Dr Grigorios Kotronoulas

Research Fellow in Cancer Care



Grigorios' main clinical and research interests include sleep and sleep-outcomes research in cancer care; the uptake of systematic sleep assessments and provision of cognitive-behavioural therapy for insomnia; the development of eHealth solutions to promote sleep assessment/management; the enhancement of symptom management in cancer care; the uptake and implementation of the routine use of patient-reported outcome measures in clinical practice; and the promotion of dyadic care research through inclusion of both patients and caregivers in nursing assessment and management.

Grigorios received his Bachelor's degree in Nursing Science (BSN) from the University of Athens in 2004. In 2007, he completed his MSc in Oncology Nursing and Palliative Care also at the University of Athens. In 2013, he was awarded a PhD for his research project entitled: 'Sleep/wake patterns and key predictors for sleep impairment in patient-caregiver dyads: A longitudinal observational study among women with early stage breast cancer and their informal caregivers during chemotherapy treatment' at the University of Dundee.

Grigorios has been extensively involved in the design, recruitment, and statistical analysis phases of studies employing quantitative methodologies, and systematic literature reviews in Greece and the UK. He has an invested interest in enhancing the use of realistic, context-appropriate and innovative quantitative research methods in nursing and psychosocial research as well as actively participating in the analysis of quantitative data using sophisticated statistical methods.

Research interests

  • Sleep and sleep-outcomes research
  • Cognitive-behavioural therapy for insomnia
  • Patient-reported outcomes research
  • Dyadic research
  • Cancer care
  • Supportive care needs research
  • Adult patients and caregivers/families
  • eHealth
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative Data Analysis
  • Systematic Reviews
  • Project Management
  • Questionnaire development and psychometric testing


  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Systematic reviews

Invited Presentations

What is the added value of examining interdependence in the sleep/wake patterns of patients and informal caregivers? A dyadic sleep study in the context of adjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer. Breast Educational Meeting, Cancer Research Centre, Ninewells Hospital, NHS Tayside, October 2013.Palliative care's contribution in the management of sleep-wake disturbances in patients with terminal cancer. Postgraduate courses, School of Nursing, University of Athens; May 2008.Support for patients living with advanced cancer who receive targeted therapies. TARGET Training Initiative; “EGFR Inhibitors in the treatment of cancer”. An Educational Project accredited by the European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS). December 2007. (Invited Speaker).

The need of cancer patient's participation in the health care system. “Participation of patients in clinical trials”. 3rd Hellenic Societies Anticancer Conference. 26-29 April 2007; Athens (Invited speaker); (Conference proceedings pp. 78-79).

Hard-to-approach aspects of QOL in palliative care. 6th Round table in 7th Hellenic Conference of Nursing Students. 9-11 December 2005; Athens (Invited speaker).Sleep-wake disorders in oncology patients: identification and intervention. Postgraduate courses in Nursing and Psychosocial Oncology; Hellenic Anticancer Society, June 2005-April 2008.Sexuality and body image: open fields for nursing activation. Postgraduate courses in Nursing and Psychosocial Oncology; Hellenic Anticancer Society, June 2006-April 2008. Offering patients with cancer the “sleep of their dreams”. Postgraduate courses in Nursing and Psychosocial Oncology; Hellenic Anticancer Society, June 2006.