Early Career Researchers Subcommittee Members
Evangelia Demou (Chair)
I am a Research Fellow at the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit at the University of Glasgow, where I co-lead the Workplace research theme within the Understanding and Improving Health in Settings and Organisations Programme. My research focuses on understanding how health can impact on work ability and conversely how work can impact on health. As a SSM ECR Subcommittee member I hope to contribute to the committee by supporting fellow ECRs, promoting professional development activities and facilitating networking and research dissemination opportunities.
Maxwell Barnish (Co-Chair Elect)
I am a postdoctoral researcher in Epidemiology at the University of Aberdeen. My PhD research was related to communication difficulties in Parkinson’s disease. I have subsequently gone on to gain a wide-ranging research experience across the fields of health services research, epidemiology and public health. I am particularly interested in the applicability of research. As a member of SSM ECR Subcommittee, I hope to bring an enthusiasm for promoting and facilitating career development opportunities as well as seeing how we can help ECRs in what are turbulent times for the UK.
Sarah Jackson (Co-Chair Elect)
I am a post-doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Behavioural Science and Health at UCL, with a background in nutrition and psychology. My research focuses on obesity, energy balance and health, primarily through secondary analysis of prospective cohort data. Having benefited from my institution’s ECR network, I value the substantial opportunities to share knowledge on publishing, securing funding and progressing in academia, and to develop collaborative networks. I became a member of the SSM ECR subcommittee to take an active role in improving the working lives of ECRs, and hope to help support fellow ECRs in developing successful and satisfying research careers.
Sara Ronzi (Past Chair)
I am post-doctoral Research Associate based in the Department of Public Health & Policy at Liverpool University. My PhD research was related to the NIHR School of Public Health’s ’Age-friendly cities and towns’ project and has focused on evaluation of interventions which promote respect and social inclusion in older people. I have a background in public health and health promotion, and experience in participatory research methods (including photovoice). I am currently leading a photovoice study investigating traditional and clean fuel use and preferences as a part of the LPG Adoption in Cameroon Evaluation-2 Study. As a member of the SSM ECR Subcommittee, I hope to bring enthusiasm for public health, organisational and team working skills developed during recent years studying in Italy and in the UK.
Janice Atkins (Network Platform Officer)
I am a post-doctoral Research Fellow in the Epidemiology and Public Health Research Group at the University of Exeter Medical School. My background is in epidemiology and my current research focuses on understanding factors associated with healthy ageing and longevity. Prior to moving to Exeter, I completed a PhD at UCL exploring the effects of body composition and dietary patterns on the risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality in older age. As a SSM ECR Subcommittee member, I hope to contribute to developing the Network Platform, therefore helping SSM members to connect on shared research interests and encouraging collaborations and joint working across institutes.
Naoimh McMahon (Network Platform Officer)
I am a postgraduate student in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). In 2010 I qualified as a physiotherapist, before completing an MA in Health Promotion at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Prior to starting my postgraduate studies, I worked as a Research Physiotherapist in the Stroke Research Team at UCLan. This research examined innovative approaches to increasing upper limb exercise in stroke rehabilitation units. My MPhil/PhD research is funded by the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) North West Coast. I am looking at interdisciplinary perspectives of upstream action to reduce health inequalities. I am delighted to be involved with the SSM ECR Subcommittee to assist with developing the Network Platform. I look forward to promoting and facilitating a positive and safe online space that can work to develop ideas and collaboration within the SSM community.
Georgia Chatzi (Local Officer)
I am currently a PhD student in Social Statistics based in Cathie Marsh Institute of Social Research at the University of Manchester. My PhD research focuses on missing data which may affect the association between life course socioeconomic position and inflammatory biomarkers in older adults using the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA). My background is in public health, health promotion and social epidemiology. I joined ECR subcommittee as a local officer because I hope to be a vital component and contribute to the team whilst I develop further my organising and team-working skills.
I recently finished my PhD at the Institute of Health & Society at Newcastle University, which was focussed on congenital heart disease prevalence, survival and service provision. I am now working as a post-doc within the same institute, trying to develop projects to further my PhD research. I am also interested in the application of new statistical techniques, particularly within the maternal and perinatal setting. Prior to my PhD, I worked as a statistical advisor to clinicians within the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospital Trust for two years.
I am a Post-Doctoral Research Worker in the Department of Addictions at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at KCL. I work on a trial of interventions to reduce drinking among young people presenting at A&E. Before King’s, I was at UCL for over five years where I worked on alcohol, transport and health, and smoking, and I was also involved with two UCL ECR committees. I became a member of the SSM ECR Subcommittee to build on this experience in ECR support, and hope to help the ECR Subcommittee to identify and respond to the needs of ECRs.
I became a member of the SSM ECR Subcommittee to get involved in giving ECRs a voice. I see it as an opportunity to collaborate with like minded peers, to share knowledge and experiences, and to support others navigating the academic research environment by developing networks. I am passionate about the social and spatial inequalities of health, mental health and patient-centred care. I obtained a First Class BA (Hons) in Geography (University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne) and an MSc in Environmental Epidemiology and Policy (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine). I am currently a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Doctoral Research Fellow (Jan 2017-Jan 2020) conducting a mixed methods study on meeting the physical healthcare needs of people with serious mental illness in primary care. Prior to the NIHR fellowship, I managed the CASPER study randomised controlled trials, at the University of York, which tested the effectiveness of a collaborative care intervention on older adults with depression.
José Ignacio Cuitún Coronado
I am a 1st. year PhD Student in Social Statistics at the School of Social Sciences at the University of Manchester. My research focus is to generate a multivariate three-level growth-curve model with random effects of the bio-marker cortisol that helps to understand its changes and its association with stressful jobs and to analyze the causal effects of work related factors on stress. As a SSM ECR Subcommittee member I hope to contribute to the committee by supporting fellow ECRs, as well as to help with the organization of the Annual Scientific Meeting for the 2017.
I am a research analyst with the Healthy and Positive Ageing Initiative (HaPAI) at the Department of Health in Ireland. I hold a PhD in Public Health from UCD and an MSc in Applied Social Research from Trinity College Dublin. I am also an adjunct research fellow of the Geary Institute for Public Policy in University College Dublin. The HaPAI is a joint research initiative between the Department of Health, the Health Service Executive, and Age-Friendly Ireland to support evidence-informed national and local policy making. HaPAI is also responsible for developing and monitoring national and local indicators of healthy and positive ageing and age-friendly environments under the National Positive Ageing Strategy. I joined the SSM as a PhD student in 2012. As my focus is on applied health and social research I am keen to engage with and support ECRs who are interested in working at the research-policy interface.
I am a Senior Research Associate life course social epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at UCL. My current research focuses on the health of carers using UK longitudinal data. I completed my PhD in 2012 with the International Centre for Life Course Studies in Society and Health at UCL.
Linda Ng Fat
I’m a Research Associate in the Health and Social Surveys Research Group, UCL, researching health behaviours using the Health Survey for England. Before this I completed a PhD in the Department of Epidemiology and Public health, exploring alcohol consumption across the life course using two British Birth Cohorts. My MSc in Social Research Methods at LSE inspired me to pursue a career in Research. As someone who has benefited from mentoring, I look forward to help shape a mentoring scheme that is worthwhile and supportive for SSM Early Career Researchers.
I am a Research Associate at the University of Sheffield School for Health and Related Research (ScHARR). I am currently working on projects to pilot a tool for evaluating the age-friendliness of communities, and to modify commercial weight management interventions to make them more accessible to people with learning disabilities. I am a member of the ECR association for my faculty at the University of Sheffield, and I represent ECRs at my school’s Staff Development Committee.
For the past four years I have worked with the Born in Bradford cohort study, first as a PhD student at the University of York and now as a Research Fellow. I am part of the team setting up the new BiBBS cohort in Bradford, with which we aim to evaluate a range of interventions targeting maternal health, child health and development. My interest is in the impact of the social environment on social and ethnic inequalities in health, focusing on topics such as maternal mental health, ethnic density, social support, area deprivation and health behaviours. At the start of 2016 I joined the SSM ECR subcommittee to help with the organisation of the ECR-part of the 60th SSM annual scientific meeting.
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