Dr Mariana Pinto da Costa

Dr Mariana Pinto de Costa is a Portuguese psychiatrist.  She is a Doctoral research fellow at the Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry (WHO Collaborating Centre for Mental Health Services Development and NIHR Global Health Group) at Queen Mary University of London, and a Lecturer at the Biomedical Sciences Abel Salazar Institute at the University of Porto.

In her current research, she has been exploring social relationships between people with psychosis and volunteers, through different formats (face-to-face and digitally), collecting views of different stakeholders (mental health professionals, volunteers and patients) in 3 European countries.

She is enthusiastic about making the most of technology to connect people and has developed a new intervention using smartphones – the Phone Pal study (ISRCTN 17586238), of which she is the Chief Investigator.

Sarah Beardon

Before starting her PhD research, Sarah worked for the UCL Centre for Access to Justice undertaking a research project with the UCL integrated Legal Advice Clinic. This work focussed on the connections between legal problems and health, and included conducting a mixed methods evaluation exploring potential health impacts of legal advice and the experience of collaborative working between healthcare and legal advice services.

Previously, Sarah worked for the Patient Experience Research Centre at Imperial College London, where her projects included questionnaire development and testing, analysis of patient feedback (quantitative and qualitative) and systematic reviews. She has also worked at Cancer Research UK in the Statistical Information team, producing analysis to support the charity’s communications work.

Sarah graduated with a first class honours in Biology (BSc) followed by a Masters in Public Health (MPH). Her research uses mixed methodology and she has a particular interest in health inequalities and social determinants of health.

Professor Sonia Johnson

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

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.

Moïse Roche

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.