Rehabilitation Research Team

Our Rehabilitation Research Team design and conduct research focused on the changing needs of our patients

The team is made up of Allied Health Professional researchers, working under the leadership of Dr Clare Shaw, Therapies Research Lead. Their research includes collaborations with nursing, medical and surgical colleagues as well as academics and clinicians around the world.

Dr Justin Roe

Dr Justin Roe is a Consultant and Joint Head of Speech and Language Therapy at the Royal Marsden. He is also the clinical lead for the airway/ENT service at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and holds an honorary academic post in the Department of Surgery and Cancer at Imperial College London. He has been awarded an Imperial College Health Charity/ NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) Post-Doctoral Fellowship.

As well as treating patients diagnosed with head and neck cancer, he is a co-applicant/co-investigator on a number of clinical studies. Dr Roe also mentors and supervises other clinicians undertaking post-graduate research. His academic biography, publications, presentations and research portfolio can be found on his academic page

Grainne Brady

Grainne is Clinical Lead Speech & Language Therapist in Head and Neck Cancer at the Royal Marsden Hospital. 
Grainne is currently Chair of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapist’s (RCSLT) Head and Neck Clinical Excellence Network and is also a specialist clinical advisor to the RCSLT. 
In 2016 Grainne was awarded a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Masters of Research at St George’s University of London and in 2020 was awarded an NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship. 
Grainne has published a number of research papers focusing on swallowing disorders in both lung and head and neck cancer, optimising functional and quality of life outcomes in HNC with a particular interest in recurrent disease. Other areas of interest and publication include quality improvement with the use of Experience Based Co-design (EBCD) in the development of improved services for HNC patients. Further information on Grainne’s research can be found at Reserach Gate and Orcid

Victoria Aubrey 

Victoria Aubrey is a registered dietitian undertaking a RM Partners funded Research Fellowship at the Royal Marsden. Alongside her research looking at lifestyle factors and colorectal cancer she also works clinically with upper gastrointestinal surgical patients.

She also works with and advises The Royal Marsden Hospitals catering team ensuring their compliance with national guidelines.



Lauren Leigh-Doyle

Lauren is a Highly Specialist Speech and Language Therapist at the Royal Marsden Hospital. 

In 2019 Lauren was awarded a Health Education England Research Internship at St George’s University of London. Lauren is now undertaking a Royal Marsden Cancer Charity funded Pre Doctoral Fellowship.

Lauren’s research work explores swallowing difficulties and impact on quality of life on patients who have undergone gastrointestinal cancer surgery. Other areas of interest are swallowing difficulties following head and neck cancer treatment, critical care rehabilitation and improvement and implementation science projects.’

Carla Reid

Carla Reid is a physiotherapist specialising in teenagers and young adults. She has completed a Masters of Research in Clinical Practice with a research focus on health related physical fitness of teenagers and young adults undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Her ambition is to progress to clinical academia and has been awarded a Health Education England Bridging Fellowship in 2018 to fulfil an application for a NIHR funded clinical doctoral fellowship award. Carla is a member of the NCRI clinical study group for teenagers and young adults and germ cell tumour and a member of Teenagers and Young Adults with Cancer; a UK’s professional association for those working with teenagers with cancer.