Claire Wakefield

Associate Professor, UNSW

I am lucky enough to lead a growing group of psycho-oncology research professionals: the Behavioural Sciences Unit in the Kids Cancer Centre at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Australia. I also serve as an Associate Professor in the School of Women's and Children's Health at UNSW Sydney, and work closely with the Children's Cancer Institute. My key research interests involve investigating the needs of children, adolescents and adults with cancer, and their families. I am particularly interested in working with whole families affected by cancer, or by the threat of developing cancer in the future, including addressing the issues faced by parents, siblings and grandparents. My team is currently coordinating several national randomised controlled trials of psychological/behavioural interventions to meet the needs of cancer patients who have recently finished cancer treatment and their families. I also have a strong research interest in parental bereavement, sleep issues, behavioural interventions, psychosocial implications of genetics/genomics, educational issues for cancer survivors and in e-mental health.

Experience

  • –present
    Associate Professor, UNSW