Research Team Collective

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

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).

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.

Katie’s PhD is supervised by Professor Matthew Hotopf, Dr Claire Henderson and Dr Faith Matcham.  

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. 

Dr Sarah Dorrington (PhD Student)

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, supervised by Professor Matthew Hotopf, Dr Ira Madan and Professor Stephani Hatch. 

Sohail Jannesari (PhD Student)

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. The PhD is supervised by Dr Sian Oram and Professor Stephani Hatch, and is funded by an ESRC LISS DTP Studentship. 

Dionne Laporte (PhD Student)

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. The PhD is supervised by Dr Jayati Das-Munshi, Professor Til Wykes and Professor Craig Morgan, and is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre and King’s College London.

Dr Kate Polling (PhD Student)

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. Her project is funded by the Wellcome Trust and is supervised by Professor Stephani Hatch, Professor Matthew Hotopf and Dr Ioannis Bakolis. 

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. 

Nkasi Stoll (PhD Student)

Thesis title: Mental Health and Wellbeing of Black University Students in the United Kingdom

This qualitative PhD is using Biographical Narrative Interpretive Interviewing and Grounded Theory Analysis to investigate the mental health and wellbeing of Black (African, Carribbean, and Mixed Heritage) university students in the United Kingdom. This project is funded by an ESRC LISS DTP Collaborative (CASE) Studentship; supervised by Professor Stephani Hatch, Dr Heidi Lempp, and Dr Nicola Byrom; and in collaboration with Student Minds. For more information on the project please click here.

Sanchika Campbell (PhD Student)

Thesis title: Religion, religious coping and mental health among Black ethnic groups 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.