Dr Yvonne Cunningham

  • Research Associate (General Practice & Primary Care)

telephone: 0141 330 2041
email: Yvonne.Cunningham@glasgow.ac.uk

Research Institute of Health & Wellbeing, 1 Horselethill Road

Biography

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 and CSO-funded projects about media representations of cancer and lung cancer symptom recognition and help-seeking, a Scottish Government funded evaluation of new ways of working in NHS Ayrshire and Arran, and an evaluation of a volunteering programme operated by the Mental Health Foundation. Since August 2019 she has been working on a project to investigate the perspectives of health professionals and patients on reducing anticholinergic burden by stopping or switching medications. 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.

Research interests

  • 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

Publications

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Number of items: 6.

2019

Cunningham, Y., Wyke, S. , Blyth, K. G. , Rigg, D., Macdonald, S. , Macleod, U., Harrow, S., Robb, K. A. and Whitaker, K. L. (2019) Lung cancer symptom appraisal among people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a qualitative interview study. Psycho-Oncology, 28(4), pp. 718-725. (doi: 10.1002/pon.5005) (PMID:30693608) (PMCID:PMC6492269)

Jani, B. et al. (2019) Evaluation of New Models of Primary Care in Scotland: Lanarkshire Case Study. Project Report. Scottish School of Primary Care.

2018

Macdonald, S. , Cunningham, Y., Patterson, C. , Robb, K. , Macleod, U., Anker, T. and Hilton, S. (2018) Mass media and risk factors for cancer: the under-representation of age. BMC Public Health, 18, 490. (doi: 10.1186/s12889-018-5341-9) (PMID:29695238) (PMCID:PMC5918870)

2017

Cunningham, Y. (2017) Science for jobs: audience views of television science. In: Trench, B., Murphy, P. and Fahy, D. (eds.) Little Country, Big Talk: Science Communication in Ireland. The Pantaneto Press with Celsius group: Dublin, pp. 115-130. ISBN 9780992941147

2016

Lehmkuhl, M., Boyadjieva, P., Cunningham, Y., Karamanidou, C. and Mörä, T. (2016) Audience reach of science on television in 10 European countries: an analysis of people-meter data. Public Understanding of Science, 25(2), pp. 223-235. (doi: 10.1177/0963662514536295) (PMID:24928569)

Cunningham, Y., MacDonald, S. , Robb, K. , MacLeod, U., Anker, T. and Hilton, S. (2016) Representations of Ageing as a Risk Factor for Cancer in UK Newspapers. 48th BSA Medical Sociology Annual Conference, Birmingham, UK, 7-9 Sept 2016.

This list was generated on Tue Oct 20 15:32:23 2020 BST.
Number of items: 6.

Articles

Cunningham, Y., Wyke, S. , Blyth, K. G. , Rigg, D., Macdonald, S. , Macleod, U., Harrow, S., Robb, K. A. and Whitaker, K. L. (2019) Lung cancer symptom appraisal among people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a qualitative interview study. Psycho-Oncology, 28(4), pp. 718-725. (doi: 10.1002/pon.5005) (PMID:30693608) (PMCID:PMC6492269)

Macdonald, S. , Cunningham, Y., Patterson, C. , Robb, K. , Macleod, U., Anker, T. and Hilton, S. (2018) Mass media and risk factors for cancer: the under-representation of age. BMC Public Health, 18, 490. (doi: 10.1186/s12889-018-5341-9) (PMID:29695238) (PMCID:PMC5918870)

Lehmkuhl, M., Boyadjieva, P., Cunningham, Y., Karamanidou, C. and Mörä, T. (2016) Audience reach of science on television in 10 European countries: an analysis of people-meter data. Public Understanding of Science, 25(2), pp. 223-235. (doi: 10.1177/0963662514536295) (PMID:24928569)

Book Sections

Cunningham, Y. (2017) Science for jobs: audience views of television science. In: Trench, B., Murphy, P. and Fahy, D. (eds.) Little Country, Big Talk: Science Communication in Ireland. The Pantaneto Press with Celsius group: Dublin, pp. 115-130. ISBN 9780992941147

Research Reports or Papers

Jani, B. et al. (2019) Evaluation of New Models of Primary Care in Scotland: Lanarkshire Case Study. Project Report. Scottish School of Primary Care.

Conference or Workshop Item

Cunningham, Y., MacDonald, S. , Robb, K. , MacLeod, U., Anker, T. and Hilton, S. (2016) Representations of Ageing as a Risk Factor for Cancer in UK Newspapers. 48th BSA Medical Sociology Annual Conference, Birmingham, UK, 7-9 Sept 2016.

This list was generated on Tue Oct 20 15:32:23 2020 BST.