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Dr Stephanie Sivell

Dr Stephanie Sivell

Marie Curie Research Associate

School of Medicine

+44 (0)29 2068 7198
Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Centre, Neuadd Meirionnydd



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.


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

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

Professional memberships

External Memberships
  • Fellow of the Dartmouth Summer Institute for Informed Patient Choice
  • British Psychological Society
Internal Memberships
  • Healthcare Communication and Quality, Cardiff University School of Medicine




















  • Francesca Mazzaschi: Developing a screening tool for the late effects of treatment for brain cancers. 2018-present, co-supervisor.

MSc Palliative Medicine

Teaching taught modules on MSc Palliative Medicine, Cardiff University School of Medicine, 2012 to present.

Research Supervision:

  • Louise Kraunsoe (MSc Palliative Medicine 2017-2018)
  • Megumi Baba (MSc Palliative Medicine 2012-2014)
  • Elaine McGleish (MSc Palliative Medicine 2012-2014)
  • Kate Barnabas (MSc Palliative Medicine: 2011-2012)

BSc Intercalated Medicine

Assessor for the Cardiff University School of Medicine BSc Intercalated Route (Clinical Epidemiology), 2014 to present.

Research Supervision:

  • Emma Fiddimore (Intercalated BSc Student: Population Medicine: 2020-2021)
  • Caroline Woodman (Intercalated BSc Student: Clinical Epidemiology: 2013-2014)
  • William Marsh (Intercalated BSc Student; Public Health Route: 2009-2010)


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.