Beth Grunfeld – Professor of Health Psychology
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Prof Grunfeld’s research focuses on determinants of psychosocial outcomes following diagnosis and treatment (mainly among patients with benign and non-benign lesions) and on the development of interventions to support patients.

Anne Miles – Professor of Health Psychology
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Professor Miles’ research focuses on patient preferences for, and psychological consequences of, different diagnostic and treatment pathways, as well as public awareness of risk factors for cancer.

Nazanin Derakhshan – Professor of Experimental Psychopathology and Founder of the BRiC Centre (Birkbeck Centre for Building Resilience in Breast Cancer). Now at Reading University
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Prof Derakshan’s research focuses on understanding the neurocognitive mechanisms behind anxiety and depressive vulnerability and targeting those mechanisms to build resilience and longer term psychological well-being using cognitive interventions

PhD students 


Ogechi Anokwuru: Help-seeking among migrant populations in the UK. Supervisors: Professors Beth Grunfeld and Anne Miles.

Laura Phillips-Farmer: Building on the pathways approach to homelessness - interactions between demographic, structural, individual, and psycho-social factors in UK life courses. Supervisors: Professor Fiona Tasker and Professor Anne Miles.

Claudia Redeker: The psychological impact of living with a stoma. Supervisors: Professor Anne Miles and Professor Beth Grunfeld

Theodore Veniamin: Psychological Factors impacting on work in Patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). Supervisors: Professor Anne Miles and Professor Beth Grunfeld


Jacqueline Allan: Understanding and Treating Eating Disorders in those with Type 1 Diabetes. Supervisors: Professor Anne Miles and Professor Annette Karmiloff-Smith

Bethany Chapman: Efficacy of neurocognitive training as an intervention targeting workability in breast cancer. Supervisors: Professor Naz Derakhshan and Professor Beth Grunfeld

Syreen Hassan: Enhancing understanding of the likelihood and consequences of peripheral neuropathy following adjuvant chemotherapy for colorectal cancer. Supervisors: Professor Anne Miles and Dr Melanie Morris (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine).

Melina Makasori: The impact of food allergy and food challenge testing on health-related quality of life and emotional distress in adults. Supervisors: Professor Anne Miles and Professor Denis Mareschal.

Rosemary McCracken: A longitudinal exploration of the lived experience of male breast cancer. Supervisors: Dr Virge Eatough and Professor Beth Grunfeld

Jessica Eleanor Swainston: Neurocognitive mechanisms and interventions targeting emotional vulnerability and building resilience in breast cancer
Supervisors: Professor Nazanin Derakhshan and Professor Johnathan Smith