Dorothy McCaughan
Research Fellow



Dorothy works within the Epidemiology & Cancer Statistics Group (ECSG) where she uses qualitative methods to explore factors associated with the experiences of patients diagnosed with haematological malignancies (leukaemias, lymphomas and myeloma).

Dorothy completed an undergraduate degree in English at Queen’s University in Belfast before moving to York and training as a registered nurse. She then worked in Kenya as a VSO for three years, followed by several more years working in Africa. Dorothy has worked on a wide range of research projects within the Department of Health Sciences, including studies on nurses’ use of research information in clinical decision making; new roles and skill mix in nursing; patient involvement in patient safety; barriers and facilitators to smoking cessation in pregnancy; orthotic devices for knee instability.


  • BA English
  • RN
  • MSc  

Departmental roles

  • Member, Departmental Research Governance Committee



Dorothy has a broad range of research interests including skill mix in healthcare delivery; new nursing roles; evidence-based practice; patient safety; surgical wound healing; smoking cessation in pregnancy; information needs of patients with haematological malignancies, their families and clinicians involved in their care.


Research group(s)


Supervision of students undertaking Masters level study within the Department of Health Sciences



  • Promoting Quality and Safety In Healthcare
  • Introduction to Evidence Based Practice for health care professionals undertaking the post-registration course in Non-medical Prescribing: Independent and Supplementary Prescribing 


Full publications list


Contact details

Dorothy McCaughan
Research Fellow

Tel: 01904 32(1348)