HERON Leadership

Professor Stephani Hatch

Lead Co-ordinator

Professor Stephani Hatch is one of the lead co-ordinators of HERON and combines her background in sociology and psychiatric epidemiology in the Department of Psychological Medicine at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s College London. Her research focuses on urban mental health and inequalities in health and health service use. She is the Principal Investigator (PI) for the Tackling Inequalities and Discrimination Experiences in health Services (TIDES) Study, funded by the Wellcome Trust  and the ESRC and Co-PI for the Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) South East London Community Health (SELCoH) study and leads the HYPE (improving the Health of Young PeoplE) Project. Stephani is also a Co-Investigator for the ESRC funded Centre for Society and Mental Health, leading a programme focussed on Communities and Mental Health.

Dr Cerisse Gunasinghe

Lead Co-ordinator

Dr Cerisse Gunasinghe is a postdoctoral researcher and Counselling Psychologist in the Department of Psychological Medicine, IoPPN at King’s College London and is project co-ordinator for the HYPE (improving the Health of Young PeoplE) Project, and Co-Investigator for the Tackling Inequalities and Discrimination Experiences in health Services (TIDES) Study, funded by the Wellcome Trust  and the ESRC. Cerisse’s work is underpinned by a holistic model of care, and an appreciation of the impact of societal and cultural practices on individual experiences. Her research interests focus on reducing barriers to social and psychological support and educating community populations to help early identification and treatment of mental and physical health difficulties. Cerisse is the lead co-ordinator for UP&RUNNING and works on RISE (Research methods In School Education) and the Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) Youth Awards.

Dr Charlotte Woodhead

Lead Co-ordinator

Dr Charlotte Woodhead is a Lecturer in Society and Mental Health at the ESRC funded Centre for Society and Mental Health at King’s College London. Using insights from psychiatric and social epidemiology, and applied health research, her mixed methods research and public engagement activities focus on social/structural determinants of mental health inequalities. Specific interests include evaluation of complex social interventions to reduce inequalities in mental health and healthcare, including those led by communities affected; the role of the voluntary and community sector in mental health provision and equity of access; and, young adult mental health. Charlotte works across several HERON activities.

Dr Billy Gazard

Lead Co-ordinator

Dr Billy Gazard is a Senior Research Officer at the Centre for Crime and Justice (Office for National Statistics). Billy is one of the lead co-ordinators of HERON and co-founder of the South East London Photography Group (SELPh). Billy’s research interests include a focus on social determinants of health, LGBT health and mental health, health inequalities, discrimination experiences, and the impact of victimisation on mental health.

Lucy Ensum

Programme Co-ordinator

Lucy is the Programme Co-ordinator for the HERON Network, in the Department of Psychological Medicine at the IoPPN, King’s College London. She is also the Research Facilitator for the Tackling Inequalities and Discrimination Experiences in health Services (TIDES) Study, funded by the Wellcome Trust and ESRC. Lucy is an experienced administrator and project co-ordinator, working for leading London universities since 2010. She brings over 15 years of event management skills to help with the smooth running of the HERON Network engagement activities.

Shirlee MacCrimmon

Database Administrator

Shirlee MacCrimmon

Shirlee is the Database Administrator of the HERON Network, in the Department of Psychological Medicine at the IoPPN, King’s College London. She has a BA in Psychology and a MLIS (Master of Library and Information Science). Shirlee also works for related research projects in areas such as community health, military mental health, and integrating mental and physical health.