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Research Team

Prof. Gill Livingston, Chief Investigator, Professor of Psychiatry of Older People, University College London

Prof. Paul Higgs, Principal Investigator Stream 1, Professor of Sociology of Aging, University College London

Dr Claudia Cooper, Principal Investigator Stream 2, Reader in Old Age Psychiatry, University College London

Dr Penny Rapaport, Principal Investigator Stream 3, Clinical Psychologist, University College London

Dr Juanita Hoe, Principal Investigator Stream 4, Clinical Lecturer in Dementia and Nursing, University College London (Links to City University research profile)

Prof. Gerry Leavey, Principal Investigator Stream 5, Director of The Bamford Centre, University of Ulster

Dr Liz Sampson, Principal Investigator Stream 6, Reader in Old Age Psychiatry, University College London

Anne Laybourne
Study Manager

Anne is a health services researcher with a particular interest in older people. She was awarded her PhD Gerontology from King’s College London in 2009, examining alternative responses of older adults to falls prevention exercise. Since then, her central research theme has been vulnerable older people and their experiences of health or social care services and interventions. Anne has worked with a wide range of stakeholders, including carers of people with dementia, social workers, fire fighters, patients, care recipients. Quality of life of the care home workforce and its residents is Anne’s research focus.

Katie Lambe
Research Administrator

& Research Assistant

Katie has a BSc in Psychology from Cardiff University. She has been involved in mental health for a number of years previously working on campaign projects for Mind and the YMCA. She also worked as a case manager for Crime Reduction Initiative and Safer Wales. She most recently worked for Dementia Concern as a dementia link worker to improve the quality of lives of individuals with a diagnosis and their carers. 
Mary-Jo Doyle
Research Nurse
Mary-Jo is a registered mental health nurse who has previously worked in acute admissions, a Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Assertive Outreach and at the National Behavioural Genetics Clinic. Mary-Jo has worked on the MAG-D trial of memantine for agitation in Alzheimer’s Dementia during her role at the Mental Health Research Network. Mary-Jo has an MSc in Medical Anthropology and an interest in global health. As mental health lead for the King’s THET Somaliland Partnership she developed the first mental health training for student nurses in Somaliland.

Francesca La Frenais

Research Assistant

Francesca gained a BSc in Applied Psychology from the University of Durham before joining the NHS. For the last three years, Francesca has worked as a support worker in acute mental health settings, an honorary assistant psychologist with children and as a clinical studies officer for studies involving dementias and neurodegenerative diseases. Francesca is also completing a PhD embedded in the MARQUE project.
Juliet Gillam

Research Assistant






Juliet has a BSc in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience from The University of Nottingham and an MSc in Mental Health Studies from Kings College London. She previously worked as a support worker with various acute mental disorders, and with patients with dementia in a community setting.
Hannah Savage
Research Assistant

Hannah has a BA in Psychology from the University of Sussex. Hannah has worked as an NHS Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner and as a Research Assistant on projects looking at help-seeking for common mental health problems and social support interventions for depression.

Hannah is currently on maternity leave.

Aisling Stringer
Research Assistant

Aisling has a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford and an MSc in Experimental Psychology from the University of Sussex. Her postgraduate research was about cognition in older adults, and she has hands on experience of working with patients through physiotherapy and nursing assistant roles. She joined the MARQUE team in August 2014 and has worked on several streams as a data collector and training facilitator.

Lucy Webster
Research Assistant

Lucy has an BSc in Neuropsychology from the University of Central Lancashire and an MSc in Clinical Mental Health Sciences from University College London. Before joining the MARQUE team she worked as a research assistant on the DREAMS (Dementia Related Manual for Sleep) and Core outcomes for dementia (COD) projects in the Division of Psychiatry. She has previously volunteered with the Alzheimer’s Society and worked as a support worker with adults with learning disabilities and as a mental health recovery worker with Rethink Mental Illness. Lucy is also doing an ESRC funded PhD which will be use data from workstream 2 of MARQUE.

Alumni members

Debbie Livingston
Study Manager 

Debbie was Study/Trial Manager who worked in the department for sixteen years. She started in research on the LASER drug trial  before moving to “CHOICE” and the trial manager for “START” study.

Debbie has taken early retirement but keeps in touch with progress of the MARQUE project.

 Sian Coussens
Study Manager
Sian was the previous study manager of the MARQUE project, working primarily on stream 2.

Sian left the MARQUE team in 2016 to take a role as trial manager on a project at Bristol University.
Alison Hird
Research Assistant

Alison has a BA in History from Boston University and an MSc in Psychiatric Research Methods from King’s College London. Before joining MARQUE Alison worked on Alzheimer’s Disease Clinical Drug Trials and as a Research Assistant at King’s College London’s IoPPN on two psychosis studies: PREDICT and CANTOP.

Alison has gained a place on the Graduate Entry Medicine BMBS degree at Nottingham University.

Adam Kadri
Research Assistant

Adam has academic qualifications in Experimental Psychology, Counselling/Psychotherapy and Film Studies, and worked in China before joining the team.
As well as working on MARQUE, Adam worked with carers of people with dementia experiencing sleep problems.

Adam has gained a place at UEA on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

Beth Pritty
Research Assistant

Beth has a BSc in Psychology from the University of Liverpool and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Interventions with UCL. Before joining MARQUE she worked in the NHS for a number of years, initially in a Community Drug and Alcohol Team and then as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner in a Primary Care Psychology Service.

Beth has gained a place at Nottingham University on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

Sarah Robertson
Research Assistant

Sarah has a BA in Psychology from the University of Cambridge. She has previously worked on a large scale dementia project at the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Unit at UCL. Sarah received funding from the NIHR as part of the Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) scheme to complete a PhD attached to the MARQUE project.

Sarah has gained a place at Liverpool University on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

Rebecca Turner
Research Assistant

Rebecca has a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Edinburgh and an MSc in Psychology from the University of Essex. She has previously worked on biochemistry research projects with the University of Edinburgh, the University of Bristol and in the private sector. Rebecca has also held various support worker roles within the NHS and the voluntary sector.

Rebecca has gained a place as a service user researcher on the ENRICH study (enhanced discharge from inpatient to community mental health care) at St George's. It is an RCT run by SGUL testing whether peer support can improve people’s experiences of discharge from acute mental health wards and help them build greater links with the community.

Leah Jesnick
Research Assistant

Leah Jesnick completed her undergraduate in Psychology at Oxford University and went on to complete an MSc at Kings College London. Leah left MARQUE in the summer of 2016 to work with children with conduct disorder at The Tavistock.

This year she gained a place on the Practitioner Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Surrey.

Olivia Hamilton
Research Assistant

Olivia Hamilton completed an undergraduate degree in English language at Cardiff University and went on to complete an MSc in language sciences at UCL.

Olivia left the MARQUE team in 2016 to begin a four year PhD in Transitional Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh.