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Joanna is funded by the Dunhill Medical Trust to complete a PhD that combines interests in social deprivation and palliative care for older people in a project entitled ‘Understanding the social determinants of outcomes important to older people at the end of life: reducing social inequality in palliative care’.

Previously, Joanna 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.

Joanna joined the Cicely Saunders Institute in August 2012 and has worked with Professor Fliss Murtagh on the OACC and C-CHANGE projects using patient centred outcome measures in palliative care settings, and with the death registry data for England with Dr Gao Wei and Professor Irene Higginson

Research interests

Use of routinely collected data, social determinants of health, service use for older adults towards the end of life.


Research profile

ORCID profile


  • 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)