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 Grace McCutchan

Grace McCutchan

Research Associate

School of Medicine

Email:
mccutchangm@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2068 7639
Location:
Neuadd Meirionnydd, University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff, CF14 4YS

I am a post-doctoral Research Associate in the Division of Population Medicine at Cardiff University School of Medicine. 

As a Research Health Psychologist with a longstanding interest in cancer and health inequality, I am interested in why people living in socioeconomically deprived areas may or may not go to the doctor with symptoms of cancer or engage with screening. I am also interested in how we can support people with cancer prevention e.g. by stopping smoking. I develop and test interventions to support and encourage people to get cancer found early and to prevent cancer.

Employment history:

  • Post-doctoral Research Associate for Wales Cancer Research Centre, Cardiff University School of Medicine (2017-present)
  • Post-doctoral Research Associate, Cardiff University, School of Medicine (2016-2017)

Qualifications:

  • Chartered Health Psychologist (2017)
  • PhD Health Psychology, Cardiff University, School of Medicine, Cardiff, UK. Title: "Understanding the influences on cancer symptom presentation behaviour in the context of socioeconomic deprivation: development of a cancer awareness intervention" (2016)
  • BSc Psychology with Professional placement (2013)
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2016)

Honours and awards

  • Cardiff University Celebrating Excellence Rising Star Award (finalist; 2019)
  • Travel bursary to attend the Cancer Research UK bi-annual Early Diagnosis conference to present the findings from the LUSH study in the Spotlight on lung cancer session (2019)
  • Winner of best poster at the Cancer Research UK Early diagnosis conference (2017)
  • Winner of the ‘Having an impact’ category of the Health and Care Research Wales photography competition (2016)
  • The Deans Prize for Excellence in Teaching (2015)
  • Systematic review (McCutchan et al, 2015) ranked in the top 10 most influential articles of 2015 for BMC cancer

Professional memberships

  • Full member of the British Psychological Society
  • Chartered Health Psychologist
  • Member of the UK Society of Behavioural Medicine

Speaking engagements

Examples:

  • Cancer Research UK Early diagnosis conference. Oral presentation and ‘spotlight on lung cancer’ panel discussion. “Engaging high risk groups in early lung cancer detection: a qualitative study in the UK’s most deprived communities”. Birmingham, February 2019.
  • Danang Oncology Hospital. “Psychosocial influences on cancer treatment seeking”. Danang, Vietnam, February 2019.
  • Health Services Research UK conference. Panel session. “Hearing everyone’s voice: experiences and learning to create wider opportunities to be involved in research”. Nottingham, July 2018.
  • International Congress for Behavioural Medicine. Oral presentation. “Understanding the influences on early lung cancer symptom presentation and intervention preferences in high risk groups: a qualitative study”. Santiago, Chile, November 2018.
  • International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, World Lung Cancer Conference. Poster presentation. “Lung cancer symptom perception and intervention preferences in the UK’s most deprived communities: a qualitative study”. Toronto, September 2018. 
  • NHS Christie educational seminar. Invited speaker. “Engaging high risk groups in early lung cancer detection”. Manchester, May 2018.
  • The Cancer and Primary Care Research International Network conference. Short oral presentation. “Development of personalised risk information to promote smoking cessation in a lung cancer screening context”. Groningen, Netherlands, April 2018.
  • The Cancer and Primary Care Research International Network conference. Short oral presentation. “Understanding the influences on early lung cancer symptom presentation and intervention preferences in high risk groups: a qualitative study”. Groningen, Netherlands, April 2018.
  • UK Society of Behavioural Medicine. Oral presentation. “Lung cancer symptom attribution and medical help seeking in high risk groups: a qualitative study”. Liverpool, December 2017.
  • South West Academic Primary Care conference. Short oral presentation. “The Lung Symptom Awareness and Health (LUSH) study”. Oxford, March 2017.
  • Primary and Emergency Care conference. Oral presentation. “Development of a lung cancer awareness intervention targeted at socioeconomically deprived communities”. Wrexham, November 2016.
  • Wales Cancer Partnership Conference. Workshop. “Community workshop: lung cancer”. Cardiff, November 2016.
  • Cwm Taf Research and Development conference. Oral presentation. “The Lung Symptom Awareness and Health (LUSH) study”. Cwm Taf, November 2017.
  • CRUK Early Diagnosis Conference. Poster presentation. “Development of a lung cancer awareness intervention targeted at socioeconomically deprived communities”. London, March 2017.
  • UK Society of Behavioural Medicine. Poster presentation. “Development of a lung cancer awareness intervention targeted at socioeconomically deprived communities”. Cardiff, December 2016.
  • International Psycho-Oncology Society Conference. Oral presentation. “Development of a lung cancer awareness intervention targeted at socioeconomically deprived communities”. Dublin, October 2016.
  • South West Academic Primary Care Conference. Oral presentation. “Development of a lung cancer awareness intervention targeted at socioeconomically deprived communities”. Cardiff, March 2016.
  • Division of Health Psychology Conference. Oral presentation. “Cancer symptom awareness, beliefs and symptomatic presentation in the context of socioeconomic deprivation: A qualitative interview study”. London, September 2015.
  • South West Academic Primary Care Conference. Oral presentation. “A systematic review of cancer symptom knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about cancer and time to symptom presentation in the context of socioeconomic deprivation”. Birmingham, March 2015.
  • South West Academic Primary Care conference. Short oral presentation. “Cancer symptom awareness, beliefs and symptomatic presentation in the context of socioeconomic deprivation: A qualitative interview study”. Birmingham, March 2015.
  • Public Health Wales Conference. Poster presentation. “Systematic review of cancer symptom knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about cancer and time to symptom presentation in the context of socioeconomic deprivation”. Cardiff, October 2014.

 

Committees and reviewing

I am member of the UK Society of Behavioural Medicine Early Career Researcher Committee. As part of my role, I co-manage the social media page.

I am an active academic member of the Cwm Taf Reducing Cancer Inequalities Group, and the Screening and Awareness sub-group committee for the Detecting Cancer Earlier Programme Board.

I regularly peer review for a wide range of scientific journals including Thorax, British Journal of General Practice, Psycho-Oncology, British Journal of Health Psychology and American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 

I was a member of the organising committee for two conferences: South West Academic Primary Care conference (Cardiff, 2016) and Cardiff University School of Medicine Postgraduate Research Day (Cardiff, 2014).

2019

2018

2016

2015

  • C21 medical student curriculum delivery through Evidence-Based Medicine tutored sessions (‘Formulating the research question’; 2nd year medical students) and assessment of C21 intercalated student dissertations and student selected component projects (ongoing).
  • Intercalated degree Health Inequalities module “cancer and screening” session (ongoing)
  • Visiting lecturer Psychology BSc and Health Psychology MSc, Swansea University. Health Psychology. (2018)
  • Visiting lecturer Health Psychology MSc, University of South Wales. Systematic review methods session (2016)
  • 1st year SSC medical student six-week practical research project experience: “What Factors Influence People Going to see their GP with a Symptom of Cancer?” (2014 and 2015)
  • Developing the Targeted Intensive Community-based campaign To Optimise Cancer awareness (TIC-TOC) campaign to support the Rapid Diagnostic Clinic pathway. Cwm Taf University Health Board commissioned research £17,387 (co-PI 2019).
  • Future Leaders in Cancer Research £5,000 (PI; travel and training grant 2018)
  • The effect of adding a personalised smoking cessation intervention to a lung cancer screening programme. Yorkshire Cancer Research £913,432 (Co-I, 2018-2020).
  • Readiness of lung cancer screening services to deliver concurrent smoking cessation treatment: Guideline and implementation toolkit development. Cancer Research UK's Tobacco Advisory Group £73,518 (Co-I 2019-2020).
  • Pharmacy referral for lung symptoms. Research for Patient and Public Benefit. (Co-investigator, 2017-2019 £299,000).
  • Providing personalised information for quitting smoking. Cardiff University Bequest Fund. (PI, 2016-2017, £2000)
  • Intercalated medical student project: “The influence of rural deprivation on public awareness, beliefs and help-seeking for cancer symptoms”. Co-supervisor (2019-2020)
  • Intercalated medical student project: “How can we encourage people living in low- and middle-income countries to engage with early cancer detection?” Lead supervisor (2018-2019)
  • Intercalated medical student project: “Young adults’ perceptions and experiences of e-cigarette use: A meta-ethnography”. Co-supervisor (2018-2019)
  • 4th year SSC medical student project: “Patient-reported barriers to early cancer diagnosis in Lower and lower-middle income countries: a systematic review”. Lead supervisor (2018)
  • Intercalated medical student project: “Understanding preferences for intervention to promote early lung cancer presentation in high risk groups”. Lead supervisor (2017-2018)
  • 4th year SSC medical student project: “Enhancing LGBTQ through medical education”. Co-supervisor (2017)
  • 4th year SSC medical student project: “Bullying of Junior Doctors – A study of Prevalence, Perceptions, Awareness & Impact”. Co-supervisor (2017)
  • 1st year SSC medical student literature review project: “How effective are cancer awareness campaigns at encouraging people to present early to their GP with symptoms?”. Lead supervisor (2017)

Past projects

Trainee GP Academic Fellow: “Understanding medical help seeking behaviour for lung cancer symptoms in symptomatic high risk adults living in the most deprived areas of the UK: an application of the Common Sense Model of self-regulation of health and illness”. Lead research project supervisor (2018-2019)

Public involvement 

The value and importance of patient and public involvement (PPI) in research (involving lay members of public on research management groups) is reflected throughout my research, see https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/medicine/about-us/engagement/case-study-grace-mccutchan.

Through my role with Wales Cancer Research Centre, I have been working with PPI representatives to understand the barriers to involvement in research studies, and develop strategies to widen participation and tackle the issue of diversity in PPI.

Public Engagement

Equally, public engagement (to let patients and public know the results of studies) is important. I have delivered talks to various patient support groups, in charity shops, and at organised events e.g. Chapter Arts ‘At Public Uni’. I have been involved in a few science communication stalls at CRUK Open Days and with Tenovus Cancer Care at Greenman festival, see http://www.tenovuscancercare.org.uk/news/scientific-cellfie-success-at-green-man-festival/.