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Joanna's research focuses on using routinely collected data and large-scale longitudinal cohort studies to understand the social determinants of inequality in palliative and end of life care. Her PhD investigated the ‘Patterns and determinants of socioeconomic inequality in palliative and end-of-life care for older adults’ and was funded by the Dunhill Medical Trust.

Joanna joined the Cicely Saunders Institute in 2012. Previously, she worked for the Social Disadvantage Research Centre at Oxford University, she has an MSc in Social Research Methods from the University of Bristol, and a BA in Criminology and Sociology from the University of Liverpool.

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  • Palliative Care MSc, PG Dip, PG Cert (Cicely Saunders Institute), including sessions on the Service Development and Policy Module and the Advanced Epidemiology Module.
  • Palliative Care MSc, PG Dip, PG Cert (Cicely Saunders Institute): Research Methods Module; Service Organisation and Policy Module; supervisor/personal tutor
  • European Palliative Care Academy Leadership Course (Cicely Saunders Institute)
  • POS Workshops: Measuring Outcomes in Palliative Care with the POS Family of Measures (Cicely Saunders Institute)