Mekeda X Logan

Mekeda X Logan

I work as a psychiatric research assistant here at UCL on the PROMDEP and INTERACT study, focusing on improving treatment methods for individuals with depression in primary care. Prior to working at UCL, I studied Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Essex in the hopes of becoming a clinical psychologist, focusing on the racial equality for mental health treatment management in primary and secondary care settings. I am passionate about mental health, and as a young black woman, I aim to inspire others like myself to break the stigma within the black community that surrounds mental health. I also hope to see the younger generation uptake an interest in working in a mental health setting, whether it be research based, academia or clinical work; I believe that mental health is equally as important as physical health, the more research that is done within this field, the greater the outcomes will be not only for ethnic minority individuals affected by mental health challenges, but the psychiatric field as a whole.

The equality, diversity and inclusion group has enabled me to feel a part of a community where I am able to express my opinions, concerns, and aspirations here at UCL. Being a part of the EDI also gives me reassurance that I can be supported and heard at UCL regardless of my age, gender, and race. There are many opportunities at UCL that enable career progression and development for all staff, which reflects what the EDI group stands for.