Dr Mary Thomas

Mary is the Research Manager with the NIHR CLAHRC North Thames, having initially joined the CLAHRC as acting Manager (maternity cover). Previously, Mary worked at UCL as a Project Manager on an NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research addressing social inequalities in uptake of bowel cancer screening, and in a number of research and administrative roles within UCL. Mary has a Masters in Demography & Health, and undergraduate degrees in English and Fine Art.

Effectiveness of an implementation optimisation intervention aimed at increasing parent engagement in HENRY, a childhood obesity prevention programme – the Optimising Family Engagement in HENRY (OFTEN) trial: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial

Dr Rachel James

Rachel is the clinical lead for the national i-THRIVE programme, and is responsible for supporting the national implementation of THRIVE. Rachel led on the i-THRIVE Academy, funded by Health Education England.

Rachel is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and has over 20 years’ experience working with children, young people and their families across the health, social care, education and voluntary sectors. She has managed a number of community, specialist and multi-agency CAMHS teams.

Rachel is committed to delivering and developing interventions and services that are evidence-informed and actively promote and encourage shared decision making to ensure collaborative practice with children, young people and their parents or carers.

Lizette Ahenda

Lizette Ahenda joined in June 2016 to liaise with and involve school students, teachers, adolescent patients and their parents in content development of the intervention. She maintains close collaborations with Centre of the Cell learning team, child health practitioners and other project partners.

Since her BSc from the University of Hertfordshire in 2009, she has previous clinical experience as a Physiotherapist in primary and secondary NHS trusts, as well as from her birth place Nairobi, Kenya, collecting epidemiological data for a government hospital on community based health. Montreal, Canada offered opportunities in rehabilitation of stroke patients, children with motor impairments and YMCA gym programs for long term conditions. While in Montreal, Lizette worked in community outreach with children, youth and families. Here in the UK, she leads activities and mentors at a South London youth club.

Lizette graduated with an MSc in Global Health in 2015 from UCL and has since completed evaluation projects of community health programs in London Borough of Camden, conducted fieldwork for an Institute of Education trial of secondary school emotional health programs, as well as for an EU-MRC trial on men’s health programs for Glasgow University’s Social and Public Health Sciences Unit.

 

A cleaner burning biomass-fuelled cookstove intervention to prevent pneumonia in children under 5 years old in rural Malawi (the Cooking and Pneumonia Study): a cluster randomised controlled trial