Dr Rachael Dodd

Research Fellow
School of Public Health


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Biographical details

Dr Rachael Dodd is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow who has recently joined the School of Public Health from the UK. Rachael is a Research Psychologist who completed her Bachelors, Masters and PhD in the UK. Rachael's PhD examined the psychosocial impact of of human papillomavirus oropharyngeal cancer. Rachael's PhD studies covered a systematic review of the current literature examining the psychosocial impact of a HPV-OSCC diagnosis and knowledge of the relationship in patients, the public and health professionals; coverage of the relationship between HPV and oral cancer in the UK media; a qualitative study exploring the experiences of health professionals caring for HPV-OSCC patients; a survey of health professionals' attitudes about discussing HPV; interviews with patients diagnosed with HPV-related oral cancer and their partners. Rachael's final study involved the development of information materials to facilitate the discussion of HPV between health professionals and their patients.

Rachael is interested in the communication and psychosocial impact of HPV in different contexts and is primarily interested in the communication to women of the changes to the Australian Cervical Screening Program.

Research interests

Rachael’s research interests cover the psychosocial impact of HPV, communication about HPV in head and neck cancer and cervical cancer contexts, cervical cancer screening and the HPV vaccination.

Awards and honours

2013-2016 PhD Psychology, University College London, UK

Thesis: Examining the psychosocial impact of human papillomavirus oropharyngeal cancer

2008-2009MSc Health Psychology, University College London and King’s College London, UK

Dissertation: The Experience of Diagnosis and its Psychological Impact in Patients suffering from Motor Neurone Disease and their Caregivers

2004-2007 BSc Psychology, University of Leeds, UK

Dissertation: A Self Report and Behavioural Measure of Impulsivity, its Relation to Drug Use and a Test of the Gateway Hypothesis

Selected grants

2018

  • Winding back screening programs: cervical screening as a case study; Dodd R, McCaffery K; DVC Research/Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Scheme.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Obermair, H., Dodd, R., Bonner, C., Jansen, J., McCaffery, K. (2018). It has saved thousands of lives, so why change it?' Content analysis of objections to cervical screening programme changes in Australia. BMJ Open, 8(2), 1-8. [More Information]
  • Dodd, R., Forster, A., Waller, J., Marlow, L. (2017). Discussing HPV with oropharyngeal cancer patients: A cross-sectional survey of attitudes in health professionals. Oral Oncology, 68, 67-73. [More Information]
  • Nickel, B., Dodd, R., Turner, R., Waller, J., Marlow, L., Zimet, G., Ostini, R., McCaffery, K. (2017). Factors associated with the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination across three countries following vaccination introduction. Preventive Medicine Reports, 8, 169-176. [More Information]
  • Dodd, R., Forster, A., Sellars, S., Patnick, J., Ramirez, A., Forbes, L. (2017). Promoting early presentation of breast cancer in older women: sustained effect of an intervention to promote breast cancer awareness in routine clinical practice. BMC Health Services Research, 17(1), 1-5. [More Information]
  • Dodd, R., Marlow, L., Waller, J. (2016). Discussing a diagnosis of human papillomavirus oropharyngeal cancer with patients: an exploratory qualitative study of health professionals. Head and Neck, 38(3), 394-401. [More Information]
  • Dodd, R., Waller, J., Marlow, L. (2016). Human Papillomavirus and head and neck cancer: psychosocial impact in patients and knowledge of the link - a systematic review. Clinical Oncology, 28(7), 421-439. [More Information]
  • Dodd, R., Marlow, L., Forster, A., Waller, J. (2016). Print and online newspaper coverage of the link between HPV and oral cancer in the UK: a mixed-methods study. BMJ Open, 6(2), 1-9. [More Information]
  • Bowyer, H., Dodd, R., Marlow, L., Waller, J. (2014). Association between human papillomavirus vaccine status and other cervical cancer risk factors. Vaccine, 32(36), 4310-4316. [More Information]
  • Dodd, R., McCaffery, K., Marlow, L., Ostini, R., Zimet, G., Waller, J. (2014). Knowledge of human papillomavirus (HPV) testing in the USA, the UK and Australia: an international survey. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 90(3), 201-207. [More Information]
  • Hall, S., Dodd, R., Higginson, I. (2014). Maintaining dignity for residents of care homes: A qualitative study of the views of care home staff, community nurses, residents and their families. Geriatric Nursing, 35(1), 55-60. [More Information]
  • Forbes, L., Forster, A., Dodd, R., Tucker, L., Laming, R., Sellars, S., Patnick, J., Ramirez, A. (2012). Promoting early presentation of breast cancer in older women: Implementing an evidence-based intervention in routine clinical practice. Journal of Cancer Epidemiology, 2012, 1-6. [More Information]
  • Hall, S., Opio, D., Dodd, R., Higginson, I. (2011). Assessing quality-of-life in older people in care homes. Age and Ageing, 40(4), 507-512. [More Information]

2018

  • Obermair, H., Dodd, R., Bonner, C., Jansen, J., McCaffery, K. (2018). It has saved thousands of lives, so why change it?' Content analysis of objections to cervical screening programme changes in Australia. BMJ Open, 8(2), 1-8. [More Information]

2017

  • Dodd, R., Forster, A., Waller, J., Marlow, L. (2017). Discussing HPV with oropharyngeal cancer patients: A cross-sectional survey of attitudes in health professionals. Oral Oncology, 68, 67-73. [More Information]
  • Nickel, B., Dodd, R., Turner, R., Waller, J., Marlow, L., Zimet, G., Ostini, R., McCaffery, K. (2017). Factors associated with the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination across three countries following vaccination introduction. Preventive Medicine Reports, 8, 169-176. [More Information]
  • Dodd, R., Forster, A., Sellars, S., Patnick, J., Ramirez, A., Forbes, L. (2017). Promoting early presentation of breast cancer in older women: sustained effect of an intervention to promote breast cancer awareness in routine clinical practice. BMC Health Services Research, 17(1), 1-5. [More Information]

2016

  • Dodd, R., Marlow, L., Waller, J. (2016). Discussing a diagnosis of human papillomavirus oropharyngeal cancer with patients: an exploratory qualitative study of health professionals. Head and Neck, 38(3), 394-401. [More Information]
  • Dodd, R., Waller, J., Marlow, L. (2016). Human Papillomavirus and head and neck cancer: psychosocial impact in patients and knowledge of the link - a systematic review. Clinical Oncology, 28(7), 421-439. [More Information]
  • Dodd, R., Marlow, L., Forster, A., Waller, J. (2016). Print and online newspaper coverage of the link between HPV and oral cancer in the UK: a mixed-methods study. BMJ Open, 6(2), 1-9. [More Information]

2014

  • Bowyer, H., Dodd, R., Marlow, L., Waller, J. (2014). Association between human papillomavirus vaccine status and other cervical cancer risk factors. Vaccine, 32(36), 4310-4316. [More Information]
  • Dodd, R., McCaffery, K., Marlow, L., Ostini, R., Zimet, G., Waller, J. (2014). Knowledge of human papillomavirus (HPV) testing in the USA, the UK and Australia: an international survey. Sexually Transmitted Infections, 90(3), 201-207. [More Information]
  • Hall, S., Dodd, R., Higginson, I. (2014). Maintaining dignity for residents of care homes: A qualitative study of the views of care home staff, community nurses, residents and their families. Geriatric Nursing, 35(1), 55-60. [More Information]

2012

  • Forbes, L., Forster, A., Dodd, R., Tucker, L., Laming, R., Sellars, S., Patnick, J., Ramirez, A. (2012). Promoting early presentation of breast cancer in older women: Implementing an evidence-based intervention in routine clinical practice. Journal of Cancer Epidemiology, 2012, 1-6. [More Information]

2011

  • Hall, S., Opio, D., Dodd, R., Higginson, I. (2011). Assessing quality-of-life in older people in care homes. Age and Ageing, 40(4), 507-512. [More Information]

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