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Debbie’s background is in the sociology of health and illness, with a focus on identities, relationships and health-related communication. Current research roles focus on inclusive care for LGBT+ people with serious illness, and person-centred care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions.

Research interests:

  • Equitable care
  • Intersectionality in care
  • Appropriate care for LGBT+ people


Research profile


  • MSc Palliative Care/ Research Methods & Statistics in Palliative Care
  • MSc Palliative Care/ Applying Psychosocial, Cultural, Ethical and Spiritual Issues to Palliative and End of Life Care
  • MSc Palliative Care/ Service Development and Policy in Palliative Care
  • Medicine MBBS/ Integrated Clinical Practice 1 – Cultural Competence