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Feb
1
2013

Dr Vanessa Pinfold

Vanessa has been working in mental health research for over 25 years.  She has published studies on stigma and discrimination, families and carers, 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 March 2017. He has experience of conducting and managing research and evaluation 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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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 in research and advocacy. She has a First Class Honours degree in social work, and uses her practice knowledge of strengths-based and narrative approaches as well as her lived experience as both a service user and carer to inform her research.

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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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Jun
19
2015

Raj Hazzard

Raj is a researcher who joined Mcpin in 2015. She has worked in the field of mental health, both in the charity sector and for the NHS. This has included providing peer support to individuals leaving crisis care and in hospital, introducing innovative practices to support wellbeing.

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Mar
14
2019

John Gibson

John works on the PARTNERS2 research programme, which aims to develop better ways of supporting people with severe mental illness within GP practices. He joined McPin as the Service User Researcher on the programme in August 2015 and is based at the University of Birmingham.

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Nov
22
2017

Rachel Temple

Rachel is a Public Involvement in Research Manager at the McPin Foundation, having joined the team as a trainee in 2017. She was previously a support worker for young people with mental health problems and learning disabilities. She currently helps manage an online peer support group for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

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Feb
16
2021

Achille Crawford

Achille Crawford joined McPin as a researcher during the summer of 2020, amidst the turbulence of Covid-19. Achille had previously worked in construction, sales, recruitment and mental health, as well as possessing a degree in sociology, and is equipped with a wide and diverse array of skills.

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Oct
12
2020

Davino Beckford

Davino joined McPin in May 2020 as a Community Peer Researcher as part of the Black Thrive Employment project in partnership with Black Thrive and TSIP. Having recently graduated with a BSc in Psychology, working in this role combines his passion for Black people (particularly those from the most marginalised fringes of the society) and systemic change with his growing research background as this project is about improving employment outcomes for Black people living in Lambeth.

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Nov
9
2021

Emma Garavini

Emma joined McPin in September 2021. She has a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Forensic Psychology, and throughout her studies gained experience working with various populations such as mental health and victims of domestic violence. She has previously worked on a mental health helpline and as a mental health support worker in supported housing.

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Nov
9
2021

Sorcha Mahony

Sorcha has worked in social research for over 20 years, specialising in the use of qualitative and ethnographic methods to understand the lives of young people and their families living in poverty, in the UK and abroad. She is particularly interested in how macro level structures, systems and inequalities play out, and are challenged, in the microcosm of everyday life – especially within the psychological realm. 

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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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Aug
26
2020

Alex Kenny

Alex joined McPin in August 2019 as a Peer Researcher. Previously, she sat on a Lay Peer Review panel for the Lancet Psychiatry, reviewing articles prior to publication, and was a member of the Lived Experience Advisory Panel (LEAP) for the gameChange study.

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May
16
2019

Jessica Bond

Jessica joined McPin in August 2018. After a BSc in Physics, she worked as a science journalist and editor for eight years before completing an MSc in Psychology in 2017. Since studying she has worked as a freelance writer, researcher and communications consultant, often but not exclusively in the mental health sector, where she continues to volunteer.

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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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Mar
8
2021

JJ Buckle

JJ joined McPin in March 2021 as a Senior Digital Communications Coordinator in the research communications team.

With a background in digital communications and conservation, JJ has a particular interest in the relationship between the environment, nature and mental health, as well how habituated actions and thoughts contribute towards mental health.

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Nov
8
2021

Daisy Armitage

Daisy joined the McPin team in September 2021. She creates content for Mental Health Research Matters, amplifying and supporting the eight UKRI-funded mental health research networks.

Daisy developed an interest in mental health research while working as a Content Producer for MQ Mental Health Research.

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Apr
6
2022

Keith J Thompson

I was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and grew up in Wetherby, Lincolnshire and Harrogate. I played for Bradford Bantams FC and trailed for Sheffield Wednesday, Huddersfield Town, Leeds United and Nottingham Forest.

Under the guidance of England and Yorkshire cricketer, Peter Kippax, I also played for the Yorkshire Colts under-16s cricket team until the age of 18.

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Apr
6
2022

Sue Webster

I am originally from Sherwood, Nottingham, and came to do my nurse training in Scarborough by the sea, after previous holidays here. My background in nursing is in both primary and secondary care. 

This has covered acute care settings like ICU & CCU, wards, clinics, surgeries a hospice and the nurse bank. 

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Oct
19
2020

James Diffey

James is currently working with McPin as a part-time co-researcher on the Blueprint Project –  exploring young people’s experiences of mental health services in England and Wales. He is interested in how people can better process their emotions and experiences to the benefit of both their own mental health and society as a whole.

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Oct
28
2020

Rose McGowan

Rose joined the McPin team as a co-researcher on the Blueprint Project, with the aim to improve accessibility and effectiveness of mental health services for children and young people. She is currently in her final year studying Psychology at Newcastle University.

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Oct
28
2020

Jodie Crooks

Jodie joined McPin as a Young Person Co-Researcher on the Blueprint project. Having graduated with a BSc in Psychology from Newcastle University this year, she is currently studying towards an MSc in Cognitive Development and Disorders at the University of Leeds.

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Nov
20
2020

Bekah Carrington

Bekah has recently joined McPin as a co-researcher on the Blueprint Project, using lived experience to help in the project exploring children and young people’s experiences of mental health services. She is currently studying Psychology at the University of Southampton where her final year research project will be looking at service engagement within psychosis populations.

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Dec
16
2020

Georgia Naughton

Georgia is from Sheffield but moved to Manchester in 2015 where she completed an undergraduate degree in psychology before going on to do a Masters in research and experimental psychology. She’s really interested in the Blueprint project as it’s so 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

Clare joined the McPin Foundation as Operations Manager in May 2019.  After training and working as a dancer, Clare has been involved in a variety of different roles in the charity and education sectors.  Her passion for using her administrative and management skills to support others was ignited by working at Hillcroft College, an educational charity for women.

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