Associate Professor Karla Gough is a quantitative psychologist, Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Health Services Research and honorary Principal Fellow in the Department of Nursing, University of Melbourne.
Karla has demonstrated proficiency in the design, conduct, analysis, and dissemination of both scientific and real world research using patient-reported outcome and experience measures. She has an extensive network of senior clinician and academic research collaborators within and outside of Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and in many fields of cancer research. Together, they are committed to foregrounding the patient voice in cancer care to optimise health and wellbeing outcomes.
Karla is a member of Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre’s Clinical Review Committee and other scientific committees and working groups actively involved in the design and implementation of scalable and sustainable patient-centred quality measurement and reporting systems. Along with Prof Maarten IJzerman (Head, Cancer Health Services Research, The University of Melbourne), she co-chairs the VCCC’s Strategic Program 05 – Value-based cancer care, and is an editorial board member of The Patient: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research.
Karla has been a co/auxiliary supervisor for over 30 postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers in the fields of nursing, psychological science, dietetics, population and global health, and medicine. Most have published their work in reputable journals; many now hold leadership positions and/or academic posts.
Australian Postgraduate Award, University of Melbourne
Dux Psychology (Pure Honours), University of Melbourne
Australian Psychological Society Prize in Psychology (top Honours thesis mark), University of Melbourne
Dean’s Honours List 3rd Year Studies, University of Melbourne
CURRENT POSTGRADUATE RESEARCHERS
Dr Lachlan McDowell, Consultant Radiation Oncologist, Head and Neck, and Skin Cancers
Project title: Quality of life and unmet needs of survivors of human papillomavirus-associated oropharyngeal cancer: understanding the journey and opportunities for gain
Ms Priscilla Gates, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Autologous Bone Marrow Transplant; Clinical Nurse-Lead, Haematology Survivorship Clinic
Project Title: A longitudinal feasibility study exploring cancer related cognitive impairment in patients with newly diagnosed aggressive lymphoma undergoing standard chemotherapy with curative intent
Ms Kerrie Curtis, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Vascular Access
Project title: Explanatory, sequential mixed methods study of central venous access device (CVAD) removal in patients with haematology malignancies at the VCCC
Candidate: Ms Melissa Warren, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Breast Cancer
Project Title: Factors associated with a diagnosis of colorectal cancer as an emergency: an explanatory, sequential, mixed-methods study