Dr Joanna Fardell
Senior Research Fellow

Dr Joanna Fardell

B Sc (Hons -Psychology, 1st Class)

M Clin Neuropsychology

PhD (Psychology)

Medicine & Health
School of Clinical Medicine

Dr Joanna Fardell is a Senior Research Fellow, for Maridulu Budyari Gumal (SPHERE) Cancer Clinical Academic Group, working in the Living Better with and After Cancer area of focus. She is also Deputy Director of Australia’s largest psycho-oncology research groups - The Behavioural Sciences Unit, part of the Kids Cancer Centre at Sydney Children's Hospital. Please see www.behaviouralsciencesunit.org. She also holds a clinical appointment as Neuropsychologist for the Western Sydney Youth Cancer Service, Crown Princess Mary Cancer Centre, Westmead Hospital

Research Interests & Skills: Dr Fardell’s research interests focus on improving quality of life of people of all ages impacted by cancer, particularly through improving cognitive, social cognitive, and education or work outcomes, addressing unmet information needs and fear of cancer recurrence. Dr Fardell has experience with quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods research methodologies. 

Broad Research Areas:
Cancer, Health Promotion, Cognition, Neuropsychology, Information needs, Patient reported outcome measurement and theory

Qualifications:
BSc(Hons1), M. Clin Neuropsych, PhD

Prizes & Awards:

  • Australian Psychological Society, Excellent Psychology PhD awarded in 2013.
  • H Tasman Lovell Memorial Medallion for Psychology, The University of Sydney, 2013
  • Best International Young Researcher Award, International Cognition and Cancer Taskforce, 2012
  • International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) Hiroomi Kawano New Investigator Award, 2020/2021
  • Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) Phyllis Butow New Investigator in Psycho-Oncology Award, 2021

Specific Research Keywords:
Cognition and cancer, Childhood Cancer, Psychosocial Issues, Adolescence, Young Adult, Adult, Fear of Cancer Recurrence, Psychology, Oncology, Paediatrics

  • Australian Psychological Society, Excellent Psychology PhD awarded in 2013.
  • H Tasman Lovell Memorial Medallion for Psychology, The University of Sydney, 2013
  • Best International Young Researcher Award, International Cognition and Cancer Taskforce, 2012
  • International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) Hiroomi Kawano New Investigator Award, 2020/2021
  • Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) Phyllis Butow New Investigator in Psycho-Oncology Award, 2021

My Research Supervision

Current student projects include:

  • social outcomes (including social anxiety and bullying) of children and adolescents with cancer
  • education outcomes for children with chronic illnesses and supporting education engagement for children with chronic illness (including cancer)
  • models of care for childhood cancer survivors
  • quality of life, physical activity and health behaviours among childhood cancer survivors