Lily graduated from the University of Exeter with a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and completed her master’s in Population Health at University College London in 2021. Lily’s master’s thesis investigated the use of behavioural economics principles in improving uptake of bowel cancer screening. This research sought to understand which behavioural science principles are effective in this capacity and whether they can be implemented in population-level screening programmes.
Lily’s PhD is focused on risk stratification of cancer screening and forms part of the NIHR funded STRAT-BCS project looking at implementation of risk stratification into bowel cancer screening programmes, led by Dr Juliet Usher-Smith. She is currently undertaking a mixed methods systematic review to explore public acceptability of risk-stratified cancer screening across all cancer types. Her PhD thesis will focus specifically on risk stratification of bowel cancer screening; in particular, using faecal immunochemical test (FIT) data from the previous screen to adjust the interval between subsequent screens.