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Lisa Jane Brighton

Lisa-BrightonResearch Assistant,
Difficult Conversations Project 


Phone: 0207 848 5041

King’s College London
Cicely Saunders Institute
Department of Palliative Care, Policy and Rehabilitation
Bessemer Road
Denmark Hill



Research interests include palliative and end of life care education, communication skills, staff wellbeing, and psychological interventions in healthcare.


Lisa graduated from the University of Bath in July 2014 with a BSc (Hons) Psychology degree. During this time, Lisa spent her third year on placement at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute assisting with research into the physical and psychosocial late effects of childhood cancer.

Lisa joined the department in September 2014 to work on the Transforming End of Life Care project led by Dr Lucy Selman and Vicky Robinson. This project aimed to improve end of life care education for non-specialist healthcare professionals through evaluating a current training programme and exploring both training and evaluation preferences of non-specialists.

Most recently, Lisa has been working on the Difficult Conversations study, led by Dr Jonathan Koffman. This is a feasibility study aiming to evaluate and refine a half-day communication skills workshop called ‘Difficult Conversations’, and determine optimal research methods for evaluating this course in a future trial. 

Lisa is also a member of the Athena Swan self-assessment team, the Education, Staff Development, and Wellbeing Executive, and the Patient and Public Involvement Strategy Group, and is completing her MSc Palliative Care with support from the Professor Rob Buckman Scholarship.  

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