Meet the Team

Find out more about the APPLE-Tree team

Dr Claudia Cooper | Chief Investigator

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Claudia is Chief Investigator of APPLE-Tree, a Professor of older people’s psychiatry at UCL Division of Psychiatry and an Honorary consultant old age psychiatrist in Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust memory services.

She also leads the NIDUS Study, investigating new interventions to promote independence in those with Dementia; and is a member of: the UK Cabinet Office Trial Advice Panel, PRIMENT Clinical Trials Unit steering group; and the UK Royal College of Psychiatrist’s psychopharmacology committee; and co-director of the UCL Wellcome Doctoral Training Programme for mental health and postgraduate tutor for UCL Division of Psychiatry.

Dr Michaela Poppe | Programme Manager

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Michaela studied Patholinguistics at the University of Potsdam in Germany and completed an MSc in Human Communication at UCL. She went on to do a PhD in Psychology at King's College London investigating language function in mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease. Michaela worked on several clinical trials and qualitative studies in the fields of dementia and intellectual disability at UCL and at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King's College London.
Rachel Morse | Research Assistant 

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Rachel Morse recently completed her MSc in Psychological Sciences at University College London and has a BSc in Global Health and Social Medicine from Kings College London. Before working on the APPLE-Tree project, she worked on an implementation science research project focused on improving cervical cancer early detection and treatment in the Peruvian Amazon.
Rosario Espinoza Jeraldo | Research Assistant

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Rosario has a BSc in Psychology and is currently a student on the MSc Mental Health Sciences Research at UCL. She previously worked as a Research Assistant at Universidad de Los Andes (Chile) on projects related to the neurodevelopment, autonomy and social participation of people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.  
Philippa Renouf | Research Assistant 

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Pippa has a BSc in Psychology from the University of Bath, which included a placement year working for the NHS at the Institute of Psychotrauma (East London NHS Foundation Trust). She has previously worked in trauma settings and with adults and children with physical and/or mental disability. Before joining APPLE-Tree, she worked at the University of Melbourne (Australia) with the Brain and Mental Health hub.
Sinéad McIntyre | Research Assistant 

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Sinéad has a BSc in Psychology from Leiden University (The Netherlands) and an MSc in Human Cognitive Neuropsychology from the University of Edinburgh. Before joining the APPLE-Tree team she worked as a Specialist Healthcare Assistant in an NHS Memory Service where she facilitated group Cognitive Stimulation Therapy for individuals with MCI and dementia in the community, and as a Clinical Research Practitioner with an NHS Trust where she supported and delivered various mental health research studies.
Abinaya Nadarajah | Research Assistant

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Abinaya has a BSc in Psychology from University of Lincoln and a MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health from UCL. Before joining the APPLE-Tree team she worked as a Research Assistant at the Anna Freud Centre, supporting the remote delivery of wellbeing interventions for young people, parents/carers and school staff. 
Amaani Ahmed | Research Assistant

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Amaani has a BA in Linguistics from the University of Cambridge and an MSc in Psychological Sciences from UCL. Before joining the APPLE-Tree study, she was working in the NHS as a psychological wellbeing practitioner
Jordan Ayden | Research Assistant