My name is Anna Ugalde and I am a senior research fellow at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. My role is focused on research, with the program including studies on understanding the experiences of people with cancer and their caregivers, intervention studies, health services research and evaluation of models of care or support services. These studies use a range of methodologies, both qualitative and quantitative, and we do a few systematic reviews as well. My background is in psychology and I am early/mid career stage. My PhD developed an instrument for cancer caregivers, and more recently I have become interested in implementation science. In 2018 I attended the Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer course, run by National Cancer Institute, which included a series of online modules and a quick trip to Washington DC. I highly recommend the course – I feel implementation remains a key challenge in psycho-oncology and after the training I have been able to apply implementation science principles to a range of studies. This includes co-authoring a paper on a primer for implementation science in psycho-oncology in the new IPOS journal: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology Research and Practice
(Rankin et al., 2019) and also a systematic review exploring the implementation potential of cancer caregiving interventions, finding they are generally not designed or conducted to promote implementation (Ugalde et al., 2019, Psycho-Oncology). I love working in research, it is always busy, diverse and interesting! Being a member of IPOS represents an opportunity to be in touch with colleagues from around the world.