Researcher

Professor Claire Elizabeth Wakefield

My Expertise

Professor Claire Wakefield is a medical psychologist who leads research to improve quality of life for patients with medical illness, especially children with cancer. Claire is a Professor at the School of Women’s and Children’s Health at UNSW. She is also Director of the Behavioural Sciences Unit at Sydney Children’s Hospital and Co-Director of the Kids to Adults Chronic Illness Alliance, which is a major network of over 140 child health experts across Australia. 

Professor Wakefield holds multiple international leadership roles, including being Continental President Elect (Oceania) for the International Society for Paediatric Oncology (SIOP). Specific responsibilities of the SIOP Continental President Oceania include advocating for children and adolescents with cancer across Oceania, promoting research to improve outcomes for childhood cancer patients across Oceania, facilitating and sharing education and training opportunities for SIOP Oceania members, increasing membership and engagement of SIOP Oceania members in SIOP activities and strengthening and expanding strategic partnerships of relevance to SIOP Oceania. Professor Wakefield also serves on the SIOP Advocacy Committee and the SIOP Membership Committee. She works very closely with the World Health Organisation, supporting the work of the Global Childhood Cancer Initiative.

Twitter: @CEWakefield

Website: www.behaviouralsciencesunit.org

Fields of Research (FoR)

Paediatrics, Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified, Cancer Therapy (excl. Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy), Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology

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Biography

Prof Wakefield has published, or had accepted, more than 230 journal articles and is named as Chief Investigator on competitive research grants totalling more than $44M. She has received numerous awards for her work, including being named as the NSW Premier’s Outstanding Cancer Research Fellow of the Year.

Prof Wakefield holds a Career Development Fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) as well as a Diamond...view more

Prof Wakefield has published, or had accepted, more than 230 journal articles and is named as Chief Investigator on competitive research grants totalling more than $44M. She has received numerous awards for her work, including being named as the NSW Premier’s Outstanding Cancer Research Fellow of the Year.

Prof Wakefield holds a Career Development Fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) as well as a Diamond Jubilee International Visiting Fellowship at the University of Southampton, UK. Her research interests include improving mental health and quality of life in families affected serious illness, using:

  • Cost-effective interventions
  • Novel technologies
  • Discovery research to identify at-risk and underserviced groups
  • Translational work to affect change in clinical practice

Research Interests:

Research interests include health psychology; the psychosocial issues faced by men and women with a strong family history of cancer; patient education; assisting patients to make difficult medical decisions such as decisions about genetic testing and deceased organ donation; and issues faced by children with medical illness. Currently focussing on paediatric oncology research, with projects ranging from newly diagnosed families, on treatment families, long term survivors and bereaved parents.

Broad Research Areas:

Cancer, Health Promotion

Qualifications:

BPsych(Hons1), MPH, PhD

Specific Research Keywords:

Childhood Cancer, Psychosocial Issues, Adolescence, Breast Cancer, Colorectal cancer, Genetics, Mental Health, Psychology, Oncology, Paediatrics


My Qualifications

  • Registered Psychologist 
  • PhD (Psychology) 
  • Master of Public Health  
  • B Psychology (Hons I)

My Awards

  • University Medal for Psychology.
  • Australian Psychological Society Prize.
  • Higher Degree Research Excellence Award, Macquarie University.
  • Cancer Research Network Innovation Award, NSW.
  • Macquarie University Research award for Excellence in Research – Social Sciences, Business & Humanities.
  • NSW Young Tall Poppy Science Award.
  • Dean’s Rising Star award.
  • International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS) Hiroomi Kawano New Investigator Award.
  • Premier’s Award for Outstanding Cancer Research Fellow of the Year.
  • Excellence in Postgraduate Research Supervision Award.
  • Diamond Jubilee International Visiting Fellowship at the University of Southampton, UK.

My Research Activities

Society Memberships & Professional Activities:


  • International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) (Continental President Elect Oceania).
  • International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) (Board of Directors).
  • International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) Advocacy Committee (Member).
  • International Society of Paediatric Oncology (SIOP) Membership Committee (Member).
  • International Psycho-Oncology Society Early Career Professionals committee (Founding Chair).
  • International Psycho-Oncology Pediatrics Special Interest Group (Chair).
  • Psycho-Oncology Committee for the Australian New Zealand Children’s Haematology and Oncology Group (ANZCHOG) (Deputy Chair).
  • Assessment committee member for the UNSW Vice-Chancellor’s Childcare Support Fund managed by Workplace Diversity.
  • The Australian New Zealand Chapter of the Li Fraumeni Syndrome Association, 2018 (Founding Co-Chair)
  • Industry Advisory Board for the Discipline of Genetic Counselling, University of Technology Sydney, 2018 (Inaugural Board Member)
  • World Health Organisation Global Childhood Cancer Initiative (Committee Member)
  • Journal of Psychosocial Oncology Research and Practice (Associate Editor)
  • iCOPE (interegional Childhood Oncology Precision medicine Exploration) (Advisory Board Member)
  • Danish Cancer Society Research Centre for Pediatric Oncology, International Advisory Board Member
  • Starlight Children’s Foundation Health Professionals Advisory Board Member

My Research Supervision


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Location

Kids Cancer Centre, Level 1 South
Sydney Children's Hospital, High Street
Randwick NSW 2031


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Contact

(02) 9382 3113
(02) 9382 1789