Nazanin Derakhshan – Professor of Experimental Psychopathology and Founder of the BRiC Centre (Birkbeck Centre for Building Resilience in Breast Cancer)
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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

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.


Dr Gemma Hutton: Dr Hutton has particular interests in health psychology, women’s health, social support and relationships, and the experience of depression and anxiety within a physical health context.

Doctoral researchers

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.

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

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

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

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