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Prof Anne-Sophie Darlington


Professor of Child and Family Psychological Health

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Prof Anne-Sophie Darlington is a Health Psychologist and Professor of Child and Family Psychological Health, and combines research and education. 

She has over 20 years of research experience, specialising in Health/Paediatric Psychology, around measuring and improving Quality of Life of children and young people with a chronic illness. Her programme of work focuses on coping strategies, and developing and testing interventions to support parents and children. She has developed a strong international track record in research on predictors of adjustment (e.g. coping), Patient Reported Outcome Measurement, intervention development and Paediatric Palliative Care.

Landmark publications:

Piccinin C, Basch E, Bhatnagar V, Calvert M, Campbell A, Cella D, Cleeland CS, Coens C, Darlington AS, Dueck AC, Groenvold M, Herold R, King-Kallimanis BL, Kluetz PG, Kuliś D, O’Connor D, Oliver K, Pe M, Reeve BB, Reijneveld JC, Shelley Wang X, Bottomley A. Recommendations on the use of item libraries for patient-reported outcome measurement in oncology trials: Findings from an international, multidisciplinary working group. Lancet Oncology, in press.

Sodergren SC, Husson O, Robinson J, Rohde GE, Tomaszewska IM, Vivat B, Dyar R, Darlington AS; EORTC Quality of Life Group. Systematic review of the health-related quality of life issues facing adolescents and young adults with cancer. Qual Life Res. 2017 Jul;26(7):1659-1672

van der Geest IM, van den Heuvel-Eibrink MM, van Vliet LM, Pluijm SM, Streng IC, Michiels EM, Pieters R, Darlington AS. Talking about Death with Children with Incurable Cancer: Perspectives from Parents. J Pediatr. 2015 Dec;167(6):1320-6.

van der Geest IM, Darlington AS, Streng IC, Michiels EM, Pieters R, van den Heuvel-Eibrink MM. Parents' experiences of pediatric palliative care and the impact on long-term parental grief. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2014 Jun;47(6):1043-53.

Darlington AS, Dippel DW, Ribbers GM, van Balen R, Passchier J, Busschbach JJ. Coping strategies as determinants of quality of life in stroke patients: a longitudinal study. Cerebrovasc Dis. 2007;23(5-6):401-7

Major grants:

2022-2027; Van der Graaf W & Husson O (PIs). Darlington AS (Co-investigator and work package lead) ; Funder: EU Horizon 2020. Building a value-based healthcare research ecosystem for adolescents and young adults with cancer: STRONG-AYA €9,995,200

2022-2025; Richardson A & Chamberlain S – Darlington (Co-theme lead): Funder: NIHR ARC Wessex DHSC Mental Health Research Initiative application, Co-theme lead Healthy Communities, research on children and young people’s mental health, including: Adolescent Resilience to OVercome Adversity: EmpoweRment and intervention development – the ROVER study £749,843

2022-2024; Darlington AS (PI) and collaborators; Funder: European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Group. Young survivors of cancer: Phase I study to determine the item sets for child, adolescent and young adult cancer survivors. €172,187

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