Neil Cook

Research Assistant

School of Dentistry

Greenbank Building, GR321

+44 (0) 1772 89 3409

Neil started work as a research assistant in public health epidemiology in April 2010 following completion of his BSc (Hons) and MSc Psychology courses at UCLan in August 2009. His research interests focus on public health and cancer, specifically raising awareness and facilitators and barriers to implementation of early awareness and diagnosis initiatives, and the linguistics of cancer awareness tools and messages.

Neil is research active within the area of medicine and dentistry and is a member of the Applied Public Health and Epidemiology Research Group.

Research Activities

Neil has worked on a range of projects, for the most part in the field of cancer, and has recently developed an interest in how the field of linguistics can add to our knowledge about which cancer awareness messages are and are not effective and why. Neil worked on an NHS-commissioned study about cancer awareness in frontline staff which led to the development of a staff cancer awareness tool, the Cancer Awareness Toolkit. He is currently evaluating the toolkit, partly from a linguistic perspective, which is a new approach in the health field. He has carried out qualitative interviews with GP surgery staff to identify barriers and facilitators to the implementation of National Awareness and Early Diagnosis initiatives for cancer. He is also involved in the development and validation of a diagnostic tool for patellofemoral pain syndrome.


Cook N, Hart A, Nuttall K, Simpson K, Turnill N, Allen V, Damms P, Grant-Pearce C, Dey P. A telephone survey of cancer awareness among frontline staff: informing training needs. Br J Cancer. 2011 Jul 26;105(3):340-5.

Sutton CJ, Watkins CL, Cook N, Leathley MJ, McAdam J, Dey P. Postal and Face-to-Face Administration of Stroke Outcome Measures: Can Mixed Modes Be Used? 2013 Jan;44(1):217-9. doi: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.112.671743. Epub 2012 Nov 20.

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Full profile

Neil is a research assistant in public health epidemiology with an interest in the early detection of cancer. He is currently undertaking an MSc by Research looking at the linguistic evaluation of a tool to raise cancer awareness in frontline NHS and social care staff, and the portrayal of cancer messages in the UK print media.


He is a member of UCLan Cancer Studies and organises the groups’ seminar programme.


BSc (Hons) Psychology (University of Central Lancashire)

MSc Psychology (University of Central Lancashire)