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Dr Kathryn Cunningham

Dr Kathryn Cunningham

Research Fellow in Primary Care

Research Fellow

Researcher profile

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I completed an M.A. (Hons.) in Psychology at the University of St. Andrews, an M.Sc. in Health Psychology at the University of Stirling, and a Ph.D. (Exploring loneliness in the context of cancer: A mixed methods study) at the University of Dundee.

I am a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and a Full Member of the Society?s Division of Health Psychology. I am also an Associate Member of the Society?s Faculty for Oncology and Palliative Care.

I joined the School of Medicine, Division of Population and Behavioural Sciences as a Research Fellow with the primary care and health psychology research groups in August 2017.

Before joining the University of St. Andrews I was a Research Fellow/Research Assistant at the University of Dundee in the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine and Nursing and a Research Assistant at the University of Edinburgh Cancer Research Centre. 

Research areas

My primary research interest is loneliness, particularly in people with long-term health conditions, and in developing methods to identify, and interventions to alleviate, this widespread and distressing problem.

I am also interested in health behaviour change, and healthcare professional behaviour change, and in developing and evaluating interventions to facilitate such behaviour change.

I am experienced in several different types of research, including qualitative studies, intervention development, mixed method evaluations, Randomised Controlled Trials (feasibility and full) and evidence synthesis, and in a variety of health areas, including cancer care, cardiac rehabilitation, intensive care, alcohol, obesity, physical activity, paediatric dentistry and primary care.

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