Elisavet Moschopoulou is a PhD student at the Centre for Psychiatry, a World Psychiatric Association Collaborating Centre. She is currently in the third year of her studies. Elisavet has presented at several conferences including the 2016 William Harvey Day and the International Society of Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL) 23rd Annual Conference in Copenhagen, where she was awarded the 2016 Student Poster Presentation Award. She has also gone on to win the 1st Prize for Oral Presentation at the 2017 Barts and the London Psychiatry State of the Art Congress.
What is your project about?
I am currently working on a mixed-methods project titled “Living with and beyond Head and Neck Cancer: Psychosocial Factors Associated with Impact of Cancer and Quality of Life” funded by the medical research charity Saving Faces – The Facial Surgery Research Foundation.
Under the supervision of Professor Ania Korszun and Professor Kam Bhui, I am investigating the influence of psychological and social factors, including psychological distress, social support and relationship satisfaction, on the Quality of Life of head and neck cancer survivors and their caregivers. The project also explores factors influencing the development of positive and negative adaptation to living with cancer and how non-distress related variables may impact on patients’ quality of life and well-being. The ultimate aim of my PhD research is to develop a psychological support website for head and neck cancer patients and their caregivers.
Previously I worked as a Research Assistant on a randomised controlled trial funded by Cancer Research UK comparing two surgical treatments for early mouth cancer in terms of survival and quality of life. Prior to this, I completed my Master’s degree in Development and Psychopathology at the University of Reading where I also worked as a Research Assistant in a range of projects studying decision-making mechanisms.