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Evan Matthews is a Lecturer in Physical Activity and Health Promotion; Co-programme Lead BSc Public Health and Health Promotion in the Department of Sport and Exercise Science, School of Health Sciences. His teaching focus includes modules related to, 'Physical activity and health promotion', 'Mental health and mental illness', and 'Research methods', 'Statistics and data analysis'. 

Evan has particular research interests in health behaviours and marginalised population groups, such as those with severe mental illness, substance use disorder and intellectual disability. He also has a particular interest in methods of service user inclusion in research and implementation research. His work has been presented at conferences such as the World Congress in Psychiatry (World Psychiatric Association) and the Society for Mental Health Researchers. Evan is an external advisor to the Aclu (empowering recovery for people with enduring mental illness) project led by Munster Technological University. 

Evan completed his PhD in 2020 in the School of Health Science (SETU) under supervision of Dr Suzanne Denieffe (SETU) and Dr Mary Cowman (SETU). Following doctoral studies, Evan held the position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Department of Nursing and Healthcare (SETU), and Research Lead with the Nursing and Midwifery Planning and Development Unit, South-East (HSE) for 2 years. During this time Evan was also the coordinator of the CARE Collaborations initiative (WIT/NMPDU) which funds nursing and midwifery postgraduate research in the southeast region. 

Evan is currently engaged in a number regional community initatives, including: 

  •  St John’s Community Hospital Enniscorthy: Healthy Campus Committee (>€20,000 secured from Healthy Ireland, Healthy Campus Initiative, HSE)
  • Invited panel member for CYPSC Waterford (currently leading white paper on JIGSAW services for Waterford)

Previously, Evan was Assistant Lecturer in the School of Humanities (SETU) on the Higher Certificate in Custodial Care, which is a collaborative programme with the Irish Prison Service.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Developing a physical activity programme for people with severe mental illness using an Experienced-based Co-design approach.

Award Date: 20 Jan 2020

Bachelors Degree, Exercise and Health Studies



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  • A qualitative evaluation of an exercise practitioner in an outpatient child and adolescent mental health service

    Matthews, E., Cowman, M., Mulhare, B., Banville, E., Kissane, S., Lederman, O., Lowney, P., Ronan, F. & Denieffe, S., 14 Mar 2024, In: Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine. 41, 1, p. 102-106 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Validation of the Collaborative Outcomes study on Health and Functioning during Infection Times (COH-FIT) questionnaire for adults

    Solmi, M., Thompson, T., Estradé, A., Agorastos, A., Radua, J., Cortese, S., Dragioti, E., Leisch, F., Vancampfort, D., Thygesen, L. C., Aschauer, H., Schlögelhofer, M., Aschauer, E., Schneeberger, A., Huber, C. G., Hasler, G., Conus, P., Do Cuénod, K. Q., von Känel, R., Arrondo, G., & 197 othersFusar-Poli, P., Gorwood, P., Llorca, P. M., Krebs, M. O., Scanferla, E., Kishimoto, T., Rabbani, G., Skonieczna-Żydecka, K., Brambilla, P., Favaro, A., Takamiya, A., Zoccante, L., Colizzi, M., Bourgin, J., Kamiński, K., Moghadasin, M., Seedat, S., Matthews, E., Wells, J., Vassilopoulou, E., Gadelha, A., Su, K. P., Kwon, J. S., Kim, M., Lee, T. Y., Papsuev, O., Manková, D., Boscutti, A., Gerunda, C., Saccon, D., Righi, E., Monaco, F., Croatto, G., Cereda, G., Demurtas, J., Brondino, N., Veronese, N., Enrico, P., Politi, P., Ciappolino, V., Pfennig, A., Bechdolf, A., Meyer-Lindenberg, A., Kahl, K. G., Domschke, K., Bauer, M., Koutsouleris, N., Winter, S., Borgwardt, S., Bitter, I., Balazs, J., Czobor, P., Unoka, Z., Mavridis, D., Tsamakis, K., Bozikas, V. P., Tunvirachaisakul, C., Maes, M., Rungnirundorn, T., Supasitthumrong, T., Haque, A., Brunoni, A. R., Costardi, C. G., Schuch, F. B., Polanczyk, G., Luiz, J. M., Fonseca, L., Aparicio, L. V., Valvassori, S. S., Nordentoft, M., Vendsborg, P., Hoffmann, S. H., Sehli, J., Sartorius, N., Heuss, S., Guinart, D., Hamilton, J., Kane, J., Rubio, J., Sand, M., Koyanagi, A., Solanes, A., Andreu-Bernabeu, A., Cáceres, A. S. J., Arango, C., Díaz-Caneja, C. M., Hidalgo-Mazzei, D., Vieta, E., Gonzalez-Peñas, J., Fortea, L., Parellada, M., Fullana, M. A., Verdolini, N., Andrlíková, E., Janků, K., Millan, M. J., Honciuc, M., Moniuszko-Malinowska, A., Łoniewski, I., Samochowiec, J., Kiszkiel, Ł., Marlicz, M., Sowa, P., Marlicz, W., Spies, G., Stubbs, B., Firth, J., Sullivan, S., Darcin, A. E., Aksu, H., Dilbaz, N., Noyan, O., Kitazawa, M., Kurokawa, S., Tazawa, Y., Anselmi, A., Cracco, C., Machado, A. I., Estrade, N., De Leo, D., Curtis, J., Berk, M., Ward, P., Teasdale, S., Rosenbaum, S., Marx, W., Horodnic, A. V., Oprea, L., Alexinschi, O., Ifteni, P., Turliuc, S., Ciuhodaru, T., Bolos, A., Matei, V., Nieman, D. H., Sommer, I., van Os, J., van Amelsvoort, T., Sun, C. F., Guu, T. W., Jiao, C., Zhang, J., Fan, J., Zou, L., Yu, X., Chi, X., de Timary, P., van Winkel, R., Ng, B., Pena, E., Arellano, R., Roman, R., Sanchez, T., Movina, L., Morgado, P., Brissos, S., Aizberg, O., Mosina, A., Krinitski, D., Mugisha, J., Sadeghi-Bahmani, D., Sheybani, F., Sadeghi, M., Hadi, S., Brand, S., Errazuriz, A., Crossley, N., Ristic, D. I., López-Jaramillo, C., Efthymiou, D., Kuttichira, P., Kallivayalil, R. A., Javed, A., Afridi, M. I., James, B., Seb-Akahomen, O. J., Fiedorowicz, J., Carvalho, A. F., Daskalakis, J., Yatham, L. N., Yang, L., Okasha, T., Dahdouh, A., Gerdle, B., Tiihonen, J., Shin, J. I., Lee, J., Mhalla, A., Gaha, L., Brahim, T., Altynbekov, K., Negay, N., Nurmagambetova, S., Jamei, Y. A., Weiser, M., Correll, C. U. & Matthews, E., 01 Apr 2023, In: Journal of Affective Disorders. 326, p. 249-261 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    Open Access
    2 Citations (Scopus)
  • Co-designing a Physical Activity Service for Refugees and Asylum Seekers Using an Experience-Based Co-design Framework

    McKeon, G., Curtis, J., Rostami, R., Sroba, M., Farello, A., Morell, R., Steel, Z., Harris, M., Silove, D., Parmenter, B., Matthews, E., Jamaluddin, J. & Rosenbaum, S., 12 Apr 2024, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Journal of immigrant and minority health.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

  • Gender-responsive Lifestyle Psychiatry for Individuals with Significant Mental Health Difficulty: Do single sex studies offer new insights? A scoping review.

    Buckley, A., Richardson, N., Rogers, D., Chandrakanth, J., Carney, R., Carney, R., McKeon, G. & Matthews, E., 06 Feb 2024, Gender-responsive Lifestyle Psychiatry for Individuals with Significant Mental Health Difficulty: Do single sex studies offer new insights? A scoping review.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionpeer-review