Professor Sheila Payne is a health psychologist with a background in nursing. She holds the Help the Hospices Chair in Hospice Studies and is the Director of the International Observatory on End of Life Care at Lancaster University, in the UK. She holds honorary visiting chairs at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia and Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. She is Director of the NCRI funded Cancer Experiences Collaborative and President of the European Association of Palliative Care. Professor Payne has a long track record in palliative care research and scholarship. Her research focuses on palliative and end-of-life care for older people. She holds a number of major national and international grants in these areas and has supervised over 30 PhD students. She teaches on research methods and has published widely in academic and professional journals.