Dr Gemma Skaczkowski is a post-doctoral research fellow in psycho-oncology at La Trobe University and the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre in Melbourne, Australia. Her current work examines the supportive care needs of cancer patients and their families, and the effectiveness of programs designed to address these needs. Her work examines these issues at all points in the cancer care pathway, from diagnosis through to survivorship and palliative care.
Gemma completed her PhD in psychology at the University of Melbourne, in collaboration with Cancer Council Victoria (2012-2016). Her PhD examined extrinsic influences on the sensory experience of smoking, and she maintains a strong interest in the area of cancer prevention. Gemma’s pre-doctoral and post-doctoral work at Cancer Council SA and Cancer Council Victoria, respectively, has focused on cancer patients’ experiences of care and survivorship. From 2016-2017 she worked as a Senior Research Officer at the Cancer Council Victoria Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer, on a national population-based study of adolescent and young adults’ experiences and patterns of cancer care.
Gemma is an early career member of the Psycho-Oncology Co-Operative Research Group (PoCoG) Scientific Advisory Committee and co-lead of the PoCoG Early Career Researcher Special Interest Group.