Dr Emma Kemp

Senior Research Fellow

College of Medicine and Public Health

+61 8 74219954
place Flinders Medical Centre
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Dr Emma Kemp (PhD) is the Cancer Council SA, Flinders Foundation Senior Resarch Fellow in Cancer Support. She obtained her PhD from the University of Adelaide in 2014 and began her career in cancer supprtive care by coordinating the national multi-site RCT of an online psychotherapeutic intervention designed for people with early stage cancers (Finding My Way). Her research has spanned diverse topics including strategic implementation of digital health, return to work after cancer, siloes and gaps in evidence for cancer supportive care interventions, cardiovascular comorbidities, and development and testing of an online psychosocial intervention for women with metastatic breast cancer. Emma is experienced in consumer engagement and has applied her expertise in stakeholder consultation to investigate consumer and health professional preferences for management of cardiovascular disease in people with cancer, digital health implementation, and barriers to digital health engagement affecting people living rurally and/or with socioeconomic disadvantage. She is an expert in issues pertaining to use and implementation of digital health resources in cancer care and has a special interest in accessibility and usability of both digital and non-digital cancer supportive care resources. Her recent research focuses on ways to better support people who may experience limitations in their access to supportive care resources due to either geographic and/or socioeconomic circumstances. Emma aims to conduct research to inform and support person-centred, equitable cancer care, including development of accessible resources to support self-management and pathways to identify and access support that is specific and relevant to the diverse supportive care needs of people affected by cancer.


PhD (Psychology), The University of Adelaide, 2014

Health Science Honours (Psychology), The University of Adelaide, 2006

Bachelor of Arts (Psychology, English), The University of Adelaide, 2004

Diploma in Languages (Indonesian), The University of Adelaide, 2004

Honours, awards and grants

Flinders Foundation Health Seed Grant, 2021

Flinders Health and Medical Research Institute Kickstart Seed Grant, 2019

Primary Care Collaborative Cancer Clinical Trial Groups Training Award, 2019

Beat Cancer Travel Grant recipient, 2017

University of Adelaide Doctoral Research Medal, 2014

University of Adelaide Dean’s Commendation, 2014

Australian Postgraduate Award, 2008-2013

University of Adelaide APS Prize, 2006

Key responsibilities

My responsibilties include contributing to study design, preparing ethics, governance and grant applications, coordinating investigator meetings, recruitment of participants, collection and analysis of data, and preparation and submission of manuscripts for publication. I co-supervise one HDR student and mentor/supervise several other research assistants and staff across several projects.

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