My research work focuses on the area of cancer survivorship. I have a special interest in men's health, particularly prostate and testicular cancer and in HPV-related cancers.
In 2003, I graduated from the University of Ulster with a first class honours degree in Physiotherapy. Following this I commenced a PhD in the area of cancer-related fatigue. This involved designing and completing a prospective, longitudinal survey investigating the fatigue experience of gynaecological cancer patients. This was a multi-centre study, recruiting participants from three sites in the United Kingdom (Belfast, Bristol and Southampton).
In 2006 I became involved in a 'Men and Cancer' project funded by the Ulster Cancer Foundation (now Cancer Focus Northern Ireland).
During this post I conducted a qualitative study examining the gender difference in the experience of men and women with a diagnosis of colorectal cancer both during and after treatment. I was also involved in the development and testing (via a randomised controlled trial) of a complex group psycho-social intervention for men with prostate cancer and their partners on completion of cancer treatment.
I have an interest in the impact of cancer on informal caregivers and am currently involved in a Cochrane review of the effectiveness of psycho-social interventions in this population.