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Grace is a Research Fellow in Maternal and Child Health and joined City University in Autumn 2017.

Grace did her undergraduate degree in English at the University of Cambridge and after a short career in marketing, published her first book A Shape of My Own (Viking, 2006) / Thin (Penguin, 2007). Subsequently, she wrote and published a number of articles on mental health in the national press.

In 2011, Grace completed an MSc Medical Humanities at King’s College London and, in 2012, was awarded a School of Arts Doctoral Studentship at Birkbeck, University of London. Grace’s PhD thesis (awarded 2017) proposes a new embodied model of mental health.

Whilst completing her PhD Grace has worked as a qualitative researcher in Health Sciences focused on cancer care, patient experience and professional roles. She joined City to work on a study focused on eating and moving in adolescent pregnancy.

Grace has an interest in embodied methodologies and bodywork practices for the communication and representation of distress.


  1. PhD English/Humanities (Medical Humanities), Birkbeck, University of London, UK, Oct 2017
  2. MSc Medical Humanities, King's College London, UK, Sep 2010 – Sep 2011
  3. MA English (Cantab), University of Cambridge, UK, Oct 1997 – Oct 2000


  1. Research Fellow, City, University London, Oct 2017 – present



  1. Bowman, G. (2007). Thin. Penguin UK. ISBN 978-0-14-102284-0.

Internet publication

  1. Grace, (2017). Body Matters. Hektoen International: A Journal of Medical Humanities.

Journal articles (14)

  1. Lucas, G., Gallagher, A., Zasada, M., Austin, Z., Jago, R., Banks, S. … van der Gaag, A. (2019). Understanding complaints about paramedics: A qualitative exploration in a UK context. Australasian Journal of Paramedicine, 16. doi:10.33151/ajp.16.616.
  2. Olander, E., Lucas, G. and Salmon, D. (2018). Weight management during teenage pregnancy: Issues to consider when developing appropriate support. British Journal of Midwifery, 26(12), pp. 770–774. doi:10.12968/bjom.2018.26.12.770.
  3. Lucas, G. (2018). Gut thinking: the gut microbiome and mental health beyond the head. Microbial Ecology in Health and Disease, 29(2), pp. 1548250–1548250. doi:10.1080/16512235.2018.1548250.
  4. Austin, Z., van der Gaag, A., Gallagher, A., Jago, R., Banks, S., Lucas, G. … Zasada, M. (2018). Understanding Complaints to Regulators About Paramedics in the UK and Social Workers in England: Findings from a Multi-Method Study. Journal of Medical Regulation, 104(3), pp. 19–28. doi:10.30770/2572-1852-104.3.19.
  5. van der Gaag, A., Jago, R., Austin, Z., Zasada, M., Banks, S., Gallagher, A. … Lucas, G. (2018). Why do paramedics have a high rate of self-referral? Journal of Paramedic Practice, 10(5), pp. 205–210. doi:10.12968/jpar.2018.10.5.205.
  6. Gallagher, A., Zasada, M., Jago, R., Austin, Z., Banks, S., Lucas, G. … Gaag, A.V.D. (2018). Fitness-to-practise concerns and preventative strategies. Journal of Paramedic Practice, 10(4), pp. 163–169. doi:10.12968/jpar.2018.10.4.163.
  7. Bridges, J., Lucas, G., Wiseman, T. and Griffiths, P. (2017). Workforce characteristics and interventions associated with high-quality care and support to older people with cancer: A systematic review. BMJ Open, 7(7). doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2017-016127.
  8. Cox, A., Lucas, G., Marcu, A., Piano, M., Grosvenor, W., Mold, F. … Ream, E. (2017). Cancer survivors' experience with telehealth: A systematic review and thematic synthesis. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 19(1). doi:10.2196/jmir.6575.
  9. Coombes, L.H., Wiseman, T., Lucas, G., Sangha, A. and Murtagh, F.E.M. (2016). Health-related quality-of-life outcome measures in paediatric palliative care: A systematic review of psychometric properties and feasibility of use. Palliative Medicine, 30(10), pp. 935–949. doi:10.1177/0269216316649155.
  10. Crisford, M., Lucas, G. and Wiseman, T. (2016). Nurse-led telephone triage for people with suspected colorectal cancer. Cancer Nursing Practice, 15(1), pp. 18–25. doi:10.7748/cnp.15.1.18.s20.
  11. White, I.D., Sangha, A., Lucas, G. and Wiseman, T. (2016). Assessment of sexual difficulties associated with multi-modal treatment for cervical or endometrial cancer: A systematic review of measurement instruments. Gynecologic Oncology, 143(3), pp. 664–673. doi:10.1016/j.ygyno.2016.08.332.
  12. Wiseman, T., Lucas, G., Sangha, A., Randolph, A., Stapleton, S., Pattison, N. … Dolan, S. (2015). Insights into the experiences of patients with cancer in London: Framework analysis of free-text data from the National Cancer Patient Experience Survey 2012/2013 from the two London Integrated Cancer Systems. BMJ Open, 5(10). doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015-007792.
  13. Jones, C.E.L., Maben, J., Lucas, G., Davies, E.A., Jack, R.H. and Ream, E. (2015). Barriers to early diagnosis of symptomatic breast cancer: A qualitative study of Black African, Black Caribbean and White British women living in the UK. BMJ Open, 5(3). doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-006944.
  14. Jones, C.E.L., Maben, J., Jack, R.H., Davies, E.A., Forbes, L.J.L., Lucas, G. … Ream, E. (2014). A systematic review of barriers to early presentation and diagnosis with breast cancer among black women. BMJ Open, 4(2). doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2013-004076.