Katie Cunnah

Dr Katie Cunnah

Postdoctoral Researcher

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Health Sciences Office

Qualifications

  • BA (School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London)
  • PGCert
  • MSc (Leeds Beckett University)
  • PhD (University of Hull)

Summary

Dr Katie Cunnah is a Psychologist and Postdoctoral Research Assistant within the Centre for Human Factors. Working in the fields of human factors, organisational behaviour and occupational health psychology, her work explores the workplace challenges that negatively impact the health and wellbeing of workers, including occupational stress risk assessments, organisational wellbeing gap analyses, and service evaluations. Recent events have also meant that her skills have been put to use exploring the impact of remote working on the health and wellbeing of workers, and together with her colleague Dr Fiona Earle, she has developed a scale for the measurement of stress risk in remote and hybrid working contexts.

Dr Cunnah works closely on a number of collaborative projects with the UK Health and Safety Executive, and her fieldwork is usually conducted on a consultancy or contract research basis on behalf of private and public sector organisations in sectors such as policing, fire & rescue, oil & gas, renewable energy and local government.

Before joining the Centre for Human Factors, Dr Cunnah worked as a Research Assistant on a Horizon 2020 funded pan-European Dementia project, and as an Assistant Psychologist in adult inpatient mental health services. Having also previously run businesses and trained as a primary school teacher, she has excellent insight into the complexities of managing staff, the challenges facing businesses, and working in the public sector. Her doctoral thesis focused on relational and psychological aspects of chronic fatigue syndrome and she has a particular interest in systemic approaches to mental and physical health challenges. More recently, she has developed an interest in the usefulness of systems thinking in tackling psychosocial wellbeing challenges in the workplace. Dr Cunnah is qualified in Psychometric Personality and Ability (A & B) testing through Saville Assessment and is a member of the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology.

Undergraduate

Dr Cunnah teaches with Dr Fiona Earle on the 3rd Year undergraduate psychology module in Human Factors. She has also supported the delivery of qualitative aspects of research methods modules in psychology. She also delivers one-off sessions on occupational stress, mental health in the workplace and emotional coping skills internally and externally.

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

Training people with dementia/cognitive impairment and their carers in the use of web-based supportive technologies (Innovative practice)

Cunnah, K., Howe, D., Thorpe, J., Dunn, R., Platt, R., White, C., …Wolverson, E. (2019). Training people with dementia/cognitive impairment and their carers in the use of web-based supportive technologies (Innovative practice). Dementia, https://doi.org/10.1177/1471301219887592

The CAREGIVERSPRO-MMD Platform as an Online Informational and Social Support Tool for People Living With Memory Problems and Their Carers: An Evaluation of User Engagement, Usability and Usefulness

Howe, D., Thorpe, J., Dunn, R., White, C., Cunnah, K., Platt, R., …Wolverson, E. (2019). The CAREGIVERSPRO-MMD Platform as an Online Informational and Social Support Tool for People Living With Memory Problems and Their Carers: An Evaluation of User Engagement, Usability and Usefulness. Journal of applied gerontology, https://doi.org/10.1177/0733464819885326

Other

Digital technologies and dementia - training guide

Wolverson, E., Paulson, K., White, C., Dunn, R., & Oxtoby, K. (2019). Digital technologies and dementia - training guide

Research interests

Dr Cunnah's current research interests include work-related stress, resilience within the workforce, work-related trauma and tackling mental health in the workplace via proactive, preventative approaches that put work design front and centre stage. She has a particular interest in working with organisations where the risk of work-related stress is especially high, such as in healthcare, policing and public administration. She has specific skills as a qualitative researcher, in particular, grounded theory methodology.