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Associate Professor, University of Stirling

I am a research psychologist (PhD in care relationships, BA hons social sciences with a major in psychology) and family therapist (MSc).

My research and clinical practice focus on how families and relationships are impacted when someone gets ill, for example with cancer or other life-limiting and life-threatening conditions. I also have a stream of work on conflict in healthcare.

My research projects centralise patient/carer involvement, to ensure that the work I do is always grounded in their priorities. I supervise doctoral students on topics such as family and professional relationships in palliative care, dementia, and cancer.

I am an associate professor ageing at the University of Stirling, UK, and honorary Professor of Palliative Care at the Australian Catholic University.

Twitter handle: @LizForbat


  • 2015–2018
    Professor of Palliative Care, Australian Catholic University
  • 2006–2015
    Reader in cancer care, University of Stirling
  • 2003–2006
    Research fellow, University of Edinburgh


  • 2010 
    University of Strathclyde, MSc Family Therapy
  • 2001 
    Open University, PhD
  • 1995 
    Nottingham trent university, BA (hons) psychology