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.

Aysegul Dirik

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.

Dr Charlotte Woodhead

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 Kaselionyte

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.

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.