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Dr Cecilia Vindrola
Department of Targeted Intervention
Charles Bell House 43-45 Foley Street
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  • Senior Research Fellow
  • Department of Targeted Intervention
  • Div of Surgery & Interventional Sci
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences
I am the Co-Director of the Rapid Research Evaluation and Appraisal Lab (RREAL): https://www.rapidresearchandevaluation.com/

The purpose of RREAL is to improve the quality and impact of rapid research used to study and evaluate clinical and health service models and interventions for time-sensitive contexts.

RREAL focuses on the development of rapid research in the following areas:
  1. Health services research
  2. Clinical trials
  3. Global health and complex health emergencies

I also work as an applied medical anthropologist across various teams (for full list of projects, see Research Activities):

  • NIAA Health Services Research Centre, Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA)
  • Rapid Service Evaluation Team (RSET)
  • ACCESS trial
  • VITAL trial

Research Summary

My research interests include:


  • (Im)mobilities and healthcare (with a focus on medical travel)
  • Embedded research in healthcare organisations
  • Perioperative care
  • The delivery of cancer treatment and supportive care
  • The delivery of medical services to children in low and middle income countries (with a focus on cancer treatment and palliative care)
  • Use of data for quality improvement

  • Ethnographic research in healthcare contexts
  • Rapid qualitative research
  • Participatory and collaborative research
  • Visual methods
  • Narrative research (with a focus on dis-narration)

Teaching Summary

I teach an intensive doctoral course titled "An introduction to rapid ethnographies" at UCL. 

I also teach the following courses for RREAL:

An introduction to rapid qualitative research

Advanced rapid qualitative research

An introduction to rapid evaluation

An introduction to rapid ethnography

Student supervision (ongoing)

Lucy Mitchinson, Understanding and measuring the impact of complementary therapies in palliative care: a mixed methods study to develop an approach appropriate for practice, Division of Psychiatry, UCL (PhD)

Elysse Bautista Gonzalez, Proximal and distal determinants of timely access and delivery of lung cancer care and the role of patient navigation programmes as a tool for early diagnosis and treatment. Epidemiology and Public Health Research, UCL (PhD)

Stephanie Kumpunen, A critical analysis and development of rapid ethnographies in healthcare quality improvement, Department of Applied Health Research, UCL (PhD)

Nisha Sriram, Advance Care Planning (ACP) discussions in the perioperative setting, Division of Surgery & Interventional Science, UCL (PhD)

Zoe Brummell, Learning from deaths in healthcare: Focusing on the learning and action to improve future patient safety, Division of Surgery & Interventional Science, UCL (PhD)

Duncan Wagstaff, Use of audit data for quality improvement in the perioperative setting, Department of Applied Health Research, UCL (PhD)

Emira Kursumovic, Healthcare professionals' and patients' experiences of perioperative cardiac arrest, Department of Targeted Intervention, UCL (PhD)

Student supervision (complete)

Seth Francis-Graham, Improving the care and management of people with STIs and BBVs, Health Protection Research Unit: Blood Borne & Sexually Transmitted Infections, UCL (PhD)

Douglas Blackwood, End-of-life conversations in the perioperative setting, Division of Surgery & Interventional Science, UCL (PhD)

Delfina Moresco, The use of medical tourism in the UK, Comparative Politics, UCL (BSc)

 Alexis Penverne, The biomedical concept of pain: An anthropological approach to neuropharmacological treatment and ethics, Arts and Sciences, UCL (BASc). 

06-JUN-2012 – 25-APR-2014 Research Fellow Children’s Nursing London South Bank University, United Kingdom
01-MAY-2011 – 01-JUN-2012 Research Consultant Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair and Office o University of South Florida, United States
01-AUG-2010 – 01-DEC-2011 Instructor Anthropology University of South Florida, United States
01-AUG-2007 – 01-MAY-2010 Research Assistant Anthropology University of South Florida, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2011   Doctor of Philosophy University of South Florida
2009   Master of Arts University of South Florida
2007   Bachelor of Arts Universidad de las Americas
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