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Grant McGeechan

01642 342331
Job title:
Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology
School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law
Social Sciences, Humanities & Law research

About Grant McGeechan

Grant McGeechan

Grant McGeechan
Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology, School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law
T: 01642 342331
Research: Social Sciences, Humanities & Law research

Grant McGeechan joined the University in January 2015 as a Research Associate working on a series of co-production evaluations of public health interventions with Durham County Council.  This involved Grant working as a researcher in residence at the local authority, and members of the public health team travelling to the University to work on all aspects of the evaluations.

In addition to this Grant worked on various research projects within the School of Health and Social Care - most notably as a research co-ordinator and lead qualitative researcher for an NIHR funded randomised controlled trial looking at the impact of learning mentors delivering alcohol brief interventions to students within a high school setting.  

In January 2018 Grant moved roles within the University and joined the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Law as a lecturer in Health Psychology. Grant contributes to various modules within the MSc in Health Psychology and Clinical Skills.

Research interests

Grant's research interests focus on two main areas.  Psycho-oncology research focusing on the lived experience of people at all stages of the cancer journey, from pre-diagnosis and cancer screening through to those living with and beyond cancer as a chronic illness.  Furthermore, Grant has extensively worked in Public Health research and specialises in evaluations of public health services.  He has previously worked collaboratively with Durham County Council and has an on-going collaboration with South Tees Public Health through their Tackling Cancer Together board.  Grant is a regular reviewer for a number of journals including the Journal of Public Health, Perspectives in Public Health and BMC Public Health and has formerly been a funding application reviewer for Cancer Research UK.

Research projects & external funding

Current Research Projects include:

Systematic Review of alcohol interventions for people with cancer - Funded by Alcohol Research UK
A discourse analysis of Facebook users reactions to Social Media posts for cancer awareness campaigns
Evaluation of South Tees Public Health cancer screening awareness programme.

PhD and research opportunities

Grant supervises both full, and part-time PhD students and would welcome the opportunity to work with students in the areas of Health Psychology, Psycho-Oncology or students looking to employ qualitative research methods in the remit of physical health.  Current students are conducting research in the following areas - understanding the experiences of people with learning disabilities, and the influence of their carers on national cancer screening programmes; and understanding the lived experiences of people undergoing treatment for fear of cancer recurrence.

External roles and professional activities

Presently Grant is a member of the Tackling Cancer Together board within the South Tees Public Health team.

Previously Grant served as a member of the School of Health and Social Care research ethics and governance committee. 

Learning and teaching interests

Grant primarily teaches on the MSc in Health Psychology and Clinical Skills and leads the modules 'Current Topics in Health Psychology' and 'Interventions in Health Psychology' on this programme.  Grant specialises in teaching health behaviour change models, psycho-oncology, the impact of alcohol on physical health outcomes and qualitative research methods.  Grant supervises students across all levels of study, from undergraduate dissertations through to PhD students, and Top Up Doctorate students.


Selected Papers

McGeechan, G. J., McPherson, K.E., & Roberts,K. (2018). An interpretative phenomenologicalanalysis of the experience of living with cancer as a chronic illness. Journal of Clinical Nursing: In Press.(IF 1.214)

Tate, K.,Newbury-Birch, D. & McGeechan, G.J. (2018).  Asystematic review of qualitative evidence of cancer patients’ attitudes tomindfulness.  European Journal of Cancer Care: 27(2) e12783 (IF 2.104).DOI:10.1111/ecc.12783

Newbury-Birch,D., Ferguson, J., Landale, S., Giles, E. L., McGeechan, G. J., Gill, C., Stockdale, K., & Holloway, A. (2018).A Systematic Review of the Efficacy of Alcohol Interventions for IncarceratedPeople. Drug and Alcohol Dependency:(IF 3.688). In Press

McGeechan,G. J.;Richardson, C.; Wilson, L.; O’Neill, G.; Newbury-Birch, D. (2017).  Exploring Men’s perceptions of a communitybased men’s shed programme in England.  Journal of Public Health: 39(4),e251-e256 (IF 2.853). DOI:10.1093/pubmed/fdw116

McGeechan,G. J.; Phillips, D.; Wilson, L.; Whittaker, V.J., O’Neill, G.; Newbury-Birch, D. (2017). Service evaluation of anexercise on referral scheme for adults with existing health conditions in theUnited Kingdom. International Journal ofBehavioral Medicine. (IF 1.846). In Press DOI 10.1007/s12529-017-9699-3

McGeechan, G. J., Richardson, C, Weir, K., Wilson,L., O’Neill, G., & Newbury-Birch, D. (2017). Evaluation of a police ledsuicide early alert surveillance strategy in the United Kingdom. Injury Prevention (IF 1.482). In PressDOI: 10.1136/injuryprev-2017-042344

Conference Papers

McGeechan, G. J., Shevills, C., Soutar, M., &Newbury-Birch, D. (2017). Reducing risky drinking in children and young people:alcohol perceptions and attitudes interview and survey findings.  AddictionScience & Clinical Practice 12(Supp 1):24

Giles,E. L., Newbury-Birch, D., Coulton, S., Deluca, P., Drummond, P., McGeechan, G. J., et al. (2017). Amulti-Centre individual randomized controlled trial of a screening and briefalcohol intervention to prevent risky drinking in young people aged 14-15.  AddictionScience & Clinical Practice 12(Supp 1):24

McGeechan, G. J., Newbury-Birch, D., Ferguson, J.,Waller G., & Giles, E. L. (2017). A systematic review of alcoholinterventions for people with cancer.  Addiction Science & Clinical Practice 12(Supp1):24

McGeechan, G. J., Richardson, C., Weir, K.,Wilson, L., & Newbury-Birch, D. (2016). Real time suspected suicide earlyalert system: a case study approach.  European Health Psychologist 18(Supp.) 979 (IF 0.000)

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