Prof Afaf Girgis AM
Prof Girgis, PhD BSc(Hons), is the Director, Psycho-oncology Research Group, Centre for Oncology Education and Research Translation (CONCERT), Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research & UNSW Australia; and holds Conjoint appointments at Western Sydney University, Griffith University and University of Queensland. Prof Girgis has worked for over 30 years as a Behavioural Scientist in cancer control and psycho-oncology. Her national and international standing in behavioural science and psycho-oncology was acknowledged in 2012 with the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA) Inaugural Psycho-oncology Award, in 2015 with the Lady Mary Fairfax Distinguished Researcher Award, and in 2017 with 4 distinguished awards: South West Sydney Research Hub annual prize, UNSW in the South West Distinguished Research Prize, the South Western Sydney Local Health District Translational Research Award, and the South Western Sydney Local Health District Board Award, and the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) Quality Improvement Award 2018 in Healthcare Measurement. In 2019, she became a Member (AM) of the Order of Australia, awarded for her significant service to medicine, and to medical education, in the field of cancer control and psycho-oncology. Prof Girgis has published 350+ peer-reviewed papers, abstracts and book chapters, and contributed to several clinical practice guidelines. She has been successful with 154 research funding applications totalling $53.6 million, including being the lead academic CI on a $2 million grant from ACRF to build a cancer survivorship research centre in South Western Sydney Local Health District. Prof Girgis is committed to training and mentoring junior researchers and has successfully supervised 27 research higher degree students and fellowships; and currently supervises 3 PhD and 2 Research Masters students, and mentors several clinician researchers.