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Dr Samantha Quaife
Room 204
Department of Behavioural Science and Health
1-19 Torrington Place
  • Research Associate
  • Behavioural Science and Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Samantha achieved a first class BSc honours degree in Psychology from the University of Leeds in 2008 and went on to complete a MSc (Distinction) in Health Psychology in 2011 at King's College London and University College London.  She joined UCL in 2012 as a Research Assistant in Cancer Screening working with Professor Jane Wardle at the Cancer Research UK Health Behaviour Research Centre.  She was subsequently awarded a Medical Research Council PhD studentship to investigate the socioeconomic, attitudinal and smoking-related factors underlying non-participation in lung cancer screening by high risk groups.  She completed her PhD in September 2016 and was appointed as a Research Psychologist within the Cancer Communication and Screening Group of the new Department of Behavioural Science and Health.  In 2017, she was awarded a Cancer Research UK Population Research Postdoctoral Fellowship to investigate uptake of lung cancer screening among high-risk groups and harness psychological targets for intervention.

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Samantha's research interests primarily concern the psychological aspects of lung cancer screening, including socioeconomic and smoking-related disparities in uptake, informed decision-making among lower literacy participants, the psychological impact of screening, and screening as an opportunity for assisting health behaviour change.  She holds a Cancer Research UK Population Research Postdoctoral Fellowship and a Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation project grant.  Together these aim to directly inform UK population level screening engagement strategies via the development of an evidence-based toolkit, as well as health care professionals' communication throughout the lung cancer screening pathway.

She is working as part of a multidisciplinary team on a NAEDI initiative Cancer Research UK-funded demonstration pilot of lung cancer screening testing targeted invitation materials (the Lung Screen Uptake Trial, LSUT).  She is a Co-Investigator on the Yorkshire Lung Screening Trial (YLST) and collaborates on locally-led pilot screening services within Cancer Research UK's ACE Proactive Lung initiative.  She is also a Co-Investigator on a smoking cessation intervention trial embedded within YLST, investigating the effectiveness of personalised risk information, as well as a Cancer Research UK International Innovation award testing the effectiveness of incentivised smoking cessation for tobacco-treatment-resistant diabetes.

Her broader interest is in how behavioural science can improve engagement with the cancer control agenda and reduce socioeconomic inequalities in cancer mortality.  She works on data from the Attitudes, Behaviour and Cancer UK Survey as well as Module 2 of the International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership (in collaboration with colleagues at Cardiff University, Queen's University Belfast and the US National Cancer Institute).

01-NOV-2018 Cancer Research UK Postdoctoral Research Fellow Department of Behavioural Science and Health University College London, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2016 Research Psychologist Department of Behavioural Science and Health University College London, United Kingdom
23-SEP-2013 – 22-SEP-2016 MRC PhD Student Health Behaviour Research Centre University College London, United Kingdom
01-AUG-2012 – 22-SEP-2013 Research Assistant Health Behaviour Research Centre University College London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2016 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Psychology University College London
2011 MSc Master of Science – Health Psychology University College London/King's College London
2008 BSc Bachelor of Science – Psychology University of Leeds
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