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July Open Day (2014) - UCL Division of Psychiatry

  • Are you interested in studying in the Division of Psychiatry at UCL?
  • Have you been offered a place on or do you plan to apply for the new MSc in Mental Health Sciences Research or MSc in Clinical Mental Health Sciences?
  • Would you like to meet some of the course staff on our new MScs?
  • Would you like to hear some more details about the modules on our new MScs?

The event will be taking place on 21st July between 13.30 and 17.00. 

We will be holding this event at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies building at 16 TAVITON STREET, LONDON, WC1H 0BW – room 347

Athena SWAN Silver Award

Core Principles of Mental Health Research

This core double module will be taken by all students on both the MSc in Clinical Mental Health Sciences and the MSc in Mental Health Sciences Research. The aim is to teach key skills and principles that are important both for reading and applying the findings of clinical research, and for conducting research.

The core teaching for the module will be 10 half day sessions with a strong practical content in the first term of the year. There will also be a substantial online component delivered through moodle, with additional materials and practical tasks accompanying all the sessions. Additional learning will be through attendance at the MSc Journal Club on Wednesday afternoons, which cross-cuts modules.

Flexible and part time students are advised to take this module at the beginning of the course. Any student planning to take the double module in Epidemiological and Social Research Methods will need to take Core Principles of Mental Health Research first.

Module contents

The main areas covered will be:

  • Biological, social and psychological approaches to mental health research
  • How to define a research question, select a design and develop a protocol in mental health research How to search and systematically review the literature
  • How to interpret mental health research papers
  • How to write for publication and disseminate research both to scientific and clinical audiences and the public.
  • How to write questions and design and test research instruments.
  • How to design research that is ethically acceptable and how to obtain approvals to do research in the NHS.
  • How to involve the public, especially service users and carers, in research.
  • How to take account of diversity in mental health research.
  • Core concepts in epidemiological research and in the design of randomised controlled trials.
  • Introduction to the use of qualitative research methods in mental health

Learning outcomes

These are the main intended learning outcomes for the module:

  • Students will be able to comment on academic papers reporting findings in mental health in a way that is informed by an understanding of research practicalities and of how quantitative and qualitative data may be interpreted.
  • Students will be able to draft an appropriately structured outline study protocol, based on clear research questions, aims and hypotheses.
  • Students will be able to search the literature systematically and report their results.
  • Students will be able to write clearly in styles appropriate both for academic publication and for dissemination of research to lay audiences.
  • Students will be able to write questions that are appropriate for research data collection and to comment on the quality of research questionnaires.
  • Students will be able to write a patient information sheet for a study, and to describe the steps that need to be taken to obtain approval for the study.
  • Students will be familiar with the principles of sampling and data collection and able to suggest strategies that could be used to obtain an appropriate sample in a research design.
  • Students will be familiar with basic epidemiological concepts such as bias and confounding, and will be able to comment on their occurrence in research papers.
  • Students will be able to describe how individually randomized controlled trials are conducted and to assess the quality of a trial design.
  • Students will be able to assess how far studies take account of diversity, especially of culture, and to outline strategies for improving representativeness of research.
  • Students will be able to identify research questions that are appropriately addressed through qualitative methods and to suggest appropriate strategies for doing so.

Module Leaders

The following group of academics is coordinating the Core Principles in Mental Health Research Module. A variety of other teachers from the Division of Psychiatry will also be involved.

Professor Martin Orrell

Martin Orrell is Professor of Ageing and Mental Health at UCL and also Director of Research and Development at North East London Foundation Trust. His research programme mainly focuses on psychosocial strategies for helping people with dementia. Recent work has included studies on cognitive stimulation therapy, on the use of music in helping people with dementia, and on assessment of needs and quality of life in dementia. One of Martin’s newest multicentre study is the PRIDE study on social and lifestyle changes that can reduce dementia risk. He edits the journal Aging and Mental Health.

Dr Vasiliki Orgeta

Dr Vasiliki Orgeta is a Senior Research Associate in the Division of Psychiatry. Originally a psychologist, she has worked on two recent trials of psychosocial programmes in dementia at UCL. Her interests include well-being in people with dementia and family caregivers; systematic reviews and meta-analysis of psychosocial interventions in dementia, and development and evaluation of these interventions using RCTs. She also collaborates with the Cochrane Review group and since February 2014 has been assisting with the Coordination of the MSc courses.

Dr Joanna Moncrieff

Joanna Moncrieff is a Senior Lecturer in the Division of Psychiatry. Her clinical work is in community mental health care in North East London Foundation Trust. She is interested in experiences and effects of psychiatric drug treatments: she has published critiques of the evidence for drug treatments and discussions of the politics of drug treatment, including work on the influence of the pharmaceutical industry. Her general interests lie in the history, politics and philosophy of mental health care. Her research areas include collaborative decision making in mental health and the effects of antipsychotic withdrawal. She organises the Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Course at UCL.

Dr Janet Carter

Janet Carter works as a Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist in North East London Foundation Trust, and is a Senior Lecturer in Old Age Psychiatry in the Division of Psychiatry. She is interested in the neuroscience of dementia, particularly in developing potential technologies for stem cell interventions in Alzheimer’s and in biological predictors of dementia.

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