Neil Cook

Neil Cook

Research Associate

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.

Full Profile

Neil is a research associate in the School of Dentistry with a focus on public health. He undertakes both quantitative and qualitative research both within the school and with NHS colleagues. He is currently undertaking a PhD looking at how cancer is represented in the UK print media using an innovative analytical method incorporating both public health and corpus linguistic approaches. He is module lead for DX4001 Appraising the Clinical Literature, teaches qualitative and quantitative research methods across the MSc dental course, and is also an MSc dissertation supervisor.


  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (University of Central Lancashire)
  • MSc Psychology (University of Central Lancashire)

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 corpus linguistics can add to our knowledge about the portrayal of cancer awareness messages. Neil has 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 subsequently evaluated 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. Other work with NHS colleagues has looked at issues within primary care at diagnosing cancer through analysis of Significant Event Audit documentation. He was also involved in the development and validation of a diagnostic tool for patellofemoral pain syndrome.


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


Cook, Neil, Dey, Maria Paola, Archer, Dawn Elizabeth and Egglestone, Paul (2016) Cancer awareness messages in the UK print media: a content analytical and corpus linguistic mixed methods study. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 70, S1 . A9-A9. ISSN 0143-005X

Dey, Maria Paola, Callaghan, Michael, Cook, Neil, Sephton, Ruth, Sutton, Chris J, Hough, Elaine, James, Jonathan, Saqib, Rukhtam and Selfe, James (2016) A questionnaire to identify patellofemoral pain in the community: an exploration of measurement properties. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 17 . p. 237. ISSN 1471-2474

Cook, Neil, Thomson, Gillian and Dey, Maria Paola (2014) Managing risk in cancer presentation, detection and referral: a qualitative study of primary care staff views. BMJ Open, 4 (6). e004820-e004820. ISSN 2044-6055

Selfe, James, Dey, Maria Paola, Richards, James, Cook, Neil, Chohan, Ambreen, Payne, Katherine and Masters, R (2014) Do people who consciously attend to their movements have more self-reported knee pain? An exploratory cross-sectional study. Clinical Rehabilitation . ISSN 0269-2155

Sutton, Chris J, Watkins, Caroline Leigh, Cook, Neil, Leathley, Michael John, Mcadam, Joanna and Dey, Maria Paola (2013) Postal and face-to-face administration of stroke outcome measures: Can mixed modes be used? Stroke, 44 (1). pp. 217-219. ISSN 0039-2499 Item not available from this repository.

Cook, Neil, Hart, Anna, Nuttall, K, Simpson, K, Turnill, N, Grant-Pearce, C, Damms, P, Allen, V, Slade, K and Dey, Maria Paola (2011) A telephone survey of cancer awareness among frontline staff: informing training needs. British Journal of Cancer, 105 (3). pp. 340-345. ISSN 0007-0920

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