Dr Claudia Rutherford

Claudia provides input into the overall Sydney Catalyst program via the T2/T3 Working Group by contributing to the generation of new ideas, recommendations for capacity building and advocating for the interests of members working in the evidence into practice space. Claudia is Co-Chair of the Sydney Catalyst International Translational Cancer Research Symposium 2019 Working Group.
  • T2/T3 Working Group
  • SCITCRS 2019 Working Group


Claudia is Deputy Director of the QOL Office and Senior Research Fellow at the School of Psychology, University of Sydney. She is based at the Quality of Life (QOL) Office, which is supported by Cancer Australia to provide expert advice on the design, conduct, analysis, interpretation, and reporting of patient-reported outcome (PRO) endpoints in clinical trials led by members of the 13 Australia and New Zealand Cancer Clinical Trials Groups (CCTGs). She spends half her time on support activities for the CCTGs, and the other time is dedicated to research. She has also held research positions at the University of Leeds (2005-2013) and University of Plymouth (2011-2013) in the UK, and continues to hold a Honorary position at the Leeds Institute of Clinical Trials Research, University of Leeds, UK. She has undergraduate qualifications in psychology and she completed her PhD in 2011 in Health Outcome Measurement. She specialises in the development, evaluation and use of patient-reported outcome measures in clinical research and clinical practice for patient benefit and service evaluation, including health-related quality of life and symptom burden. 

In her spare time, Claudia likes reading psychological thrillers and travelling whenever she can

Research Interests:  

Claudia's research interests are within the field of Health Psychology, with a focus on methodological research to improve the quality of patient-reported outcome assessment in clinical research. Specifically, her interests include improving the quality of life of people affected by chronic health conditions, and developing valid outcome measures for use in research and clinical practice. More recently (past 3-years), her interests have extended to incorporating patient-reported outcome evidence into clinical decision making through interventions such as nurse decision coaching, patient decision aids and training resources for health professionals.