Our People

Professor Phyllis Butow : PoCoG Founding Chair

Prof Phyllis Butow AM (BA(Hons), MPH, MClinPsych, PhD) is Professor, and NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow in the School of Psychology at the University of Sydney.

She is Chair of PoCoG and a Co-Director of the Centre for Medical Psychology and Evidence-based Decision-making (CeMPED), University of Sydney. She is the 2009 International Psycho-Oncology Society Bernard Fox award winner for outstanding contribution to Psycho-Oncology research and 2011 Clinical Oncological Society of Australia Tom Reeve award for outstanding contribution to cancer care.

She was NSW Cancer Researcher of the year in 2012.

Professor Brian Kelly: PoCoG Chair

Professor Brian Kelly is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), University of Newcastle, supporting the needs of the institution’s research community and collaborators in partnership with our colleges and external partners. In this role, Professor Kelly leads research strategy for researchers at all stages of their career and manages research partnerships to deliver on the University’s strategic plan.

He is also responsible for research integrity governance which makes sure the University is upholding strong standards of research integrity and communicating the professional standards that researchers are to abide by.


A/Professor Haryana Dhillon: Scientific Advisory Committee Chair

A/Professor Haryana Dhillon B.Sc MA (psych) PhD is an academic behavioural scientist and psycho-oncology researcher.

She is Research Fellow in Cancer Survivorship at the Centre for Medical Psychology and Evidence-based Decision-making at the University of Sydney and the CeMPED Deputy Director within the Central Clinical School.

She is a member of the Board and Council of the Clinical Oncological Society of Australia (COSA), and chair of the COSA Survivorship Group.


A/Professor  Lisa Beatty: Deputy SAC Chair

A/Professor Lisa Beatty is a Clinical Psychologist and Cancer Council SA Postdoctoral Fellow (Cancer Support) at the Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer. She has more than 12 years' of research and clinical expertise in the field of psycho-oncology.

Within this field, Lisa is an expert in the online provision of support for cancer survivors, a strategy that aims to deliver evidence-based psychological treatments to those who may not be able to access them otherwise due to distance, fear or distress.

Lisa works at the interface of oncology and psychology and effectively engages with researchers, clinicians, and consumers in both these fields.

A/Professor Joanne Shaw: PoCoG Executive Director

A/Professor Joanne Shaw (BApplSc, BPsych(Hon), PhD) is a research psychologist, psycho-oncology and medical communication researcher with a background in biomedical science and pharmaceutical research.

She is a Research Fellow in the School of Psychology, The University of Sydney and PoCoG Executive Director.

She is a member of the Research Committees for the International Psycho-oncology Society (IPOS) and the European Association for Communication in Health Care (EACH).


Dr Claire CooperPoCoG Research Manager

Dr Claire Cooper BA, PGDip(Psych), DPsych(Clin) has contributed to the psycho-oncology field as a clinical psychologist, researcher and project manager.

She has experience in the public health system, as well as private, Government and not-for-profit organisations. Claire is the Research Manager for PoCoG.



Ms Bonnie Laxton-Blinkhorn : PoCoG Executive Officer

Bonnie Laxton-Blinkhorn MA (Hons.) has a background in content production, media and communications and has worked in a wide variety of industries. She is the PoCoG executive officer responsible for communications.