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Dr Daisy Fancourt
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Appointment
  • Associate Professor
  • Behavioural Science and Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
Biography

Daisy Fancourt is Associate Professor of Psychobiology & Epidemiology and Head of the Social Biobehavioural Research Group at UCL (www.tinyurl.com/UCL-SBRG). Daisy studied at Oxford University and King’s College London before completing her PhD in psychoneuroimmunology at UCL and postdoctoral work at Imperial College London/RCM alongside working in the NHS. Her research focuses on the effects of social factors on health, including social deficits (e.g. loneliness and social isolation) and social assets (e.g. community engagement, arts & cultural activities, and social prescribing). 


Daisy is Director of the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre on Arts and Health (www.artshealthcc.org) as well as a member of the WHO Technical Advisory Group on cultural and behavioural insights on health and an Expert Scientific Advisory to DCMS. She is past-director of the UKRI MARCH Mental Health Research Network (www.marchlegacy.org). 


During the COVID-19 pandemic, Daisy is leading the UK’s largest study into the psychological and social impact of the virus (www.covidsocialstudy.org). She also directs the COVID-Minds Network: an international network of longitudinal studies exploring the global mental health impact of the pandemic (www.covidminds.org). Daisy is a member of the Lancet COVID-19 Commission and the World Health Organisation Expert Group on mental health in COVID-19.


Daisy has received over £25 million in research funding as Principal and Co-Investigator and her research has been recognised by fellowships from Wellcome and British Academy and awards from the British Science Association, Leverhulme Trust, Wellcome, British Academy, British Federation of Women Graduates, American Psychosomatic Society, AHRC, Royal Society for Public Health and NHS England. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and Royal Society of Arts and has been named a BBC New Generation Thinker and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. 


Research Summary

Daisy and her team explore:

1. The effects social factors on health outcomes

2. The psychological, biological, social & behavioural mechanisms underlying these effects

3. The modifying role of individual and group-level characteristics on effects

4. Differential patterns, barriers and enablers of engagement amongst different groups

 

Research is carried out under four core programmes:

1. Mechanism studies (incl. psychological, neuroendocrine, neuro-immune and cardiometabolic responses to loneliness, isolation, social & cultural participation, and wellbeing)

2. Behavioural studies (incl. qualitative studies and behaviour change interventions)

3. Intervention studies (incl. RCTs, natural experiments and implementation science studies)

4. Population studies (incl. analysing cohort studies and NHS electronic patient records)

 

The team also works on impact and engagement programmes including public engagement events, media work, early career development (www.artshealthecrn.org), the translation of research into evidence-based practice, and policy development across the UK, US, Europe and with WHO.


Teaching Summary

Daisy supervises postgraduate and doctoral students in social epidemiology, health and social psychology, psychoneuroimmunology and behavioural science and teaches across a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses at UCL.

Appointments
01-OCT-2019 Associate Professor Department of Behavioural Science and Health University College London, United Kingdom
14-AUG-2017 – 30-SEP-2019 Senior Research Fellow / Wellcome Research Fellow Department of Behavioural Science and Health University College London, United Kingdom
APR-2016 – AUG-2017 Research Fellow Centre for Performance Science, Faculty of Medicine Imperial College London / Royal College of Music, United Kingdom
JUN-2013 – MAR-2016 Research Associate Centre for Performance Science, Faculty of Medicine Imperial College London / Royal College of Music, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2015   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
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