Daisy Fancourt is Senior Research Fellow/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, Leverhulme Trust, Wellcome Trust, British Academy, British Federation of Women Graduates, American Psychosomatic Society, Arts and Humanities Research Council, 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, Leverhulme Trust and Tenovus Cancer Care.
Daisy is Principal Investigator of the UK MARCH Network focusing on social, cultural and community assets and mental health (funded by UKRI as part of the mental health network plus scheme). 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.
Daisy previously 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 a consultant to the World Health Organisation and is currently working on a WHO 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.