Dr Penny Wright
Following a degree in Psychology and qualification in Social Work, Penny worked as a social worker for seventeen years, the last seven at a regional cancer hospital. In 1996 Penny moved to psychosocial oncology research and was awarded a PhD concerning the social impact of cancer on patients. This led to the development of the Social Difficulties Inventory (SDI-21), which is now used nationally and internationally in clinical practice and as a Patient Reported Outcome Measure (PROM) in national cancer patient surveys.
Penny’s research interests include electronic data capture for use in quality of life assessment, the social impact of illness and in cancer survivorship. Over the years she has employed both qualitative and quantitative methods in her research with funding awarded by the NIHR, Macmillan Cancer Support and the Medical Research Council. She is a co-investigator and PROMs workstream lead in a number of studies in cancer survivorship and has had many publications in peer-reviewed journals.