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Ms Catherine Dunn 

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PhD student Catheine Dunn
Position:PhD student

Telephone:+44 (0)29 2091 7784
Location:Room 513, 5th Floor, Eastgate House, 35 - 43 Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 0AB


An exploration of barriers to the disclosure of erectile dysfunction as an early warning of coronary heart disease


Dr Katie Featherstone and Dr Annette Lankshear 


This will be a qualitative study utilising semi-structured interviews and questionnaires to explore patients and healthcare professional's experiences and understandings of disclosing erectile dysfunction.

Catherine's research to date has focused on cardio-vascular risk factors and their modification.  The research which formed the basis for her MSc dissertation involved the alteration of treatment volumes for low density lipoprotein apheresis.  Her current PhD study focuses on erectile dysfunction and the disclosure of the important pre-cursor to coronary heart disease.

Career Overview

Catherine qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1998 and commenced her career in cardio-thoracic nursing at Harefield Hospital where she worked in a variety of medical and surgical settings.  Whilst at Harefield she gained her MSc in cardio-thoracic nursing from Imperial College, London.  After moving to Cardiff in 2005 she set up the Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic at the University Hospital of Wales.  Having completed the Independent Prescribing course she ran this nurse-led clinic until September 2009 when she commenced her PhD studies.

Teaching Profile

As part of her role within the Rapid Access Chest Pain Clinic Catherine was seconded into an Associate Lecturer's post within Cardiff University and was involved in the teaching of students undertaking the Cardiac Foundation Module and Pre-registration clinical skills.