Researchers at UCD


Áine Regan

Research Assistant

School Of Public Hlth, Physio & Pop Sc
Woodview House
Dublin 4



Áine currently works as the project coordinator and lead researcher on the FORC project: "Food Reformulation for Consumers (FORC): Understanding barriers to consumer acceptance of reformulated food products". This is a national project, funded by The Department of Agriculture and Food's Food Institutional Research Measure (FIRM). This project is adopting both quantitative and qualitative methodology to investigate Irish public support for salt-reduction strategies implemented by the government and by the food industry, and consumer attitudes towards purchasing and consuming healthier food products. Within this role, Áine has participated in a Marie Curie Research Exchange Programme spending four months (June - September 2014) in Canada working with the University of Montreal and the University of Ottawa to carry out a scoping study investigating consumer attitudes towards, and decision-making around, reformulated food products.

From 2010-2013, Áine worked as a Research Assistant within UCD on the FP7 EU funded project, FoodRisC. This project investigated consumer perception and communication of food risks and benefits ( Within this project Áine also completed her PhD (2014) which investigated consumers' food risk-related attitudes and behaviours, with an aim to encourage the development of effective risk communication strategies, and with a specific interest in the role for newer online communication platforms (social media).

Áine holds a First Class Honours MSc in Health Psychology (2010), and a First Class Honours BA in Psychology (2009), both from the National University of Ireland, Galway.




Year 2014 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: PhD Subject: School of Public Health, Physiotherapy, & Population Science
Year 2010 Institution: National University of Ireland, Galway
Qualification: MSc Subject: Health Psychology
Year 2009 Institution: National University of Ireland, Galway
Qualification: BA (Hons.) Subject: Psychology



Peer Reviewed Journals

Regan, A; Shan, L; McConnon, A; Marcu, A; Raats, M; Wall, P; Barnett, J. (2014) 'Strategies for dismissing dietary risks: insights from user-generated comments online'. Health Risk and Society, . [Details]
Kuttschreuter, M; Rutasert, P; Hilverda, F; Regan, A; Barnett, J; Verbeke, W. (2014) 'Seeking information about food-related risks: the contribution of social media'. Food Quality and Preference, 37 :10-18. [Details]
Regan, A; McConnon, A; Kuttschreuter, M; Rutsaert, P; Shan, L; Pieniak, Z; Barnett, J, Verbeke, W; Wall, P. (2014) 'The impact of communicating conflicting risk and benefit messages: an experimental study on red meat information'. Food Quality and Preference, . [Details]
McConnon, A; Regan, A; Kennedy, J (2011) 'Health Risk Communication and Crisis Management'. Journal of Medical Safety, . [Details]
Regan, A.; Heary, C (2012) 'Patterns of sedentary behaviours in Irish female adolescents'. Journal of Adolescence, . [Details]
Rutsaert, P; Regan, A; Pieniak, Z; McConnon, A; Moss, A; Wall, P; Verbeke, W (2012) 'The use of social media in food risk and benefit communication'. Trends in Food Science & Technology, . [Details]

Other Journals

Rutsaert, P; Pieniak, Z;, Regan, A; McConnon, A; Verbeke, W (2013) 'Consumer interest in receiving information through social media about the risks of pesticide residues' Food Control 34 :386-392. [Details]
Shan, C; Regan, A; De Brun, A; Barnett, J; van der Sanden, M; Wall, P; McConnon, A (2013) 'Food crisis coverage by social and traditional media: A case study of the 2008 Irish dioxin crisis' Public Understanding of Science . [Details]


Research Interests

My research interests lie in the area of health and social psychology and in particular in the area of consumer behaviour relating to food and health. My research adopts a consumer-focused approach to inform stakeholder decision-making relating to food product development and innovation, food chain integrity and sustainability, food safety and quality, and food and health.



    External Collaborators

    Professor Monique Raats, Director of the Food, Consumer Behaviour and Health Research Centre, University of Surrey