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Dr Gemma Pugh
  • Research Associate
  • Behavioural Science and Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Gemma achieved a first class BSc honours degree in Physiology and Sports Science from The University of Glasgow in 2014 and went on to complete her PhD in Behavioural Science at University College London in 2017. Her research interests include i) the role of physical activity and health behaviour in chronic disease management ii) teenage and young adult health (particularly cancer survivorship) and iii) the application of new technologies to promote health and well-being. Gemma is a former trainee member of the National Cancer Research Institute TYA Clinical Studies Group.

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Research Summary

During her PhD Gemma carried out a series of studies which culminated in the development of a health behaviour intervention designed specifically for teenage and young adult (TYA) cancer survivors. This work included investigating the current health behaviour status of TYA cancer survivors, their perceived importance of health related behaviour, their experience of receiving lifestyle advice and their interest in information relating to health behaviours such as physical activity, diet, smoking, alcohol consumption and sun safety. This work was supported by an IMPACT Award studentship jointly funded by CLIC Sargent and University College London. Gemma is currently carrying out a pilot RCT to assess the feasibility of delivering the health behaviour change intervention materials in routine TYA cancer care. This work is supported by a Pan-London Research Fellowship funded by RM Partners, UCLH Cancer Collaborative and South East London Accountable Cancer Network (SEL CAN) on behalf of the National Cancer Vanguard.

Teaching Summary

Gemma gives lectures on the MSc Exercise Medicine, MSc Cancer and BSc Population Health courses and supervises student projects on the MSc Health Psychology course.

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