Dr Holly Evans

Research Associate

BA - Psych (Hons 1) Macquarie University

PhD (Psycho-oncology/Experimental Psychology) UNSW

Medicine & Health
School of Clinical Medicine

Dr Holly Evans is a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Behavioural Sciences Unit (BSU) in the School of Clinical Medicine. She is the leader of the Family Systems and Relationships Team, and was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in January 2022. Her PhD focused on end-of-life communication and the role that psychological mechanisms such as attachment security in relationships might play in these conversations. She developed new discovery-level knowledge of how attachment influences end-of-life communication among healthy AYAs, which had not been previously examined in experimental psychology or psycho-oncology.

+61-2-9348 0547
Sydney Children's Hospital
  • Journal articles | 2024
    Kelada L; Robertson EG; McKay S; McGill BC; Daly R; Mazariego C; Taylor N; Tyedmers E; Armitage N; Evans HE; Wakefield CE; Ziegler DS, 2024, 'Communicating with families of young people with hard-to-treat cancers: Healthcare professionals’ perspectives on challenges, skills, and training', Palliative and Supportive Care, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1478951523001992
    Journal articles | 2023
    Evans HE; Jessop S; Bedoya SZ; Lyon ME; Wiener L; Sansom-Daly UM, 2023, 'Examining the Cultural Appropriateness of Advance Care Planning Tools for Adolescents and Young Adults With Cancer: An Example of Cross-Cultural Adaptation of the Voicing My CHOiCES Tool', Current Problems in Cancer, 47, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.currproblcancer.2023.101010
    Journal articles | 2023
    Sansom-Daly UM; Zhang M; Evans HE; McLoone J; Wiener L; Cohn RJ; Anazodo A; Patterson P; Wakefield CE, 2023, 'Adapting the Voicing My CHOiCES Advance Care Planning Communication Guide for Australian Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer: Appropriateness, Acceptability, and Considerations for Clinical Practice', Cancers, 15, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/cancers15072129
    Journal articles | 2022
    Sansom-Daly UM; Wiener L; Darlington AS; Poort H; Rosenberg AR; Weaver MS; Schulte F; Anazodo A; Phillips C; Sue L; Herbert AR; Mack JW; Lindsay T; Evans H; Wakefield CE; Girgis A; Al-Awamer A; Kirchhoff A; Cohn R; Fair D; Cable M; Wernli K; Donovan L; Mosher P; Fernando R; Trethewie S, 2022, 'Thinking globally to improve care locally: A Delphi study protocol to achieve international clinical consensus on best-practice end-of-life communication with adolescents and young adults with cancer', PLoS ONE, 17, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0270797
    Journal articles | 2021
    Kamaladasa DS; Sansom-Daly UM; Hetherington K; McGill BC; Ellis SJ; Kelada L; Donoghoe MW; Evans H; Anazodo A; Patterson P; Cohn RJ; Wakefield CE, 2021, 'How Are Families Faring? Perceived Family Functioning among Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivors in Comparison to Their Peers', Journal of Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology, 10, pp. 711 - 719, http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/jayao.2020.0215
    Journal articles | 2021
    Sansom-Daly UM; Lobb EA; Evans HE; Breen LJ; Ugalde A; Best M; Zomerdijk N; Beasley EA; Taylor KL; Clayton J; Sharpe L; Bartula I; Olver I, 2021, 'To be mortal is human: Professional consensus around the need for more psychology in palliative care', BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care, 11, pp. 401 - 403, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjspcare-2021-002884
    Journal articles | 2020
    Evans HE; Sansom-Daly UM; Bryant R, 2020, 'Paediatric advance care plans: a cross-sectional survey of healthy young adults', BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care, 12, pp. E654 - E655, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjspcare-2019-001963
    Journal articles | 2019
    Sansom-Daly UM; Wakefield CE; Hetherington K; Evans HE; Ellis SJ; McGill BC; Cohn RJ, 2019, 'Author reply', Internal Medicine Journal, 49, pp. 808 - 809, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/imj.14320
    Journal articles | 2018
    Sansom-Daly UM; Wakefield CE; Bryant RA; Patterson P; Anazodo A; Butow P; Sawyer SM; McGill BC; Evans HE; Cohn RJ; Robertson E, 2018, 'Feasibility, acceptability, and safety of the Recapture Life videoconferencing intervention for adolescent and young adult cancer survivors', Psycho-Oncology, 28, pp. 284 - 292, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/pon.4938
    Journal articles | 2017
    Sansom-Daly UM; Evans HE; Ellis SJ; McGill BC; Hetherington K; Wakefield CE, 2017, 'Something's got to give: time–cost trade-offs in site-specific research approval can negatively impact patient recruitment in multi-institutional studies', Internal Medicine Journal, 47, pp. 1088 - 1089, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/imj.13535
  • Preprints | 2023
    Kelada L; Robertson E; McKay S; McGill B; Daly R; Mazariego C; Taylor N; Tyedmers E; Evans HE; Wakefield C; Ziegler D, 2023, Communicating with families of young people with hard-to-treat cancers: Healthcare professionals’ perspectives on challenges, skills, and training, , http://dx.doi.org/10.22541/au.168438965.52340962/v1
    Conference Abstracts | 2022
    Sansom-Daly UM; Evans HE; Wiener L; Patterson P; Anazodo A; Girgis A; Cohn RJ; Wakefield CE, 2022, 'Improving end-of-life communication for all adolescents and young adults with cancer: A multi-perspective, mixed-methods evaluation of the voicing my CHOiCES (TM) tool', in ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY, WILEY, Vol. 18, pp. 97 - 98, https://www.webofscience.com/api/gateway?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000871956500119&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Abstracts | 2022
    Sansom-Daly UM; Wiener L; Rosenberg A; Weaver M; Poort H; Darlington A-S; Schulte F; Herbert A; Sue L; Anazodo A; Trethewie S; Fernando RA; Cohn RJ; Lindsay T; Donovan L; Mack J; Evans HE; Cable M; Girgis A; Wakefield CE, 2022, 'Improving capacity for equitable end-of-life communication for adolescents and young adults with cancer: What training do health-professionals need to facilitate best-practice?', in ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY, WILEY, Vol. 18, pp. 62 - 63, https://www.webofscience.com/api/gateway?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000871956500038&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
    Conference Abstracts | 2017
    Sansom-Daly UM; Wakefield CE; Wiener L; Evans HE; McGill BC; Patterson P; Donovan L; Drew D; Girgis A; Sanson-Fisher R; Anazodo A; Cohn RJ, 2017, 'Doing Better at 'Difficult Discussions': Australian Oncology Professionals' Perspectives on End-of-Life Communication with Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer', in ASIA-PACIFIC JOURNAL OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY, WILEY, Vol. 13, pp. 95 - 96, https://www.webofscience.com/api/gateway?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000413954500097&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1

Holly currently works on a range of projects examining psychosocial factors in, and the acceptability of, medical procedures such as prenatal genetic testing and prognostic testing in ovarian cancer. Other projects include the role of health professionals in communication in paediatric and adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer, particularly in advanced and hard-to-treat cancers. She is also involved in the development of Voicing My CHOiCES, an Australian version of an end-of-life communication resource for AYAs, and has coordinated research around this since 2017.

My Research Supervision

2024 ILP/Hons student projects:

  • Australian healthcare professionals' perspectives on end-of-life discussions for adolescents and young adults with cancer.
  • Examining end of life care and communication in adolescents and young adults who have died from cancer.

2023/2024 Masters of Genetic Counselling student projects:

  • Parents' hopes and expectations of prenatal genomic testing after an abnormal ultrasound.