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Dr Stephanie Sivell

Dr Stephanie Sivell

Marie Curie Research Associate

School of Medicine

Email
sivells2@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2068 7198
Campuses
Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Centre, Neuadd Meirionnydd

Overview

Overview

I am an experienced researcher in both quantitative and qualitative methods, and analysis in health-related research.  My research interests include: health psychology; health communication; decision-making; design, development and evaluation of theory-based complex interventions; healthcare improvement; mixed methods evaluation; palliative and supportive care; cancer and chronic conditions.

Biography

Education & Qualifications

2014: Ph.D by Published Works: "Supporting decision-making using a theory based intervention: application of an extended Theory of Planned Behaviour and the Common Sense Model of Illness Representations to support women choosing surgery for early breast cancer", Cardiff University

2005: M.Phil (Occupational & Health Psychology): “Combined Effects of Occupational Health Hazards”, University of Wales, Cardiff

1999: BA (Hons) Psychology (2:1), University of Wales, Cardiff

Training & Development

2008: Internet-Based Health Psychology Interventions: Maximising their Potential; Synergy 2008 Workshop: European Heath Psychology Society

2007: Dartmouth Summer Institute for Informed Patient Choice; Dartmouth College, NH, U.S.A

2007: Psychology of Decision Making; Department of Psychology, Queen’s University, Canada

2007: Advanced Quantitative Research Methods; Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University

Career Overview

2011 - Present: Marie Curie Research Associate; Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Centre, Division of Population Medicine, School of Medicine, Cardiff University

Professional memberships

External Memberships
  • Internal Shared Decision Making Society (Young Scientific Associate)
  • Fellow of the Dartmouth Summer Institute for Informed Patient Choice
  • British Psychological Society
Internal Memberships
  • Healthcare Communication and Quality, Cardiff University School of Medicine

Academic positions

2011 - Present: Marie Curie Research Associate; Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Centre, Division of Population Medicine, School of Medicine, Cardiff University

2006 - 2011: Research Associate; Department of Primary Care and Public Health, School of Medicine, Cardiff University

2006: Project Officer (Secondment); Department of General Practice, School of Medicine, Cardiff University

2004 - 2006: Research Assistant; Cancer Genetics Services for Wales, Institute of Medical Genetics, Cardiff University

2001 - 2003: Research Assistant; Department of Geriatric Medicine, University of Wales College of Medicine

2001: Research Assistant; Academic Unit of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, School of Medicine, University of Leeds

2000-2001: MPhil Studentship; Centre for Occupational and Health Psychology, University of Wales, Cardiff

1999-2000: Research Assistant; Centre for Occupational and Health Psychology, University of Wales, Cardiff

Committees and reviewing

Deputy Lead, EDI DPM Committee, School of Medicine

Publications

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Teaching

Teaching taught modules and small group teaching on MSc Palliative Medicine, Cardiff University School of Medicine, 2012 to present (Designing Research Project; Pitch Your Proposal); assessor for the Cardiff University School of Medicine BSc Intercalated Route (Clinical Epidemiology), 2014 to present; small group teaching in SSC Year 1 School of Medicine (Introduction to: Professionalism; Ethics) and Tutor for Practical Research Experience; SSC Year 2 School of Medicine Experience Project (Methods in Palliative Care Research); C21 Epidemiology in Year 3 (Formulating a Question), 2017 to present.

Funding

Byrne A, Nelson A, Torrens-Burton A, Sivell S, Adams R, Grant R, Calvert M, Watts C, Bulbeck H, Seddon K. Patient Reported Core Outcomes in Brain Tumour Trials: the COBra study. The Brain Tumour Charity, £152,949, 2020-2022

Sivell S, Nelson A, Staffurth JN, Shaw P, Campbell S. Exploring cancer patients' expectations and experiences of Proton Bean Therapy in the UK. Tenovus Cancer Care iGrant, £29,999, 2020-2021 (Funding redacted due to COVID-19)

Harrop E, Longo M, Sivell S, Newman A, Nelson A, Byrne A, Seddon K. An action research project to develop and evaluate a new model of therapy led MDT meetings and integrated care pathways for patients at a specialist cancer treatment centre. Tenovus Cancer Care iGrant, £30,000, 2020-2021 (Funding redacted due to COVID-19)

Sivell S, Nelson S, Baddeley E, Islam I. DIVERSE COMMUNITIES EVALUATION PROJECT – ‘Improving access to end of life care for Diverse Communities of Cardiff. Marie Curie Hospice, Cardiff and the Vale, Penarth, £6,000. 2018.

Harrop E, Nelson A, Sivell S, Morgan F. Supporting people bereaved through advanced illness: a systematic review of the evidence and development of a core outcome set for bereaved research in palliative care. Marie Curie Cancer Care, £82K, 2016-2018.

Nelson A, Sivell S, Byrne A, Lester J, Noble S.  PACT: Development of an intervention to support lung cancer Patients and their clinicians when considering systematic Anti-Cancer Therapy. Velindre NHS Trust Charitable Funds, £200K, 2014-2015.

Supervision

PhD Cardiff University

Co-Supervisor for Francesca Mazzaschi: Developing a screening tool for the late effects of treatment for brain cancers. 2018-present.

BSc Intercalated Medicine

Emma Fiddimore (Intercalated BSc Student: Population Medicine: 2020-2021): “What is the current evidence on the expectations and experiences of adults who have received Proton Beam Therapy for the treatment of cancer?”

Past projects

MSc Palliative Medicine

Louise Walker (MSc Palliative Medicine 2017-2018): Designing a set of culturally and linguistically appropriate phrases to be used when breaking bad news to isiZulu cancer patients: a qualitative study. Supervisor

Megumi Baba (MSc Palliative Medicine 2012-2014): Comparing the knowledge, attitude and practice of Japanese and UK Paediatric Oncologist in palliative care: Co-Supervisor

Elaine McGleish (MSc Palliative Medicine 2012-2014): The attitudes and experiences of General Practitioners towards Nurse Independent Prescribing of the Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care: Co-Supervisor

Kate Barnabas (MSc Palliative Medicine: 2011-2012): Meta-study of qualitative research exploring the palliative support needs of patients with neurological conditions: Co-Supervisor

BSc Intercalated Medicine

Caroline Woodman (Intercalated BSc Student: Clinical Epidemiology: 2013-2014): Place of care for patients at the end-of-life: the preferences and perspectives of family caregivers: Co-Supervisor

William Marsh (Intercalated BSc Student; Public Health Route: 2009-2010): Field-testing of an intervention to support women choosing surgery for breast cancer: Co-Supervisor