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    PhD projects

    I am keen to supervise PhD students interested in working in cancer survivorship and supportive care. I currently have six PhD students working within this area and so you would be joining an established and vibrant group. I am interested in supervising PhD topics relating to: 1) the design and delivery of care and after care for those diagnosed with cancer or other long-term conditions; 2) stakeholder engagement in the design and implementation of care for those living with and beyond cancer or other long-term conditions and 3) the management of work and working life and cancer or other long-term conditions.

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    Personal profile

    Research Overview:

    I am a psycho-oncologist and a health psychologist with expertise in qualitative research methodology. I pursue an interdisciplinary approach building multi-stakeholder working in cancer care and have established global partnerships of academics, patients, non-profit organisations, professional organisations and policy makers.

    My research strategy focuses on understanding the impact of cancer and treatment on individual’s lives and methods for involving different stakeholder groups, particularly patients, in the design and delivery of care.

    I am Deputy Director of the Academic Urology Unit, and Deputy Director of the Institute of Applied Health Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Director of Operations for UCAN (Urological CANcer charity) and hold an honorary contract with NHS Grampian. I am an Honorary Research Fellow, Birkbeck University of London. I am a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and a registered health psychologist (Health & Care Professions Council).

    Research Profile

    My current projects include:

    Stakeholder engagement in the design and implementation of cancer care:

    EVOLVE – Giving cancer patients a meaningful voice within the design and delivery of clinical practice guidelines

    PIONEER – Enhancing prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment through the power of big data in Europe

    ICANTREAT – Increasing participation in cancer screening and treatment in India & Nepal (International Global Health Network)

    PARTNER –Men’s prostate cancer treatment preferences

    ASICA – Developing digitally supported cancer aftercare for diverse populations

    The design and delivery of care and after care:

    CATHETER II – Understanding the patient experience of care; embedded qualitative study within a clinical trial on Catheter washout policies

    PACFIND – Patient-centred care for Fibromyalgia

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

    Area of Expertise

    • Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience
    • Cancer Survivorship
    • health psychology
    • psycho-oncology


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