Dr Benjamin Britton
(Doc. Clin & Health Psych, PGDip. Psych, B.Econ & SocSci. Clinical & Health Psychologist, Consultation - Liaison Psychiatry.)

DepartmentConsultation Liaison Psychiatry
Research AreasHealth Promotion, Therapy and Treatment, Population Health, Social Needs, Mental Health, Supportive Care
Research TopicsProstate Cancer, Melanoma / Skin Cancer, Head and Neck Cancer, Diabetes, Malnutrition, Depression and Anxiety, Stroke and Cardiovascular Disease, Pain
Research TypesClinical Trials, Survey / Observational Research, Dissemination / Implementation

Dr Ben Britton has been conducting translational research in the Psycho-Oncology Service of the Consultation Liaison Psychiatry Department at Calvary Mater Newcastle since 2005. His main research interests combine the translation of evidence based psychological interventions, difficult to treat populations and novel areas of intervention. He maintains a clinical position at Calvary Mater Newcastle and is interested in answering questions arising from clinical problems using innovative methods particularly in the areas of technology, behaviour change and multi-disciplinary intervention.

Dr Britton also holds a conjoint lecturer position in the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Newcastle.

 More information on Dr Britton's academic achievements may be found here:  



Getting to know you

When did you start doing research?

I suppose my first piece of research was in 2004, testing the effects of methadone on memory in rats. 

What research projects are you currently working on?

  • I'm currently working on a national multi-centre trial to reduce malnutrition in head and neck cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy.
  • I'm also working on a study that examines the psychological predictors and sequelae of treatment choice in localised prostate cancer patients.
  • And I'm working on a project to improve medication compliance in young people with type I diabetes.

What research achievement are you most proud of?

Receiving the NHMRC grant to trial the intervention that I wrote.

What inspires you?

Working with patients who are facing life threatening illnesses. You can't help but think a little about your own life and priorities.

What did you do before coming to work at Calvary Mater Newcastle?

I was a phlebotomist.

What has helped you the most in your research at Calvary Mater Newcastle?

The discussions I've had with so many other clinicians from other disciplines. 

Who are your main collaborators at Calvary Mater Newcastle?

Obviously the other people conducting research in CL Psychiatry, also a great cross section of clinicians and researchers from other departments. In particular, I think radiation oncology is very supportive and open to research collaboration.

What did you do before you became a researcher?

I was a clinician with a lot of questions.

What made you decide to do research?

To answer clinical questions.

What was your first / worst / best / strangest / memorable /etc job in research?

It's not really research, but I once had a backpacking job in theatres of a delivery suite in the UK. It was an amazing experience and I saw a lot of babies born, but I'm not sure it says much for the NHS selection criteria.

What do you do to relax?

I like to ride my bike, sea kayak and socialise.



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