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Feb
1
2013

Dr Vanessa Pinfold

Vanessa has worked in mental health research for over 25 years. During that time, she has published studies on stigma and discrimination, families and carers, experiences of the mental health system, wellbeing networks and, more recently, co-production in mental health research.

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Feb
1
2017

Dr Dan Robotham

Dan has run research and evaluation projects in NHS, academic and charity settings for many years. He is interested in how research ‘works’ and in making it more collaborative and inclusive.

Before joining McPin in 2017, he facilitated Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) at the Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre.

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May
27
2014

Dr Thomas Kabir

Thomas has worked on a variety of research studies, often around psychosis or paranoia. He also has an interest in research ethics and chairs a Research Ethics Committee.

Before McPin Thomas worked in mental health roles from advocacy to supporting the roll-out of new therapy services in London.

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Mar
17
2020

Tanya Mackay

Tanya joined McPin in 2019 following a move from Australia.

Her previous work was university-based, and had a strong focus on co-design and peer roles in research and advocacy.

Tanya has been involved in developing policy in the mental health space.

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Jan
22
2016

Dr Rose Thompson

In the decade since completing her PhD in social psychology, Rose has worked on projects relating to psychology, genetics, ethics, epilepsy, intellectual disability and mental health in a range of settings.

 

Rose joined McPin in 2015 and since then has worked on a range of evaluation and research projects, most of which relate to social and community approaches to mental health.

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Jun
19
2015

Raj Hazzard

At McPin Raj has worked on a range of projects exploring the nature of ‘peerness’ in research and service delivery. Her role titles range from co-investigator to peer evaluator. She has experience of working on evaluations with local, regional and national scope with a particular focus on employment.

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Nov
30
2022

Zara Schneider

Zara has experience working in mental health quality improvement and healthcare.

She spent almost two years co-ordinating the Perinatal Quality Network through the Royal College of Psychiatrists. She also co-authored the suicide chapter of the 2019 State of Child Health Report.

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Mar
14
2019

John Gibson

John joined McPin in 2014 as a LEAP (Lived Experience Advisory Panel) member before becoming a service user researcher. He now works on the PARTNERS3 and WHOLE-SMI studies.

He is also a peer researcher on a study at University of Cambridge, a PPI Co-ordinator on a study at Newcastle University, and is the LEAP member for the re-approval of Approved Mental Health Professionals in Staffordshire.

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Nov
22
2017

Rachel Temple

Rachel is a Public Involvement in Research Manager at McPin, having joined the team as a trainee in 2017.

She leads McPin’s Young People’s Youth involvement work, including the Young People’s Advisory Group and young people’s network. She is passionate about meaningful involvement of young people in mental health research in ways that are comfortable, accessible, and engaging.

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Oct
12
2020

Davino Beckford

Davino joined the team in May 2020 as a Community Peer Researcher as part of the Black Thrive Lambeth Employment Project. Since then, he has now become a Peer Researcher and a Public Involvement in Research Officer.

Having previously graduated with a BSc in Psychology, his role at McPin combines his passion for better the opportunities and livelihoods of Black and Queer people, particularly those from the most marginalised fringes of society, and systemic change, having worked on multiple projects with that area of focus.

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Nov
29
2022

Gillian Samuel

Gillian is passionate about mental health and, for many years, has combined her lived experience with working in this field.

Since joining McPin in 2019 as a Peer researcher, she has developed into a Public Involvement Coordinator and Peer Researcher role.

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Dec
15
2022

Roya Kamvar

For 7 years, Roya’s research has been people-centred, spanning different sectors including media, social research, and public services. They are experienced in a range of research methods including traditional and innovative, public engagement and citizen science.

At the core of Roya’s lived experience is depression, anxiety, DPDR (De-personalisation and De-realisation) intersecting with neurodivergence and physical health issues.

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Nov
9
2021

Emma Garavini

Emma has a background in Psychology (BSc, MSc) and, before joining McPin in 2021, worked on a mental health helpline and as a mental health support worker.

Emma is based in the Young People’s Team and works on several projects ensuring that the voices of young people with lived experience of mental health problems are meaningfully involved in mental health research.

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Nov
9
2021

Sorcha Mahony

Sorcha has worked in research for over 20 years, specialising in qualitative and ethnographic methods to understand the lives of young people and their families living in poverty.

She is passionate about the use of creative writing and storytelling in research and has published two books drawing on this approach (Life in the Debt Trap and Searching for a Better Life).

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Jun
14
2022

Dr Annabel Walsh

Annie holds a PhD Psychiatry and PRINCE II project management accreditation, with postdoctoral research and project management roles at The University of Oxford, NIHR Maudsley BRC and KCL IoPPN.

She has worked on several projects including prediction of antidepressant response, the MQ-funded Identifying Depression Early in Adolescence project, and was Team Lead for the Wellcome Trust Active Ingredients Commission 2021, focusing on the use of technology for depression in young people.

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Aug
6
2020

Thai-Sha Richards

Thai-sha joined McPin in June 2020 as a Young Person co-researcher on the REACH project. Having studied psychology at GCSE and in September with be studying it as an A-level, she has a huge passion for the subject and for mental health, especially between diverse backgrounds.

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Nov
29
2022

Alex Kenny

Alex joined McPin in August 2019 as a Peer Researcher. Prior to this, she sat on a Lay Peer Review panel for the Lancet Psychiatry, reviewing articles prior to publication. She also worked as a Peer Volunteer supporting adults with both physical and mental health difficulties.

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Nov
29
2022

Ali McClary

Ali has worked in library science, theatre and the arts, and conservation delivering communications strategies and creating content. She has championed person-led storytelling for print and online platforms.

New to the sector, she joined McPin in June 2022 as the communications manager.

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Apr
7
2021

Katherine Lofthouse

Katherine has spent most of the last decade creating features, blogs, tweets, podcasts – and just about anything else that could reasonably constitute content – for a range of organisations. She joined McPin as a Senior Research Communicator in April 2021.

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Nov
8
2021

Daisy Armitage

Daisy joined McPin in 2021 to create content for Mental Health Research Matters, amplifying and supporting the eight UKRI-funded mental health research networks. In October-November 2022 she coordinated a digital #MentalHealthResearchMatters campaign, running online events, social media content, blogs and more.

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Jul
1
2022

Naomi Fergus

Naomi joined McPin in 2021, having worked in the NHS for adolescents with Gender Identity Disorder and Autism for several years. During this time she developed an interest in the mental health service for young people living with neurodiversity.

She is a former teacher, where she advocated for and delivered art and textiles workshops as therapy for young people living with anxiety.

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Nov
10
2022

George Clarke

Prior to joining McPin in 2022, George worked in London as a Covid response officer.

He has an MA in Political Theory and during his studies discovered an interest in continental philosophy and the psychoanalytic theory of Jacques Lacan.

George practices and teaches meditation and runs the meditation club at McPin.

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Apr
6
2022

Sue Webster

Sue originally trained as a nurse and has a background in both primary and secondary care.

She also completed an Integrative Counselling Theory degree and is a PPI member of Tees, Esk and Wear Valley Mental Health Trust Involvement and Engagement Team.

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Dec
16
2020

Georgia Naughton

Georgia is a Peer Researcher on the Community Navigator2 project, as well as being involved in the young people’s PPI team. She believes it is important, now more than ever, that mental health services for young people are the best and most accessible they can possibly be.

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Jul
24
2019

Clare Walsby

Since arriving in 2019, Clare has developed her skills to offer everyone at McPin kind, fair and respectful operational and wellbeing support.

Clare finds her work experience in dance, theatre, education and administration to be a helpful and unique platform for working in Ops.

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