Directors

Phyllis Butow
Martin Tattersall
Kirsten McCaffery


Professor Phyllis Butow

BA(Hons)DipEd MClinPsych MPH PhD
Professor Phyllis Butow

Faculty: Psychology
Positions:
Co-Director of CeMPED
Professor
NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow

With my colleagues, I have built up a strong group of over 50 researchers who came together under the banner of the Centre for Medical Psychology and Evidence-based Medicine in 2007 at the University of Sydney. I am committed to developing Psycho-Oncology research in Australia. I have been honoured to work with many medical, nursing and psychosocial colleagues around Australia and very much enjoy collaborative research. My research interests are within the field of Health Psychology, including psychological impact of disease, factors influencing coping and adjustment to disease, evaluation of health services, health education and behavioural interventions, and health professional-patient communication.

Contact information
Centre for Medical Psychology & Evidence-based Decision-making
Level 6 - North, The Lifehouse, 119-143 Missenden Rd (C39Z)
University of Sydney NSW 2006

Phone: +61 2 9351 2859
Fax: +61 2 9036 5292
Email: phyllis.butow@sydney.edu.au
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Professor Martin Tattersall AO

MA MD MSc FRCP FRACP
Professor Martin Tattersall

Faculty: Medicine
Position: Professor of Cancer Medicine, Central Clinical School
Director of CeMPED

I am an academic cancer physician with a large experience in cancer patient care and clinical cancer research. My research interest in the past 10 years has been focused on means of enhancing communication in the cancer consultation, and I have worked closely with Phyllis Butow in this period.

I have pioneered the development, evaluation and use of question prompt lists provided to cancer patients before medical consultations. I have also promoted the use of consultation audiotapes to study communication in cancer and palliative care consultations, and have reported them to be an information aid for patients and their carers. I have developed interventions to enhance doctors' consultation skills and investigated means of enhancing the content and format of letters between oncologists and referring doctors.

Contact information
Centre for Medical Psychology & Evidence-based Decision-making
Level 6 - North, The Lifehouse, 119-143 Missenden Rd (C39Z)
University of Sydney NSW 2006

Phone: +61 2 9351 3675
Fax: +61 2 9351 4317
Email: martin.tattersall@sydney.edu.au
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Professor Kirsten McCaffery

BSc (Hons) PhD
Professor Kirsten McCaffery

Faculty: Public Health
Positions: Professorial Research Fellow, School of Public Health, Sydney Medical School
Deputy Director, Public Health Section, CeMPED
NHMRC Career Development Fellow

I am a behavioural scientist with a national and international reputation for my psychosocial research in the fields of Screening, Shared Decision Making and Health Literacy. As a health psychologist, my research covers three themes:
(a) investigating the psychosocial impact of screening and testing;
(b) health literacy research; and
(c) shared health decision-making.

My studies on the psychosocial consequences of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) testing and vaccination have informed policy on communication relating to HPV testing and on the introduction of HPV vaccination in the UK and Australia. I developed the first decision aid relating to bowel cancer screening, for adults with low education and literacy, which increased informed choice in bowel cancer screening. I am the academic lead of the International Health Literacy Research Network and I leads the Health Literacy Node at the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney, and the Psychosocial Research Group of the Screening and Diagnostic Test Evaluation Program (STEP) at the Sydney School of Public Health.

Contact information
Centre for Medical Psychology & Evidence-based Decision-making
School of Public Health
Edward Ford Building (A27)
University of Sydney NSW 2006

Phone: +61 2 9351 7220
Fax: +61 2 9351 7420
Email: kirsten.mccaffery@sydney.edu.au
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