HERON Steering Committee

Professor Stephani Hatch

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 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 Disadvantaged Communities and Mental Health.

Dr Cerisse Gunasinghe

Cerisse Gunasinghe is a postdoctoral researcher and Counselling Psychologist in the department of Psychological Medicine, IoPPN at King’s College London and is currently project co-ordinator for the HYPE (improving the Health of Young PeoplE) Project, a web-based recruitment, risk assessment, and resource platform for young adults (aged 16 and over) that will facilitate young people’s involvement in research and improve access to online and community-based social and health-related resources. As a research-practitioner, one of her many interests is how research has direct implications for clinical practice. Cerisse is the lead co-ordinator for UP&RUNNING, a beginners physical activity programme which aims to promote self-management and recovery among young people experiencing early signs or symptoms of poor health.

Dr Charlotte Woodhead

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

Dr Billy Gazard is a Senior Research Officer at the Office for National Statistics Centre for Crime and Justice. Billy is one of the lead co-ordinators of HERON and also co-founder of the South East London Photography Group (SELPh) which aims to use a variety of media to highlight everyday experiences and health inequalities. SELPh provides marginalised groups with the opportunity to represent themselves and voice their opinions to contribute to a dialogue on health and well-being.

Zoe Chui

Zoe Chui is a Research Assistant in the department of Psychological Medicine at the IoPPN, King’s College London. She is currently working on the Tackling Inequalities and Discrimination Experiences in health Services (TIDES) Study, funded by the Wellcome Trust. She is also the lead co-ordinator for the Research methods In School Education (RISE) project which aims to engage young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in community health research and positively influence future education and career aspirations.

Hannah Harwood

Hannah Harwood is a Research Assistant in the department of Psychological Medicine at King’s College London’s IoPPN. She is working on the Tackling Inequalities and Discrimination Experiences in health Services (TIDES) study, and is the lead co-ordinator for the South East London Photography Group (SELPh).

 

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