Dr Daisy Fancourt
Behavioural Science and Health
Institute of Epidemiology & Health
- Joined UCL
- 14th Aug 2017
Daisy's research focuses on the effects of social and cultural participation on health. She and her team explore:
1. The effects of different types of social factors (including loneliness, isolation, social prescribing, community interventions, and arts & cultural engagement) on health outcomes
2. The psychological, biological, social & behavioural mechanisms underlying these effects
3. The modifying role of individual and group-level characteristics on effects
4. Differential patterns, barriers and enablers of engagement amongst different groups.
Research is carried out under four core programmes:
1. Mechanism studies (incl. psychological, neuroendocrine, neuro-immune and cardiometabolic responses to loneliness, isolation, social & cultural participation, and wellbeing)
2. Behavioural studies (incl. qualitative studies and behaviour change interventions)
3. Intervention studies (incl. RCTs, natural experiments and implementation science studies)
4. Population studies (incl. cohort studies and NHS electronic patient records).
The team also works on impact and engagement programmes including:
1. Public engagement (e.g. media work, public engagement events and as research partner to the BBC Get Creative Festival)
2. Development of practice (e.g. evaluations of social prescribing, and work with Arts Councils & community organisations nationally)
3. Research development (e.g. running the Arts Health Early Career Research Network and MARCH Network: a £1.25m national UKRI programme of 1,000 members focused on social, cultural & community assets and mental health)
4. Policy development (e.g. working with WHO, Public Health England, Public Health Wales, NHS Health Scotland and various government departments).
Daisy supervises postgraduate and doctoral students in social epidemiology, health and social psychology, psychoneuroimmunology and behavioural science. She has previously co-led the statistics module for the UCL MSc in Health Psychology and currently teaches across BSc Population Health, BASc Arts & Sciences, MSc Social Epidemiology, MBBS, and MSc Health Psychology.
- University College London
- PhD, Psychoneuroimmunology | 2015