Dr Evie Papavasiliou AFHEA

Senior Teaching Associate


Career Details

Evie joined Lancaster Medical School in April 2017. Her background lies in psychology and health research.

In April 2011, Evie joined the Division of Health Research at Lancaster University as a Marie Curie Research Fellow and was involved in a number of health related EU FP7 funded projects (EUROIMPACT, ATOME); a randomized control trial and evaluation study (ELSA) funded by the Cabinet Office; and a national evaluation of the place based initiative (Communities in Control) funded by the NIHR School for Public Health Research.

Prior to that Evie worked for an Information and Communication Technology, Consulting & Training Services Company in Greece being responsible for leading or co-leading and ensuring successful day to day management, delivery and follow up evaluation of a series of National and European funded projects relating to training, further education, life-long learning, welfare and well-being, stereotypes and inequalities. She also worked as a National Expert for the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organisation (ICT-ILO) being responsible for leading “Break Gender Stereotypes Give Talent a Chance”, an initiative funded by the European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities.

Evie has extensive experience of working with patients (both inpatients and outpatients) suffering advanced incurable diseases (mainly cancer), families and health care providers in both public and private institutional settings. She has also been actively involved in counselling and psychological support services offering guidance and advice to people in vulnerable and marginalised social groups such as immigrants, unemployed, ex-offenders and political refugees.

Current Teaching

Evie is responsible for the Psychology component of the Health Culture and Society (HCS) part of the undergraduate medical curriculum including teaching, assessment, curriculum development and review.

Evie is involved with specific teaching on the MBChB programme:

  • Lectures on the Psychology of Addiction (Year 2), Quality of Life (Year 1) and the Psychological Impact of a Cancer Diagnosis (Year 2).

  • Year 2 Problem Based Learning (PBL) tutor.

  • Convenor of Special Study Modules (SSMs) on Good Death in Cancer Care (Year 2) and the Role of Sedation in Terminally Ill Cancer Patients (Year 1).

  • Workshops on Psycho-Social Aspects of Health (Foundation Year) and Student Support: Look after your mate (Year 1)

Research Overview

Evie’s research interests focus on:

  • The Psychology of Pain and its management

  • Quality of life in the context of Cancer Care, Palliative Care and End of Life Care

  • The use of sedation in the terminally ill

  • Decision making at the end of life (including advance directives, euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide)

PHD Supervision Interests

Please contact me if you are interested in undertaking a PhD in any of the areas above.

Additional Information

Student Support: Evie provides and monitors pastoral support for students within the medical degree (MBChB) programme.

VLE: Evie is responsible for the management of recommended resources lists for Years 3-5.

Selected Publications Show all 10 publications

Language barriers to defining concepts in medicine: the case of palliative sedation
Bakogiannis, A., Papavasiliou, E. 11/2016 In: American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. 33, 9, p. 909-910. 2 p.
Journal article

Unaddressed biases in reported prevalence of continuous deep sedation until death
Papavasiliou, E., Payne, S. 10/2015 In: Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 68, 10, 2 p.

Current debates on end-of-life sedation: an international expert elicitation study
Papavasiliou, E., Payne, S., Brearley, S. 1/08/2014 In: Supportive Care in Cancer. 22, 8, p. 2141-2149. 9 p.
Journal article

From sedation to continuous deep sedation until death: how has the conceptual base of the practice changed over time? addendum
Papavasiliou, E., Brearley, S., Seymour, J., Brown , J., Payne, S. 02/2014 In: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 47, 2, p. 370. 1 p.
Journal article

From sedation to continuous deep sedation until death: how has the conceptual base of the practice changed over time?
Papavasiliou, E., Brearley, S., Seymour , J., Brown , J., Payne, S. 11/2013 In: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. 46, 5, p. 691-706. 16 p.
Journal article