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Feb
1
2013

Dr Vanessa Pinfold

Vanessa has been working in mental health research for 20 years.  She has published studies on stigma and discrimination, families and carers, social inclusion, experiences of the mental health system, wellbeing networks as well as more recently co-production in mental health research.  

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Feb
1
2017

Dr Dan Robotham

Dan joined McPin in January 2017 as Head of Research & Evaluation. He has experience of conducting and managing research across NHS, academic and charity settings. Before joining McPin, he was a researcher and coordinator of Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) at the Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre.

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May
27
2014

Dr Thomas Kabir

Thomas leads the Public Involvement in Research (PIiR) programme at the McPin Foundation. Thomas has a first degree in physics and a PhD in bioinformatics from University College London. Thomas’s PhD focused on understanding how proteins bind to one another to form complexes.

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Jan
22
2016

Dr Rose Thompson

Rose has worked as a social scientist for 10 years. She completed her PhD in social psychology at Cardiff University, which explored health related attitude change. Following her PhD she has been involved in producing research in both social and genetic perspectives on intellectual disability, epilepsy and mental health, using quantitative and qualitative perspectives.

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Jul
6
2016

Dr Andreja Mesaric

Andreja completed her PhD in anthropology at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, in 2011. Since then, she has worked in London as a researcher and project manager in the voluntary sector, primarily on projects supporting refugees and migrants. In 2014-15 she worked on a research project at Middlesex University looking at voluntary sector services available to women experiencing perinatal mental health problems.

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May
22
2018

Jennie Parker

Jennie Parker joined the McPin Foundation in 2017 as a Senior Researcher.  She previously worked for Emergence Plus CIC as a lived experience researcher and Project Co-ordinator, focusing on research and evaluation within the NHS and HMPPS.  Jennie has also been a KUF trainer since 2014 and continues to co-facilitate the Knowledge and Understanding Framework training (working effectively with personality disorder).  

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Apr
27
2016

Johanna Frerichs

Johanna is a Senior Researcher at the McPin Foundation, having joined in April 2016 as a Researcher. Previously, she worked as an analyst at the Care Quality Commission and worked on a research project about mental health crisis care at UCL, during the placement year of her BSc Psychology.

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Jul
18
2014

Ruth Sayers

Ruth worked as a lecturer in Sociology and Social Care for 13 years before stress led to depression, unstable moods and being awarded medical retirement. Soon after leaving work she was supported to research the experiences of people who had lost their occupation following mental health problems by the Strategies for Living project at the Mental Health Foundation.

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Jun
19
2015

Rajvi Kotecha-Hazzard

Rajvi Kotecha Hazzard is a Researcher at the McPin Foundation, joining in April 2015. She has worked in the field of mental health for five years, both in the charity sector and for the NHS. She has spent the last year assisting individuals leaving crisis care as a peer support worker, introducing innovative practices to support recovery.

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Oct
6
2017

Humma Andleeb

Humma is a Researcher at McPin, having joined the team in September 2017. She has a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry and Neuroscience and has previously been involved in volunteer roles empowering communities by raising mental health awareness. She is a keen blog writer and book reader and has previously spoken publically at events about her lived experience as a South Asian woman.

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Apr
6
2018

Tillie Cryer

Tillie joined The McPin Foundation in March 2018 and supports the Public Involvement in Research (PIiR) programme. Tillie works on a portfolio of studies ensuring that the people who McPin work with experience high-quality public involvement and engagement. Tillie has a Master of Research (MRes) degree in Veterinary Microbiology and Bachelor of Science degree in Bioveterinary Science, both from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London.

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Nov
22
2017

Rachel Temple

Rachel is a Public Involvement in Research Officer and Researcher at the McPin Foundation. She previously worked for organisations such as Priory Group and MCCH, supporting young people with mental health difficulties and learning disabilities. She currently helps manage an online peer support group for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

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Apr
4
2017

Kat Berry

Kat joined the McPin foundation as Operations Manager in March 2017. Her main role is office management and HR. She comes from a professional background in administration, having previously worked in the art world at Christie’s Auction House and as Gallery Manager at Philip Mould & Company.

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Oct
16
2017

Amy Peabody

Amy joined the McPin Foundation as Senior Communications and Policy Officer in August 2017. Amy’s role involves communicating McPin’s policy positions and research to a range of stakeholders through a variety of channels. This also includes scoping and influencing the national policy agenda.

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May
17
2018

Odette Gardiner

Odette joined the McPin foundation as Administrator in February 2018. Her role involves general administrative duties and office support to ensure smooth running of the office. Odette has completed a two year PA course which has provided her with the relevant skills to support the whole team.

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