Last Name: Sansom-Daly
Position Title: PhD Candidate
Job Responsibilities: Research
Education/Training: Masters of Clinical Psychology, currently studying a PhD in psychology
About Me/My interests: My primary area of interest is in the psychological wellbeing and support of adolescents and young adult (AYA) cancer patients and survivors. My PhD concerns the psychological adjustment of AYAs who have recently completed cancer treatment. As part of my PhD, I have developed a 6-week online, group-based cognitive-behavioral program for AYAs to assist them to adjust back to their ‘new normality’ after treatment is finished (called “ReCaPTure LiFe: Resilience and Coping skills for Young people To Live well Following cancer”). Another key interest of mine is the relationship between positive and negative psychological aspects of the cancer experience. As such, rather than addressing any particular psychological disorders, my program aims to teach coping skills to help young people manage the challenges that come with cancer survivorship, and to juggle the co-existing positive and negative emotions that can occur. In addition to this research focus, I am interested in (i) the adjustment of family members through the cancer trajectory, and how their psychological distress may interrelate; (ii) the longer-term psychological impact of a cancer experience on the individual and family; (iii) how young people think about their future health and the possibility of future illness, and how this affects current distress and health behaviours; (iv) health-related risk-taking behaviours in long-term pediatric cancer survivors.
Training Opportunities: No
Address: School of Psychology, Level 10 Matthews Building, The University of New South Wales, High Street Kensington NSW 2052 Australia.
Phone: (+61) 409 991 754
Topics of Interest for Collaboration: Adolescent and young adult; survivorship; anxiety; resilience; family functioning.
Publications that may be of interest to others:
Sansom-Daly, U.M., Peate, M., Wakefield, C.E., Bryant, R.A., Cohn, R.J. (2011, November 7). A Systematic Review of Psychological Interventions for Adolescents and Young Adults Living with Chronic Illness. Health Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/a0025977.
Peate M, Meiser B, Friedlander M, Zorbas H, Rovelli S, Sansom-Daly U, Sangster J, Hadzi-Pavlovic D, Australian Fertility Decision Aid Collaborative Group, Hickey M. (2011). It’s now or never: fertility-related knowledge, decision-making preferences, and treatment intentions in young women with breast cancer. An Australian Fertility Decision Aid Collaborative Group Study. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 29 (13): 1670-1677.