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Rachel Starkings

Rachel Starkings

Ms Rachel Starkings (MSc, MBPsS)

Research Fellow
T: +44 (0)1273 873023
Location: Sussex Health Outcomes Research & Education in Cancer (SHORE-C), University of Sussex, Brighton, BN1 9PX

Research area: Psychosocial oncology


Rachel Starkings completed her undergraduate degree at the Harriet L Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University with a double major in Psychology and Political Science. She completed a thesis examining the impact of an event's emotional valence on memory and whether there was a difference in binding errors across age groups.

Following on from this, Rachel undertook an MSc at the University of Plymouth with a qualitative dissertation on the categorization of 'home' in relation to the natural environment. Rachel went on to work at The Royal Marsden as a Senior Trial Coordinator for both the Head, Neck and Thyroid group as well as the Renal and Melanoma firm where she was involved in numerous clinical trials, both academic and commercial in nature.


Rachel has experience with both quantitative and qualitative projects with particular studies in aging, memory, psychometric testing and the linguistic conceptualization of home. Within the SHORE-C team she is assisting on projects looking at quality of life for patients and caregivers along with complementary therapies used while undergoing active treatment.

Selected publications

Shilling, Valerie, Starkings, Rachel, Jenkins, Valerie, Cella, David and Fallowfield, Lesley (2018) Development and validation of the patient roles and responsibilities scale in cancer patients. Quality of Life Research. ISSN 0962-9343

Shilling, Valerie, Starkings, Rachel, Jenkins, Valerie and Fallowfield, Lesley (2017) The pervasive nature of uncertainty – a qualitative study with patients with advanced cancer and their informal caregivers. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 11 (5). pp. 590-603. ISSN 1932-2259

Catt, Susan, Starkings, Rachel, Shilling, Valerie and Fallowfield, Lesley (2016) Patient-reported outcome measures of the impact of cancer on patient’s everyday lives: a systematic review. Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 11 (2). pp. 211-232. ISSN 1932-2267

Julie L. Earles, Alan W. Kersten, Laura L. Vernon & Rachel Starkings (2015): Memory for positive, negative and neutral events in younger and older adults: Does emotion influence binding in event memory?, Cognition and Emotion, DOI: 10.1080/02699931.2014.996530

Lanning, K., Montgomery, S., Bright, J., Broming, L., Hudelson, M., Pauletti, R., Rosenzweig, G., & Starkings, R. (2009). Lives through film---49 Up and the Up Series as a longitudinal study of personality and social change. In M. Gregerson (Ed.), The cinematic mirror for psychology and life coaching (77-88). NY: Springer.