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Agnella Craig
Assistant Prof & Head of Department, Radiation Therapy

Biography

Since Sept 2003 I have been working in The Discipline of Radiation Therapy, lecturing on the undergraduate B.Sc (Radiation Therapy) programme. Prior to joining Trinity, I worked as a System Support Engineer for 1 year in LM Ericsson after obtaining first class Honours from University College Cork in a Higher Diploma in Computer Science (2000). Prior to this, I worked as a Senior/clinical specialist Radiation Therapist in the Radiotherapy Departments in St Luke's Hospital, St Vincent's Private Hospital and Cork University Hospital, having originally qualified as a Therapeutic Radiographer in 1992.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Agnella Craig, Aidan Seery. , Literacy Levels in Prostate Cancer Patients: Relationship of Health Literacy Level, Understanding of Cancer Information and the Shared Decision-Making Process, Driving healthcare change through HSCP research, 'Health and Social Care Professions Research Conference, Dublin, Feb 2014, 2014 Poster, 2014

Agnella Craig, Aidan Seery, Literacy levels in a prostate cancer population undergoing radiotherapy: relationship of Health Literacy Level and understanding of cancer information,, TCD, School of Education,Fourth Annual Postgraduate Research Conference, Dublin Ireland, June 2013, 2013 Poster, 2013

A. Webster, A. Craig, Knowledge of Colorectal Cancer and barriers to discussing signs and symptoms in an older Irish population., Radiotherapy and Oncology, ESTRO 31, Barcelona, May 2012, 103, (S1), 2012, ppS618- Poster, 2012

M. Dixon, T. O'Dwyer, A. Craig, A retrospective analysis of an oropharyngeal cancer database, with focus on a HPV subgroup, in one centre in Ireland, Radiotherapy and Oncology, ESTRO 31, Barcelona, May 2012, 103, (S1), 2012, ppS374-S375 Poster, 2012

David Hevey, Kevin Thomas, Maria Pertl, Laura Maher, Agnella Craig, and Siobhan Ni Chuinneagain, Method Effects and the Need for Cognition Scale, The International Journal of Educational and Psychological Assessment, 12, (1), 2012, p20 - 33 Journal Article, 2012 URL

H. Fetherstone, A. Craig, Use of HPV screening in HNSCC by radiation oncologists and it's impact on treatment, Radiotherapy and Oncology, ESTRO 31, Barcelona,, May 2012, 103, (S1), 2012, ppS373-S374 Poster, 2012

Thomas, K., Hevey, D. , Pertl, M., Ní Chuinneagáin, S., Craig, A., & Maher, L. , Appearance matters: The frame and focus of health messages influences beliefs about skin cancer , British Journal of Health Psychology, 16, (2), 2011, p418 - 429 Journal Article, 2011 DOI

A. Fallon, P. Sloane, M. Coffey, A. Craig, An analysis of the impact of xerostomia on the quality of life of head and neck cancer patients receiving radiotherapy, Radiotherapy and Oncology, 11th Biennial ESTRO Conference on Physics and Radiation Technology, London, U.K, May 2011, 99, (S1), 2011, S319- Poster, 2011

Hevey, D., Pertl, M., Thomas, K., Maher,L., Craig, A, Ní Chuinneagáin, S, Body consciousness moderates the effect of message framing on intentions to use sunscreen, Journal of Health Psychology, 15, (4), 2010, p553 - 559 Journal Article, 2010 DOI

D. Hevey , M. Pertl, K. Thomas, L. Maher, A. Craig, S. Ni Chuinneagain, Consideration of future consequences scale: Confirmatory Factor Analysis , Personality and Individual Differences, 48, (5), 2010, p654 - 657 Journal Article, 2010

Pertl M, Hevey D, Thomas K, Craig A, Ní Chuinneagáin S, Maher L., Differential effects of self-efficacy and perceived control on intention to perform skin cancer-related health behaviours., Health Education Research. , 25, (5), 2010, p769 - 779 Journal Article, 2010 DOI

Leech M, Craig A, Poole C, Broderick M, Ni Chuinneagain S, Coffey M, Byrne J, Clinical Oral Examinations: Assessment of Competency in Radiation Therapy, Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice, 8, (3), 2009, p115 - 118 Journal Article, 2009 TARA - Full Text

Pertl M., Thomas K., Hevey D., Craig A., Ni Chuinneagain S., Maher L., , Differential effects of self-efficacy and perceived behavioural control on skin cancer risk behaviours., Psychology & Health, 24, 2009 Journal Article, 2009

Hevey D, Pertl M, Thomas K, Maher L, Chuinneagáin SN, Craig A., The relationship between prostate cancer knowledge and beliefs and intentions to attend PSA screening among at-risk men., Patient Educ Couns. , 74, (2), 2009, p244 - 249 Journal Article, 2009

Hevey, D. , Pertl, M., Thomas, K., Maher,L., Ní Chuinneagáin, S., Craig, A, Body consciousness moderates the effect of message framing on intentions to use sunscreen., International Journal of Psychology, 43, 2008, pp100- Meeting Abstract, 2008

Pertl, M, Hevey, D. Thomas, K., Maher,L., Ní Chuinneagáin, S., Craig, A. , Differential effects of self-efficacy and perceived behavioural control on skin cancer risk behaviours, International Journal of Psychology, 2008, pp802- Meeting Abstract, 2008

Pertl, M., Maher, L., Craig, A., Cunningham, J., Thomas, K. E. & Hevey, D. H. , Prostate cancer and screening: Knowledge and attitudes of men at risk. , BPS Conference Proceedings, ISSN 1754-8837., British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology Annual Conference, 2007 Conference Paper, 2007

Maher L, Menezes G, Craig A, Telemedicine in Ireland: a national survey, Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, 13, 2007, p348 - 351 Journal Article, 2007

Agnella Craig, Jill Byrne, "Clinical Education for Radiation Therapy Students- changing times", The 6th Annual All-Ireland Radiation Therapists' Study Day, Dublin, Ireland, 18th Feb, 2006, 2006, St. Luke's Hospital, Invited Talk, 2006

Agnella Craig, "Disease Evaluation Methods", Organisation and Implementation of Cancer Clinical Trials, Leuven, Belgium, , 21-25th Nov 2005, 2005, EORTC Invited Talk, 2005

Agnella Craig, "Toxicity scoring and adverse events", Organisation and Implementation of Cancer Clinical Trials, Leuven, Belgium, 21-25th Nov 2005, 2005, EORTC Invited Talk, 2005

Agnella Craig, "The potential benefit of information and communication technology (ICT) in reducing anxiety levels in patients referred for radical radiotherapy", Radiotherapy & Oncology, ESTRO 8th Biennial Meeting on Physics and Radiation Technology for Clinical Radiotherapy , Lisbon, Portugal, 24-29 September 2005, 76, (Supplement 2 ), Elsevier, 2005, ppS81 - S81 Meeting Abstract, 2005

Agnella Craig, "Toxicity scoring in radiotherapy", Organisation and Implementation of Cancer Clinical Trials, Leuven, Belgium, 21-25th Nov, 2005, 2005, EORTC Invited Talk, 2005

Agnella Craig, "The potential benefit of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in reducing anxiety levels in patients referred for radical Radiotherapy treatment", Computer Science, Trinity College Dublin, 2005 Thesis, 2005

Menezes G, Craig A, Coffey M, Clinical Case Conferencing Around Ireland, Radiography Ireland, 9, (1), 2005, p10 - 13 Journal Article, 2005

Agnella Craig, Jill Byrne, Mary Coffey, Siobhán Ní Chuinneagáin, Maria O Shea, Radiation Therapy Clinical Educators Study Day, 15th Jan 2005, 2005, TCD, School of Radiation Therapy Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2005

Agnella Craig, "The role of the Radiation Therapist", 9th Annual IIR Conference 2005, Cavan, Ireland, 11-12th November , 2005 Poster, 2005

Agnella Craig, Telemedicine as a decision support tool in Clinical Case Conferences , Health Informatics Society of Ireland. Annual Conference and Scientific Symposium, Dublin, Ireland, Nov , 2004 Conference Paper, 2004 URL

Craig A, Menezes G,Cunningham J, Coffey M, Thirion P, Hollywood D, The Electronic HealthCare Record in HealthCare Education, Health Informatics Society of Ireland. Annual Conference and Scientific Symposium, Dublin, Ireland, Nov 2004, 2004 Poster, 2004

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Agnella Craig, Aidan Seery, Health Literacy and Radiotherapy: What are the Implications for the Patient?, Faculty of Radiologists,.Annual Scientific Meeting, RCSI, Dublin, Ireland, 26th sept , 2014, Royal College Surgeons, Dublin Invited Talk, 2014

Discipline of Radiation Therapy , The 14th All Ireland Radiation Therapy Study Day , 01-03-2014, In:The 14th All Ireland Radiation Therapy Study Day , 2014, Dublin Ireland Meetings /Conferences Organised, 2014

E. Nic An Ghaeirr, A. Craig, An investigation into the awareness of cervical cancer and the factors that influence attendance for cervical cancer smears in women within the screening age criteria, Journal of the Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy, 17, (1), 2013, p14 - 20 Journal Article, 2013

A Craig, Ethics: A practical guide to obtaining ethical approval, Journal of the Irish Institute of Radiography and Radiation Therapy , 16, (1), 2012, p1 - 5 Journal Article, 2012

G Menezes, L Maher, J Kenny, M Quinn, R Miller, M Coffey, A Craig, Potential Issues Associated with Videoconferencing in Oncology Multidisciplinary Team Meetings, XVIth International Conference on the Use of Computers in Radiation Therapy, Amsterdam, 31/5/2010-3/6/2010, 2010 Poster, 2010

Kenny J, Maher L, Craig A, Coffey M, Menezes G, Organisational Needs Analysis of Videoconferenced Oncology Multi-Disciplinary Team Meetings, 12th Annual Conference and Scientific Symposium, HISI, Dublin, 21-22 November 2007, 2007 Meeting Abstract, 2007

Quinn M, Maher L, Craig A, Coffey M, Menezes G, Image Properties in Videconference Multi-Disciplinary Team Meetings, 12th Annual Conference and Scientific Symposium, HISI, Dublin, 21-22 November 2007, 2007 Meeting Abstract, 2007

McGivney J, Menezes G, Craig A, Telesynergy(r), Telemedicine in the Irish Health Service: Current and Future Perspectives, Dublin, 5th April, 2006, Engineers Ireland (Biomedical) Invited Talk, 2006

Craig A, Menezes G, Holmberg O, McGivney J, Cooney P, McKenzie K, Coffey M, Hollywood D, Oncology in Ireland - The benefit from Telesynergy, Cancerwise, 3, (1), 2004, p8 - 10 Journal Article, 2004

Menezes G, Craig A, Coffey M, Gillham C, Hollywood D, Development of an Oncology Teleconferencing System in Ireland, Radiotherapy & Oncology, ESTRO 23, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 24-28 October 2004, 73, (Supplement 1), Elsevier, 2004, ppS538-S539 Poster, 2004

G Menezes, A Craig, M Coffey, D Hollywood, Tele-Oncology: Designing a system for case conferencing around Ireland, Health Informatics Society of Ireland. Annual Conference and Scientific Symposium, Dublin, Ireland, 2004, 2004 Conference Paper, 2004 URL

Research Expertise

Description

My research interests include psychosocial aspects of cancer care and the use of technology in both patient care and in education. In 2005 I completed a Masters in Health Informatics in Trinity College Dublin. The first year of this course was a taught programme and I received first class Honours. The title of my Dissertation was "The potential benefit of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in reducing anxiety levels in patients referred for radical Radiotherapy treatment". In 2010, I registered as a part-time PhD student in the School of Education in Trinity College. My research is examining the relationship between literacy levels and understanding of cancer information. Other projects I have worked on include: 1.Mapping the Patient Journey in Radiotherapy 2.Defining the Radiotherapy Minimum Data Set 3.Restructuring the clinical component of the undergraduate B Sc in Radiation Therapy. In 2005 I chaired a group for the ERHA project on "Defining the Minimum Cancer Dataset". In Nov 2005 and Nov 2003 I was a member of Faculty for the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) teaching course 'Organisation and Implementation of Cancer Clinical Trials', and from 2003-2013, I was involved in the roll out of a National Telemedicine System in Oncology.

Projects

  • Title
    • Literacy Levels in Prostate Cancer Patients: Relationship of Health Literacy Level, Understanding of Cancer Information and the Shared Decision-Making Process
  • Summary
    • Research Aims (1) Evaluate the impact HL level has on cancer knowledge (2) Ascertain if prostate cancer patients who are involved in a shared decision-making process are knowledgeable about their treatment options
  • Date From
    • 2010
  • Date To
    • 2016
  • Title
    • 'The potential benefit of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in reducing anxiety levels in patients referred for radical Radiotherapy treatment'
  • Summary
    • This research assesses anxiety levels in cancer patients at 3 different stages using the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale(HADS)
  • Date From
    • Oct 2003
  • Date To
    • Sept 2004

Keywords

CANCER; CANCER PATIENTS; Clinical education; Health informatics; Information technology in education; LITERACY; Medical technology; PATIENT EDUCATION; Therapeutic and Clinical oncology; Therapeutic radiography

Recognition

Awards and Honours

ICS Travel Bursary April 2004

MA TCD 2009

Memberships

EORTC (European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer) 2003

ESTRO (European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology) 2004

IIR (Irish Institute of Radiography) 1996

Brain Tumour Support Group 2001 – Currently