Dr Sara MacLennan

Dr Sara MacLennan
PhD CPsychol AFBPsS

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Dr Sara MacLennan
Dr Sara MacLennan

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The University of Aberdeen Academic Urology Unit Health Sciences Building (2nd Floor) University of Aberdeen Foresterhill Aberdeen AB25 2ZD

Biography

I am a psycho-oncologist and a health psychologist with expertise in qualitative research methodology. I pursue an interdisciplinary approach building multi-stakeholder working in cancer care and have established global partnerships of academics, patients, non-profit organisations, professional organisations and policy makers.

My research strategy focuses on understanding the impact of cancer and treatment on individual’s lives and methods for involving different stakeholder groups, particularly patients, in the design and delivery of care.

I am Deputy Director of the Academic Urology Unit, and Deputy Director of the Institute of Applied Health Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Director of Operations for UCAN (Urological CANcer charity) and hold an honorary contract with NHS Grampian. I am an Honorary Research Fellow, Birkbeck University of London. I am a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, and a registered health psychologist (Health & Care Professions Council).

 

 Current projects include:

Stakeholder engagement in the design and implementation of cancer care:

EVOLVE – Giving cancer patients a meaningful voice within the design and delivery of clinical practice guidelines
PIONEER – Enhancing prostate cancer diagnosis and treatment through the power of big data in Europe
ICANTREAT – Increasing participation in cancer screening and treatment in India & Nepal (International Global Health Network)

PARTNER –Men’s prostate cancer treatment preferences
ASICA – Developing digitally supported cancer aftercare for diverse populations

Example of Impact:

The design and delivery of care:

CATHETER II – Embedded qualitative study within a clinical trial on Catheter washout policies
PACFIND – Patient-centred care for Fibromyalgia

 I am to keen to supervise PhD students interested in working in cancer survivorship and supportive care.


Latest Publications

  • What influences adherence to guidance for post-operative instillation of intravesical chemotherapy to bladder cancer patients?

    Dunsmore, J., Duncan, E., Mariappan, P., de Bruin, M., MacLennan, S., Dimitropoulos, K., Kasivisvanathan, V., Mostafid, H., Briganti, A., N'Dow, J., MacLennan, S.

  • Shockwave Lithotripsy Versus Ureteroscopic Treatment as Therapeutic Interventions for Stones of the Ureter (TISU): A Multicentre Randomised Controlled Non-inferiority Trial

    Dasgupta, R., Cameron, S., Aucott, L., MacLennan, G., Thomas, R., N'Dow, J., Norrie, J., Anson, K., Keeley Jr, F. X., MacLennan, S., Starr, K., McClinton, S.

  • Patients’ and Health Care Professionals’ Expectations, Experience, and Perception of the Outcomes of Various Washout Policies in Preventing Catheter-associated Complications: Qualitative Study of the CATHETER II

    Tripathee, S., Omar, I., Abdel-Fattah, M., MacLennan, S.

  • An interpretative phenomenological analysis of the meaning of work to women living with breast cancer

    MacLennan, S., Cox, T., Murdoch, S., Eatough, V.

  • Diagnostic and prognostic factors in patients with prostate cancer: a systematic review protocol

    Beyer, K., Moris, L., Lardas, M., Haire, A., Barletta, F., Scuderi, S., Vradi, E., Gandaglia, G., Omar, M. I., MacLennan, S., Zong, J., Farahmand, B., MacLennan, S. J., Devecseri, Z., Asiimwe, A., Collette, L., Bjartell, A., N'Dow, J., Briganti, A., Van Hemelrijck, M., The PIONEER Consortium

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Memberships and Affiliations

Internal

University Committees:

Chair - Institute of Applied Health Sciences (IAHS) Research Strategy Group
Chair - Institute of Applied Health Sciences (IAHS) Health, Safety & Well-being Committee

 

External

Current External Membership:

Member - European Cancer Organisation Steering Committee for Survivorship and Quality of Life (2021 onwards)
Member - European Cancer Organisation Survivorship Focused Topic Network (2021 onwards)
Member - European Cancer Organisation Workforce Focused Topic Network (2021 onwards)
Member – Executive Committee, British Psychosocial Oncology Society (2016 - onwards)
Member – National Cancer Research Institute –Living With and Beyond Cancer Late Effects Workstream (2019 onwards)
Member – Patient Advocacy Group, European Association of Urologists (2018 - onwards)
Member – Breast Cancer Now, Grants Award Committee (2018 – onwards)
Member – ESRC Peer Review College (2017 – onwards)

Previous External Membership:

Member – MRC Strategic Skills Panel (2013 - 2017)
Member – Grants Award Panel, Carnegie Trust
Member – Executive Committee, Division of Health Psychology Scotland (2016 - 2017)
External Examiner (MSc) MSc Health Psychology, University of Westminster (2008 - 2011)
Member - BPS working party on ‘Work and Health’
Elected Member – Training Committee, Division of Health Psychology (2006 - 2008)
Elected Member - Executive Committee, Division of Health Psychology (2006 – 2008)
Assessor - Board of Assessors, Division of Health Psychology (2002 - 2008)
Examiner – Paper 4 (Health Psychology), Qualifying Examination (2002 – 2012)
Member - BPS working party on ‘Psychological Debriefing’(2001 - 2002)

Research

Research Areas

Specialisms

  • Applied Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Health and Social Care
  • Oncology

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International


Research Overview

I am a psycho-oncologist and a health psychologist with expertise in qualitative research methodology. I pursue an interdisciplinary approach building multi-stakeholder working in cancer care and have established global partnerships of academics, patients, non-profit organisations, professional organisations and policy makers. Key to this is an understanding of processes within the delivery of routine clinical care. My research expertise includes process evaluation.

My research strategy focuses on understanding the impact of cancer and treatment on individual’s lives and methods for involving different stakeholder groups, particularly patients, in the design and delivery of care.

 


Research Funding and Grants

£1,185,670 Arthritis UK (2019 – 2024). Patient-centred Care for Fibromyalgia: New pathway Design (PACFIND). MacFarlane, G [PI], Maclennan SJ et al. [co-applicants]

£24,537 NHS Grampian. (2018-2019). Achieving Self-Directed Integrated Cancer Aftercare (ASICA): developing digitally supported cancer aftercare to achieve high quality, equitable care for diverse populations. Murchie, P [PI], Maclennan SJ et al. [co-applicants]

£9,805 GCRF-IPPF3 (2018). Increasing participation in breast cancer screening and treatment within Manipal, India (CANTREAT). MacLennan, SJ., & Poobalan, A.

£5,341,011 EU IMI (2018-2023). Prostate Cancer Diagnosis and TreatmeNt Enhancement through the Power of Big Data in EuRope – PIONEER (2018 – 2023). PIONEER Consortium – MacLennan SJ – lead applicant for University of Aberdeen group.

£2,271,424 NIHR HTA (2018-2023) Randomised Controlled Trial CompAring THE Clinical And CosT- Effectiveness Of Various Washout Policies Versus No Washout Policy In Preventing Catheter Associated Complications In Adults Living With Long-Term Catheters (CATHETER II Study). Abdel-Fattah, M. [PI], Maclennan SJ et al. [co-applicants]

£175,000 NHS Grampian Endowments (via UCAN) (2018-2021). EVOLVE: Giving Patients a Meaningful Voice in the Design and Delivery of Care. S J MacLennan

£50,000 European Association of Urology (2017-2018). Review of Renal Cell Carcinoma: Muscle-invasive & Metastatic Bladder Cancer (Lymph node Dissection) & Penile Cancer. N’Dow, J., & MacLennan, S.J.

£123,357 UCAN (2017- 2019). Meeting the Needs of Patients: Developing Core outcome Sets for Urological Cancer. MacLennan, S.J.

€1,070    EU COST action STSM-IS1211-35195 (2016). Cancer and Work Participation: Research visit to Dr Angela de Boer, Coronel Institute for Occupational Health, Academic Medical Centre, Amsterdam. MacLennan, SJ.

 £11,548   NHS Grampian Endowments Award (2015 – 2016). Understanding the hard choices made by working women with breast cancer between treatment compliance and working on: clinical vs economic survival. Improving the Role of the NHS in Grampian. MacLennan SJ., Cox T., N’Dow, J & Heys, S.

 £750    Santander Mobility Award (2015), University of Aberdeen. Developing the METIS Collaboration: Cancer Survivorship, Work & Working Life. MacLennan SJ.

 £29,500   ESRC (2014 – 2017) Social Science Perspectives on the Working Lives of Those with Cancer: Psychosocial, Organisational and Economic Perspectives. Cox, T., MacLennan, SJ., Hassard, J., & Brown, H.

 £25,000 Birkbeck University of London (2014) The Metis Collaboration: Cancer Survivorship, Work & Working Life. MacLennan, SJ.

 £109,646    Macmillan Cancer Support (2013 – 2015) Cancer Survivorship: The Patient Journey, Work & Working Life.   MacLennan, SJ., Cox, T., & N’Dow, J.

 £1,426,755  Health Technology Assessment Programme (HTA) (2013 – 2017)Therapeutic Interventions for Stones of the Ureter (TISU): a multicentre randomised controlled trial of extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy, as first treatment option, compared with direct progression to ureteroscopic retrieval, for ureteric stones. (McClinton,S., N’Dow, J., MacLennan, GS., Kilonzo, M., Keeley, F., Anson, K., Clark, C., Pickard, R., Norrie, J., MacLennan, SJ., Thomas, R., Starr, K., Burgess, N., Lam, T., Kurban, L.)

£292,253  Health Technology Assessment Programme (HTA) (2012 – 2015) Ablative therapy for men with localised prostate cancer (Ramsay, C., Pickard, R., Vale, L., Lam, T., Mowatt, G., MacLennan, SJ., Rushton, S., N’Dow, J., Merseburger, A., Shirley, M., & Heidenreich, A. )

 £176,903 Cancer Research Aberdeen & North East Scotland (CRANES) (2012 – 2015) Development of core outcomes for surgical management of localised prostate cancer to support decision-making by patients, clinicians and policy makers (Lam, T., N’Dow, J., MacLennan, SJ., Ramsay, C., & Campbell, M)

£24,680 The Prostate Cancer Charity Scotland (2011 – 2012) Support groups for men who have prostate cancer, their families and friends: identifying best practice models (MacLennan, SJ., Skea, Z, N’Dow, J & McCann, S)

£14,042 Scottish Cancer Research Network (2011 – 2012) Information for choice in urological cancer: What people need, prefer and use (MacLennan, SJ., & Skea, Z)

£10,317 Scottish Cancer Research Network (2010 – 2011) Delivering Peer Support Interventions in Urological Cancer (Employing a research nurse) (MacLennan, SJ., & N’Dow, J)

£150,700UCAN (Urological Cancer Charity) (2008 – 2013) Addressing the gaps in evidence for treatment of urological cancers (Employing a systematic reviewer) (N’Dow, J., MacLennan, SJ., & Imamura, M)

£165,975 The Scottish Government – CSO (2009 – 2012) Postdoctoral Training Fellowship in Health Services and Health of Public Research – The Acceptability and Usefulness of a Trial Participation Decision Aid: A Mixed Methods Study of Patients and Clinicians in the UK (Schumm, K., Campbell, M., Ramsay, C., N’Dow, J., Skea, Z., & MacLennan, SJ)

£245,482 UCAN (Urological Cancer Charity) (2009 – 2013) Information needs of those living with urological cancer (MacLennan, SJ)

£147,000 Macmillan in partnership with UCAN (2009 – 2012) Making life better for those living with urological cancer (MacLennan, SJ)




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  • What influences adherence to guidance for post-operative instillation of intravesical chemotherapy to bladder cancer patients?

    Dunsmore, J., Duncan, E., Mariappan, P., de Bruin, M., MacLennan, S., Dimitropoulos, K., Kasivisvanathan, V., Mostafid, H., Briganti, A., N'Dow, J., MacLennan, S.

    BJU International, vol. 128, no. 2, pp. 225-235

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Shockwave Lithotripsy Versus Ureteroscopic Treatment as Therapeutic Interventions for Stones of the Ureter (TISU): A Multicentre Randomised Controlled Non-inferiority Trial

    Dasgupta, R., Cameron, S., Aucott, L., MacLennan, G., Thomas, R., N'Dow, J., Norrie, J., Anson, K., Keeley Jr, F. X., MacLennan, S., Starr, K., McClinton, S.

    European Urology, vol. 80, no. 1, pp. 46-54

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Patients’ and Health Care Professionals’ Expectations, Experience, and Perception of the Outcomes of Various Washout Policies in Preventing Catheter-associated Complications: Qualitative Study of the CATHETER II

    Tripathee, S., Omar, I., Abdel-Fattah, M., MacLennan, S.

    European Urology Focus

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • An interpretative phenomenological analysis of the meaning of work to women living with breast cancer

    MacLennan, S., Cox, T., Murdoch, S., Eatough, V.

    Chronic Illness

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Diagnostic and prognostic factors in patients with prostate cancer: a systematic review protocol

    Beyer, K., Moris, L., Lardas, M., Haire, A., Barletta, F., Scuderi, S., Vradi, E., Gandaglia, G., Omar, M. I., MacLennan, S., Zong, J., Farahmand, B., MacLennan, S. J., Devecseri, Z., Asiimwe, A., Collette, L., Bjartell, A., N'Dow, J., Briganti, A., Van Hemelrijck, M., The PIONEER Consortium

    BMJ Open, vol. 11, no. 2, e040531

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Increasing Engagement for Breast Cancer Screening and Treatment: The "ICANTREAT" Community of Expertise Initiative

    Kathrikolly, T. R., Nair, S., Poobalan, A., Shetty, R. S., Tripathee, S., MacLennan, S. J.

    Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, vol. 21, no. 12, pp. 3655-3659

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Work-related Factors in the Aetiology of Symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress among First Responders: The Brazilian Firefighters Longitudinal Health Study (FLoHS)

    Lima, E., Gomide, A., Cox, T., MacLennan, S. J.

    Cadernos de Saúde Pública/Reports in Public Health

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • EVOLVE: a framework for meaningful patient involvement in clinical practice guideline development and implementation

    Bjorkqvist, E., MacLennan, S., MacLennan, S., Giles, R., Cornford, P., Plass, K., Van Poppel, H., Lydia, M., Van Hemelrijck, M., Cowl, J.

    Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, vol. 9 Suppl 1, pp. 26

    Contributions to Journals: Abstracts

  • Introducing PIONEER: a project to harness big data in prostate cancer research

    Omar, M. I., Roobol, M. J., Ribal, M. J., Abbott, T., Agapow, P., Araujo, S., Asiimwe, A., Auffray, C., Balaur, I., Bayer, K., Bernini, C., Bjartell, A., Briganti, A., Butler-Ransohoff, J., Campi, R., Cavelaars, M., De Meulder, B., Devecseri, Z., Voss, M. D., Dimitropoulos, K., Evans-Axelsson, S., Franks, B., Fullwood, L., Horgan, D., Smith, E. J., Kiran, A., Kivinummi, K., Lambrecht, M., Lancet, D., Lindgren, P., MacLennan, S., MacLennan, S., Nogueira, M. M., Moen, F., Moinat, M., Papineni, K., Reich, C., Reiche, K., Rogiers, S., Sartini, C., van Bochove, K., van Diggelen, F., van Hemelrijck, M., Van Poppel, H., Zong, J., N'Dow, J., The PIONEER Consortium

    Nature reviews. Urology, vol. 17, pp. 351-362

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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