Stephen Stansfeld (Chief Investigator)


Stephen Stansfeld is Professor of Psychiatry and Head of the Centre for Psychiatry at Barts and the London, Queen Mary University of London. His research interests include the effects of the physical and social environment on mental health. He was previously Co-Director of the Whitehall II Study and is particularly interested in inequalities and mental health and the psychosocial work environment and social support as predictors of mental health. He is also interested in prevention of mental ill health at work. He also works as a consultant psychiatrist in psychiatric rehabilitation in the East London NHS Foundation Trust.


Kamaldeep Bhui


Professor Bhui works as a clinical academic psychiatrist in London. His research and practice interests on health include social exclusion, work characteristics, cultural psychiatry, epidemiology, health services research and psychological therapies. His current research projects include studies of residential mobility and the effects on mental health of Somali refugees, explanatory models of mental disorder, work characteristics and ethnicity. He is Director at the Cultural Consultation Service at Barts and Director of MSc Psychological Therapies and MSc Transcultural Mental Healthcare at QMUL. He is also the co-founder of Careif, an international mental health charity based in London that promotes work for young people and their health through culture, sport and arts. Professor Bhui is President elect of WACP & Congress President for the Third World Congress of Cultural Psychiatry 2012. He is editor of International Journal of Culture and Mental Health, Ethnicity and Health, and on the editorial board of Transcultural Psychiatry and the BMC series of journals.



Tarani Chandola


Tarani is a Professor of Medical Sociology. He joined the Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research at the University of Manchester in April 2010, and in January 2012 took over as head of the Disciplinary Area of Social Statistics. He was formerly at the UCL Research Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. He is the co-director of methods@manchester and the meetings secretary of the Social Statistics committee of the Royal Statistical Society. Tarani's research is primarily on the social determinants of health, focusing on health inequalities and psychosocial factors, and the analysis of longitudinal cohort studies. Much of his research is on stress at work and its effects on health. His current research projects include the MRC funded FRAILL study (Frailty, Resilience And Inequality in Later Life), and the ESRC funded International Centre for Lifecourse Studies in Society and Health (ICLS).


Charlotte Clark


Charlotte is a Chartered Psychologist working in the fields of mental health and environmental epidemiology. Her research examines how the environment can influence learning, mental and physical health, well-being, quality of life, and behaviour. Charlotte has worked with the 1958 British birth cohort, examining the role of job characteristics, social support, and socioeconomic effects on common mental disorders.  Charlotte has also collaborated with colleagues at NatCen, to examine occupation, the psychosocial work environment, and mental health in England in the 2007 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey. This project examined the associations between employment and mental health, job characteristics and mental health, and the contribution of stress in work and non-work domains to mental health.  Charlotte has received funding from UK Research Councils (MRC, ESRC), Government bodies (DEFRA, HSE, DWP, NIHR), non-government organisations (Mental Health Foundation), and the European Union.


Sally Kerry


Sally Kerry is a senior statistician in the Pragmatic Clinical Trials Unit.  She has recently completed a trial to see if giving patients who had suffered a stroke would help these patients improve their blood pressure control. She is currently working on two trials using pedometers to encourage primary care patients to walk more (PACE-Lift and PCE-Up), a trial of different ways of managing epilepsy in pregnancy (EMPiRE) and a trial to improve the health of homeless people admitted to hospital.  She is particularly interested in making statistical ideas accessible to health researchers and has written a number of papers in the BMJ. She has co-authored two books, ‘Presenting medical statistics from proposal to publication’ with Professor Janet Peacock and ‘A practical guide to cluster randomised trials’ with Sandra Eldridge.


Jill Russell


Jill is a senior lecturer in health policy and evaluation in the Global Health, Policy and Innovation Unit in the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London. She has a degree in Social Policy, and an MSc in Information Technology. She has over 25 years’ experience in applying qualitative approaches to the study and evaluation of health policy, and is an advisor on qualitative methods for NIHR Research Design Service. Jill has a particular interest in e-learning and has developed and delivered e-learning modules, and published on the quality enhancement of e-learning. From 2005-2009 Jill was a Distance Education Fellow at the University of London Centre for Distance Education.


Lee Berney


Lee is the qualitative researcher for the GEM study. He gained his MSc in medical sociology from Royal Holloway, University of London in 1995. He has held various research posts at Imperial College London, LSE Health, St. George’s, University of London and the University of East Anglia. He was a senior research fellow on the ‘Drug User Involvement in Treatment Decisions’ study based at the Centre for Drug Misuse Research, University of Glasgow. He has worked as a research advisor for the NIHR Research Design Service and as a Programme Manager at the NIHR Central Commissioning Facility. His research interests include: patient involvement in treatment decision-making & research; depression, SSRI medications and expert patients; qualitative research methods.





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The Scientific Steering Committee oversees the study conduct and advises on methodology. The committee includes the following members:


• Prof.  Sir Mansel Aylward, Public Health Wales (Chair)

• Dame Carol Black, Nuffield Trust

• Prof. Colin Mackay, Health and Safety Executive

• Prof. Andrew Oswald, University of Warwick

• Prof. Andrew Smith, Cardiff University

• Geoff Smith, NASUWT

• Prof. Peter White, Queen Mary University of London

• Prof. Keith Whitfield, Cardiff University