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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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Jul
26
2017

Lauren Evans

Lauren joined McPin in June 2017 as a Senior Researcher and Project Coordinator. She is currently coordinating a project to identify the research priorities in children and young people’s mental health called ‘Right People, Right Questions’. Previously Lauren has worked in the NHS as a Senior Information Analyst where she focused on increasing the use of Patient Reported Outcome Measures, outcome evaluations for psychological therapy services, and service-related research projects.

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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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Apr
27
2016

Johanna Frerichs

Johanna joined the McPin Foundation as a researcher in April 2016. She is currently working on the Community Navigators study, which aims to develop and test a programme of support for people with persistent anxiety and depression, focused on increasing social contacts and reducing loneliness.

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Apr
6
2018

Tillie Cryer

Tillie joined the McPin Foundation in March 2018. She works on the Public Involvement in Research (PIiR) programme at the McPin Foundation and will work on a portfolio of studies ensuring high quality public involvement and engagement is provided . Tillie has a Master of Research 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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Oct
6
2017

Humma Andleeb

Humma joined the team at McPin in September 2017 as a Trainee Researcher. She completed her undergraduate study in July 2017 and has a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry and Neuroscience from the University of Keele. She is passionate about combining her academic background with her lived in experience of mental health and applying this to research work.

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Nov
22
2017

Rachel Temple

Rachel joined the McPin Foundation in November 2017 as a Trainee Researcher. She previously worked for organisations such as Priory Group and MCCH, supporting young people with mental health issues and learning disabilities. Rachel graduated in 2016 with a BSc with honours in Psychology from the University of Kent.

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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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