Fiona Duncan







Miss Fiona Duncan






Research Assistant


MA (Hons) Psychology, MSc Psychological Research Methods



0131 242 6371


Room S1642, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, 51 Little France Crescent, Edinburgh, EH16 4SA





I completed my MA in psychology at Aberdeen University.  I then moved to the other end of the country to Plymouth University.  After completing a MSc in Psychological Research Methods, I worked as a Research Assistant on projects which investigated quality of life after total laryngectomy, the effectiveness of interprofessional training for medical and nursing students and the effectiveness of a new mental health service that had been set up in GP practices.  I moved back to Scotland in 2008 and accepted a post as a Teaching Fellow at Heriot Watt University. 

I am currently working as a Research Assistant in Geriatric Medicine on a Chief Scientist Office funded project investigating fatigue after stroke.  I am also currently studying for a PhD.


Broad Areas of interest:






Fatigue after stroke: its frequency, prognosis and associations with physical fitness and/or physical activity

Methodological skills

Designing experimental and non-experimental studies

Experienced in the use of SPSS

Experienced in the use and interpretation of a range of statistics including multivariate regression, t-tests, ANOVA, ANCOVA, non-parametric tests, factor analysis

Collecting and analysing qualitative data including interviewing mental health patients and facilitating focus groups of older adults

Measurement of muscle strength and muscle power and physical fitness in stroke survivors

Systematic reviews  


Hobbies & interests


In my spare time I can often be found in the North sea attempting to surf the very cold waves.
I am also a very keen skier (used to be an instructor) and often go ski-ing in Scotland and in the Alps in the winter.
I have recently taken up mountain biking.  I usually go to Glentress mountain biking centre near Peebles in the Scottish Borders. 


Ongoing research projects

Fatigue after stroke: a longitudinal cohort study of frequency, prognosis and relationship with physical activity and physical de-conditioning

This project involves following up stroke patients over the course of a year to investigate how many report feeling fatigued, the severity of the fatigue and whether their fatigue is associated with levels of physical activity and/or physical fitness.


Bradley, P., Cooper S. & Duncan F. (2009) A mixed-methods study of interprofessional learning of resuscitation skills.  Medical Education.  43:912-922

Cooper, S. & Duncan, F (2007) Reliability Testing and Update of the Resuscitation Predictor Scoring (RPS) Scale. Resuscitation. 74: 253-258

Duncan, F., Kutlubaev, M., Greig, C., Dennis, M. & Mead, G. Fatigue after stroke: a systematic review of associations with impaired physical fitness.  International Journal of Stroke. (in press)

Farrand, P., Duncan, F., & Byng, R., (2006) Roles Undertaken by Graduate Mental Health Workers Across South West England.  Primary Care and Community Psychiatry 11 (1) 21-27

Farrand, P., Duncan, F. & Byng, R. (2007) Impact of Graduate Mental Health Workers upon Primary Care Mental Health: a qualitative study. Health & Social Care in the Community

Farrand, P., & Duncan, F., (2007) Generic Health-Related Quality of Life Amongst Patients Employing Voice Restoration Methods Following Total Laryngectomy Psychology, Health and Medicine. 12(3): 255-265