Dr Kathryn Cunningham
Research Fellow



My main research interests are in psycho-oncology (particularly loneliness), health behaviour change and intervention development and evaluation.

I completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of St Andrews in 2008 and a Masters in Health Psychology at the University of Stirling in 2009. I then worked at the University of Edinburgh as a Research Assistant on an RCT of a psychological therapy for depression in people with cancer, before completing my PhD in the area of loneliness and cancer at the University of Dundee in 2014. While undertaking my PhD I held research positions in the areas of cancer care, cardiac rehabilitation and intensive care. After completing my PhD I worked at the University of Dundee on a feasibility trial of an intervention to reduce alcohol consumption in obese men then on an RCT of different strategies for managing caries in children’s teeth. I began work at the University of St Andrews in August 2017 on a study to evaluate new models of primary care.

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Research Overview from research@st-andrews

Recent publications listed in research@st-andrews
Crombie, I, Cunningham, K, Irvine, L, Williams, B, Sniehotta, FF, Norrie, J, Melson, A, Jones, C, Briggs, A, Rice, P, Achison, M, McKenzie, A, Dimova, E & Slane, PW 2017, 'Modifying Alcohol Consumption to Reduce Obesity (MACRO): development and feasibility trial of a complex community-based intervention for men' Health Technology Assessment, vol 21, no. 19. DOI: 10.3310/hta21190
Rutter, J, Cunningham, K, Holmes, R, Maguire, A, Innes, N, Douglas, G, Clarkson, J, Freeman, R, McColl, E, Robertson, M & Marshman, Z 2017, 'FiCTION Filling Children’s Teeth: Indicated or Not? Integrating qualitative research' Journal of Dental Research.
Irvine, L, Cunningham, K, Williams, B, Sniehotta, FF, Norrie, J, Melson, A, Jones, C, Briggs, A, Rice, P, Achison, M, McKenzie, A, Dimova, E, Slane, PW & Crombie, IK 2016, 'Can an alcohol intervention tackle obesity in middle aged men?' Paper presented at UK Society of Behavioural Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting, Cardiff, United Kingdom, 1/12/16 - 2/12/16, .
Crombie, IK, Cunningham, KB, Irvine, L, Williams, B, Sniehotta, FF, Norrie, J, Melson, A, Jones, C, Briggs, A & Rice, PM 2016, 'Reducing alcohol consumption in obese men: a priority for action' International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, vol 23, no. 1 Supp, P050, pp. S17-S18.
Crombie, IK, Cunningham, K, Irvine, L, Williams, B, Sniehotta, FF, Norrie, J, Melson, A, Jones, C, Briggs, A, Rice, P, Achison, M, McKenzie, A, Dimova, E & Slane, P 2016, 'Reducing alcohol consumption in obese men: a priority for action' Addiction Science & Clinical Practice, vol 11, no. Supplement 1, A6.
Irvine, L, Cunningham, K, Williams, B, Sneihotta, FF, Norrie, J, Melson, A, Jones, C, Briggs, A, Rice, P, Achison, M, McKenzie, A, Dimova, E, Slane, PW & Crombie, IK 2016, 'Reducing alcohol consumption in obese men: a priority for action' Paper presented at Scottish Alcohol Research Network (SARN), Dundee, United Kingdom, 12/05/16, .
Crombie, IK, Cunningham, K, Irvine, L, Williams, B, Sniehotta, FF, Norrie, J, Melson, A, Jones, C, Briggs, A & Rice, PM 2015, '“If I miss out the crisps I can have an extra pint”: challenges and opportunities in addressing overweight and alcohol' Paper presented at UK Society of Behavioural Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting, Newcastle, United Kingdom, 8/12/15 - 9/12/15, .