Lisa Graham-Wisener

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    United Kingdom

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PhD projects

Improving psychological adjustment/quality of life for individuals with long term physical health conditions and their carers Wellbeing and healthcare professionals Behaviour change Measurement of quality of life

20162021

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Particulars

I am a Lecturer in Health Psychology in the Centre for Improving Health-Related Quality of Life (CIHRQoL), in the School of Psychology at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB). I am also a Fellow of the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation (CESI) at QUB.

I graduated from QUB with a BSc Psychology (hons) in 2010, and then a PhD in health psychology in 2018 which examined psychological adjustment in oesophageal cancer survivors and carers. I worked as the Research Lead at Marie Curie Hospice Belfast from 2015-2018, which involved undertaking various grant funded research projects in palliative and end of life care. Examples include a HSC R&D funded feasibility RCT of a music therapy intervention in a hospice inpatient setting, and two Marie Curie UK funded research programmes to evaluate palliative care day hospice services and develop an educational intervention to improve symptom management. I then joined the School of Psychology at QUB as a Lecturer in September 2018.

Research Statement

My research interests are broadly in the assessment and management of psychological wellbeing and quality of life in chronic conditions. 

In particular I am interested in-

  • Psychological adjustment and quality of life in cancer and palliative and end of life care populations, including intervention development (e.g. music therapy, mindfulness, ACT) 
  • Validation and implementation of outcome measures, particularly quality of life measures and psychological distress screening tools, and development of core outcome sets
  • Building resilience in healthcare professionals
  • Bereavement
  • Public health approaches to palliative and end of life care (e.g. upstreaming advance care planning, volunteer-led care)

 

Examples of current research projects include;

  • I lead on a Music Therapy Charity funded project called MusiCARE, with my colleague Dr Tracey McConnell (QUB). This 18-month project (2021-2022) which aims to develop the evidence base for music therapy intervention with informal carers of people at end of life
  • I lead on a British Scoliosis Research Foundation funded project called SPINE-COS-AYA, with my colleague Dr Paul Toner (QUB). This is a 15-month project (2021-2022) which aims to develop a person-centred core outcome set for adolescents and young adults with idiopathic adolescent scoliosis undergoing treatment
  • I am a co-investigator on a DfE GCRF funded project Developing sustainable interdisciplinary partnerships to address cancer prevention, survivorship and end of life care in Colombia

 

Teaching

I teach on several degree pathways in the School of Psychology; the BSc (hons) Psychology, MSc Psychological Science (conversion) and the MSc Clinical Health Psychology (see below). I also currently supervise 2 PhD students, 1 DClinPsych trainee, 2 DECAP trainees and 7 MSc student dissertations. 

 

Undergraduate BSc Psychology and MSc Conversion

  • Personal Tutor Level 2
  • PSY1009 Introduction to Methods
  • PSY1010 Using Psychology in Everyday Life
  • PSY7092 Applications of Psychology in the 'Real World'
  • PSY2065 Core Psychology I
  • PSY7090 Core Psychology I
  • PSY2066 Core Psychology II
  • PSY7091 Core Psychology II
  • PSY3122 Introduction to Clinical Health Psychology

MSc Clinical Health Psychology

  • PSY7104 Research Design and Essential Methods in Clinical Health Psychology
  • PSY7101 Psycho-oncology; Living with and Beyond a Cancer Diagnosis (module co-ordinator)
  • PSY7106 Clinical Health Psychology Thesis

Other

External Roles

  • Committee member of the Palliative Care Research Forum Northern Ireland (PCRFNI)
  • Committee member of the Northern Ireland British Psychological Society (NIBPS)
  • Member of International Psychosocial Oncology Group Survivorship Special Interest Group (IPOS)
  • Trainee member of the National Cancer Research Institute Living with and Beyond Cancer Advanced Disease and End of Life Workstream (NCRI)
  • Member of the All Ireland Hospice and Palliative Care (AIIHPC) Palliative Care Research Network (PCRN)
  • Chartered Psychologist (CPsychol)
  • Full Member of British Psychological Society Division of Health Psychology
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Fellow of the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation

Internal QUB Role

  • QUB Psychology Athena SWAN Champion

Expertise related to UN SDGs

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

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