Dr Lucy Ziegler

Dr Lucy Ziegler


Lucy is an Associate Professor in Palliative Care and holds a Yorkshire Cancer Research University Academic Fellowship. Her current fellowship supports a five year programme of research which aims to improve the timely integration of palliative care for patients with advanced cancer.

Lucy is a member of the Martin House Research Centre Management Team.  The Martin House Research Centre is a partnership between Martin House Children’s Hospice, the University of York (Department of Health Sciences and the Social Policy Research Unit) and the University of Leed's Academic Unit of Palliative Care.

Lucy has undertaken research aimed at improving the quality of life of patients with cancer since 2001, at the University of Bradford (2001–2008) within the Psychosocial Oncology and Clinical Practice Research Group, University of Leeds (2008–2012) and more recently within the Academic Unit of Palliative Care University of Leeds (2012-2021).


  • Martin House Research Centre Management Team https://www.york.ac.uk/healthsciences/research/public-h
  • Lead for Student Education
  • Co-Lead I&P Year 1 MBChB

Research interests

Lucy’s research aims to improve the integration of palliative care alongside oncology care. Time4PallCare is a study funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research which uses population-level data to establish the characteristics of cancer patients currently under-represented in terms of access to palliative care and the duration of palliative care necessary to achieve measurable improvements to quality of life.  STEP is a National Institute for Health Research funded project (Nov 2017- 2021) which builds on this work and aims to support timely effective communication about palliative care between clinicians and patients.

Prior to joining LIHS she was senior research fellow (2008–2012) in the Leeds Psychosocial Oncology and Clinical Practice Research Group, St James's Institute of Oncology, where she undertook research aimed at improving the management of distress in oncology and worked on the NIHR programme eRAPID which developed an intelligent system for online reporting of cancer symptoms. Between 2001 and 2008 she was a research fellow at the University of Bradford undertaking research with head and neck cancer patients, exploring psychological difficulties and adaptation to disease.


  • PhD Psycho-onoclogy
  • MSc Research Methods
  • BSc Health Sciences

Student education

Lucy was appointed LIHS Lead for Student Education in 2021 

She co-leads Individuals and populations course which is delivered to undergraduate medical students throughout Year 1 and explores the psychological and social mechanisms of health and illness.

She is supervisor for Year 1 and Year 4 medical students undertaking research modules (RESS & ESREP) and medical students undertaking an intercalated BSc.

She supervises 5 post graduate researchers undertaking PhDs in subjects aligned to her research interests. 

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences
  • Division of Primary Care, Palliative Care and Public Health
  • Palliative care

Current postgraduate researchers

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