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I am a health psychologist with a background in nursing. I hold the Help the Hospices Chair in Hospice Studies and I am the Director of the International Observatory on End of Life Care at Lancaster University, in the United Kingdom. I am the Director of the Cancer Experiences Collaborative which is a large five-year-long partnership between researchers at five UK universities, (Lancaster, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, and Southampton), a number of clinical organisations (including the four largest hospices in England, leading cancer centres and Help the Hospices), and service user representatives. I also have honorary visiting chairs at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia and Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. I have a long track record in palliative care research and scholarship. My research agenda focuses on palliative and end-of-life care for older people and bereavement support. I have been awarded a number of major research grants and I have supervised over 22 PhD students. I have extensive experience of teaching on research methods and I have published widely in academic and professional journals, and written eleven books.
I have served as Vice President of the European Association of Palliative Care since 2007. During this time I have established two new Task Forces; on Family Carers and on the Role of Psychologists in Palliative Care (with Saskia Junger). I have been a proactive supporter of the work of the EAPC and was a member of the Scientific Committees of the Congresses in Vienna (2009), Glasgow (2010), Lisbon (2011) and Trondheim (2012). It has been a privilege to contribute to the development of palliative care at an international level. I believe that my expertise and enthusiasm for promoting research and policy development can help to enhance the work of the EAPC.