Associate Professor, University of Stirling

I am a research psychologist and family therapist. 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, prostate cancer service development. Twitter: Follow @LizForbat

Supervision of PhDs/Clinical or Professional Doctorates would include the following areas: palliative care, ageing, families and health, family therapy, carers, health services research, cancer, dementia, health care conflict, user involvement/PPI.


  • 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