Psycho-oncology grants and publications

Psycho-oncology research studies the psychological, social and behavioural aspects of cancer, to improve the quality of life of cancer patients.


  • Cancer Australia Grant: "Optimising the engagement of Culturally and Linguistically Diverse cancer patients and their families with supportive care designed to improve wellbeing" $130,705 over 3 years (2018-2021). Carlene Wilson, Gemma Skaczkowski, Vicki White, Trish Livingston, and Ms Penelope Sanderson.(2018)
  • Cancer Australia: “Co-designing patient engagement strategies for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) cancer consumers Dr Reema Harrison, Professor Merrilyn Walton, Professor Elizabeth Manias, Professor Carlene Wilson, Dr Desiree Leone, Monika Latanik, Dr Melvin Chin, Dr Meron Pitcher, Dr Helen Crowther, Dr Holly Seale”. (2019 -2020) $119,660
  • PdCCRC Cancer Australia Application 1182598: “Increasing resilience and reducing smoking for lower socio-economic groups” Paul Ward, George Tsourtos, Emma Miller, Sharon Lawn, Carlene Wilson (2020 to 2022) $553,000
  • NHMRC Ideas Grant APP1180925: “Enhancing safety and care quality for culturally and linguistically diverse cancer consumers: A consumer engagement approach” Reema Harrison, Merrilyn Watson, Elizabeth Manias, Carlene Wilson, Holly Seale, Afaf Girgis, Allan Smith, Ben Smith  (2020-2022) $417,809
  • ARC Discovery Project DP190103434: “Understanding middle-aged women’s responses to alcohol/breast cancer risks”. Paul Ward; Megan Warin; Carlene Wilson; Ian Olver; Emma Miller; Paul Bissell; Samantha Meyer; Sara Macdonald (2019-2021). $461,327.00
  • NHMRC Project Grant APP1160443: “FIT for purpose: personalised surveillance colonoscopy for people at increased risk of colorectal cancer” Erin Symonds, Graeme Young, Carlene Wilson, Robert Fraser, Peter Bampton and Ernst Kuipers. (2019 – 2021). $880,237.60
  • Cancer Australia: “Co-designing patient engagement strategies for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) cancer consumers Dr Reema Harrison, Professor Merrilyn Walton, Professor Elizabeth Manias, Professor Carlene Wilson, Dr Desiree Leone, Monika Latanik, Dr Melvin Chin, Dr Meron Pitcher, Dr Helen Crowther, Dr Holly Seale”. (2019 -2020) $119,660
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia: Centenary Grant. Awarded for two projects: (1) Impact of music therapy on cancer survivors and (2) Returning to work after cancer. (Wilson, C. & Skaczkowski, G). (2018). $20,000
  • North Eastern Melbourne Integrated Cancer Service: Service improvement grants program. Helping brain cancer survivors return to “life as usual”. (Smith, P., Skaczkowski, G., Legge, D., Pike, K., Sanderson, P., Wilson, C). (2018-2019) $13,567.

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Carlene Wilson

Professor of Psycho-Oncology

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  • 1Harrison, N., Gunn, K., & Wilson, C. (2020). Can targeting information on cancer-related psychosocial services by male gender and rurality improve attitude to service use in this difficult-to-engage population? Psycho-oncology, https://doi.org/10.1002/pon.5566 , (IF = 3.455), Q 1
  • Flight, I.H., Chapman, J., Harrison, N.J., Bull, J., Christenson, C., Koczwara, B., & Wilson, C. (2020). Mapping Information Needs over the Diagnosis, Treatment, and Survivorship Trajectory for Esophago-gastric Cancer Patients and Their Main Supporters: a Retrospective Survey. Journal of Cancer Education, https://doi.org/10.1007/s13187-020-01862-7 (IF =1.576), Q3
  • Skackzowski, G., Pejoski, N., Kaur, J., White, V., Livingston, P.M., & Wilson, C.(2020). Distress and problem assessment among people living with cancer from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds. Psycho-oncology, https://doi.org/10.1002/pon.5503 , (IF = 3.455), Q 1
  • 1Gates, P., Gough, K., Dhillon, H., Wilson, C., Hawkes, E., Doré, V., Perchyonok, Y., Rowe, C.C., Walker, A., Vardy, J., de Ruiter, M.B., & Krishnasamy, M. (2020). Longitudinal exploration of cancer-related cognitive impairment in patients with newly-diagnosed aggressive lymphoma: Protocol for a feasibility study. BMJ Open 2020; 10: e038312. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-038312 (IF = 2.690), Q 1
  • Tabin, M., Diacquenod, C., De Palma, N., Gerber, F., Straccia, C., Wilson, C., Kosel, M., & Petitpierre, G. (2020). Cross-cultural preliminary validation of a measure of social vulnerability in people with intellectual disabilities. Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, DOI: 10.3109/13668250.2020.1793450 (IF=1.467), Q1
  • Hughes-Barton, D., Hutchinson, A., Prichard, I., & Wilson, C. (2020). Acceptability of online sun exposure awareness-raising interventions among young Australian women: An exploratory mixed-methods study. Health Promotion International. DOI: 10.1093/heapro/daaa048 (IF=1.98), Q
  • Wilson, C., 1Phyu, G., & Skaczkowski, G., (2020). Influences on public perceptions of the importance of, and responsibility for, supportive care following cancer diagnosis. Journal of Cancer Education, DOI: 10.1007/s13187-020-01749-7 (IF =1.576), Q3
  • Skaczkowski, G., Asahina, A., & Wilson, C. (Accepted 29 January 2020). Returning to work after cancer: What facilitates a positive return to work experience? Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation,https://doi.org/10.1007/s10926-020-09881-3 (IF=2.242), Q1.
  • 1Fletcher, C., Flight, I., Gunn, K., Patterson, P., & Wilson. C. (2020). Comparative systematic review of the psychometric properties of measures of illness perceptions in family members of individuals diagnosed with a chronic physical illness. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, doi: 10.1111/scs.12822.
  • 1Gummersall, T., Skaczkowski, G., & Wilson, C. (2020). Childhood cancer, age at diagnosis and educational attainment: A Meta-analysis. Critical Reviews in Oncology/Hematology, 145, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.critrevonc.2019.102838(IF=5.012), Q1
  • 1Mingoia, J., Hutchinson, A. D., Gleaves, D. H., & Wilson, C. (2020). Does Better Media Literacy Protect Against the Desire for Tanned Skin and Propensity for Making Appearance Comparisons?.Social Media and Society, January-March https://doi.org/10.1177/2056305120905366


  • Tsourtos, G., Foley, K., Ward, P., Miller, E., Wilson, C., Barton, C., & Lawn, S. (2019). Using a nominal group technique to approach consensus on a resilience intervention for smoking cessation in a lower socioeconomic population. BMC Public Health, https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-019-7939-y (IF=2.265), Q1
  • Mandalel, J., Marcum, C., Calabrese, S., de la Haye, K., Hughes, D., Prichard, I., Hutchinson, A., Wilson, C and Koehly, J. (2019). Intergenerational exchange of healthful eating encouragement: Consideration of family ancestry and disease history. Families, Systems, and Health, doi: 10.1037/fsh0000448 (IF= 1.077), Q3
  • Symonds, E. Hughes, D., Flight, I., Woodman, R., Chen, G., Ratcliffe, J., Pederson, S., Fraser, R., Wilson, C., & Young, G. (2019). A randomised controlled trial testing provision of fecal and blood test options on participation for colorectal cancer screening. Cancer Prevention Research, DOI:10.1158/1940-6207.CAPR-19-0089  (IF = 4.021), Q1 
  • 1Dono, J., Miller, C., Ettridge, K., & Wilson, C. (2019). “I’m not the anti-smoker now. I just don’t smoke anymore”: Social obstacles to quitting smoking among emerging adults. Addiction Research and Theory, doi.org/10.1080/16066359.2019.1623205 (IF= 1.324), Q2
  • 1Fletcher, C., Flight, I., Gunn, K., Patterson, P., & Wilson, C. (2019). Illness cognitions among adolescents and young adults who have a parent with cancer: A qualitative exploration using the Common-Sense Model of Self-Regulation as a framework. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, doi: 10.1007/s12529-019-09793-4 PMID: 31161590. (IF = 2.01), Q2
  • Chapman, J., Naweed, A., Wilson, C., & Dorrian, J. (2019). Sleep for heart health: Investigating the relationship between work day sleep, days off sleep, and cardiovascular risk in Australian train drivers. Industrial Health, 57, 691-700. doi.org/10.2486/indhealth.2018-0194 (IF=1.15), Q2
  • Gunn, K. M., Berry, N.M., Meng, X., Wilson, C.J., Dollman, J., Woodman, R., Clark, R.A., & Koczwara, B., (2019). Differences in the health, mental health and health promoting behaviours of rural versus urban cancer survivors in Australia. Supportive Care in Cancer, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00520-019-04822-0 (IF=2.364) Q2
  • Bull, J., Oster, C., Flight, I., Wilson, C., Koczwara, B., Watson, D.I., & Bright, T. (2019). The role of rehabilitation in patients undergoing oesophagectomy for cancer and pre-malignant disease: a qualitative exploration of the views of patients, carers and healthcare providers. European Journal of Cancer Care, 28 (2) DOI: 10.1111/ecc.12996 (IF = 1.564), Q2
  • 1Bowden, J., Delfabbro, P., Room, R., Miller, C., & Wilson, C. (2019). Parental drinking in Australia: does the age of children in the home matter? Drug and Alcohol Review, 38 (3), 306-313 DOI: 10.1111/dar.12875 (IF=2.855), Q1
  • Tsourtos,G., Ward,P.R., Miller, E.R., Hill,K., Barton,C., Wilson, C.J., & Woodman, R.(2019).Does resilience moderate the relationship between stress and smoking status? Substance Use and Misuse, 54(3), doi.org/10.1080/10826084.2018.1501066 (IF=1.234), Q2

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