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Wolfson Institute of Population Health

Dr Daisy McInnerney


Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Behavioural Science



I am a research psychologist. I have a BSc in Neuroscience, MSc in Psychology and my PhD is in Psychological Medicine.

My work in the Centre for Prevention, Detection and Diagnosis is currently focused on understanding decision-making in cancer multi-disciplinary teams, specifically exploring the impact and potential learnings from the transition to virtual and hybrid meeting formats as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. I am also supporting behavioural science work on a major lung screening implementation study (the Yorkshire Lung Screening Trial).

My PhD was focused on developing and evaluating a psychological intervention (grounded in emotional disclosure and self-compassion) aiming to enhance the wellbeing of people living with terminal illness receiving hospice care.


Research Interests:

I am a mixed-methods healthcare researcher with particular interests in:

  • The effectiveness and quality of virtual and hybrid cancer multi-disciplinary team meetings
  • Cancer screening uptake (psychological factors and behavioural factors and intervention)
  • Complex intervention development and evaluation in health, particularly in advanced disease/palliative care populations
  • Psychological wellbeing at end of life


McInnerney D, Kupeli N, Stone P, et al. Emotional disclosure in palliative care: A scoping review of intervention characteristics and implementation factors. Palliative Medicine. 2021;35(7):1323-1343. 

McInnerney D., Candy B., Stone P. et al. Access to and adequacy of psychological services for adult patients in UK hospices: a national, cross-sectional survey. BMC Palliat Care 20, 31 (2021). 

McInnerney D, Candy B, Stone P, et al. Let It Out (LIO) study: protocol for a mixed-methods study to optimise the design and assess the feasibility of an online emotional disclosure-based intervention in UK hospices, BMJ Open 2021;11:e047135. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-047135

Kupeli N, Chatzitheodorou G, Troop NA, McInnerney D, Stone P, Candy B. Expressive writing as a therapeutic intervention for people with advanced disease: a systematic review. BMC Palliat Care. 2019 Aug 2;18(1):65. doi: 10.1186/s12904-019-0449-y. PMID: 31375118; PMCID: PMC6676535.

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