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.

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.

 

Paul McLaughlin

Paul McLaughlin is a mental health matron who spent a year with the CLAHRC to increase his research skills and pursue a clinical academic career. Paul qualified as a mental health nurse in 1999 and completed a Masters in Interprofessional Practice in 2007, both at City University in London. He is a visiting lecturer at City University, completing a PG Dip in Academic Practice in 2009, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. At the commencement of the clinical academic fellowship in 2015, Paul was working as a ward matron in East London NHS Foundation Trust, where he has worked since he was a student.

His research focus was developing alternatives to forced treatment on acute psychiatric wards.

Janine Ellul

Janine qualified as an adult nurse in 2001 with a Bsc (Hons) in European Nursing Studies. This led to a varied career in a range of areas from acute medicine to sexual health and family planning. In 2009 she decided to become a health visitor, completing her Pgdip in Public health. Training and working as a health visitor in the East End of London, in some of the most deprived areas of the country, sparked her interest in safeguarding children.

Her most recent career move has led her to join the Safeguarding children team at Barts Health NHS trust, the largest trust in the country.

During her year with us Janine investigated issues around neglect and contrasting perceptions of neglect among parents and professionals

Dr Lisa Wood

Lisa is a Principal Clinical Psychologist working within acute psychiatric inpatient services within the North East London Foundation Trust.  She is also a Lecturer in Clinical Psychology on the University of Essex Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme.  Lisa has been working clinically with people experiencing long-term mental health difficulties (in particular psychosis) for over 10 years.  Lisa has always incorporated research within her professional practice.  Her research interests are in developing psychological therapies for people who experience psychosis and are also in acute crisis.

Lisa’s fellowship project is to adapt psychological therapies for psychosis to be suited to the acute inpatient setting, and is linked to the CLAHRC’s Empowering mental health service users and families theme.  The fellowship year will be spent doing some preparatory work for a post-doctoral research project examining this area in detail.

Emma Green

Emma  is a student pursuing a PhD titled “An exploration of an asset-based approach to the management of diabetes in young people: a qualitative participatory approach” supervised by Professor Angela Harden and Dr Darren Sharpe. It is embedded in the CLAHRC’s wider project examining the co-design of community-based services responsive to the needs of children and young people, which involves young people in all stages of the research process.

Jennifer Martin

Jennifer has a BSc hons in Human Biology, Sociology and Psychology and an MSc from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She has a background in non-clinical public health with experience working in Nepal and Zimbabwe. She is part of the Nurture Early for Optimal Nutrition team based at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health. Her PhD is exploring the Reverse translation of the women’s groups using the Participatory Learning and Action Cycle from resource-limited setting to the UK. She will be adapting this model to address infant nutrition in the Bangladeshi population of Tower Hamlets, east London.

Steven Towndrow

I joined NIHR CLAHRC North Thames in August 2014 from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust where I worked on their Patient Experience Team, analysing patient feedback and working with front line staff on service improvement. Before that I worked for Westminster Local Involvement Network (LINk) as Policy, Engagement and Communications officer, promoting service-user involvement in the commissioning, design and monitoring of health and social care services.