Dr Brooke Nickel

Dr Brooke Nickel is currently working with the Department of Health and BreastScreen NSW on understanding the impact of breast density notification in Australia and was recently awarded a 5-year NHMRC Investigator Grant to further this research.
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Brooke Nickel, BSc Hons, MIPH, PhD is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in The University of Sydney School of Public Health. She has been working as a public health researcher in The School of Public Health since 2014 and completed her PhD in 2018. Her research focuses on understanding the psychosocial impact of cancer diagnosis and treatment, and how to improve cancer communication and decision making.
Her research which examines how different labels for low risk thyroid cancer impacts treatment decision making and patient outcomes including quality of life has been published in high impact journals in the field including Thyroid, JAMA Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, and The BMJ. This work has re-opened the discussion and debate about the labelling and the impact of low risk cancer diagnoses internationally.                                                             

In Brooke's spare time she is chasing after her toddler, out walking one of Sydney's many harbourside trails or is down at the beach.

Research Interests: 

Brooke's interests lie in psychosocial research particularly in the context of thyroid and breast cancer. Her research includes both quantitative and qualitative methods.