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Dr Joe Low
6th Floor, Wing B, Maple House
149 Tottenham Court Road
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  • Research Fellow - NIHR Research Design Service (RDS
  • Primary Care & Population Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Joe is a health psychologist and a health services researcher with a mixed methods background. As a mixed methods researcher, he is experienced in using a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods and in triangulating findings from both methodologies. 

Joe started his research career as a trial manager for a trial looking at the impact of two models of post-hospital stroke rehabilitation while completing a par-time PhD looking at the impact of these models on the patients’ informal carers. 

As one of the Principal Research Fellows for the department, Joe has played a key role in helping to increase the research capacity of Marie Curie. Since his arrival at UCL, Joe has developed his research portfolio in two main areas: the assessment and delivery of psychological care to people with advanced non-curative disease, and the delivery of supportive and palliative care to people with non-malignant disease. Joe is currently engaged in a programme of research looking at supportive care in advanced liver disease and works collaboratively with the Royal Free liver teams. He works closely with the BASL (British Association for the Study of the liver) Special Interest group in End of Life Care.

In addition, Joe has been involved in developing and running research studies to increase the knowledge within palliative care. These have a UK validation of the Distress Thermometer, a national survey of GP Registrars perceptions of their palliative care education and an evaluation of specialist palliative care day services.

He has been Principal Investigator on two external grants (Kidney Research UK and the British Renal Society) to explore the experiences of patients with end stage kidney disease who are on maximum conservative management and their close persons. He was the main co-applicant on a successful NiHR Research for Patient Benefit grant exploring the feasibility of delivering a third wave behavioural therapy to patients with advanced cancer. He is a co-applicant on the programme of research submitted to Marie Curie as part of the funding for the department.

Research Themes
01-OCT-2017 Principal Research Fellow Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department University College London, United Kingdom
01-AUG-2001 – 30-SEP-2017 Senior Research Fellow Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department University College London, United Kingdom
01-SEP-1999 – 31-JUL-2001 Research Fellow School of Health Professionals University of Southampton, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2001   Doctor of Philosophy University of Southampton
1995   Master of Science University of Southampton
1989   Bachelor of Science (Honours) University of Newcastle upon Tyne
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