I studied my Psychology degree in University of Edinburgh, graduating in 1997. After working for several years as a graduate management trainee and later as a senior manager in Standard Life Assurance Company, I moved to University of Stirling to complete my Masters in Health Psychology. I gained my PhD from the University of Stirling in 2011, and then worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the University of Stirling and James Cook University, Australia. I returned to Stirling in 2013 as an IMPACT fellow, and became a lecturer in spring 2014. I now work part-time as a senior research fellow in the NMAHP-RU on the eMERGe project, developing guidelines for meta-ethnograpy reporting.
My research is in the area of Health Psychology, and I am particularly interested in the self-management of chronic disease. My research to date has focused on Peripheral Arterial Disease – a common cardiovascular disease; and on the experience of living with cancer. My research investigates patients’ understanding and motivation to self-manage their disease, and tests techniques to improve self-management. I am also interested in health services research – particularly how the healthcare system affects patients' self-management behaviour.
I use both qualitative and quantitative techniques in my research.
Cunningham M & Wells M (2016) Scottish Cancer Patient Experience Survey 2015/16: Analysis of Free-text Comments. Scottish Government - Health & Social Care - Health & Healthcare Improvement. Macmillan Cancer Support. Scottish Government.
Cunningham M, Swanson V, O'Carroll R & Holdsworth R (2012) Durability of a brief psychological intervention to increase walking in patients with intermittent claudication-1-year follow-up of a randomised controlled trial (Meeting Abstract).
O'Carroll R, Cunningham M, Swanson V & Holdsworth R (2012) A brief psychological intervention to increase walking in patients with intermittent claudication-1-year follow-up of a randomised controlled trial (Meeting Abstract).