Dr Yvonne Cunningham
- Research Associate (General Practice & Primary Care)
telephone: 0141 330 2041
Dr Yvonne Cunningham is a research associate in General Practice and Primary Care.
Since joining the Institute of Health and Wellbeing (IHW) in April 2015, she has worked on CRUK-funded projects about media representations of cancer and lung cancer symptom recognition and help-seeking, and since April 2017 has been carrying out qualitative research as part of an evaluation of new ways of working in NHS Ayrshire and Arran. Her main interests are in qualitative methods and exploring how people engage with media portrayals of health and illness and how these portrayals impact on behaviour.
Dr Cunningham also has a strong interest in public engagement and patient and public involvement in research and is a member of the IHW Public Engagement and Knowledge Exchange Group.
Dr Cunningham previously worked as a part-time lecturer in the School of Communications, Dublin City University and as a science communication researcher, evaluator and trainer.
Dr Cunningham gained a PhD in communications in 2014 for her research about audiences for science on television, and has carried out research on FP-7 funded projects on European audiences for science programmes on television and radio (Audio Visual Science Audiences, AVSA), Monitoring Policy and Research Activities on Science in Society in Europe (MASIS) and Platform of Local Authorities and Communicators Engaged in Science (PLACES). She also works as an evaluator, and has been involved in projects to evaluate the Festival of Curiosity in Dublin, the Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin and the Science in the City festival run as part of the Euroscience Open Forum held in Dublin in 2012. She has also worked with the Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland (RPII) to research stakeholder and public attitudes to radiation, and to facilitate stakeholder mapping processes to identify key influencers for achieving the goals of the National Radon Control Strategy.
Dr Cunningham holds a BSc in Applied Science from the Dublin Institute of Technology and before becoming an academic, spent ten years working as a technical writer, editor and sub-editor in the electronics, financial and educational publishing industries.
- Robb, K., Cunningham, Y., Macleod, U., Macdonald, S., Waller, J., Harrow, S., Blyth, K., Rigg, D., Wyke, S., Whitaker, K., Patient and Public Involvement: Haswell, T., 2017. Symptom appraisal of potential lung cancer symptoms in people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). NCRI Cancer Conference, Liverpool. 5-8 November 2017.
- Cunningham, Y., Robb, K., Whitaker, K., 2017. Symptom appraisal of potential lung cancer symptoms in people with COPD. Scottish Medical Sociology Conference, MRG/CSO, Glasgow. 16 June 2017.
- Macdonald, S., Robb, K., Cunningham, Y., Patterson, C., Anker, T., Macleod, U., Hilton, S., 2017. How the media frames cancer: Exploring the social in the realm of the personal. Recovering the Social: Personal Troubles and Public Issues, BSA Annual Conference, University of Manchester, Manchester. 4-6 April 2017.
- Cunningham, Y., Robb, K., Whitaker, K., 2017. Symptom appraisal in people with COPD. National Conference of Scottish Departments of General Practice (NADEGS). University of Stirling, Stirling. 26-27 January 2017.
- Cunningham, Y., 2016. Representations of Ageing as a Risk Factor for Cancer in UK Newspapers. Medical Sociology Annual Conference, Aston University, Birmingham. 7-9 September 2016.
- Cunningham, Y., 2016. “I’ve got two little boys and this is the worst thing that could happen” Caring disrupted by cancer. Discourses of Care, Gilmorehill Halls, Glasgow. 5-7 September 2016.
- MacDonald, S., Cunningham, Y., Robb, K., Macleod, U., Anker, T., Hilton, S., 2016. Representations of age as a risk factor in British Media. 9th Annual Meeting of the Cancer and Primary Care Research International Network, Boston. 26-28 April 2016.
- Cunningham, Y., 2016. ‘You’re never too old’ Building a stakeholder network for co-production of a cancer awareness intervention. Scottish Medical Sociology Conference 'Public Engagement and Research Impact: Challenges and Opportunities for Medical Sociology', Trades Hall of Glasgow, Glasgow. 14 March 2016.
- Cunningham, Y., 2013. Scientific citizens: using science television programmes to inform their everyday actions and choices. IAMCR, Dublin City University, Dublin.
- Cunningham, Y., 2013. An interdisciplinary approach to audience research using ethno-epistemic assemblages. IAMCR, Dublin City University, Dublin.
- Cunningham, Y., 2012. Representations of science on television in Ireland, ECREA, Istanbul, Turkey.
- Cunningham, Y., 2012. Scientific citizens: using science television programmes to inform their everyday actions and choices. UCL, London, UK.
- Cunningham, Y., 2012. What motivates European audiences to watch science on television, PCST, Florence, Italy.
- Cunningham, Y., 2012. Science as spectacle: television audience responses to Half Man Half Tree. Postgraduate Conference on Education and the Humanities, St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra.
- Cunningham, Y., 2011. Science on television and the scientific citizen. Postgraduate Conference on Education and the Humanities, St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra.
- Cunningham, Y., 2010. Television science and scientific citizenship. Sociological Association of Ireland Annual Conference, Queen’s University Belfast.
- Cunningham, Y., Trench, B., 2009. Audio Visual Science Audiences in Europe. Humanities and Social Sciences Research Day.
- Cunningham, Y., 2009. Television science and scientific citizenship, Irish Media Research Network Postgraduate Conference, Dublin City University, Dublin.
- Media representations of health and illness
- Early diagnosis of cancer: symptom recognition and help-seeking
- Qualitative methods
- Public participation in research
- Evaluation of public engagement programmes