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.
Professor Stefan Priebe is head of the Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry, the only World Health Collaborating Centre with the specific task of mental health services development. The Unit has a significant track record in the implementation of complex interventions in NHS practices including research on doctor- patient communication, day hospitals, and financial incentives for medication, patient reported outcomes and non-verbal therapies.
Professor Livingston brings expertise in the psychiatry of older people, specialising in dementia and family carers prevalence of mental health problems in ethnic elders, access to services, and successful ageing in cognitive adversity. She is consultant old age psychiatrist at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust
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.
I graduated from Westminster in 2009 with a BSc in Psychology, after which I worked in neurorehabilitation for 2 years. I then travelled for a year before studying a clinical neuropsychology MSc in Leiden (NL) after being inspired by my experience in neurorehab, graduating in 2014. As a research assistant at UCL’s Division of Psychiatry I am working on a project seeking to improve early access to dementia services Black African and Caribbean populations. In addition to my research role I also work in a community mental health project for the NHS. My current interests are in neuropsychological research around normal and abnormal cognitive abilities and functioning. I am currently working on a research paper with Leiden University investigating cognitive abilities and aptitudes that predict grammar learning skills.
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.
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 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.
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.