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Dr Georgia Black
1-19 Torrington Place
1-19 Torrington Place
Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 3157
Fax: +44 (0)20 7813 0242
  • Research Associate Senior Research Associate
  • Applied Health Research
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

I have been at UCL in the Department of Applied Health Research (DAHR) since 2011. Before that I completed a PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London with Prof. Graham Thornicroft and Joanna Murray. I have an MSc from the University of Surrey in Forensic Psychology, and a BA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge where I specialised in Experimental Psychology. I have also worked as a psychology research assistant on an Arts in Hospitals project, in schools as a teaching assistant, with the Schizophrenia Research Group at Oxford University and as an associate at the Centre for Mental Health.

I work as a consultant and advisor to various organisations including Cancer Research UK, Newham CCG, UCL Partners, UCL Cancer Collaborative and Google Deepmind Health.

Research Groups
Research Summary

Using qualitative methods to understand the GP/patient conversation (Co-PI; Early Diagnosis Advisory Group grant, Cancer Research UK) with Katriina Whitaker (co-PI), Dorothee Amelung, Fiona Archer, Fiona Walter and Yin Zhou.

The aim of this project is to use qualitative methods to explore real-life patient-GP communication and to provide recommendations to improve communication within consultations in order to improve patient experience and timely diagnosis of cancer. We are using video footage as well as interviews to try and capture the real nature of conversations and what both parties do in order to communicate and compromise their preferences about referrals. The study is being run at the University of Surrey by Katriina Whitaker and Dorothee Amelung.

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Safety netting and re-consultation for lung cancer symptoms: GP and patient perspectives (PI; Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation Project Grant) with Sandra Van Os, Katriina Whitaker and Fiona Walter.

In this project we are examining current practice in safety netting for patients with symptoms which might be related to lung cancer in relation to either active (GP-mandated) or passive (patient-prompted) safety-netting approaches, and GP attitudes towards them. We are looking at patients’ attitudes and experiences of safety netting advice, and comparing this to what their GP told us about the consultation in a paired (dyadic) design. This study is longitudinal in nature, as we wish to capture the effect of safety netting practices on patient symptom re-appraisal and help-seeking over 2-3 months. We wish to develop recommendations for general practice to encourage people to re-consult promptly.

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If you are a GP practice in Newham or Tower Hamlets, and wish to take part, please contact Sandra Van Os s.vanos@ucl.ac.uk

The use of ethnographic methods for healthcare improvement (CLAHRC North Thames) with Lorelei Jones and Naomi Fulop.

We propose to conduct a scoping review of ethnographic literature. The aim is to present a broad overview of the field in order to capture the emerging field, clarify methodological debates and present exemplars of effective methodological strategies.

Teaching Summary

Doctoral Skills Courses:

Introduction to Qualitative Research: In-depth interviewing https://doctoral-skills.ucl.ac.uk/course-details.pht?course_ID=2627 

Introduction to Thematic Analysis https://doctoral-skills.ucl.ac.uk/course-details.pht?course_ID=2773

MSc students:

  • Kelsey Jones 2014 (Health Psychology)
  • Helen Stedeford 2016 (Health Psychology)

PhD students:

  • Chantal Edge (2018-)
  • Jennifer Martin (2015-) Interventions to optimise nutrition in Bangladeshi children aged 6 months to 2yrs: translation of women’s group approach from resource poor countries to the UK (with Monica Lakhanpaul and Ed Fottrell)
  • Caoimhe Nic A Bhaird (2011-2015) "Improving the Effectiveness of Multidisciplinary Team Meetings for Patients with Chronic Diseases" (with Rosalind Raine, Susan Michie and Nora Pashayan

I am a founder member of the UCL Qualitative Health Research Network http://www.ucl.ac.uk/qualitative-health-research-network. This is a a cross-faculty and transdisciplinary initiative to support the use and development of qualitative research in health, illness and care. 

We have hosted three biennial symposia, and the abstracts and summaries of these are available at BMJ open:

2017 – Collaboration in Qualitative Health Research

2015 – Enriching Qualitative Inquiry in Health


Academic Background
2011 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Health Services Research Institute of Psychiatry
2008 MSc Master of Science – Psychology and Criminology University of Surrey
2005 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Natural Sciences Tripos Part II: Experimental Psychology University of Cambridge
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