I am Reader in cancer care at the University of Stirling and deputy director of research in the School of Health Sciences. I am a health sociologist and have a BA joint honours degree in sociology/social policy (University of Leeds), Masters in Computing Science (University of Newcastle Upon Tyne) and PhD in education (University of Sunderland). I am leading the first evaluation of a UK adolescent cancer awareness intervention and also leading the first evaluation of the use of cardiac rehabilitation services for cancer survivors. I chair the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI), Lifestyle and Behavioural Change group. I am a member of Breast Cancer Care's Research Committee and the NCRI primary care clinical studies group and NCRI psychosocial oncology clinical studies group.
I have a research background in applied health research and for the past 10 years my research interests have centred on two main areas:
Adolescent cancer awareness
I am currently working with Teenage Cancer Trust to support the development and evaluation of their school-based cancer awareness education programme. I am interested in strategies to improve cancer communication and help-seeking self-efficacy among adolescents. The research isinformed by recognition of the agency and capability of adolescents and positions adolescents in a positive framework as knowledgeable and persuasive agents of change, acting as influencers of their own and their family’s health and well-being.
Health-related behaviours andrehabilitation
I am broadly interested in theorising cancer as a long-term condition, impacting on the individual and their family. My research mission is to conduct policy and practice relevant research to improve the recovery of people living with cancer.The research strategy I have adopted to fulfil this mission is to conduct research with the purpose of providing the evidence to develop and evaluate health behaviour interventions for cancer survivors. I am interested in the development of cancer rehabilitation interventions associated with aiding recovery. In this work I apply a range of theoretical models (e.g.theory of planned behaviour, family systems, biographical disruption) to understand how cancer changes people’s lives and influences their health-related behaviour and in particular, their level of physical activity.
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