Dr Nicola White is a Research Fellow in the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department within University College London (UCL). She obtained a BSc (hons) in Psychology from Staffordshire University in 2005. After completing this, Nicola worked in Boston, USA for three years working between a care home for adults with complex needs and a school for young adults transitioning to adult social services. She returned to the UK in 2009 and completed a MSc in the Foundations of Clinical Psychology at Bangor University, Wales. Whilst completing the MSc, she worked as a community support worker helping people with life limiting diseases in their homes. On finishing the MSc, Nicola worked as an Occupational Therapy Assistant at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust before being appointed in the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department in 2011. In this department, Nicola completed her PhD in medical decision making in 2017, where she remains as a post-doctoral researcher.
Nicola’s research interests include prognostication (survival prediction) at the end of life, the use of virtual reality in palliative care, and Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) in research. She has worked on several research studies and PPI initiatives that address these areas of interest and is currently supervising 2 PhD students within the department.
Nicola has a strong publication record and is part of multiple research collaborations including the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) guidelines group, a virtual reality in palliative care group, and a prognosis in primary care group.