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UCL Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care
Research Department of Behavioural Science and Health

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Samantha Lawes

Research 

Research interests 

  • Psychoneuroimmunology
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Depression and health

Current research

RESIST: What are the biological mechanisms involved in antidepressant resistance that increase cardiovascular risk?

My PhD investigates the role of depression and inflammation on cardiovascular disease risk.  In particular, I am interested in the mechanisms underlying inflammatory activation in patients who demonstrate antidepressant resistance.  My research involves both experimental laboratory studies as well as secondary statistical analysis of longitudinal datasets.

Email

samantha.lawes.13[at]ucl.ac.uk

Biography

Appointments

  • Sept 2014-present: British Heart Foundation PhD student, Psychobiology group, UCL
  • Sept 2015-present: Trainee Health Psychologist, North East London NHS Foundation Trust (NELFT)
  • Jan 2014-Aug 2014: Research Assistant, School of Pharmacy, UCL
  • Feb 2014-Aug 2014: Research Assistant, Centre for Behaviour Change, UCL

Qualifications

  • 2013-2014 MSc Health Psychology, University College London (UCL)
  • 2009-2013 BSc Psychology, Open University, Milton Keynes

Publications

Lawes, S, Demakakos, P, Steptoe, A, Lewis, G and Carvalho, L.A. Combined influence of depression and systemic inflammation on cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality:  evidence for differential effects by gender in the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (In preparation)