• Cromore Road, Coleraine Campus

    BT52 1SA Coleraine

    United Kingdom

  • 714 Citations
  • 16 h-Index

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Personal profile


Orla obtained a BSc in Applied Psychology (2005), a PhD (2008), and a PgCHEP (2010) at Ulster. She is a Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol) of the British Psychological Society (BPS). Prior to taking up her current post in 2012, Orla worked as a researcher on various mental health research projects in collaboration with expert researchers at international institutions including, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Michigan State University, and the University of New South Wales (UNSW).

In 2009, Orla secured a prestigious postdoctoral Endeavour Research Fellowship from the Australian Government’s Department of Education, Employment, and Workplace Relations to conduct alcohol dependence research at the UNSW. Since 2012, Orla has contributed to securing research funding (~£800K) from the NIHR and the ESRC. Orla has an established interdisciplinary network of collaborators across the US, China, Europe and Australia. Orla has authored over 45 research papers, which have been published in high quality, reputable journals (h-index=17, March 2018). She is an editor for Addiction and Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. Orla is an expert reviewer for the NIHR and for many leading mental health journals.

Students have nominated Orla for her Excellence in Learning and Teaching and Research Supervision at the UUSU Learning and Teaching Awards. Orla obtained Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) in 2017 in recognition of her leadership in the fields of digital literacy, and in creative and innovative curriculum design and delivery. She coordinates and teaches on the School’s Annual Research Methods and Statistics Summer School. Orla is course director for the PgCert in Quantitative Methods for the Behavioural and Social Sciences. Orla is an external examiner for Professional Clinical Psychology Doctorate at NUIG.

Orla is a member of the School‘s postgraduate Ethics Filter Committee and the Self-Assessment Team for the School’s Athena Swan Bronze Award.

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Research Output

  • 714 Citations
  • 16 h-Index
  • 54 Article
  • 5 Commissioned report
  • 3 Conference contribution
  • 1 Other report

Capability, opportunity, and motivation to enact hygienic practices in the early stages of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United Kingdom

Gibson Miller, J., Hartman, T. K., Levita, L., Martinez, A. P., Mason, L., McBride, O., McKay, R., Murphy, J., Shevlin, M., Stocks, T. VA., Bennett, K. M. & Bentall, R., 16 May 2020, In : British Journal of Health Psychology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
  • 1 Downloads (Pure)

    COVID-19-Related Anxiety Predicts Somatic Symptoms in the UK Population

    Shevlin, M., Nolan, E., Owczarek, M., McBride, O., Murphy, J., Gibson Miller, J., Hartman, T. K., Levita, L., Mason, L., Martinez, A. P., McKay, R., Stocks, T. VA., Bennett, K. M., Hyland, P. & Bentall, R. P., 27 May 2020, In : British Journal of Health Psychology. 8 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Downloads (Pure)

    Posttraumatic stress symptoms and associated comorbidity during the COVID-19 pandemic in Ireland: A population based study

    Karatzias, T., Shevlin, M., Murphy, J., McBride, O., Ben-Ezra, M., Bentall, R., Vallieres, F. & Hyland, P., 8 Jun 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Traumatic Stress.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Use of community treatment orders and their outcomes: an observational study

    weich, S., duncan, C., twigg, L., McBride, O., parsons, H., Moon, G., Canaway, A., Madan, J., Crepaz-Keay, D., Keown, P., Singh, S. & Bhui, K., 2 Mar 2020, 9 ed. National Institute for Health Research. 104 p. (Health Services and Delivery Research)

    Research output: Book/ReportOther report

    Open Access
  • Moving beyond randomized controlled trials in the evaluation of compulsory community treatment

    Duncan, C., Weich, S., Moon, G., Twigg, L., Fenton, S-J., Bhui, K., Canaway, A., Crepaz-Keay, D., Keown, P., Madan, J., McBride, O., Parsons, H. & Singh, S., 29 Jul 2019, In : Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. p. 1-22 22 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Activities

    • 2 Editorial work
    • 1 Membership of board
    • 1 Membership of council
    • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

    Medical Research Council (External organisation)

    Orla McBride (Member)
    2018 → …

    Activity: MembershipMembership of council

    Addiction (Journal)

    Orla McBride (Editor)
    Apr 2016 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

    Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology (Journal)

    Orla McBride (Editor)
    Apr 2016Apr 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

    University of Warwick

    Orla McBride (Visiting researcher)
    2011 → …

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution