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Research Theme: Supportive and Palliative Care

Research Title: The Development of a Psychosocial Supportive Intervention for Family & Friends in Post-Treatment Cancer Survivorship: A Mixed Methodology Multi-Study

Research Interests: Psycho-oncology and psychosocial oncology, palliative and end-of-life care, bereavement, chronic illness, pain, behavioural health, and health behaviour change

Supervisors: Dr Olinda Santin, Prof Peter Hudson, Prof Sam Porter



Twitter: @EmilyRGMoffat

Personal Bio

I began my journey at the University of Stirling, Scotland in 2009. I graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology in 2013, and continued on to do a MSc in Health Psychology the following year. As part of my Masters, I completed a placement at the Maggie’s Centre at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee. This opportunity, alongside my personal experiences, furthered my interest in the development and provision of psychosocial supportive, and palliative cancer care.

Project Summary

Family & friends are often responsible for providing long-term support to a loved one with cancer, with the challenges they face are often unaddressed by clinical cancer services, and not everyone accesses support that may be available through the NHS and voluntary organisations. We aim to address this by speaking to those supporting someone through their cancer journey, as well as professionals working within cancer services, to develop an intervention that adequately addresses the psychosocial and supportive care needs of this group. We particularly want to target those after treatment has finished and who are continuing to find the cancer experience challenging. This research will provide a rich evidence base, and be a useful resource for the development and implementation of psychosocial interventions and supportive programmes for people affected by cancer across the U.K.

My Perfect PhD Day

Checking everything off my ‘To Do’ list, with time for a cup of tea!


I am involved in teaching for the following degree programmes and modules:

· BSc Nursing—Evidence Based Nursing (Year 2)

Other Activities

· PGR student representative, SNAM Staff Student Consultative Committee

· Student member, SNAM Research Ethics Committee

· Member (PhD), SNAM Digital Development Team

· Organised & secured funding for student-led initiatives within the School.

When I’m not PhDing…

I am learning Swedish! And I recently joined the QUB Graduate School Choir.

Conferences & Publications

E RG Moffat, P Hudson, S Porter, & O Santin (2016) A psychosocial profile of family members in cancer survivorship: what challenges do they face, and what support do they need? A systematic review. Psycho-Oncology, 25(Suppl. I), p 5. Oral presentation at the Annual British Psychosocial Oncology Society Conference, Cambridge, UK.

E RG Moffat, P Hudson, S Porter, & O Santin (2016) When treatment is over: What do family members need and how can we support them? A mixed methods study. Psycho-Oncology, 25(Suppl. I), pp 20-21. Poster presentation at the Annual British Psychosocial Oncology Society Conference, Cambridge, UK.