I am Reader in cancer care at the University of Stirling and deputy director of research in the School of Health Sciences. I am a health sociologist and have a BA joint honours degree in sociology/social policy (University of Leeds), Masters in Computing Science (University of Newcastle Upon Tyne) and PhD in education (University of Sunderland). I am leading the first evaluation of a UK adolescent cancer awareness intervention and also leading the first evaluation of the use of cardiac rehabilitation services for cancer survivors. I chair the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI), Lifestyle and Behavioural Change group. I am a member of Breast Cancer Care's Research Committee and the NCRI primary care clinical studies group and NCRI psychosocial oncology clinical studies group.