Research Team Collective

In the video below, Charlotte, Cerisse and Hana talk about how they involve the community in their research and programmes using arts and culture.  

The HERON Research Team consists of  Research Associates, Research Assistants, and PhD Students;

Dr Rebecca Rhead

Rebecca is a Research Fellow 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.

Nathan Stanley

Nathan is a Research Assistant in the Department of Psychological Medicine, King’s College London and his primary responsibility is qualitative data collection and analysis for the TIDES (Tackling Inequality and Discrimination Experiences in Health Services) study. He has a BSc in Biology and an MSc in Medicine, Health and Public Policy; and has previously worked in public health to help carry out research into sexual health.

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, funded by an ESRC LISS DTP Collaborative (CASE) Studentship, will use nationally representative data to establish reasons behind the treatment gap for Common Mental Disorders in ethnic minority groups in the UK, and is supervised by Dr Jayati Das-Munshi,  Professor Stephani Hatch and Sally McManus. 

Hana Riazuddin (PhD Student)

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 an ESRC LISS DTP Studentship, and is supervised by Dr Clare Herrick and Professor Stephani Hatch. 

Sanchika Campbell (PhD Student)

Thesis title: Religion, religious coping and mental health among members from Black Majority Churches 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 Christians from Black ethnic groups in South East London. It will be guided by a group of Peer Researchers, and will use Participatory Action Research approaches, along with qualitative and quantitative research methods to address the aims. This project is funded by an ESRC LISS DTP Studentship as part of the  ESRC Centre for Society and Mental Health, and is supervised by Professor Stephani Hatch and Dr Charlotte Woodhead. For more information on the project please click here.

Zoe Chui (PhD Student)

Thesis Title: Ethnicity and exposure to workplace violence for hospital-based and community nurses

This project, funded by an ESRC LISS DTP Collaborative (CASE) Studentship, and supervised by Professor Stephani Hatch, Dr Gerry Lee and Dr Habib Naqvi, aims to understand the nature and impact of workplace violence on the mental and physical health of hospital-based and community nurses across ethnic groups, and the barriers to reporting these incidents. The project partners with NHS England and builds on the Wellcome Trust and ESRC funded Tackling Inequalities and Discrimination Experiences in health Services (TIDES) study, which investigates how discrimination experienced by both patients and healthcare practitioners may generate and perpetuate inequalities in health service use. For more information on the study please visit