Dr Brooke Swash

Lecturer

Brooke teaches on both Undergraduate and Postgraduate degree programmes in the Department of Psychology.  Her specialist research interests are in palliative and end of life care, and how we can use psychological theory and interventions to improve psychological wellbeing in both patients and carers. 

E-mail: b.swash@chester.ac.uk

Qualifications

After studying for an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science at the University of Sheffield, Brooke went on to achieve an MEd in Psychology of Education at the University of Manchester.  After a period of clinical work within an older adult mental health service, Brooke began her PhD in Psychology at the University of Chester where her PhD thesis focussed on the unmet psychosocial needs of adults with a diagnosis of haematological cancer and how needs impact upon adjustment to a new diagnosis.  After completing her PhD, Brooke worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge. 

Overview

Brooke is an active researcher and member of the Psychosocial Oncology Research Group within the Psychology department at Chester. Her research places a special emphasis on the psychological adjustment of those diagnosed with a life-limiting condition. 

In addition to her role at Chester, Brooke is a Research Associate with the Palliative and End of Life Care Group in the Primary Care Unit at the University of Cambridge.  Here, she works as part of a team that aims to better understand what is needed to provide excellent care for patients at the end of life, and how existing healthcare services can better meet patient needs. 

Brooke is also the early-career member of the NCRI Psychosocial and Survivorship Clinical Studies Group and a member of the British Psychosocial Oncology Executive Committee.

Teaching

Brooke contributes to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the department including:  Research Methods and Skills (PS4005); Understanding the Mind (PS5017); Clinical and Counselling Psychology (PS6028); Researching Thought and Behaviour (PS7301); as well as supervising postgraduate dissertations. 

Research

Research Interests:

  • The psychological impact of cancer diagnosis
  • Psychological wellbeing at end of life
  • Bereavement
  • Psychological interventions to improve wellbeing in cancer and palliative care

Published work

Ozakinci, G, Swash B, Humphris G, Rogers S & Hulbert-Williams NJ.  Fear of recurrence in head and neck cancer patients:  a qualitative investigation.  Health Expectations (under review).

Wyatt, D, Hulbert-Williams, N & Swash, B  (2015).  Cancer in Context.    In Wyatt D & Hulbert-Williams N. (Eds.), Cancer and Cancer Care. London:  Sage.

Swash, B., Bramwell, R., & Hulbert-Williams, N. (2015). Unmet psychosocial needs and their psychological impact in haematological cancer survivors. Psycho-Oncology24 (Supp 1), 1-15.

Swash, B, Hulbert-Williams, NJ & Bramwell, R (2014) Unmet psychosocial need in haematological cancer: A systematic review.  Supportive Care in Cancer 22 (4): 1131-1141.

Swash, B, Bramwell, R & Hulbert-Williams, N (2014) Unmet psychosocial needs and their impact upon psychological outcomes in long-term haematological cancer survivors.  Presented at the British Psychosocial Oncology Society Conference, 2015, Leeds.

Swash, B, Bramwell, R & Hulbert-Williams, N (2014) Unmet psychosocial needs and their impact upon psychological outcomes in long-term haematological cancer survivors.  Presented at the 16th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology and Psychosocial Academy, 2014, Lisbon, Portugal.

Swash, B, Bramwell, R & Hulbert-Williams, N (2014) The impact of active treatment vs. watch and wait on psychological wellbeing in haematological cancer patients.  Poster presented at the 16th World Congress of Psycho-Oncology and Psychosocial Academy, 2014, Lisbon, Portugal.

Hulbert-Williams, N, Swash, B, Ozakinci, G, Fenemore, J, Humphris, G & Rogers, S (2014) Fear of Recurrence in Head and Neck Cancer Patients.  Presented at the British Psychosocial Oncology Society Conference, 2014, Preston.

Hulbert-Williams, N, Swash, B & Storey, L (2014) Acceptability of a brief Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) intervention for cancer survivors.  Poster presented at the British Psychosocial Oncology Society Conference, 2014, Preston.

Swash, B, Hulbert-Williams, NJ, Bramwell, R & Lee, E (2013) Living with haematological cancer: Patient experiences of need. Presented at the International Psycho-Oncology Society Conference 2013, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Swash, B, Hulbert-Williams, NJ, Bramwell, R & Flynn, S (2012) Unmet psychosocial needs in haematological cancer: A systematic review of the literature.  Poster presented at the International Psycho-Oncology Society Conference 2012, Brisbane, Australia.