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College Photo Name Craig, Agnella
College Address Radiation Therapy,
Trinity Centre, S J H
Main Department Radiation Therapy
College Title Assistant Professor
College Tel +353 1 896 3926
Fax +353 1 896 3246
Since Sept 2003 I have been working in The Discipline of Radiation Therapy, lecturing on the undergraduate B Sc (Radiation Therapy) programme. Prior to joining Trinity, I worked as a System Support Engineer for 1 year in LM Ericsson after obtaining first class Honours from University College Cork in a Higher Diploma in Computer Science (2000). Having originally qualified as a Therapeutic Radiographer in 1992 I worked as a Senior Radiation Therapist in the Radiotherapy Departments in St Luke's Hospital, St Vincent's Private Hospital and Cork University Hospital.
Teaching interests and responsibilities
I teach on and am the coordinator of the Principles and Practice of Cancer Care module which is delivered to years 1-3 of the undergraduate B Sc programme. I am joint co-ordinator of the academic module in 4th year -Radiotherapy in Practice, and also have joint responsibility for a module on the Masters programme. I supervise a number of undergraduate theses and I co-ordinate talks from the careers service and recruitment agencies for the 4th year students. Up to 2013, I co-managed webct for the clinical course, and had shared responsibility for the Telesynergy® system in the department. This teleconferencing system allowed remote hospitals access to the Oncology Experts in St James's Hospital during the regular Multidisciplinary Team Meetings.
Professional Qualifications
Qualification Institution Class of Degree Title of Dissertation Date Conferred
M Sc Health Informatics Computer Science Department, Trinity College Dublin awarded The potential benefit of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in reducing anxiety levels in patients referred for radical Radiotherapy December 2005
Higher Diploma in Computer Science University College Cork First Class hons   2000
DCR(Therapeutic) College of Radiographers London awarded   1992
Administrative Functions
Details Level Date From Date To
Radiation Therapy representative - Faculty of Health Science Research Ethics Commitee 2011 2012
Module Co-ordinator; Principles and Practice of Cancer Care: JF 2009 Currently
Module Co-ordinator; Principles and Practice of Cancer Care: SF 2006 Currently
Organiser of Clinical Group involved in restructuring the clinical programme of the Undergraduate BSc in Radiation Therapy 2005 2008
Information Compliance Committee 2004 2008
Membership of Professional Institutions, Associations, Societies
Details Date From Date To
EORTC (European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer) 2003
ESTRO (European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology) 2004
IIR (Irish Institute of Radiography) 1996
Brain Tumour Support Group 2001 Currently
Awards and Honours
Award Date
ICS Travel Bursary April 2004
MA TCD 2009
Language Skill Reading Skill Writing Skill Speaking
English Fluent Fluent Fluent
Employment Details
Position Held Job Description Where Date From Date To
Lecturer   School of Radiation Therapy 2003 to date
Senior Radiation Therapist   St Vincents Private Hospital, Dublin 2 2002 2003
System Support Engineer   LM Ericsson Ltd. 2001 2002
Senior Radiation Therapist   Cork University Hospital 1997 1999
Radiation Therapist   St Lukes Hospital Rathgar, Dublin 6 1993 1997
Description of Research Interests
My research interests include psychosocial aspects of cancer care and the use of technology in both patient care and in education. In 2005 I completed a Masters in Health Informatics in Trinity College Dublin. The first year of this course was a taught programme and I received first class Honours. The title of my Dissertation was "The potential benefit of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in reducing anxiety levels in patients referred for radical Radiotherapy treatment". In 2010, I registered as a part-time PhD student in the School of Education in Trinity College. My research is examining the relationship between literacy levels and understanding of cancer information. Other projects I have worked on include: 1.Mapping the Patient Journey in Radiotherapy 2.Defining the Radiotherapy Minimum Data Set 3.Restructuring the clinical component of the undergraduate B Sc in Radiation Therapy. In 2005 I chaired a group for the ERHA project on “Defining the Minimum Cancer Dataset”. In Nov 2005 and Nov 2003 I was a member of Faculty for the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) teaching course 'Organisation and Implementation of Cancer Clinical Trials’, and from 2003-2013, I was involved in the roll out of a National Telemedicine System in Oncology.
Research Interests
CANCER CANCER PATIENTS Clinical education Health informatics
Information technology in education LITERACY Medical technology PATIENT EDUCATION
Therapeutic and Clinical oncology Therapeutic radiography
Research Projects
Project title ‘The potential benefit of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in reducing anxiety levels in patients referred for radical Radiotherapy treatment'
Summary This research assesses anxiety levels in cancer patients at 3 different stages using the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale(HADS)
Funding Agency
Programme Masters in Health Informatics
Type of Project Exploratory Study
Date from Oct 2003
Date to Sept 2004
Person Months

Project title Literacy Levels in Prostate Cancer Patients: Relationship of Health Literacy Level, Understanding of Cancer Information and the Shared Decision-Making Process
Summary Research Aims (1) Evaluate the impact HL level has on cancer knowledge (2) Ascertain if prostate cancer patients who are involved in a shared decision-making process are knowledgeable about their treatment options
Funding Agency
Programme Phd(Part-time)
Type of Project
Date from 2010
Date to 2016
Person Months

Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
Hevey, D., Pertl, M., Thomas, K., Maher,L., Craig, A, Ní Chuinneagáin, S, Body consciousness moderates the effect of message framing on intentions to use sunscreen, Journal of Health Psychology, 15, (4), 2010, p553 - 559
D. Hevey , M. Pertl, K. Thomas, L. Maher, A. Craig, S. Ni Chuinneagain, Consideration of future consequences scale: Confirmatory Factor Analysis , Personality and Individual Differences, 48, (5), 2010, p654 - 657
Hevey D, Pertl M, Thomas K, Maher L, Chuinneagáin SN, Craig A., The relationship between prostate cancer knowledge and beliefs and intentions to attend PSA screening among at-risk men., Patient Educ Couns. , 74, (2), 2009, p244 - 249
Menezes G, Craig A, Coffey M, Clinical Case Conferencing Around Ireland, Radiography Ireland, 9, (1), 2005, p10 - 13
Agnella Craig, Telemedicine as a decision support tool in Clinical Case Conferences , Health Informatics Society of Ireland. Annual Conference and Scientific Symposium, Dublin, Ireland, Nov , 2004
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Last updated 6 August 2009 Radiation Therapy (Email).