Research Team Collective

Nicol Bergou

Nicol is a Research Assistant in the Department of Psychological Medicine, IoPPN at King’s College London and is currently working on the Improving the Health of Young PeoplE (HYPE) Project. She has a background in Psychology and has recently completed an MSc in Psychiatric Research. Nicol also supports the delivery of the UP&RUNNING programme.

Zoe Chui

Zoe 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.

Luke Connor

Luke joined King’s in 2019 as a Research Assistant in Psychological Medicine, he has a BSc in Psychology, and a MRes in Research Methods. Luke is currently working with the TIDES (Tackling Inequality and Discrimination Experiences in Health Services) team, and he is responsible for the management and organisation of the Virtual Reality (VR) study.

Fiyory Ghezae

Fiyory is a BSc Sport, Health and Exercise science graduate and has just completed an MSc in Mental Health Studies. She completed her personal trainer qualification three years ago and has been using it to help herself and others gain structure and enjoyment in the gym. Fiyory is a programme co-ordinator on UP&RUNNING.

Hannah Harwood

Hannah 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).

Katie Lambe

Katie is a Research Assistant in the Department of Psychological Medicine at the IoPPN, King’s College London. She is a member of the Improving the Health of Young PeoplE (HYPE) project team and is involved in conducting an evaluation of the impact of violence on young people (EYVI). Katie also works on the Research methods In School Education (RISE) project and supports the delivery of the UP&RUNNING programme.

Ashley McCarthy

Ashley is a Research Assistant in the Department of Psychological Medicine at the IoPPN, King’s College London. She is a member of the Improving the Health of Young PeoplE (HYPE) project team and is involved in conducting an evaluation of the impact of violence on young people (EYVI). Ashley also works with Cerisse on the Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) Youth Awards.

Dr Rebecca Rhead

Rebecca is a Research Associate at the IoPPN working on the TIDES (Tackling Inequality and Discrimination Experiences in Health Services) study. In her previous work she has used quantitative research methods to study HIV (particularly barriers to care and treatment adherence) as well as military mental health and treatment needs. Rebecca’s current work with TIDES focuses on harassment and discrimination in the NHS and taking an intersectional approach to patient healthcare inequalities. She has a PhD in Social Statistics and has been working in Psychological Medicine since 2017.

Alina Ivan

Alina is a Research Assistant in the Department of Psychological Medicine at King’s College London. She works on Remote Assessment of Disease and Relapse- Central Nervous System (RADAR-CNS) study and the Plugging In podcast series which explores how digital technologies are shaping the future of our mental health, in conversation with experts and young people. Within HERON, Alina assists with the Research methods in School Education (RISE) and S.W.I.T.C.H programmes.

Katie White

Katie is a research assistant and PhD student in the Department of Psychological Medicine at the IoPPN, King’s College London. She conducts and manages recruitment for the major depressive disorder branch of the Remote Assessment of Disease and Relapse- Central Nervous System (RADAR-CNS) study.Katie is also co-lead on the ‘Plugging In’ podcast series, exploring the relationship between digital technologies and mental health in production with young people. Within HERON, Katie assists as a teacher and mentor in the Research methods in School Education (RISE) programme. 

Thesis title: Engagement with remote measurement technologies (RMT) in major depressive disorder: A mixed methods approach exploring the measurement and promotion of initial and sustained engagement with RMT in the RADAR-CNS project and beyond.

Gargie Ahmed

Thesis title: Contextual determinants and participant perspectives on the common mental disorders and access to psychological treatments in UK ethnic minorities: Mixed methods study utilising data from the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Surveys (APMS) (a CASE project with the National Centre for Social Research)

This mixed methods PhD will use nationally representative data to establish reasons behind the treatment gap for CMD in ethnic minority groups in the UK.

Dr Sarah Dorrington

Thesis title: Employment and health: workings of the fit note

Sarah is a clinical researcher interested in life course epidemiology and health inequalities. She is doing a PhD exploring work and mental health in south east London, using health care data from primary care and secondary mental health services.

Sohail Jannesari

Thesis title: The effects of the asylum process on mental health in Iranians and Afghan asylum seekers

Sohail is investigating the impact of the UK asylum process on mental health, with a particular focus on Iranian and Afghan asylum seekers. The initial part of his research will look at how researchers and work with asylum seekers in a non-exploitative, more equitable manner. 

Dionne Laporte

Thesis title: How do resilient communities protect people with severe mental illnesses from death? Mixed methods study of local populations

Dionne is a PhD student in the Department of Psychological Medicine at King’s College London. She is working on a mixed-methods PhD that aims to understand the area-level factors that influence mortality rates among people diagnosed with severe mental illnesses. The project also aims to explore factors that contribute to ‘community-level resilience’ through qualitative interviews with people with lived experience and community-based organisations.

Dr Kate Polling

Thesis title: Understanding variations in self-harm rates between deprived areas in London

Kate is a clinical researcher interested in health inequalities, particularly why mental health outcomes vary between different geographical areas, and how we can use routine data collected by health services to understand them. She is working on a PhD looking at how and why the rates of people coming to Emergency Departments following self-harm vary between different local areas within south east London.

Hana Riazuddin

Thesis title: Growing up during neighbourhood change: The impacts of urban regeneration on the psychosocial health of young people in South East London

Hana is passionate about inequalities, art and culture, and the lives and experiences of young people in cities. This mixed-methods research aims to explore how urban regeneration impacts the psychosocial health of young people in South East London. She has worked with 8 with young people as peer researchers on an arts-based research project to explore how they experience changes in their neighbourhood. Their research findings and digital magazine are available online. This project is funded by the Economic Social Research Council.

Nkasi Stoll

Thesis title: Exploring the relationship between identity, university culture, and student well-being in the United Kingdom

This mixed methods PhD is investigating the individual, social and institutional factors that shape students’ experiences of CMD and suicidality in the UK.  Nkasi will co-design, deliver and evaluate a culturally-specific intervention with students identified as being most vulnerable to CMD and suicidality.

Sanchika Campbell

Thesis title: Religious coping and mental health: Faith, wellbeing and help-seeking among Black Majority Church members in South East London

Sanchika is interested in health inequalities and Community Based Participatory Research methods. Her mixed-methods PhD aims to explore how religious coping affects mental health and help-seeking among members of Black Majority Churches in South East London. It will be guided by an advisory group and will use qualitative and quantitative research methods to address the aims. This project is funded by the Economic Social Research Council, as part of the Centre for Society and Mental Health.