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Lisa Graham, Postgraduate Research Student

PhD student Lisa GrahamContact Details


Year: 3rd

Project Details

First Supervisor: Dr Martin Dempster

Second Supervisor: Dr Michael Donnelly

PhD Title:  Development of an intervention to reduce psychological distress in upper GI cancer patients and family carers

Summary of Project: My PhD aims to develop a theoretically driven psychological intervention for oesophageal and gastric cancer patients and their carers to reduce depression and anxiety. The intervention will be based on Leventhal's Common-Sense Model (1980), a self-regulatory model with a focus on illness perceptions.

Development of the intervention will follow best practice as outlined by the Medical Research Council Guidelines (2006) and encompass both development and piloting/feasibility processes.

  • a systematic review and meta-analysis of psychological interventions for adults with chronic illness based on the Common-Sense Model
  • a longitudinal mixed-methods study investigating illness perceptions, coping strategies, psychological morbidity and information needs
  • longitudinal qualitative work on the experience of upper GI cancer with patients and carers
  • feasibility work for intervention development with clinicians and community support stakeholders

Research Cluster: Social Issues

Research Interests

Psycho-oncology; cancer survivorship issues; adjustment to chronic illness; illness perceptions; coping; behaviour change interventions; applied health psychology


European Health Psychology Society Conference 2012

Northern Ireland British Psychological Society Annual Conference 2013

Psychology, Health and Medicine BPS/PSI Joint Annual Conference 2013

Northern Ireland British Psychological Society Annual Conference 2012

Queen's University Belfast Psychology Postgraduate Conference 2012

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