological, Developmental, Social Psychology. Psychometrics and statistical applications.
Psychology as science. 

Research Information

External Collaborators

 NameOrganisation / InstituteCountry
Prof. Angela Simpson University of ManchesterUNITED KINGDOM
Dr. Christopher Munro University of ManchesterUNITED KINGDOM
Prof. Clare Mills University of ManchesterUNITED KINGDOM
Dr. Aida Semic-Jusufagic University of ManchesterUNITED KINGDOM

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