Dr Olivia Robinson

Dr Olivia Robinson


I work as a research fellow for the CAPTURE study: improving pain control for people living with cancer.

My PhD was an ethnographic study that explored the care and support needs of nursing home residents living with dementia and comorbid cancer. This involved observing residents with moderate to severe dementia and conducting interviews with families, healthcare professionals and nursing home staff to understand the barriers and facilitators to delivering holistic person-centred care for residents with both conditions.

Prior to this, I worked as a research assistant for the Centre for Dementia Research at Leeds Beckett University on the NIHR-funded EPIC trial, evaluating the clinical and cost-effectiveness of Dementia Care Mapping™ for people with dementia living in care homes.


  • Research fellow - The CAPTURE study

Research interests

I have an interest in improving the quality of life for people living with cancer and dementia, and the adaptation of interventions to improve cancer pain assessment and management. I specialise in qualitative research methods, such as ethnography. 


  • PhD in Psycho-oncology
  • MSc in Psychological Approaches to Health , University of Leeds
  • BSc in Forensic Psychology, Leeds Trinity University

Professional memberships

  • British Psychosocial Oncology Society (BPOS)
  • International Psycho-oncology Society (IPOS)

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences
  • Division of Primary Care, Palliative Care and Public Health
  • St Gemma's Academic Unit of Palliative Care