International Society for Quality of Life Research
International Society for Quality of Life Research

New Investigators

Who are New Investigators?

Full-time students, post-doctoral fellows who have received their doctorate in the past five years, and researchers who have worked in the health-related quality of life field for up to five years

Purpose of the Special Interest Group

  • Create a network for investigators new to the field of HRQOL
  • Help solve common problems at early stages of one’s career
  • Share experiences
  • Facilitate discussion
  • Stay up to date on issues of interest to New Investigators
  • Provide educational material, in the form of articles, webinars, roundtables, etc
  • Cooperate with the other SIGs to introduce their field to New Investigators


  • 2019 Annual Report
  • 2018 Annual Report
  • Annual Conference: Here is a sample of some of the Annual Conference activities new investigators have organized in recent years.
    • Tricks of the Trade Series: Senior ISOQOL members discuss their career paths and provide tips and tricks for a successful career in HRQOL.
    • Roundtable Discussions: Small group discussions on career topics. Previous topics include crafting a resumé and job interview strategies.
    • Panel Discussion: Career pathways in academia, consultancy and industry insights of experts
    • SIG Business Meeting: A forum for discussion issues pertaining to New Investigators and to determine new projects.
    • Social/Networking: Connecting with fellow new investigators can expand your research network and also your social network within your research areas.

Communication and Information Sharing

We encourage active communication between members.

  • Connect with other New Investigators using the ISOQOL Membership Directory.
  • Review the Quality of Life Quarterly, ISOQOL's quarterly newsletter, to keep up to date.
  • Consider the New Investigators Teamwork and ISOQOL LinkedIn as a way to connect with fellow SIG members.
  • Contact one of the leaders listed below for more information.

Online Education


Co-Chair: Canhua Xiao, PhD

Canhua Xiao is a faculty member at Yale University School of Nursing. Dr. Xiao received her PhD from University of Pennsylvania in 2011. To further refine and expand her research skills and knowledge, she finished her postdoctoral training at Emory University in 2013. Dr. Xiao’s general research interests focus on patient-reported outcomes, quality of life, cancer-related symptoms/symptom clusters, and cancer-related fatigue and its biological mechanisms. Dr. Xiao’s work has been funded by multiple sources including the NIH/NINR Career Development Award (K99/R00) and R01. She has been awarded the 2016 Victoria Mock New Investigator Award by the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), the 2017 Protégée Award by the Friends of National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR), and nominated for the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) by NINR.

Co-Chair: Laura Pinheiro, PhD

Laura Pinheiro is an assistant professor at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City. Dr. Pinheiro completed her doctorate in health services research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2017. After graduation, Laura moved to New York City and joined the faculty in the Division of General Internal Medicine in July 2017. Dr. Pinheiro's research program is in cancer health services research with a focus on health disparities and quality of life. Her work is currently funded by an early career award at Weill Cornell, a 5-year grant from the New York Department of Health, and a 3-year Diversity Supplement from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Dr. Pinheiro is actively working on her National Institute of Health career development award application with a planned submission of summer 2019.


Past Leadership

Roxanne Jensen, PhD (2009-2011)
Bellinda King-Kallimanis, PhD (2010-2012)
Antonia Bennett, PhD (2011-2013)
Katerina Papageorgiou (2012-2014)
Marc Jacobs (2013-2015)
Catherine Bottomley, MPharm, PhD (2014-2016)
Kathrin Fischer (2015-2017)
Manraj Kaur, PT, MSc, PhD (2016-2018)

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