Community & Public Engagement Activities

Selected BEATS Lab activities are described below.

Living Room Logic – Irish Science Podcast

Stress: Why some suffer and others COPE w/ Dr Samantha Dockray

From the show notes 'What makes one persons bad day, another persons trauma? This week we go through the extraordinarily complex concepts which are as complex as any individual but Dr Samantha Dockray breaks it down.'.

Listen to Living Room Logic podcast episode here

Bite Size Research: Teaching open research.

At the European Association of Research on Adolescence, Samantha, with co-chair Laura Taylor (University College Dublin), led a knowledge exchange with delegates on the topic of how, when y and how to teach open research in universities.


Narrowing the Void - podcast

In this podcast from UCC Narrowing the Void', Samantha discusses her early career work, the community-centred approach and the importance of open research and nurturing creativity as a researcher.  You can listen to the podcast here


Cork Life Centre Edmund Rice Week

Inclusion and Education' at Cork Life Centre Edmund Rice Week.  Panel discussion with Samantha Dockray, Colm O'Connor, (Cork Educate Together) and Katherine Harford ( Let's Grow Together).  The discussion can be watched here.

Can universities reduce harms associated with students' drug use?   

Samantha Dockray / RTE BrainStorm

Teenage Sleep and Wellbeing.   

Samantha Dockray / ASPIRE with Abbott, a STEM programme for adolescents and schools.

Teenage Stress.   

Eadaoin Whelan / RTE BrainStorm

Six Tips for Teen Stress   

Eadaoin Whelan / RTE BrainStorm

The A to Zzz of Sleep

Samantha Dockray / RTE Podcast

Beneath The Surface of Stress  

Eadaoin Whelan / UCC SoAPBox


An insight into health policymaking attending the European Health Forum Gastein.

Kathleen Ryan / UCC SoAPBox


Samantha Dockray/ RTE Documentary

Stressed' is a two-part series on the science of stress. The series features volunteers who all feel that stress is impacting negatively on their lives.  Samantha Dockray was featured, discussing the biological correlates and consequences of stress, focusing on the neuroendocrine response.

Watch the promotion clip here on Youtube.

Growing Up Live

Samantha Dockray/ RTE Documentary

Samantha Dockray contributed to #GrowingUpLive, a 3-episode series on development across the lifespan, including psychological, biological and social changes. The RTÉ One series featured scientists and psychologists describing the research on human development, and people describing how they experienced these developmental stages. Samantha contributed to the episode by describing the psychobiological aspects of adolescent development that relate to risk taking.

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead.

Samantha Dockray / UCC SoAPBox 

A Spoonful of Sugar Tax Helps the Weight Go Down?

Louise Foley and Samantha Dockray /UCC SoAPBox

PsychSlam 2017

Samantha Dockray / UCC SoAPBox


Samantha Dockray/ RTE Documentary

'Winning' is a documentary about the science of winning and success, and Samantha Dockray contributed to the explanations and discussion of the psychobiology of winning and losing in sports.  Samantha measured cortisol and heart rate variability in a group of GAA fans in the lead up to a big game, as well as during and following the game.  In the documentary Samantha explains how emotions relate to biology and reviews the levels fo stress hormones in the fans of the winning and losing teams.

Watch the promotion clip here via Youtube


BioBehavioural Health Workshop

BEATS Lab Group / Bord Gais Dublin for  World Mental Health Day. 


Can being good be bad?

 Niamh  Ni Shuilleabhain / UCC SoAPBox

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