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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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.