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Dr Anne-Sophie Emma Darlington MA, PhD

Associate Professor

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Dr Anne-Sophie Emma Darlington is an Associate Professor within Health Sciences at the University of Southampton.

My research focuses on improving quality of life for children and young people with a chronic or life-limiting illness and their families.

Anne-Sophie Darlington is an Associate Professor in Health Psychology within Health Sciences. Anne-Sophie has a track record in research on Quality of Life in patients with chronic conditions, including children and adolescents. She has been the principle investigator on a number of studies focusing on determinants of quality of life, such as coping, and interventions for patients and families to improve quality of life. More recently her research has focused on quality of life in Teenagers and Young Adults with cancer, as well as Paediatric Palliative Care. She has published widely on these topics and has strong links with clinical colleagues, as well as strong national and international networks.

Career history

Anne-Sophie obtained her Master’s degree in Psychology, specialising in Developmental Psychology, from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. She went on to obtain her PhD from the University of Durham in Health Psychology. She spent several years as a postdoctoral researcher, at the University of Exeter, the University of Sheffield and the University of Durham. She spent seven years working in the Department of Medical Psychology at the Erasmus Medical Centre, which is the largest research hospital in the Netherlands. Here her research focused on Quality of Life and Coping, first as a senior researcher and later as a lecturer. After moving back to the UK she has worked in Medicine at the University of Southampton as well as the University of Oxford.

She is a member of the Executive Committee of the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Group

Research interests

Measurement of quality of life; Development of quality of life instruments; Investigating the relationship between coping strategies and well-being; Teenagers and Young Adults with cancer; Palliative Care in adults (e.g. transferring patients from Critical Care home to die) and children (e.g. experiences of bereaved parents); Interventions for families in Paediatrics.

Research group

Complex Healthcare Processes

Research project(s)

An investigation about transferring patients in critical care home to die: experiences, attitudes, population characteristics and practices

Progress has been made towards the policy imperative of enabling patients to die in their preferred place of care. However, there has been to consideration of how this might apply in the context of those dying in critical care environments, including what those preferences might be, and practices to enable such preferences to be met.

Parental experiences of care for children with a complex illness

Resilience, capacity and coping: An investigation of the practical and emotional work parents undertake as they care for a child with cancer at the end of life

An investigation into the use of the EORTC Core instrument and the possible need of a module for the assessment of Health Related Quality of Life in Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA) with cancer


An international field study for the reliability and validity of the EORTC cancer cachexia module (the EORTC QLQ-CAX24) and the EORTC QLQ-C30 for assessing quality of life in cancer patients with cachexia

Evaluating and testing an intervention to improve transition from paediatrics to adult care: Ready Steady Go


Development of a module to supplement the EORTC Core instruments for assessment of Health Related Quality of Life in patients with Cancer Cachexia

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PhD Students

  • Ivana van der Geest
  • Sally Wheelwright
  • Sarah Stapleton
  • Raya Al Habsi
  • Denise Holley
  • Sarah Reed
  • Qamra Alqahtani

MSc Students

  • Mary Hinton
  • Sandra Warlow
  • Liz Friend
  • Ali Acaster
  • Sally Glover
  • Claire Sheridan
  • Jacqui Thorogood

I am a Health Psychologist with a background in Developmental Psychology, with a strong track record in education and research. The combination of my discipline and subject expertise, in terms of Child Health and family adaptation, enables me to make significant specialist contributions to the School’s undergraduate and postgraduate education provision.

Module lead: Health Sciences (HSQM1003)
Module lead: International and Contemporary Perspectives of Clinical Leadership (HLTH6041) on the MSc in Clinical
Leadership in Cancer, Palliative and End of Life care
Lead on quantitative research methods teaching for undergraduate nursing students
Contribution of expertise specific education provision (Health Psychology and Research Methods) across the school’s undergraduate curriculums




Dr Anne-Sophie Emma Darlington
Health Sciences Student Office University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 67/4005

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