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Dr Tayana Soukup

Research interests

Tayana’s research interest is understanding the role of cognitive and social interactional factors in complex organisational behaviour and across different chronic conditions; and how this relates to improvements in quality and safety.

Biographical details

Tayana is a postdoctoral research associate with a PhD in Applied Cognitive Science, MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology, and BSc in Psychology. Tayana is skilled in research methodology and applied healthcare research that spans a range of health conditions, including diabetes, cancer, mental health, speech impediments, and neuropsychological and neurodevelopmental disorders. 

At the Centre for Implementation Science, Tayana is working with the diabetes team at CLAHRC South London on a process evaluation of the HARPdoc trial. Prior to this, Tayana worked at Imperial College London, Centre for Patient Safety and Service Quality, where she completed her NIHR-funded PhD. Her work focused on evaluating and improving clinical decision-making in cancer multidisciplinary teams. Before that, Tayana worked as an assistant psychologist at the Royal Free London NHS Trust and in a private therapy clinic, as well as research assistant positions at University College London and Kingston University.


Tayana’s current work is focused on two research areas:

 1. Evaluating implementation of two novel psychoeducational programmes (currently implemented within a registered clinical trial, the HARPdoc) aimed at helping people with type 1 diabetes avoid hypoglycaemia; using mixed methods approach.

 2. Evaluating and improving clinical decision-making in cancer multidisciplinary teams using naturalistic observations, quantitative assessments, psychometric instrument development, and principles of Conversation Analysis.

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