About us

Professor Stephani Hatch

Professor Stephani Hatch combines her background in sociology and psychiatric epidemiology as a Reader at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s College London. Her research focuses on urban mental health and inequalities in health and health service use. She is the Principal Investigator (PI) for the Tackling Inequalities and Discrimination Experiences in health Services (TIDES) Study, funded by the Wellcome Trust and Co-PI for the Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) South East London Community Health (SELCoH) study. Stephani is one of the lead co-ordinators of HERON.

Dr Cerisse Gunasinghe

Cerisse is a postdoctoral researcher and Counselling Psychologist in the department of Psychological Medicine, IoPPN at King’s College London and is currently project co-ordinator for the HYPE (improving the Health of Young PeoplE) Project, a web-based recruitment, risk assessment, and resource platform for young adults (aged 16 and over) that will facilitate young people’s involvement in research and improve access to online and community-based social and health-related resources. As a research-practitioner, one of her many interests is how research has direct implications for clinical practice. Cerisse is the lead co-ordinator for UP&RUNNING, a beginners physical activity programme which aims to promote self-management and recovery among young people experiencing early signs or symptoms of poor health.

Shirlee MacCrimmon

Shirlee is the database administrator on the HYPE study. She has a BA in Psychology and a MLIS (Master of Library and Information Science).  She has worked at King’s College for three years; other studies she has been involved in include South East London community health, military mental health, and integrating mental and physical health.

Nicol Bergou

Nicol is a Research Assistant in the department of Psychological Medicine, IoPPN at King’s College London and is currently working on The HYPE Project. She has a background in Psychology and has recently completed an MSc in Psychiatric Research. Nicol’s MSc dissertation examined fear conditioning in women diagnosed with anorexia nervosa. Nicol is interested in examining the interface between physical and mental health and helping develop interventions to prevent the onset of common mental health disorders in young people.

Katie Lambe

Katie is a Research Assistant in the Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London. She is a member of the Improving the Health of Young PeoplE (HYPE) project team and is involved in conducting an evaluation of the impact of violence on young people (EYVI). Prior to joining the IOPPN, Katie was a Research Assistant at UCL, working on a project looking at managing agitation in people with dementia. Katie has also contributed to several voluntary roles that focus on supporting vulnerable children and adults, victims of crime, with a continued interest in mental health.

Ashley McCarthy

Ashley is a Research Assistant in the department of Psychological Medicine,Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London. She is part of The Improving the Health of Young PeoplE (HYPE) project research team. One of the studies she is involved in is an evaluation of the impact of violence on young people (EYVI). Prior to joining the IoPPN, Ashley worked as an Assistant Psychologist in London probation services, providing 1:1 CBT. Ashley’s research interests include; young people’s mental health, offender mental health, the impact of adverse childhood experiences, trauma informed practice and the ease of access to services, particularly for young people and offender populations.

Fiyory Ghezae

Fiyory is a BSc Sport, Health and Exercise science graduate and has completed an MSc Mental Health Studies. She completed her personal trainer qualification three years ago and has been using it to help herself and others gain structure and enjoyment in the gym. Fiyory conducted qualitative research looking into students’ views on transgender athletes for her BSc dissertation. She also conducted quantitative research for her MSc dissertation looking into how willing young people are to offer help for mental health problems.

Fiyory believes it is essential that we focus on young people and get them more active as this will have physical, psychological and social benefits. She is hoping to continue further education as well as working with young people, encouraging and educating more young people on the importance of taking care of their physical and mental health.

A special thanks to The HYPE Project Young People’s Advisory Panel and our Biomedical Medical Centre and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience Youth Award Students, who have provided guidance and informed the development of this platform.