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Lisa Graham, Postgraduate Research Student

PhD student Lisa GrahamContact Details


Year: 2nd

Project Details

First Supervisor: Dr Martin Dempster

Second Supervisor: Dr Michael Donnelly

PhD Title:  Development of an intervention to reduce psychological distress in oesophageal and gastric cancer patients and their 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 study investigating if changes in illness perceptions are related to changes in psychological distress
  • qualitative work on the experience of oesophageal and gastric cancer
  • piloting of an intervention

Research Cluster: Social Issues

Research Interests

Applied health psychology, adjustment to chronic illness, illness perceptions, coping, personality and illness, behaviour change interventions, psycho-oncology, childhood/teenage cancer, critical health psychology, community health interventions, sociocultural issues in health


NIBPS 2012 – Poster Presentation. Psychological interventions based on Leventhal's Common-Sense Model (1980) for chronic illness

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