Institute of Health & Society

Staff Profile

Dr Christina Dobson

Research Associate


I joined the Institute of Health and Society in August 2017, after working in the School of Medicine and Health at Durham University since 2011, in the field of early diagnosis of cancer and primary care.

My background is in medical anthropology and my research interests lie in symptom experience, help-seeking and diagnostic pathways, including inequalities in diagnosis and outcomes. 

My PhD examined the symptomatic and help-seeking experiences of people with symptoms of lung or bowel cancer.


I am the Principal Investigator on a Yorkshire Cancer Research funded study, entitled RURALLY (Recognition, Understandings of, and Responses to colorectal symptoms Among people Living in rural Localities of Yorkshire). This study uses interviews to explore how rural people experience and respond to bowel symptoms, with findings being used to design an intervention to encourage early presentation among rural populations.