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Dr Lynn Calman PhD, MPH, MRes, BSc, RN (Adult/Mental Health)

Associate Professor

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Lynn Calman is an Associate Professor in Nursing and Deputy Director of the Centre for Psychosocial Research in Cancer: CentRIC+ in Health Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Understanding the needs and experiences of people living with and beyond cancer and their families is critical to ensuring they get the right support at the right time to maximise wellbeing and quality of life.

Lynn undertook a degree in Nursing at the University of Edinburgh. She worked clinically in palliative and HIV/AIDS care, completed her education as a mental health nurse and worked in acute mental health before undertaking her doctorate at the University of Edinburgh. Lynn has held academic positions at the Universities of Glasgow and Manchester. Lynn joined MSRG in 2012 after completing an MRC post-doctoral fellowship in health services research and health of the public at the University of Manchester to develop an intervention for the follow-up of lung cancer patients after primary treatment. Lynn has led and collaborated on a number of major research studies aimed at understanding recovery and wellbeing following cancer treatment to inform the development of more efficient and effective services to support people living with and beyond cancer.

In July 2020 she was appointed to the role of group manager within the pre-registration nursing team, leading a group of staff that integrate research and education. Lynn’s education focus is on cancer, supportive and palliative care.

As Deputy Director of the Centre for Psychosocial Research in Cancer: CentRIC+, Lynn collaborated on the development of a major psycho-oncology research programme at the University of Southampton, the HORIZONS Programme, funded by Macmillan Cancer Support. She was part of the team that developed RESTORE a web-based resource which aims to increase people's confidence to do things they want to do in spite of cancer related fatigue and collaborates on the ColoREctal Wellbeing (CREW) cohort study to explore recovery of health and wellbeing following primary treatment of colorectal cancer.

She also leads her own related programme of research focused on people living with advanced cancer. Lynn is Principal Investigator for the ENABLE study that aims to understand and characterise the importance of self-management support in people living with advanced cancer.

The MSRG team work closely with people affected by cancer as Research Partners in the development and conduct of research projects.

Part of the Centre for Psychosocial Research in Cancer: CentRIC+

Research interests

Lynn collaborates with research teams across the UK and internationally.

Recent completed projects are:

EPiC: A Systematic Evaluation of Patient-Reported Outcome (PRO) Protocol Content and Reporting in UK Cancer Clinical Trials (Funder Macmillan Cancer Support)

Peer support to maintain psychological wellbeing in people with advanced cancer: A feasibility study for a Randomised Controlled Trial. (funder NIHR RFPB)

PhD supervision

Daren Chircop
Title: How cancer carers live with their own chronic condition/s: a grounded theory analysis
Supervisors: Lynn Calman and Claire Foster

Research group

Cancer and Life Limiting Conditions

Research theme

Health Needs

Current research projects


Macmillan supported self-management study

Macmillan crew cohort

Online intervention

Macmillan Survivorship Research Projects

Research project(s)

Feasibility of establishing a cohort of lung cancer patients treated with curative intent to gather patient reported outcomes

Feasibility of establishing a cohort of lung cancer patients treated with curative intent [CIn] radiotherapy to gather patient reported outcomes

Lynn is an active member of National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) research groups. She is part of the methodology and Advanced Disease and End of Life Care Workstream in the Living With and Beyond Cancer Group and a member of the Lung Cancer Group.

Lynn is a member of the British Psychosocial Oncology Society (BPOS) Executive Committee.

Lynn is an Section Editor for Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care

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Dr Lynn Calman
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