Prof Wakefield has published, or had accepted, more than 230 journal articles and is named as Chief Investigator on competitive research grants totalling more than $44M. She has received numerous awards for her work, including being named as the NSW Premier’s Outstanding Cancer Research Fellow of the Year.
Prof Wakefield holds a Career Development Fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) as well as a Diamond Jubilee International Visiting Fellowship at the University of Southampton, UK. Her research interests include improving mental health and quality of life in families affected serious illness, using:
Research interests include health psychology; the psychosocial issues faced by men and women with a strong family history of cancer; patient education; assisting patients to make difficult medical decisions such as decisions about genetic testing and deceased organ donation; and issues faced by children with medical illness. Currently focussing on paediatric oncology research, with projects ranging from newly diagnosed families, on treatment families, long term survivors and bereaved parents.
Broad Research Areas:
Cancer, Health Promotion
BPsych(Hons1), MPH, PhD
Specific Research Keywords:
Childhood Cancer, Psychosocial Issues, Adolescence, Breast Cancer, Colorectal cancer, Genetics, Mental Health, Psychology, Oncology, Paediatrics