UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care
Research Department of Behavioural Science and Health


Dr Samantha Quaife

Dr Samantha Quaife


Room 204
Department of Behavioural Science and Health
1-19 Torrington Place


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

Joined UCL


Samantha's research interests primarily concern the psychological aspects of lung cancer screening, including socioeconomic and smoking-related disparities in uptake, informed decision-making among lower literacy participants, the psychological impact of screening, and screening as an opportunity for assisting health behaviour change.  She holds a Cancer Research UK Population Research Postdoctoral Fellowship and a Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation project grant.  Together these aim to directly inform UK population level screening engagement strategies via the development of an evidence-based toolkit, as well as health care professionals' communication throughout the lung cancer screening pathway.

She is working as part of a multidisciplinary team on a NAEDI initiative Cancer Research UK-funded demonstration pilot of lung cancer screening testing targeted invitation materials (the Lung Screen Uptake Trial, LSUT).  She is a Co-Investigator on the Yorkshire Lung Screening Trial (YLST) and collaborates on locally-led pilot screening services within Cancer Research UK's ACE Proactive Lung initiative.  She is also a Co-Investigator on a smoking cessation intervention trial embedded within YLST, investigating the effectiveness of personalised risk information, as well as a Cancer Research UK International Innovation award testing the effectiveness of incentivised smoking cessation for tobacco-treatment-resistant diabetes.

Her broader interest is in how behavioural science can improve engagement with the cancer control agenda and reduce socioeconomic inequalities in cancer mortality.  She works on data from the Attitudes, Behaviour and Cancer UK Survey as well as Module 2 of the International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership (in collaboration with colleagues at Cardiff University, Queen's University Belfast and the US National Cancer Institute).

Award year Qualification Institution
2016 PhD
Doctor of Philosophy
University College London
2011 MSc
Master of Science
Health Psychology
University College London/King's College London
2008 BSc
Bachelor of Science
University of Leeds

Samantha achieved a first class BSc honours degree in Psychology from the University of Leeds in 2008 and went on to complete a MSc (Distinction) in Health Psychology in 2011 at King's College London and University College London.  She joined UCL in 2012 as a Research Assistant in Cancer Screening working with Professor Jane Wardle at the Cancer Research UK Health Behaviour Research Centre.  She was subsequently awarded a Medical Research Council PhD studentship to investigate the socioeconomic, attitudinal and smoking-related factors underlying non-participation in lung cancer screening by high risk groups.  She completed her PhD in September 2016 and was appointed as a Research Psychologist within the Cancer Communication and Screening Group of the new Department of Behavioural Science and Health.  In 2017, she was awarded a Cancer Research UK Population Research Postdoctoral Fellowship to investigate uptake of lung cancer screening among high-risk groups and harness psychological targets for intervention.