Aysegul Dirik

Ayse has been a Research Assistant at the Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry since 2014, working within the mental health theme to develop an intervention to facilitate carer involvement in acute inpatient treatment. She has since been awarded a Doctoral Research Fellowship from the NIHR (due to begin January 2016) to investigate patients’ perspectives on involving family and friends in their treatment. Her main interests include social approaches to mental health care and public participation in research.

Ayse has an MSc in Research Methods in Psychology. Having worked in various research and therapeutic settings, she also has over five years’ experience of managing projects for carers. Her work has involved individual and group support whilst also having a strategic role, facilitating user involvement and working with commissioners to develop local services and policies.

Dr Charlotte Woodhead

Charlotte completed her PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, exploring the mental health of women in the UK Armed Forces. Her research and interests since then have focused on local health inequalities; for example, in sexual minority mental health; in the physical health of patients with serious mental illnesses; and, in the residential mobility of individuals with common mental disorders. Charlotte is currently a Research Associate working as an ‘embedded researcher’ within Haringey Council, as part of a research initiative organised by the NIHR CLAHRC North Thames to develop an evaluation framework for the provision of welfare advice hubs in primary care.

Justina Kaselionyte

Justina joined the Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry in January 2016. She is working as a Research Assistant on the project aiming to develop an intervention to facilitate carer involvement in acute inpatient treatment. She has a BA in Political Science and an MSc in Global Mental Health. Her main research interests include social and cultural determinants of mental health, resilience, spirituality and mental health, and service user and carer involvement in mental healthcare.

Penny Rapaport

Penny is a Clinical Psychologist in the Division of Psychiatry at UCL. Her PhD focuses upon the development of an evidence-based manualised training intervention to reduce agitation in people with dementia living in care homes, identifying barriers and facilitators to developing and integrating interventions in care homes in order to increase their feasibility and acceptability.

Liz Simes

Liz is the Trial Coordinator for the i-THRIVE evaluation and is responsible for the coordination of the research project.

Liz has experience of quantitative and qualitative data collection, as well as research management and ethical governance in the NHS and criminal justice system. She has coordinated research trials funded by the NIHR for the last three years, evaluating services for young people with Conduct disorder and adults with Antisocial personality disorder. Liz has previously worked as a researcher working with hard to reach groups and is interested in developing evidence based practice for mental health services for young people and adults. Liz has an MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice from King’s College London and will be starting her PhD at UCL in September 2017.

Bethan Morris

Bethan is a research assistant working on the i-THRIVE Evaluation and is involved in the development of research tools and data collection. She has experience of conducting research across mental health services where the aim was to discover mental health professionals’ assessment of patient activation in clinical practice and their receptiveness to a formal measure of patient activation. Her career has also involved working in inpatient settings. Bethan has a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Mental Health Studies.

Ilse Lee

Ilse is the the Research Officer for the national i-THRIVE programme and has been working on i-THRIVE from the very beginning. Ilse is responsible for managing the i-THRIVE Community of Practice, ensuring that we are aware of how sites are progressing with their i-THRIVE implementation and identifying where support may be needed. She is also responsible for developing the i-THRIVE Toolkit which will help sites to take a structured, evidence-based approach to implementation. Ilse has experience of research in mental health services where the goal has been to assess how the current systems of services are functioning, what is working well and be able to plan what changes should be made to improve efficiency and outcomes for service users. Ilse has recently completed a masters in Cognitive and Decision Sciences at UCL.

Diarmuid Denneny

Diarmuid Denneny  is spending a year as a CLAHRC HEE NCEL pre-doctoral fellow. His fellowship will allow him to explore allied health professional training to deliver brief psychological interventions for patients with long term conditions, and is linked to the CLAHRC’s Optimising Behaviour and engagement with care theme.

 Diarmuid is  at the pain management centre at University College London Hospitals (UCLH). He has over 20 years clinical experience. He is particularly interested in neuropathic pain, persistent pain and CCBT techniques in pain management, and leads the neuropathic pain pathway including CRPS at the UCLH pain management centre. Diarmuid is a qualified independent prescriber. He is interested in the clinical application of research, and is involved in education and research at UCLH.

Dr Rachel Muir

Rachel Muir is a CLAHRC HEE NCEL post-doctoral Fellow and the Senior Matron for the NIHR Clinical Research Facility at UCLH. Her clinical background is in Critical Care, Accident and Emergency and Clinical Research, and she has a PhD in Social Sciences. Rachel is interested in knowledge mobilisation, arts based participatory methodologies, and patient experience in clinical trials. Rachel was awarded an international travel scholarship by the Florence Nightingale Foundation in 2013/2014 to visit Harvard, Toronto, and McGill in Canada to learn from innovative participatory projects to improve patient experience, and she is currently developing applications for post-doctoral funding as part of her CLAHRC HEE NCEL fellowship.

Imogen Skene

Imogen Skene is spending a year as a CLAHRC HEE NCEL pre-doctoral fellow. Her research will focus on informed consent & recruitment to clinical studies in the Emergency Department setting, and is linked to the CLAHRC’s Methodological Innovation theme. Imogen is currently a Senior Clinical Research Nurse in the Emergency Department at Barts Health NHS Trust.

Imogen obtained her BSc Adult Nursing at the University of Southampton and her MRes Clinical Research at City University London. Her MRes focused on trauma patients experience of care in the Emergency Department. She has also worked as an emergency nurse in Australia, New Zealand and the UK.