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Research Interests

My research primarily focuses on the area of psychosocial oncology. My research aims to  understanding the health, wellbeing and service needs of both cancer patients and their primary caregivers. Through qualitatative a quantitative methods I aim to understand the psychosocial implications of cancer and how this knowledge can be used to prevent late effects of treatment and  how we can best treat and support those affected by cancer.

Research Statement

I graduated from Queens University Belfast in 2006 with a BSc Psychology and later in 2010 with a PhD in Epidemiology and Public Health. I enrolled in  MSc in Health Psychology at the University of Ulster in 2013. On completion of my PhD , I obtained a Cochrane Fellowship to undertake a  Cochrane review ‘ Psychosocial interventions for informal caregivers of people living with cancer’. This has lead to a programme of work in partnership with CPH, CCRCB and HSCT's examining the development of support packages for caregivers.


In 2010 I became the project co-ordinator of a Macmillan commissioned study examining the health and wellbeing of cancer survivors and their primary caregivers. This study provided understanding of the health wellbeing, health service utilisation and treatment effects following cancer and provided the catalyst for the transformation in cancer follow up in Northern Ireland. I have conducted a number of research studies within the cancer field including a needs assessment of colorectal cancer survivor in Northern Ireland, testing novel methodologies in cancer survivorship and examining late effects post treatment.

I also have a particular intereest in how cancer affects marginalised groups specifically LGBT populations and people with serious mental illness .

Current Graduate Supervision

I currently supervise a number of PhDs :

Exploring the issues faced by individuals affected by serious mental illness and cancer.

The development of a psychosocial intervention for cancer caregivers.

Understanding breast health awareness in Saudi Arabia.

The psychosocial implications of living with a pre-malignant disease (MGUS).

Sickle Cell Anemia in Cabinda. A prospective study evaluating life long effects on Childrens Quality of Life.


Current Funded Research Projects 



Leadership roles:

I am post-doctoral advisor and the equality and diversity officer within the School of Nursing and Midwifery. 




I am responsible for teaching Health and Wellbeing to undergraduate Nurses. I lecture Psychology and its application to nursing practice including ; understanding patient thoughts and behaviour, understanding health behaviours and techniques to change, public health and nursing, smoking cessation and social psychology and health.

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Neoplasms Medicine & Life Sciences
Caregivers Medicine & Life Sciences
Survivors Medicine & Life Sciences
Saudi Arabia Medicine & Life Sciences
Health Medicine & Life Sciences
Breast Medicine & Life Sciences
Breast Neoplasms Medicine & Life Sciences
Bereavement Medicine & Life Sciences

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Projects 2016 2018

Research Output 2012 2019

Adapting digital social prescribing for suicide bereavement support

Galway, K., Forbes, T., Mallon, S., Santin, O., Best, P., Neff, J., Pitman, A. & Leavey, G., 20 Sep 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

Northern Ireland
1 Citation (Scopus)

Breast health awareness in an Arabic culture: A qualitative exploration

Madkhali, N. A., Reid, J., Santin, O. & Noble, H., 01 May 2019, In : Journal of Advanced Nursing.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Breast Neoplasms
Saudi Arabia
Health Services
3 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
Confidence Intervals
Quality of Life
Health Status

Activities 2013 2019

Development of a framework to embed equality and diversity within undergraduate nursing and midwifery programmes

Deborah Coleman (Participant), Gail Anderson (Presenter), Olinda Santin (Advisor)
17 Apr 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Hien Ho Thi

Olinda Santin (Host)
19 Feb 201928 Feb 2019

Activity: Hosting a visitor typesHosting an academic visitor

Cancer Caring Coping

Olinda Santin (Invited speaker)
19 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesInvited talk

Cancer Research in Northern Ireland: Creating a Brighter Future Together

Olinda Santin (Advisor)
26 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic lecture/debate/seminar

Cancer Caring Coping Vietnam : Results

Olinda Santin (Advisor)
05 Mar 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


Adapting digital social prescribing for suicide bereavement support

Karen Galway (Participant), Sharon Mallon (Participant), Paul Best (Participant), Olinda Santin (Participant)

Impact: Public Policy Impact