Dr Lucy Ziegler

Dr Lucy Ziegler

Profile

Lucy is an Associate Professor in Palliative Care and holds a Yorkshire Cancer Research Academic Fellowship. Her research aims to improve the integration of palliative care and oncology. 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 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 (2012-2016).

Research interests

My current post is funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research and aims to improve the integration of palliative care alongside oncology care. I lead two projects in this area; Time4PallCare and STEP. Time4PallCare is funded by Yorkshire Cancer Research 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- 2020) which builds on this work and aims to support timely effective communication about palliative care.

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

Qualifications

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

Student education

Lucy is the Co-Lead (with Professor Andy Hill) of the 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. Lucy is a supervisor for Year 1 and Year 4 medical students undertaking research modules (RESS & ESREP) and medical students undertaking an intercalated BSc

Current postgraduate researchers

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