PhD Students

Janice Atkins

Janice is currently in the final year of her PhD which is exploring the effects of body composition and dietary patterns on the risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality in older men. Janice was awarded an NIHR School for Primary Care Research studentship to undertake a PhD with the British Regional Heart Study, under the supervision of Professor Goya Wannamethee, Professor Peter Whincup and Professor Richard Morris.


After obtaining a BSc (Hons) in Human Biology from Loughborough University, Janice was appointed as a Research Assistant at Kings College London in the Department of Twin Research and Genetic Epidemiology. Following this, Janice worked at the Health Protection Agency as a scientist as part of the National Chlamydia Screening Programme. Janice has also obtained an MSc in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Arlinda Pashosa

Nathan Davies

Nathan Davies

Nathan is currently working on a European commission project (IMPACT) which is looking at improving the organisation of palliative care for people with cancer or dementia in England, Germany, Italy, Norway and the Netherlands.  He is in the final year of his PhD which is exploring family carers views of quality end of life care for people with dementia.


After obtaining a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Exeter, Nathan completed an MSc in Psychology at Swansea University. Following his MSc he worked as an Assistant Psychologist at a memory clinic for Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, before receiving a PhD studentship at UCL.   

Sheena Gawler

Lorna Hobbs

Lorna is currently doing a PhD with the unit on ‘the use of the internet to deliver interventions for sexual function problems’.   


After obtaining a BPsySc (Hons) in Psychology at the University of Queensland, Australia, Lorna was appointed as a Research Assistant at UCL in the Centre for Outcomes, Research and Effectiveness working with young adults with first episode psychosis. Following this, Lorna was appointed as a Research Assistant at UCL in the Health Psychology Research Group working on a systematic review of behaviour change theory across the disciplines of Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology and Economics. She was recently awarded a NIHR studentship to undertake a PhD in the e-Health department under the supervision of Dr Elizabeth Murray and Dr Julia Bailey.

Kalpa Kharicha

Shuk-Li Man

Shuk-Li is currently in the final year of her PhD in Epidemiology where Shuk-Li is studying Antiepileptic Drugs in Pregnancy. The main study uses primary care data from The Health Improvement Network (THIN) to analyse the adverse fetal effects of antiepileptic drug use in pregnancy. This is the second project Shuk-Li has worked on using THIN data, her first providing statistical support to Dr Irene Petersen on the study of antidepressants in pregnancy.Shuk-Li is interested in pharmacoepidemiology, particularly in drugs in pregnancy, epilepsy and mental health.

Shuk Li Man


1.    Man SL, Petersen I, Thompson M, Nazareth I. Antiepileptic drugs during pregnancy in primary care: a UK population based study. PLoS One 2012; 7(12):e52339.

2.    Petersen I, Gilbert RE, Evans SJ, Man SL, Nazareth I. Pregnancy as a major determinant for discontinuation of antidepressants: an analysis of data from The Health Improvement Network. J Clin Psychiatry 2011; 72(7):979-985.

3.    Gilson R, Man SL, Copas A, Rider A, Forsyth S, Hill T et al. Discordant responses on starting highly active antiretroviral therapy: suboptimal CD4 increases despite early viral suppression in the UK Collaborative HIV Cohort (UK CHIC) Study*. HIV Medicine 2010; 11(2):152-160.

4.    Forsyth SF, Agogo EA, Lau L, Jungmann E, Man S, Edwards SG et al. Would offering rapid point-of-care testing or non-invasive methods improve uptake of HIV testing among high-risk genitourinary medicine clinic attendees? A patient perspective. International Journal of STD & AIDS 2008; 19(8):550-552.

Kingshuk Pal


Dr Kingshuk Pal is an academic GP who has been working with the eHeath unit for 2 years. He is interested in the development of internet tools for managing chronic illness and is currently doing a PhD with the unit.


The subject of his PhD is the development of an internet based diabetes self-management programme for adults with type 2 diabetes. He is currently working on a Cochrane review of computer based self-management interventions for adults with type2 diabetes and has been doing qualitative work with patients and health professionals about what the would like to see in such interventions

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Theodore Pissimissis

Kethakie Sumathipala

Cathy Welch

Cathy Welch is a Statistician and started working at UCL four years ago after completing her Medical Statistics MSc at LSHTM. The project at UCL was to implement and evaluate multiple imputation methods to impute values for variables with missing data in longitudinal clinical datasets. Cathy used The Health Improvement Network (THIN) to develop these imputation methods. While working on this project, Cathy began a part-time Ph.D. using the results from the multiple imputation study. This project has now finished and Cathy is currently working on writing the thesis.”

Jamie Ross

Jamie is part of the e-Health unit working on a five year NIHR programme grant to develop, evaluate and implement a computer-based self-management programme for people with type 2 Diabetes. While working on this project, Jamie began a part-time Ph.D. exploring the implementation of the self-management intervention into routine NHS practice.


Jamie Ross

After obtaining a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Manchester, Jamiewas appointed as a Research Assistant at City University working on a project investigating violence and aggression by haemodialysis patients and the psychological impact of this on staff and patients. Following this, Jamie was appointed as a Researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry working on a number of studies as part of a programme grant to reduce conflict (violence, substance abuse, absconding, suicide attempts etc.) and containment (physical restraint, as required medication, seclusion, coerced sedation, observation etc.) events in inpatient psychiatric units.

Hilary Davies

Ghadah Alkhaldi

Ghadah is part of the team currently working on the NIHR programme grant to develop, evaluate and implement a computer-based self-management programme for people with type 2 Diabetes (HeLP_Diabetes). She is currently doing a PhD on increasing engagement with HeLP_Diabetes.


After obtaining a BSc in Community Health Promotion from King Saud University (KSU), Ghadah was appointed as a Teaching Assistant in KSU and then granted a full scholarship to pursue her graduate studies in the United Kingdom. She undertook her Master of Public Health (Mph) at Imperial College London in 2012 and started her PhD at UCL the following year.

Rosa Lau

Rosa is currently working on the second translational gap project. The aim of the project is to address the gap between evidence and practice for complex interventions in primary care.


After obtaining a BSc and MSc in Public Health Nutrition at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Rosa worked as a data manager/trial coordinator in phase III clinical trials at the Institute of Cancer Research. Following this, she was appointed as research assistant at Imperial College London and worked as nutritional/cancer epidemiologist. She then went on to work as research fellow at the Royal College of Physicians (National Clinical Guideline Centre) and was involved in the development of NICE clinical guidelines.

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Cate Barlow

Ceri Butler

Vitor Barreto

My name is Vitor Hugo Lima Barreto, call me Vito. I have graduated from Pernambuco´s Federal University School of Medicine (UFPE) in 2005, Brazil. I joined the first  class of the Residency Program in Family and Community Medicine in 2006 until 2008. I completed a post-graduation course of Acupuncture in 2009 and concluded a Master´s Degree in Health Education Sciences at the Federal University of São Paulo (2010-2012). Currently, I am an auxiliary professor at the Department of Social Medicine of the Federal University of Pernambuco, family medical doctor at Recife, and psychotherapist associated to the Psychoanalytic Circle of Pernambuco.

I was a member of the Medical School Student Union at UFPE throughout the undergraduate course, with special focus on the extension programs of Humanization in  the University Hospital and  Popular Health Education in excluded communities in Recife. I was also a member of the Association of Resident Doctors of Pernambuco (ARDP), with a focus on the evaluation of the residency programs in the state.
I am currently beginning a PhD at the DPCPH-UCL, under the supervision of Greta Rait and Sophie Park, as part of the education research group. While reading the book "A short history of academic general practice in UK
medical schools" edited by John Howie and Michael Whitfield, I came across the history of the DPCPH-UCL. To my surprise, the last paragraph of the chapter dedicated to this department talks about the relationship with the Brazilian Public Health System and the influences on the national family health program. This short history assures myself of being in the right place at the right time.

Sonia Coton

Sonia is a first year PhD student using The Health Improvement Network (THIN) data to research the risk of diabetes in pregnancy.  Sonia was awarded an NIHR School for Primary Care Research studentship to undertake a PhD with the supervision of Dr Irene Petersen and Professor Irwin Nazareth.


After obtaining a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics, Statistics and Operation research from Cardiff University, Sonia completed an MSc in Medical Statistics at The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.  Following this Sonia was appointed as a Medical Statistician at Imperial College London in the National Heart and Lung Institute working on an international study investigating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).   

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