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Dr Daisy Fancourt

Dr Daisy Fancourt

Appointments

  • Senior Research Associate
    Behavioural Science and Health
    Institute of Epidemiology & Health

Joined UCL

2017-08-14

Daisy's research focuses on the effects of social and community participation on health, with a particular interest in the effects of arts and cultural engagement. Her research explores the effects community participation on neuroendocrine and immune response, the benefits of targeted community programmes for specific clinical populations, and the health and social impact of community  engagement at a population level. 

 

Her Wellcome Fellowship is exploring the relationships between cultural and community participation and health outcomes across the lifespan through secondary data analysis of UCL cohort studies. The project is supported by a steering group comprising representatives from Public Health England, Public Health Wales, NHS Health Scotland, Arts Council England, Arts Council Wales, Creative Scotland, the Royal Society for Public Health, the What Works Centre for Wellbeing and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Daisy Fancourt is Senior Research Associate/Wellcome Research Fellow in the Psychobiology Group, Department of Behavioural Science and Health at UCL. Daisy studied at Oxford University and King’s College London before completing her PhD in psychoneuroimmunology at UCL. She subsequently undertook postdoctoral work in the Centre for Performance Science (a partnership of the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London and the Royal College of Music) before returning to UCL in 2017. She specialises in psychobiology and social epidemiology, focusing on the effects of social and community participation on health, with a particular interest in the effects of arts and cultural engagement.

Daisy has received awards from the British Science Association, British Academy, British Federation of Women Graduates, American Psychosomatic Society, Royal Society for Public Health and NHS England, as well as being named a BBC New Generation Thinker and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. Her research has received over £3.5 million in funding from the Wellcome Trust, AHRC, ESRC, MRC, EPSRC, NERC, Arts Council England, British Academy and Tenovus Cancer Care. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and the Deputy Chair of their Special Interest Group on Arts and Health. She also established and chairs the International Arts Health Early Career Research Network. Daisy holds honorary positions in the Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London and the Centre for Arts in Medicine at the University of Florida.

Alongside her research, she has worked for over 7 years in the NHS, including at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital managing arts and clinical innovations programmes, working alongside clinicians to devise interventions to improve patient experience and clinical outcomes. She has also worked as a consultant to a range of hospitals and Clinical Commissioning Groups on the integration of arts and cultural interventions within care pathways in primary, secondary and tertiary care. Daisy is currently working with WHO on a Health Evidence Network Synthesis report providing policy options to the 53 member states of the European Region on the role of arts and cultural interventions in healthcare.