Professor Penelope Schofield is Head of Behavioural Science in Cancer, the Department of Cancer Experiences Research at Peter Mac, and Professor of Health Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Swinburne University. Professor Schofield has amassed over $19 million in funding for 56 peer-reviewed grants where she was Chief Investigator for 40 of them. She has a total of 140 peer-reviewed publications (first or senior author in 80 of these), 20 book chapters, 52 invited presentations, and 44 oral conference presentations where she was the presenting author.
Professor Schofield has several current research projects which include: Pentagon (a nurse led psychosocial intervention with peer support to reduce needs in women being treated with radiotherapy for gynaecological cancer), Inform (consultation audio-recordings plus question prompt lists for people with cancer from Greek, Chinese or Arabic background), Navigate (active surveillance and other treatment options for prostate cancer), Super (solving unknown primary cancer) and SAMSON, (a medication adherence intervention trial).
Professor Schofield’s research program adopts a comprehensive approach to develop and deliver effective and sustainable interventions that promote self-care, improve emotional and physical outcomes for patients, and alleviate burden on the health system.
2016: Austrade nominated and fully funded representative, Australian trade delegation to India
2010: NHMRC Achievement Award, National Health and Medical Research Council
2010-2013: NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (Level 2), National Health and Medical Research Council
2010: NHMRC nominated and sponsored representative Science meets Parliament, Federation of Australian Scientific & Technological Societies
2009: “Best of the Best” Conference presentation, Clinical Oncology Society of Australia ASM
2009: “Best of the Best” Oral Award, Clinical Oncological Society of Australia
2006: Team Innovation Award, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
1999-2004: NHMRC Public Health Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, National Health and Medical Research Council