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Dr Ursula Sansom-Daly

Dr Ursula Sansom-Daly is a clinician-researcher and a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the School of Women’s and Children’s Health, UNSW Medicine, University of NSW. She leads the mental health research team within the Behavioural Sciences Unit, Sydney Children’s Hospital. Ursula is also the lead Clinical Psychologist for Sydney Youth Cancer Service, the leading clinical team for the treatment and care of adolescents and young adults aged 15-25 years with cancer in Sydney. Reflecting her dual clinical-research roles, Ursula focuses on applying evidence-based psychology to both understand, and address, mental health issues among adolescents and young adults with cancer from diagnosis through to survivorship and end-of-life. For the past 5 years, she has led two large national randomised-controlled trials, ‘Recapture Life’ and ‘Cascade’, evaluating the feasibility and efficacy of online videoconferencing interventions for adolescent/young adult cancer survivors, and parents, in adjusting to life after cancer. Ursula also has a growing research focus on improving end-of-life communication with young people with life-limiting illnesses. Ursula holds prestigious Early Career Fellowships from both the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and the Cancer Institute NSW, and has been a chief investigator on grants >$4.9M. She was also one of the ABC's 'Top 5 Under 40' scientists in residence in 2017.

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