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

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

Debbie Livingston
Study Manager 
Debbie_Livingston Debbie is a Study/Trial Manager who has been working in the department for the past sixteen years. She started in research on the LASER drug trial  and has more recently been involved on “CHOICE” and was the trial manager for “START” study.
Anne Laybourne
Study Manager

Picture of Anne Laybourne MARQUE 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

Picture of Katie Lambe Reseatch 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
Picture of Mary-Jo Doyle MARQUE Research Assistant 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.
Alison Hird
Research Assistant
MARQUE research assistant Alison Hird

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.

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 is currently working with carers of people with dementia experiencing sleep problems. He previously worked as the MARQUE Research Administrator.

Francesca La Frenais

Research Assistant

francesa_lafrenais 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 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.

Beth Pritty

Research Assistant

Picture of 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.
Sarah Robertson
Research Assistant
sarah_robertson 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.
Hannah Savage
Research Assistant
Hannah 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.
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. At Sussex, she completed a research project on cognition in older adults. Aisling has previously worked with people with dementia in the NHS, where she held physiotherapy and care assistant roles.

Rebecca Turner
Research Assistant
rebecca_turner 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.