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 justive 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 helath 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.

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.

“We don’t do dementia” identifying barriers to help-seeking for memory problems among Black African and Caribbean British communities.

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.