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Dr Harriet Quinn-Scoggins


MAnth (Medical Anthropology), PhD, FHEA

Research Associate, PRIME Centre Wales

School of Medicine


I am a Research Associate in the cancer screening, prevention and early diagnosis theme in the Division of Population at Cardiff Univeristy School of Medicine. As a Medical Anthropologist I am interested in why and how people do and do not engage with cancer screening and prevention behaviours that impact time to diagnosis, especially with hard-to-engage or high risk groups. I have a particular interest in process evaluations of trials of complex behaviour change interventions exploring the generalisability of findings and understanding the role of context in intervention effectiveness. I am also interested in increasing true public representation in public and patient involvement exercises and lay representatives on trial development and management groups. 












2018:  PhD Paediatric Public Health, Cardiff University School of Medicine, Division of Population Medicine. Title - The Development and Feasibility Testing of a School-Based Burns Prevention and First-Aid Intervention: Learn About Burns. Supervisors - Prof Alison Kemp, Dr James White. Funding - The Scar Free Foundation and Health and Care Research Wales. 

2014: MAnth (Medical Anthropology), Durham Univeristy. Title - Towards More Support for Fathers: What Fathers Experience, Undertsand and Know about Infant Sleep. Supervisor - Prof Helen Ball. 

Academic positions

2018 - Current: Research Associate, Cancer Screening, Prevention and Early Diagnosis, Division of Population, Cardiff University School of Medicine. Working on YESS trial (Yorkshire Enhanced Stop Smoking Study - Funder, Yorkshire Cancer Research) and PLUS 1&2 (Pharmacy Referral for Lung Cancer Symptoms - Funder, Health and Care Research Wales)

2017 - 2018: Reseach Assistant (Qualitative) and Data Manager, Centre for Trials Research, Cardiff University. Working on 
ABACus 3 (Awareness and Beliefs About Cancer).

Research themes


  • Cancer screening, prevention and early diagnosis
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Process evaluation
  • Health equity