Research Profile

Marie Kotzur

BIOGRAPHY

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After a year of cultural exchange in the lovely City of Cork I entered third level education at UCC and received my primary degree in 2010. My interest in health psychology developed during my undergraduate training which led me to conducted qualitative research inspired by the potential health benefits of choral singing. The study investigated the experiences of men in choirs and used semi-structured interviews and Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis.

Since then I have been pursuing doctoral research on cervical cancer screening uptake in Ireland. The project, supervised by Dr. Mike Murphy, aims to explain and predict the attendance for Papanicolaou (Pap) smear test which help to detect inflammation that may develop into cancer. Since the introduction of CervicalCheck—The National Cervical Screening Programme (NCSP) cervical screening coverage has increased significantly, but has not yet reached the targeted rate. A wealth of theories of health behaviour and behaviour change is available to explain why this is so and how it could be amended. With an emphasis on women with little intention to obtain Pap tests, the project aims to investigate if these theories apply to cervical cancer screening and how they might help to further increase coverage.

Over the previous three years I have also worked as research assistant developing and providing tutorials to first-year undergraduates taking Introduction to Psychology and as a demonstrator for the first-year modules in statistics and research methods.

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Research Interests

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Behavioural science, health psychology, preventive health care, social psychology, intention, motivation, methodology, sustainability

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Publications

Conference Contributions

 YearPublication
(2013)BPS Division of Health Psychology Conference,
Kotzur, M. & Murphy, M. (2013) Irish opinions of cervical cancer screening: Predicting intentions and attendance. [Poster Presentation], BPS Division of Health Psychology Conference, Brighton , 11-SEP-13 - 13-SEP-13. [Details]
(2011)UK Society for Behavioural Medicine—7th Annual Scientific Meeting,
Kotzur, M. & Murphy, M. (2011) Screened or unscreened: Group discussions of women who attend or avoid Papanicolaou (Pap) testing—Phase 1. [Poster Presentation], UK Society for Behavioural Medicine—7th Annual Scientific Meeting, University of Sterling , 13-DEC-11 - 14-DEC-11. [Details]
(2011)Doctoral Research Showcase,
Kotzur, M. (2011) How to increase cervical screening rates: When intentions do not lead to actions. [Poster Presentation], Doctoral Research Showcase, University College Cork , 21-JUN-11 - 21-JUN-11. [Details]
(2014)Health Psychology Research Group Seminar,
Marie Kotzur (2014) Increasing intentions to attend for cervical cancer screening – a bottom-up approach. [Oral Presentation], Health Psychology Research Group Seminar, Newcastle University , 03-FEB-14 - 03-FEB-14. [Details]

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Teaching Activities

Teaching Interests

I have a strong interest in third level education and am passionate about teaching psychology. For the previous three years I have assisted with the delivery of the first-year undergraduate modules. Over the academic year 2010/2011 I was heavily involved the preparation and provision of bi-weekly tutorials for introductory modules:
   
    AP1110 Psychology as Science

    AP1123 Introduction to Biological and Cognitive Perspectives on Psychology

    AP1149 Introduction to Developmental and Social Perspectives on Psychology
 

The tutorials were attended by students of psychology, but also of the arts humanities and social sciences. They revisited the content covered in the lectures and allowed the students to discuss topical issues in the subject, prepare for essays and, most importantly, to find their feet in the field of psychology.


From 2011 until 2013 I worked as a demonstrator for the statistics and research methods modules for first year psychology students:

 
    AP1105 Experimental Design and Statistical Application

    AP1108 Research Methods in Psychology

In this position I was responsible for supporting students in their first experiences in scientific statistical analysis and the preparation of bi-weekly research reports. To this end I met students in small research groups of three or four to discuss progress on and provide support with the current report, and provide feedback on previous work.


In 2011 and 2012 I also prepared and delivered a short introductory course in social psychology for incoming Higher Diploma students. These students would join the second-year class on the degree course and the day-long course was part of series aimed at developing a basic understanding of psychology as a discipline. Thus, the social psychology course covered classic research in the field, important theoretical approaches and topical issues.

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School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences

An Scoil Eolaíochtaí Bitheolaíocha, Domhaneolaíocha agus Comhshaoil

University College Cork, Distillery Fields, North Mall, Cork, Ireland T23 N73K

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