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AHR principal investigators

Principal investigators (PI) work with the strategic lead for applied health research to ensure a cohesive and relevant research portfolio is maintained for the benefit of patients

Each PI has overall responsibility for the projects in their portfolio, from the design stage and the conduct of the study, through to overseeing its good governance with respect to care of the patients, as well as the close and dissemination phases of each project.

Professor Theresa Wiseman

Strategic Lead for Applied Health Research

Professor Wiseman holds a joint clinical chair of Applied Health Research in Cancer Care between The Royal Marsden and the University of Southampton.

She has over 20 years’ research experience focused on the patient and carer experience of cancer and treatment, including developing services and interventions in response to this experience. Professor Wiseman's doctoral work (2002) explored the concept of empathy in clinical oncology care and resulted in a new conceptualisation of empathy.

This model has been used in nurse education curricula and was included in the evidence base for the National Advanced Communication Skills courses, set out by the UK National Cancer Action Team. This work was also the subject of an RSA animation. Theresa's publications can be found on ResearchGate.

Dr Clare Shaw

Consultant Dietitian

Dr Shaw is a Consultant Dietitian within the Therapies Department at The Royal Marsden. She is also the Biomedical Research Centre at The Royal Marsden and Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) primary link for the NIHR Cancer and Nutrition Collaborative.

Dr Shaw leads therapies research within the Applied Health Research group and undertakes her own research, in addition to supporting others undertaking postgraduate research in therapies. Find out more about the Rehabilitation Research team.

Her full biography can be read here, and her publications can be found on ResearchGate. Download a summary of Dr Shaw's therapy research, education and reach activity.

If you'd like to find out more about Dr Shaw's work, watch this video where she talks about rehabilitating patients with lung cancer.

Dr Isabel White

Clinical Research Fellow in Psychosexual Practice

Dr Isabel White works as a Psychosexual Therapist within the Psychological Support and Pastoral Care Department. She is a cancer nurse and established the first psychosexual therapy service within the Trust. Her clinical work focuses on supporting and managing the needs of people whose sexual lives have been adversely affected by cancer treatment, combining biomedical treatments and sex therapy techniques as appropriate. Dr. White's post-doctoral research is focused on improving clinical assessment and management of treatment-induced sexual morbidity. Her publications can be found on ResearchGate.

Dr Natalie Pattison

Senior Clinical Research Fellow

Dr Pattison has worked as a nurse in cancer and critical care since 1998. She has also worked in critical care outreach and runs critical care follow-up clinics. She is currently exploring the role of critical care outreach in end-of-life transitions in acute illness, and is Trust Lead for public and patient involvement in research.

She has over 45 publications, including studies exploring the impact of outreach and the characteristics of outreach patients. Natalie's publications can be found on ResearchGate.

Dr Anna-Marie Stevens

Nurse Consultant in Palliative Care

Dr Anna-Marie Stevens has worked in cancer and palliative care in various settings. She is on the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Palliative Nursing and is the only nurse representative on the palliative care working group of ESMO.

Her research focuses on early referral to palliative care. She has published on several aspects of palliative care and presented nationally and internationally.


Dr Natalie Doyle

Nurse Consultant, Living with and Beyond Cancer

Dr Natalie Doyle has worked in various aspects of cancer care over many years. She is former President of the United Kingdom Oncology Nursing Society (UKONS) and her research focuses on living with and beyond cancer.

She has published and presented nationally and internationally on the subject. Natalie’s publications can be found on ResearchGate.


Dr Lesley Edwards

Consultant Clinical Psychologist (Paediatrics)

Dr Lesley Edwards is a chief or principal investigator of several research projects and works within the Applied Health Research group. Lesley's biography can be found here.​