Developing integrated health behavioural models to prevent cancer disease
While there is a great amount of evidence on the role of psychological, cognitive, behavioural and social factors on how patients cope with a diagnosis of cancer, related treatments and their impact on prognosis, very few studies have investigated such factors as predictors of cancer development. The majority of research focused almost exclusively on life style (e.g., physical activity and diet), neglecting the moderator effect of psychological variables and the direct effect of such variables in promoting well-being.
The PhD project will aim to develop an integrated model able to identify the psychological, social, clinical, biological and genetic variables that predict health and the probability of cancer disease.
The candidate will be required to apply knowledge and expertise from psychological, cognitive and social domains to clinical care, using quantitative and qualitative methodology.