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Professor Penelope Schofield

Professor of Health Psychology


Professor Penelope Schofield is the Professor of Health Psychology in the Department of Psychology and an Honorary Principal Research Fellow at Department of Cancer Experiences Research at Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, where she was formerly the Director and maintains a large and active research group.

A behavioural scientist with over 25 years’ experience conducting research in the field of psycho-oncology, Professor Schofield has held numerous leadership roles which have informed research strategy, policy and service delivery to promote cancer control in Australia and overseas. Her current research focus is to assess and improve the quality of life, psychological morbidity and other patient-reported outcomes of those undergoing and completing cancer treatment via the development and testing of evidence-based psycho-educational interventions, which can be readily adopted into clinical practice.

Professor Schofield has extensive experience in behavioural, psycho-social, quality of life and supportive care research in cancer, particularly randomised controlled trials. All interventions are developed to be clinically feasible, sustainable and effective. Since 2012 Professor Schofield has been invited to present at 15 international and 16 national conferences/seminars (majority fully-funded). She currently sits on the International Board of Multinational Association for Supportive Care in Cancer and chairs the Strategic Planning Committee.

Professor Schofield has been Chief Investigator for 38 peer-reviewed grants worth over $15 million including Principal Investigator for two NHMRC Fellowships, six NHMRC project grants, and two Cancer Australia project grants. In recognition of her research achievements, Professor Schofield was awarded the National Health and Medical Research Council Achievement Award in 2010.

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

Fields of Research

  • Public Health And Health Services - 111700
  • Psychology - 170100


  • 2010, National, Career Development Fellowship (level 2), NHMRC
  • 2010, National, Achievement Award, NHMRC
  • 2009, National, Best of the best conference presentation, Clinical Oncology Society of Australia
  • 2006, Other, Team Innovation Award (lead investigator), Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
  • 1999, National, Post-doctoral Research Fellowship, NHMRC


Also published as: Schofield, Penelope; Schofield, P.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2020: Peter Mac - 'Smartphone APP: 4-Model Decision Support Tool. ' *; Project Concept Proposal
  • 2020: Reducing the cost of medication errors and non adherence *; Project Concept Proposal
  • 2019: Australian Carers Talk: An online cancer support resource for carers designed by carers *; Deakin University
  • 2019: Integrating mental wellness and brain wellness assessment/advice on SiSU stations *; Digital Health CRC
  • 2018: Empowering the clinician-patient-carer TRIO: RCT of novel online education modules to facilitate effective family carer involvement in oncology *; Priority-driven Collaborative Cancer Research Schem
  • 2018: Improving oral medication adherence and reducing medication errors in cancer treatment *; Victorian Cancer Agency Funding Scheme
  • 2018: Linked semantic platforms for social & physical infrastructure & wellbeing *; ARC Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment Scheme
  • 2018: Summary Report on National Patient Experience Data *; Cancer Australia Fund Scheme
  • 2015: ADAPT (aka ASTROID): Active Surveillance and other Treatment OptIons for prostate cancer. A randomised controlled trial of decision aid and DVD information support for men diagnosed with low-risk prostate cancer and their partners *; NHMRC Project Grants
  • 2013: INFORM: Improving communication outcomes for migrant cancer patients *; NHMRC Project Grants
  • 2011: PeNTAGOn Trial: Peer &Nurse support Trial toAssist women in Gynaecological Oncology *; NHMRC Project Grants

* Chief Investigator

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