Dr Taina Taskila MSc, M.Soc.Sci, PhD

Research Fellow

Dr Taina Taskila is a Research Fellow in the School of Education at the University of Greenwich.

Taina has worked across academic and policy institutions in the UK, and in academic research institutes in the Netherlands and Finland on occupational health.

Taina was Senior Researcher at The Work Foundation, part of Lancaster University. Here she led several applied research projects in health and wellbeing of employees. Her research has often focused on healthcare and employment in order to improve wellbeing and work outcomes of people who are in a vulnerable position in the labor market.

Previously Held Posts:
  • 2012-2015, Senior Researcher, The Work Foundation (part of Lancaster University)
  • 2008-2010, Visiting Research Fellow, Coronel Institute of Occupational Health, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 2007-2011, Research Fellow, Department of Primary Care Clinical Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK
  • 2002-2006, Researcher, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Helsinki, Finland

Responsibilities within the university

  • Developing the work of the Health & Society Research Group across the departments
  • Engaging staff in the research process by supporting them with writing for publications and grant preparation.


  • Grant Submission Reviewer: Research For Patient Benefit (RfPB, NIHR)
  • Journal Reviewer: Journal of Cancer Survivorship, Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, British Medical Journal, Psycho Oncology

Research / Scholarly interests

Taina's areas of interest include the Health and wellbeing of employees, health inequalities in the labour market, psychosocial cancer research, chronic conditions and quality of life.

Key funded projects

2015, Lundbeck Pharmaceuticals, Impact of depression on employment outcomes -evidence based review.

2014, NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence), Evidence Review and Economic Analysis on Workplace Health in Older People.

2013, NICE, Evidence Review of Workplace Policy and Management Practices to Improve Employee Wellbeing.

Recent publications

De Boer, A., Taskila, T.,  Tamminga, S., Frings-Dresen, MH., Feurstein, M. and Verbeek, JH. (2015). Interventions to enhance return-to-work for cancer patients [Review]. The Cochrane Library, Sep 25;9. The Cochrane Collaboration; Wiley & Sons.

Shneerson, C., Taskila, T., Greenfield, S. and Gale, N. (2015). A survey investigating the associations between self-management practices and quality of life in cancer survivors. Supportive Care in Cancer. Sep;23(9), pp. 2655-62.

Shneerson, C., Taskila, T., Holder, R., Greenfield, S., Tolosa. I., Damery. S., Gale, N. (2015). Patterns of self-management practices undertaken by cancer survivors: variations in demographic factors. European Journal of Cancer Care. Sep;24(5), pp. 683-94.

Wells, M., Amir, Z., Cox, T., Eva, G., Greenfield, D., Hubbard, G., Kyle, R., McLennan, S., Munir, F., Scott, S., Sharp, L., Taskila, T., Wiseman, T. (2014). CANWORK research group. Time to act: the challenges of working during and after cancer, initiatives in research and practice. European Journal of Oncoly Nursing. Feb;18(1), pp.1-2.

Lindbohm, ML., Kuosma, E., Taskila, T., Hietanen, P., Carlsen, K., Gudbergsson, S., Gunnarsdottir, H. (2014). Early retirement and non-employment after breast cancer. Psychooncology. Jun;23(6), pp. 634-41.

Taskila, T., Steadman, K., Gulliford, J., Thomas, R., Elston, R. and Bevan, S. (2014). Working with schizophrenia: Experts' views on barriers and pathways to employment and job retention. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 41, pp. 29-44

Shneerson, C., Taskila, T., Gale, N., Greenfield, S., Chen, Y-E. (2013). The effect of complementary and alternative medicine on the quality of life of cancer survivors: A systematic review and meta-analyses. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, Vol 21, pp. 417-429.