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    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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    I am Lead for Research in the Institute of Applied Health Sciences and Deputy Director of the Academic Urology Unit, University of Aberdeen.


    I lead the Aberdeen Applied Cancer Research group (ICANTREAT)


    I am a psychosocial oncologist 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.

    I currently have eleven funded projects (total awards £5,644,624) across three themes:

    Stakeholder engagement in the design and implementation of cancer care:

    • ICANBE – Fear of Cancer Recurrence
    • EVOLVE – Giving cancer patient’s a meaningful voice within the design and delivery of clinical practice guidelines across Europe
    • PIONEER – Enhancing prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment through the power of big data in Europe
    • ICANTREATNEPAL – Increasing participation in breast cancer screening and treatment in Nepal, Uganda and India

    The design and implementation of better cancer care (Co-applicant):

    • OPTIMA – Optimal treatments for patients with solid tumours in Europe through AI
    • PARTNER – Men’s prostate cancer treatment preferences
    • ICAN – Improving understanding of Urological cancer (Cancer Research Group)
    • RCOS – Kidney Cancer core outcome set

    The design and delivery of care and after care - Urology and other long-term conditions (Co-applicant)

    • SIMS LTFU – Surgical management of female stress urinary incontinence
    • CATHETER II – Understanding the patient experience of care; embedded qualitative study within a clinical trial to look at 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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