Thomas Steare

Tom works as a research assistant for the ARIES Study based at UCL Division of Psychiatry. He has experience of conducting research across Early Intervention Services for a wide range of studies led by Professor Sonia Johnson, where the goal has been to investigate new interventions for first-episode psychosis. His career also involved clinical work in a mental health team. Tom has a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Clinical Mental Health Sciences.

Sachin Vadgama

Sachin is a Health Economist in the Department of Applied Health Research (DAHR) at UCL. He holds a Masters in International Health Policy and Health Economics from the London School of Economics and a Masters in Pharmacy from the University of Nottingham. Sachin has worked in the area of health economics since 2014 for multinational pharmaceutical companies, consultancies and academia. Prior to his appointment at UCL, Sachin was a Health Economist at QuintilesIMS, a health care consultancy. His primary focus was on performing health economic evaluation of novel treatments and devices, using economic modelling techniques in the areas of cancer and rheumatoid arthritis.

Sachin’s current research is evaluating the ‘real-world’ cost-effectiveness and adoption of novel innovation of interconnected devices such as wearable monitors, data analysis and ways of working which may help patients stay well and monitor their conditions themselves as part of the NHS innovation test bed of NE London.

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 research, as well as research management and ethical governance in the NHS and criminal justice system.  She has coordinated research trials funded by the NIHR 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 heath services for young people and adults.  Liz has an MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice from King’s College London, and is currently undertaking a PhD at UCL exploring the concept of service users as researchers, and the potential impact of this approach on randomised control trials.

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.

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.

Meghan Davis

Meghan is a research assistant working on the i-THRIVE Evaluation.  She has experience of conducting research on mental health in the Global South and has a strong interest in qualitative research as a tool for understanding how people access health services.

Meghan has a BSc in Behavioural Neuroscience as well as a Masters of Public Health.

Nkasi Stoll

Nkasi is the Research Assistant for the i-Thrive Evaluation and is working with sites to collect and analyse qualitative and quantitative data.

Nkasi worked as an Assistant Research Psychologist for the ‘OCD Multi-Cultural Youth Project’ in South London where she designed, delivered, and evaluated community interventions for children and young people with OCD.  She also worked as an Honorary Research Assistant for the ‘Coping with Unusual ExperiencesS’ associated with distress (CUES+) randomised controlled trial for 12-18 year olds.  Prior to this she worked as a Young People’s Worker for ‘Axis @ The Hive’ youth hub in Camden, offering health and wellbeing support to 16-24 year olds.  Nkasi has a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience and a MSc in Mental Health Studies.

Dr Anna Moore

Anna Moore is a trainee psychiatrist working in child and adolescent mental health services in Cambridge.  She is Senior Research Fellow in Child Psychiatry at the AFNCCF, and is currently leading the CLAHRC i-THRIVE Evaluation, which is evaluating the national implementation of i-THRIVE.  Anna has been awarded a national NHS Innovation Accelerator Fellowship to lead on scaling up i-THRIVE.

She is currently completing a health services research PhD focusing on mental health crisis care pathways at UCL, and is a research fellow at Cambridge.  Prior to this, Anna was Director of Mental Health at UCL Partners and the NHS Medical Director’s National Clinical Fellow to Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, working as part of the NHS Outcomes Framework team at Department of Health.  Before taking up medicine, Anna was an accountant.