Fiona Kennedy


Fiona joined the Patient Reported Outcomes Group (within the Section of Patient Centred Outcomes Research, Faculty of Medicine and Health) in January 2014.  Her background is in psychology, specifically health psychology.  Fiona completed a PhD in 2009 at the University of the West of England (UWE, Bristol), funded by the charity Breast Cancer Campaign, exploring the psychosocial impact and perception of ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), which is a very early stage of breast cancer increasingly detected by routine mammogram screening.   Prior to joining the group, she worked as a research fellow at Sheffield Hallam University where she was involved in a number of health and social care projects, including two projects focusing on new and innovative nursing roles.

Since joining the group, Fiona has led the REPORT-UK (Real-time Electronic Patient Outcome ReporTing of adverse events in UK cancer trials) project, funded by Cancer Research UK, which involved in developing, introducing and evaluating the feasibility and acceptability of a web based and telephone system for patients to self-report adverse events and other patient reported outcome measures in cancer trials.  Since February 2016 Fiona has been leading the ePRIME (electronic Patient self-Reported outcomes to Improve cancer Management and patient Experiences) study, funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research, which is exploring an innovative approach for remote monitoring/support of patients, using electronic Patient Reported Outcome Measures (ePROMs) and re-designed care pathways.

Research interests

Fiona’s research interests centre on applied, patient-led research, including patient experiences and perceptions of health conditions, the detection and management of emotional distress in clinical practice, doctor patient communication, and researchers’ experiences of undertaking research in sensitive areas.


  • PhD Health Psychology
  • MSc Health Psychology
  • BSc (hons) Psychology

Professional memberships

  • British Psychosocial Oncology Society

Student education

Fiona is a tutor on the Research, Evaluation and Special Studies module of the year 1 MBChB course.  She also supervises PhD students.

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Medical Research at St James's
  • Patient Centred Outcomes

Current postgraduate researchers

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