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About me

Dr Marie Polley has a BSc in Biomedical Sciences and PhD in molecular carcinogenesis. She is also a Reiki teacher and practitioner. Whilst a Research Fellow at Breast Cancer Haven

and Lecturer at the University of Westminster, Dr Polley has conducted qualitative content analysis into the patient's perception of the benefits of complementary therapies in cancer support care and recently (2007) completed a review of patient data in the Polyclinic.


The use of complementary therapies as adjuncts to biomedical care for people with cancer; the use of patient reported outcome measures; the construction of wellbeing in people with chronic illnesses and the molecular biology of cancer.

Current Research / Ongoing Projects

July 2008 - ongoing: Evaluation of the collection and use of patient data for the Polyclinic over the next 5 years. TQEF £7500, Principal Investigator

October 2008 - December 2008(approx). A qualitative secondary analysis of how black and minority ethnic patients( BME) construct recovery: RDF £1701, Associative Investigator.

April 2008 - August 2008: Patient narratives of complementary therapy use in two health conditions using the DIPEx qualitative database RDF £5000, Associate Investigator,

November 2007 - March 2008: Investigation in to the effect of acupuncture of appetite modulation, pilot study RDF £5000, Associate Investigator.

Research Groups / Key Appointments

Member of the following professional organizations

  • International Society for Complemenary Medicine Research (ISCMR) from July 2006
  • Alternative and Complementary Health Research Network (ACHRN) from July 2004


For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.