Associate Professor Rankin is an implementation scientist who completed a PhD in Behavioural Science in Relation to Medicine at the University of Newcastle in 2000 and has experience working across government cancer agencies (National Breast Cancer Centre, 2001-2003, Cancer Institute NSW, 2004-2006), cancer charities (Cancer Council NSW 2017-2019) and academia (2006-2009; 2012-ongoing). She was awarded an International fellowship in the Mentored Training in Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer (MT-DIRC), Washington University in St Louis, USA (2016-2018) and in 2020 was the recipient of the Lesley J. Fleming Churchill Fellowship (Health and Medicine category).
A major focus of Nicole’s research interests is lung cancer; her research portfolio in this context extends from screening, early detection, and management through multidisciplinary care through to palliation and survivorship. Nicole is also a media spokesperson for the Lung Foundation Australia. A/Prof Rankin’s committee membership includes the Expert Management Group for Breast Screen Australia (Commonwealth appointment) and scientific committee member for Primary Care Collaborative Cancer Clinical Trials Group (PC4) Scientific Committee. She is co-chair of INSPIRE, the Psycho-Oncology Co-operative Research Group (PoCoG) Special Interest Group in Implementation Science. She is Associate Editor of Implementation Science Communications journal.