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Name:  Mairéad Cooney

Contact phone number: 01-700 7653

Contact email address: mairead.cooney4@mail.dcu.ie

Qualification of Study:  PhD

Research Title:  ‘To examine the effect of a MedEx Move On intervention on cancer survivors’ physical activity levels, health behavior change and psychological wellbeing’

Year commenced: 2015

Anticipated year of completion: 2019

Supervisor: Dr. Catherine Woods

Research summary:

Research has indicated that cancer survivors experience a decrease in their physical activity (PA) levels post-diagnosis, and while exercise levels increase somewhat following treatment, for most survivors, PA levels don’t return to their pre-diagnosis levels. Research highlights that there is a need to pay greater attention to issues of long-term adherence to PA for cancer survivors and to identify and develop effective PA behaviour change interventions to support survivors to remain physically active in the long term. The overall aim of this research is to design a comprehensive, tailored self-management MedEx Move On intervention to increase cancer survivors’ weekly minutes of physical activity, health behaviour change and psychological wellbeing.

LinkedIn: LinkedIn Profile_Mairéad Cooney

Irish Cancer Society Research Page: http://www.cancer.ie/research/our-research/funded-researchers/mairead-cooney

Acknowledgements: This research is funded by the Irish Cancer Society.