About us

Current members

Professor Stephani Hatch

Stephani Hatch combines her background in sociology and psychiatric epidemiology as a Professor 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.

Shaza Mahmood

Shaza is a volunteer for the Improving the Health of Young People (HYPE) Project. She completed the BSc Psychology at the Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London and will be starting an MSc Mental Health Studies in September 2020. She worked alongside the HYPE Project team as part of her dissertation project exploring the relationship between experiences of discrimination and mental illness in young people. She is interested in young people’s mental health and the personal effects of public stigma associated with mental illness diagnosis. She is also keen on exploring how we can better communicate findings in academic psychiatry to improve public understanding of mental illness.

Past members

Nicol Bergou

Nicol worked on The HYPE Project as a Research Assistant until September 2020. She has a background in Psychology and has completed an MSc in Psychiatric Research. Nicol is a co-founder and a producer of the Beyond the HYPE podcast and ran several podcast training sessions for young people, teaching them how to start their own podcast and have their voices heard. She is interested in using electronic health records for research, and is starting a PhD in October 2020.

Katie Lambe

Katie worked as a Research Assistant in the Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London until July 2020. She was a member of the Improving the Health of Young PeoplE (HYPE) project team and was 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 worked as a Research Assistant in the department of Psychological Medicine,Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London until April 2020. She was part of The Improving the Health of Young PeoplE (HYPE) project research team. One of the studies she was 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.