UCL Psychology and Language Sciences


Tom Osborn

PhD Student


I am a Registered Nurse and 1st year PhD student in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences and PsychUP for Wellbeing. My PhD is in Implementation Science and aims to understand whether mental health services are meeting the needs of all students and identify who might benefit from improved service offer.

I struggled with my own mental health while living away from home in Australia. I, very fortunately, was able to access talking therapy at the right time through my GP, which I found helpful and enabled me to get better. However, through my experience as a nurse, I often saw the effects that limited access to the right support had on the people I looked after. Because of these experiences I decided to pursue a career in public health to help ensure people have better and more equitable access to the support and services they need.

Before my PhD I worked at the British Red Cross evaluating health and social care services, and I spent some time at LSHTM after my MSc there working on two research projects evaluating school-based public health interventions. I am a passionate about research being relevant and useful to the people and communities it affects.

Tom's PhD is funded by ARC North Thames.

Find out more about Tom's work here.