Location: Bexley Wing, St James’s Institute of Oncology
Teaching Commitments: First year medical students RESS1: SPECIAL STUDIES - RESEARCH PROJECT
Pennys first degree was in psychology prior to undertaking social work training. She then had a number of social work posts, latterly working in hospitals and specialising in cancer. She completed a part-time Masters degree in Psychosocial Palliative Care at the University of Southampton and moved in to cancer research in 1996. Penny undertook a part-time PhD while working as a research assistant, completed in 2002.
Her interest was in the social impact cancer on the everyday lives of patients and their families. She was awarded a three year Macmillan Career Development Fellowship and on completion of this she was appointed Associate Professor of Psychosocial Cancer Care and set up the Psychosocial Research Group (PSRG). Penny's research group is part of the Section of Patient Centred Outcomes Research.