Professor Sheila Payne is a health psychologist with a background in nursing. She is the Co-Director of the International Observatory on End of Life Care at Lancaster University. She holds honorary visiting chairs at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia and Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. She is President of the European Association of Palliative Care. Professor Payne has a long track record in palliative care research and scholarship. Her research focuses on palliative and end-of-life care for older people. She holds a number of major international grants and has supervised over 30 PhD students. She has published widely in academic and professional journals and published 11 books.