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  • Research
  • Member of the Cancer and Primary Care Research Group
  • Co-convener of the Qualitative Researchers Group
  • Member of the Cancer Epidemiology Research Group

Teaching Responsibilities

  • MSc Public Health Course Tutor, Introduction to Qualitative Methods and Advanced Qualitative Methods

Research Interests

I am interested in qualitative research exploring the lived experience of the illness journey, across the cancer care continuum and in the context of additional long term conditions, from cancer screening and early detection, through survivorship to end of life care.

I am currently working on a CSO funded post-doctoral project exploring the experience of living beyond cancer with comorbid illness. The study has two main phases. Phase one involves a systematic review and research prioritisation exercise to identify the focus of phase two: in-depth qualitative interviews with people with cancer and one or more additional long term condition(s), their informal carer/supporter and health care professionals involved in their care.


Past research has included:

  • CRUK grant looking at survival patterns, pathways to diagnosis and experiences of second primary cancer.
  • A CRUK NAEDI 2 study to develop and test a brief intervention in primary care to engage with non-responders to bowel cancer screening.
  • Exploring pathways to diagnosis for people with a diagnosis of melanoma, including symptom detection, appraisal and help-seeking.
  • An evaluation of the palliative care Directly Enhanced Service and its use in Primary Care
  • A study of the different dimensions of need of people with a suspected or confirmed glioma and their families, including social, emotional, psychological and spiritual aspects of dealing with the disease.
  • A study of the views and experiences of families including a child with a cancer diagnosis on donating tissue to childhood cancer tumour banks.
  • And a qualitative/ quantitative meta-synthesis on access to health care by vulnerable groups.


Current Research Involvement

  • CSO (2015-2020): Living beyond cancer with comorbid illness
  • CRUK (2016-2018): Second primary cancers: a mixed-methods study to understand pathways to diagnosis, patient and provider experiences, and survival outcomes.

Other Responsibilities/Activities

I am co-convenor of the CPHS Qualitative Researchers Group. The group meet regularly throughout the year to bring together those with an interest in qualitative research in health both within CPHS and from neighbouring departments and institutions. Events include seminars, workshops and discussions on topics of interest identified by group members. Please get in touch if you are interested in being added to our mailing list.

I am a trainee member of the NCRI Psychosocial Oncology and Survivorship clinical studies group, currently undergoing re-structuring. 

I am also involved in supervision of MPH and PhD students at the Usher. 


Education/Academic qualification

Medicine, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Edinburgh

3 Oct 200530 Nov 2009

Award Date: 3 Jul 2010

Health Psychology, Master in Science

11 Sep 200130 Jun 2002

Award Date: 1 Jul 2002

Psychology, Master of Arts, University of Edinburgh

1 Oct 199630 Jun 2000

Award Date: 3 Jul 2000

External positions

Research Associate, University of Leicester

1 Oct 200230 Sep 2005


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