Dr. Susan Williamson

Dr. Susan Williamson

Senior Research Fellow

School of Sport and Health Sciences

Brook Building, BB441

+44 (0) 1772 89 2731


Susan actively conducts cancer research and is a member of the Cancer Care Research Group.

Full Profile

Susan was awarded her PhD in 2001 and since 2003 has worked with Professor Kinta Beaver on a number of projects including identifying and meeting the psycho-social and information needs of cancer patients by utilising the skills of specialist nurses through nurse led care. Developing her interest of the roles and skills of specialist nurses Susan worked with a group of Advanced Nurse Practitioners to examine their role and impact in an acute medical setting. The focus of work in the Cancer, Supportive and Palliative Care Research Group at UCLan is on cancer survivorship, identifying and meeting the psycho-social needs of patients having routine follow-up after completion of treatment to help them to live their lives. To enable the development of research proposals to be guided by patient and carer experiences Susan facilitates a service user group which works with the cancer, supportive and palliative care research group. Susan also co-ordinates the post-graduate research student forum in the School of Sport and Health Sciences.

Susan has experience in quantitative and qualitative research methods and study design including randomised controlled trials, surveys, participant observation, in depth interviews and focus groups.



Beaver, Kinta, Campbell, M., Williamson, Susan, Procter, D., Sheridan, J., Heath, J. and Susnerwala, S. (2012) An exploratory randomised controlled trial comparing telephone and hospital follow-up after treatment for colorectal cancer. Colorectal Disease, 14 (10). pp. 1201-1209.

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Current Projects

Comparing telephone and hospital follow-up for women treated for endometrial cancer (ENDCAT trial). (2011-2014).

Exploring patient experiences of neo-adjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer to determine psycho-social, information and support needs (2012-2013)

PhD Students Project – Current

The Lived Experience of Gay Men with Prostate Cancer

The Views of Black African/ African Caribbean Men living in UK towards Cancer

Completed Projects

Comparing telephone and hospital follow-up for women with breast cancer.

Investigating the follow-up care needs of people with colorectal cancer and piloting a telephone intervention.

Investigating the impact of advanced nurse practitioners in an acute medical setting.