Staff Profile: Dr Nicole Rankin

Dr Nicole RankinDr Nicole Rankin

Senior Research Fellow 

Research summary

Dr Nicole Rankin is an implementation scientist with an extensive background in cancer control, including translation of evidence into practice and policy, psycho-oncology, qualitative research and clinical practice guideline development. Nicole is leading innovative approaches to improving outcomes for people with lung cancer. She currently leads or contributes to lung cancer research to implement evidence into practice, building interdisciplinary research collaborations, and developing and testing interventions in early lung cancer diagnosis.


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle
Master of Science (Psychology), University of Wollongong
Bachelor of Arts Hons (Sociology, Psychology), University of Wollongong

Academic affiliations

Senior Research Fellow, Sydney Catalyst Translational Cancer Research Centre (TCRC), NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, The University of Sydney.

Honorary Affiliate, School of Psychology, Faculty of Science, The University of Sydney.

Current student supervision

Dr Emily Stone, PhD candidate, The University of Sydney, Thesis. Data science in the clinic: enhancing lung cancer multidisciplinary care.

Ms Liesbeth Geerligs, PhD candidate, The University of Sydney, Thesis. Evaluating the implementation of a clinical pathway for managing anxiety and depression in cancer patients.

Ms Merran Findlay, Sydney Local Health District and The University of Sydney, NHMRC Translational Research in Practice (TRIP) fellow. Title: Best evidence to best practice: Implementing an innovative model of care for nutritional management of patients with head and neck cancer.

Nicole is available to supervise PhD students enrolled at The University of Sydney.

Key publications

Rankin NM, Collett GK, Brown CM, Shaw TJ, White KM, Beale PJ, Trevena LJ, Anderiesz C, Barnes DJ. Implementation of a lung cancer multidisciplinary team standardised template for reporting to general practitioners. BMJ Open (in press; accepted 8 November 2017)

Rankin NM, Lai M, Miller D, Beale P, Spigelman A, Prest G, Turley K, Simes J. Cancer multidisciplinary team meetings in practice: Results from a multi-institutional quantitative survey and implications for policy change. Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2017. Early view e-publication. DOI: 10.1111/ajco.12765

Rankin NM, York S, Stone E, Barnes D, McGregor D, Lai M, Shaw T, Butow PN. Pathways to lung cancer diagnosis: a qualitative study of patients and general practitioners about diagnostic and pre-treatment intervals. Annals of the American Thoracic Society. 2017; 14(5):742–753, May. DOI: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.201610-817OC

Rankin N, McGregor D, Stone E, P Butow, Young JM, White K, Shaw T. Evidence-practice gaps in lung cancer: a scoping review. European Journal of Cancer Care. 2016; DOI 1111/ecc.12588

Rankin NM, McGregor D, Butow PN, White K, Phillips JL, Young JM, Pearson SA, York S, Shaw T. Adapting the nominal group technique for priority setting of evidence-practice gaps in implementation science. BMC Medical Research Methodology. 2016; 16:110. DOI 10.1186/s12874-016-0210-7

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