Dr Madhavi Bajekal

I lead a research team investigating the drivers of long-run improvements in longevity and, particularly, socioeconomic inequalities in morbidity and mortality trends and projections.

Since 2009, my research at UCL has been supported by Legal and General Assurance Society where I am Principal Scientist (Epidemiology) in the Longevity Science Team. Uniquely within the pensions industry, this is a successful example of an embedded industry/academia collaboration to support independent research which is both scientifically novel and of practical relevance to the industry.

Before joining UCL, I was in a senior civil servant at the Office for National Statistics (Deputy Director, Social and Healthcare Analysis); the Chair of Eurostat’s ‘Partnership in Health’ programme; and a Consultant Advisor to the Department of Health’s health survey programme. I began my career as a health analyst at the Department of Primary Care, Imperial College London after completing my PhD in SOAS (University of London).

Dr Andrew Barnfield

Based within the Department of Health Services Research and Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, I work on a joint Greater London Authority (GLA) and CLAHRC funded project that aims to evaluate the Healthy Schools London (HSL) programme. HSL was established in 2013 with the aim of improving children’s health and well-being. My responsibility using qualitative methodologies is to conduct an evaluation of HSL’s impact, and in an iterative process, inform the further development of HSL to (i) assess the potential for the HSL programme to influence educational achievement, promote healthy lifestyle behaviours, and reduce health inequalities in London, (ii) explore the extent to which becoming a Healthy School is associated with changes in school-level policies, activities, and agenda. This includes key indicators of health-related knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours, (iii) assess the nature and level of engagement with the HSL programme by schools and any differential uptake by socio-economic factors, and to understand the drivers and barriers to becoming a Healthy School.

Caroline Katzer

Caroline has completed a BSc in Psychology at University of Mannheim in Germany and an MSc in Health Psychology at University of Surrey. Throughout her undergraduate degree in Mannheim she worked as a Research Assistant in the Judgement and Decision Making lab. She has experience in both qualitative and quantitative research methodology. Caroline’s research interests include the development of complex interventions, treatment and illness perceptions in chronically ill patients, adherence to treatment as well as behaviour change in general.

Moïse Roche

Moïse Roche received his first degree in Psychology from City University London in 2013 and is starting a Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health Sciences at University College London. Since Moïse left a career of many years in Information Technology Management in 2010, he has gained experience in the field of research and dementia support through his work with the Alzheimer’s Society and St George’s University London. Currently, Moïse is working as a Research Assistant within UCL Division of Psychiatry on a project seeking to improve early access to dementia services to enable timely diagnosis and treatment in Black African and Caribbean populations.

“We don’t do dementia” identifying barriers to help-seeking for memory problems among Black African and Caribbean British communities.

CLAHRC researchers have heard first-hand perceptions and beliefs among Black adults that prevent them from approaching their GP when they have concerns about memory problems – an early indicator of dementia.

Focus groups and interviews revealed five main beliefs and perceptions preventing people’s seeking help for dementia:
• Forgetfulness is not indicative of dementia
• Dementia is not an illness affecting Black communities
• Memory problems are not important enough to seek medical help
• Fear of lifestyle changes
• Confidentiality, privacy and family duty

The study comprised semi-structured focus – groups and interviews, recruiting 50 participants across a range of age groups and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Dr Natalia Lewis

Dr Natalia Lewis is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health, QMUL. She was trained as a physician and completed her PhD at the North-Western State Medical University, Russian Federation, investigating prevalence and associations of domestic violence and abuse among women patients attending Russian general practice. Her post-doc projects included longitudinal analysis of HPA axis functioning in abused women (CEASE study), evaluation of a training intervention for general practice on domestic violence and child safeguarding (RESPONDS study) and review of grey literature on interventions for children exposed to domestic violence and abuse (IMPROVE study). She is a member of the IRIS/ CLAHRC research team working on post-implementation evaluation of IRIS intervention in five northeast London boroughs (http://www.clahrc-norththames.nihr.ac.uk/iris/).