Professor Afaf Girgis

Professor Afaf Girgis

Fields of research: Public Health and Health Services, Oncology and Carcinogenesis, Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Tags: Behaviour and Health, Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being), Carer Health, Cancer and Related Disorders

Professor Afaf Girgis is Executive Director of the Translational Cancer Research Unit, Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research, South Western Sydney Clinical School, UNSW. She also holds Conjoint Professor appointments at the University of Western Sydney, the School of Medicine at the University of Queensland and the School of Psychology at Griffith University; and is Research Associate in the BC Cancer Agency Socio-behavioural Research Centre.

Afaf is an internationally renowned...

Professor Afaf Girgis is Executive Director of the Translational Cancer Research Unit, Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research, South Western Sydney Clinical School, UNSW. She also holds Conjoint Professor appointments at the University of Western Sydney, the School of Medicine at the University of Queensland and the School of Psychology at Griffith University; and is Research Associate in the BC Cancer Agency Socio-behavioural Research Centre.

Afaf is an internationally renowned behavioural scientist, with over 24 years of experience in cancer control and psycho-oncology research. Her national and international standing in behavioural science and psycho-oncology was recently acknowledged with the award of the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) Inaugural Psycho-oncology Award.  She has an H-index is 35, 147 peer-reviewed papers; 77 peer-reviewed abstracts since 2003, 3 book chapters, co-editing of 1 book and 83 commissioned reports. Prof Girgis also has more than Au$28.8 million in collaborative research funding and numerous invitations to speak at national and international meetings. She has extensively researched and published in areas including the prevention and early detection of cancer; development and psychometric testing of measures to assess cancer patients’, caregivers’ and health care professionals’ unmet needs; strategies for improving psychosocial outcomes in clinical practice using rigorous research designs; and communication skills training for the oncology workforce.  Afaf has a demonstrated track record of effective engagement with service providers, end-users of research and the community (eg health professionals, cancer treatment centres, palliative care services, government departments, non-government organisations, consumer groups), to ensure the relevance and acceptability of interventions aimed at improving cancer care and outcomes.

Afaf also has a strong commitment to teaching, student supervision and mentoring junior researchers.

 Broad research interests include:

1)  Measurement of health related behaviours, especially in relation to well-being and supportive care of cancer patients and caregivers.

2)  Modification of the psychosocial outcomes of people affected by cancer, including survivors and their families and caregivers.

3)  Modification of the behaviour of health care providers, including through communication skills training. 

4)  Evaluation of the quality of medical care, including efficient systems to support adoption of evidence based practice.

5)  Promoting needs-based palliative care.

6)  Translation of research into policy and practice.

 

Location

Level 2, Ingham Institute Building, 1 Campbell St, Liverpool, NSW

Contact

+61 (0)412 142841
+61 (0)2 9602 3221