Dr Kathryn Cunningham

Dr Kathryn Cunningham
Research Fellow



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.

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Research Overview from research@st-andrews

My primary research interest is loneliness, particularly in people with long-term health conditions, and in developing methods to identify, and interventions to address, 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 have worked on several different types of research projects, including qualitative studies, intervention development studies, evaluations, Randomised Controlled Trials (feasibility and full) and systematic reviews, and in a variety of health areas, including cancer care, cardiac rehabilitation, intensive care, alcohol, obesity, physical activity, paediatric dentistry and primary care. 


Recent publications listed in research@st-andrews
14  (of 14 published available) for kb92. (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
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Development of the cancer-related loneliness assessment tool Kathryn Burns Cunningham, Thilo Kroll, Mary Wells
European Journal of Cancer Care 2018 vol.27 
Increasing physical activity levels Gozde Ozakinci, Sharon Ann Carstairs, Rayna Hilary Rogowsky, Kathryn Burns Cunningham, Louise Margaret Wilkie, Jo Stevens, Malcolm McTavish, Ian Shield, Frank Sullivan
 2018 
A systematic review of the supportive care needs of people living with and beyond cancer of the colon and/or rectum Grigorios Kotronoulas, Constantina Papadopoulou, Kathryn Burns Cunningham, Mhairi Simpson, Roma Maguire
European Journal of Oncology Nursing 2017 vol.29 pp.60-70
FiCTION Filling Children’s Teeth Jason Rutter, Kathryn Burns Cunningham, Richard Holmes, Anne Maguire, Nicola Innes, Gail Douglas, Jan Clarkson, Ruth Freeman, Elaine McColl, Mark Robertson, Zoe Marshman
Journal of Dental Research 2017 
Modifying Alcohol Consumption to Reduce Obesity (MACRO) Iain Crombie, Kathryn Burns Cunningham, Linda Irvine, Brian Williams, Falko F Sniehotta, John Norrie, Ambrose Melson, Claire Jones, Andrew Briggs, Peter Rice, Marcus Achison, Andrew McKenzie, Elena Dimova, Peter W Slane
Health Technology Assessment 2017 vol.21 
Modifying alcohol consumption to reduce obesity Linda Irvine, Iain K Crombie, Kathryn Burns Cunningham, Brian Williams, Falko F Sniehotta, John Norrie, Ambrose J. Melson, Claire Jones, Peter Rice, Peter W Slane, Marcus Achison, Andrew McKenzie, Elena D. Dimova, Sheila Allan
Alcohol and Alcoholism 2017 vol.52 pp.677-684
Can an alcohol intervention tackle obesity in middle aged men? Linda Irvine, Kathryn Burns Cunningham, Brian Williams, Falko F Sniehotta, John Norrie, Ambrose Melson, Claire Jones, Andrew Briggs, Peter Rice, Marcus Achison, Andrew McKenzie, Elena Dimova, Peter W Slane, Iain K Crombie
 2016 
Reducing alcohol consumption in obese men I K Crombie, Kathryn Burns Cunningham, L Irvine, B. Williams, F. F. Sniehotta, J Norrie, A. Melson, C. Jones, A. Briggs, P. M. Rice
International Journal of Behavioral Medicine 2016 vol.23 pp.S17-S18
Reducing alcohol consumption in obese men Iain K. Crombie, Kathryn Burns Cunningham, Linda Irvine, Brian Williams, Falko F. Sniehotta, John Norrie, Ambrose Melson, Claire Jones, Andrew Briggs, Peter Rice, Marcus Achison, Andrew McKenzie, Elena Dimova, Peter Slane
Addiction Science & Clinical Practice 2016 vol.11 
Reducing alcohol consumption in obese men Linda Irvine, Kathryn Burns Cunningham, Brian Williams, Falko F Sneihotta, John Norrie, Ambrose Melson, Claire Jones, Andrew Briggs, Peter Rice, Marcus Achison, Andrew McKenzie, Elena Dimova, Peter W Slane, Iain K Crombie
 2016 
What is the relationship between elements of ICU treatment and memories after discharge in adult ICU survivors? Leanne M. Aitken, Maria I. Castillo, Amanda Ullman, Åsa Engström, Kathryn Burns Cunningham, Janice Rattray
Australian Critical Care 2016 vol.29 pp.5-14
“If I miss out the crisps I can have an extra pint” I. K. Crombie, Kathryn Burns Cunningham, L. Irvine, Brian Williams, F. F. Sniehotta, J. Norrie, A. Melson, C. Jones, A. Briggs, P. M. Rice
 2015 
Exploring loneliness in the context of cancer Kathryn Burns Cunningham
 2014 
Social research design Kathryn Burns Cunningham
Nurse Researcher 2014 vol.22 pp.32-37