Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


Primary Care Mental Health Research Group

The Primary Care Mental Health Research group offers studentship opportunities on a range of topics in mental health (including severe mental illness/psychosis, common mental disorders such as anxiety and depression, medically unexplained symptoms and somatisation) and using a variety of methodologies including both quantitative and qualitative research. Contact Marta Buszewicz: m.buszewicz@ucl.ac.uk

Project: Improving the mental well-being of frail older people

Supervisors: Dr Kate Walters, Dr Rachael Frost, Dr Marta Buszewicz, Dr Rebecca Gould

Our current work has shown that depression and anxiety in frail older people is often poorly addressed, with very low levels of referrals and uptake of psychological therapies in this group. We have undertaken several systematic reviews and are interviewing frailer older people with depression or anxiety on how we can better address these needs. There is an opportunity to build on this work, and undertake a qualitative study with health care professionals to understand how current services and psychological therapies need to be better adapted to meet the needs of older people with health impairments affecting their everyday activities. This would particularly suit someone with a background in psychology. 

Project: Public Mental Health 

Supervisors: Dr Kate Walters, Prof David Osborn, Dr Fiona Hamilton

The NIHR School for Public Health has prioritised Public Mental Health as one of its three key themes in a 4-5 year programme of work starting 2018. There is an opportunity to join the team of people at UCL working to develop ideas for the key research questions within this theme, and develop a linked PhD project. Potential topic ideas include: evaluating early years and schoolbased approaches to promote child and adolescent mental well-being; reducing inequalities experienced by people with poor mental health; better integration of care for people with poor mental health; new approaches to reducing loneliness and promoting resilience; the built environment and mental well-being outcomes; mental health and the workplace. 

Contact: k.walters@ucl.ac.uk