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In August 2014 I finished a PhD with Imperial College, MRC-PHE centre for environment and health, focusing on the effects of personal air pollution. Apart from a background in science, I always had an interest in communicating scientific knowledge. During my PhD I therefore volunteered within science and museum communications for the Medical Research Council, London Science Museum, Medway Science Centre and Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood. I joined the NIHR CLAHRC funded School-based Asthma Project (SAP) in September 2014, for which I am responsible for Outreach and Learning. My role includes recruitment and liaison with currently 50 different partner organisations, of which 24 are schools, others are research organisations, health organisations, and a variety of private companies. In the first year of the project I organised questionnaire sessions in our partner schools with altogether 799 asthmatic secondary school students. A current focus of my work is the content development and testing of workshops and their educational elements, planned as part of a school-based asthma self-management intervention. One element of the planned workshops is an asthma game for which the final development and wider dissemination (both for a board game and a computer game version) are planned for 2016.
James Thomas is Professor of Social Research & Policy and Assistant Director for Health and Wellbeing at the Institute of Education. He directs the EPPI-Centre’s Systematic Review Facility for the Department of Health, England, which undertakes systematic reviews across a range of policy areas to support the department. He specialises in developing methods for research synthesis, in particular for qualitative and mixed methods reviews and in using emerging information technologies such as text mining in research.
Jo is currently working on the Digital Alcohol Management on Demand (DIAMOND) feasibility trial comparing face to face alcohol treatment with supported access to web based treatment for hazardous or harmful drinkers.
Prior to joining the e-Health Unit, I was a Clinical Project Manager involved in the management of a cell therapy trial with Cell Therapy Catapult at Guy’s Hospital. Previously I was a Clinical Trial Agreements Associate at Kings Health Partners Clinical Trial Office and worked at several large pharmaceutical companies as a Clinical Project Manager. I have experience in Phase I to IV clinical trials covering the therapeutic areas of anti-infectives, osteoporosis, oncology, cardiovascular and diabetes. I have a PhD in Biotechnology and BSc Microbiology (Hons).
Fiona is currently working on the Digital Alcohol Management on Demand (DIAMOND) feasibility trial comparing face to face alcohol treatment with supported access to web based treatment for hazardous or harmful drinkers.
I worked as a GP for five years in South London before training in Public Health Medicine. My PhD examined the impact of pay for performance (such as the national Quality & Outcomes Framework) on smoking cessation work in primary care, and alcohol screening and brief intervention, with a focus on inequalities. My current research area is e-Health initiatives to address behaviour change in people with hazardous and harmful alcohol use.
Emma is a non-clinical researcher with a background in computer science and health technologies. She uses systems analysis and qualitative methods to analyse and evaluate sociotechnical innovations in healthcare. She is studying the impact of different forms of training and incentives on the prescribing of anticoagulant drugs for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation.
I am an anthropologist with interests in organisations, professions and expertise. My doctoral research was on the politics of hospital planning in England. My current work is looking at the role of boards in quality improvement in hospitals. I am co-convener of the London Medical Sociology Group and a member of the Society for Studies in Organizing Healthcare.
Professor Miranda Wolpert MBE
A clinical psychologist by background, Professor Miranda Wolpert is committed to understanding how best to support and evaluate effective service delivery to promote resilience and meet children and young people’s mental health needs. Her work focuses on improvement and prevention science combined with social entrepreneurship, and includes the development of online, digital and face-to-face tools and training resources for young people, carers and practitioners.
Miranda is Professor in Evidence Based Practice and Research at UCL and Founder and Director of the Evidence Based Practice Unit (EBPU), a service development and academic unit which works to bridge research and practice in child mental health and is part of both UCL and the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. She is also Co-Founder and Director of the Child Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC), the UK’s leading membership organisation that collects and uses evidence to improve children and young people’s wellbeing. Miranda is also Director of the Innovation, Evaluation and Dissemination Programme at Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.
In her other roles, Miranda is National Informatics and Data Advisor on Child and Adolescent Mental Health for NHS England, Children and Young People Mental Health Advisor at UCL Partners and co-chairs the Department of Health group on measurement in child mental health. She is also the Mental Health Strand Lead for the Children’s Policy Research Unit which advises Government on research related to policy development.
In 2017, Miranda was awarded an MBE for founding EBPU, co-founding CORC and services to child and adolescent mental health.
Professor Johnson’s research interests are in the clinical and social needs and the treatment outcomes of people with significant mental health problems such as psychosis and bipolar disorder. Professor Johnson is a Principal Investigator in the CLAHRC’s mental health theme working on a project to develop and test a self-management smartphone app for early psychosis.