Qualitative Health Research Network


Who are we?

The Qualitative Health Research Network consists of the qualitative health research groups from a range of UCL departments and institutes:

  1. Department of Applied Health Research (DAHR) 
  2. Department of Behavioural Science and Health (BSH) 
  3. Division of Psychiatry
  4. Institute for Global Health
  5. UCL eHealth Unit
  6. Centre for Ageing and Population Studies
  7. IOE, UCL's Faculty of Education and Society

Meet the QHRN committee

QHRN committee photo at the 2019 conference

Dr Kirsten Moore (Division of Psychiatry)

Dr Kirsten Moore is a Principal Research Fellow in the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department in the Division of Psychiatry at UCL. She has a background in psychology and sociology and her research focuses on dementia and end of life. Her work has focussed on the grief that family carers experience while caring for someone with dementia and how we can better support carers to prepare for the future. She uses a broad range of methods, including participatory methods, co-design and qualitative interviews to understand carers’ experiences of grief, loss and caring.

Kirsten Moore
Dr Nuriye Kupeli (Division of Psychiatry)

Dr Nuriye Kupeli is an Alzheimer's Society Fellow and Senior Research Associate at University College London. She is a mixed methods researcher exploring family carers’ experiences of compassion while caring for someone living with dementia. Nuriye is also leading a workstream as part of a large Economic and Social Research Council – National Institute for Health Research grant looking at unmet palliative care needs and care transitions experienced by people living and dying with dementia and their carers. Her mixed methods expertise includes designing and conducting qualitative health research, implementing longitudinal studies and assessing psychometric properties of self-report measures. She is currently the co-director of the QHRN.

Nuriye Kupeli
Dr Georgia Black (Department of Applied Health Research)

Georgia Black is a psychologist and applied health researcher in the Department of Applied Health Research at University College London, UK. Georgia’s research programme covers patient communication and safety in early diagnosis of cancer, as well as exploring access and inequalities. Georgia has developed a programme of research addressing multiple aspects of cancer diagnosis such as emergency pathways, educational differences in relation to cancer, psychological impact of and fear of cancer, and public attitudes to changes in cancer policy.

Georgia Black
Dr Henry Llewellyn (Division of Psychiatry)

I am a postdoctoral research fellow in the UCL Division of Psychiatry.  My work is concerned with medical diagnosis, treatment decision-making, and the social and ethical implications of new medical technologies in cancer.  My doctoral research examined how people with a brain tumour understand disease and attempt to secure treatment amid unpredictable bodily decline, potential cognitive impairment, and extremely limited therapeutic options.  In my current project, I continue a focus on brain tumours, ethnographically charting the integration of molecular genetic biomarkers that are changing approaches to diagnosis, prognosis and decision-making.  I examine changing conceptions of disease and how various stakeholders negotiate the new dilemmas appearing in multiple arenas of science, policy and direct care.

Mr Sebastien Libert (Division of Psychiatry)

I am a PhD student based at University College London with a background in medical anthropology. My current research explores the nature of social exclusion in dementia and later life by looking at the use and development of new technology. As a member of the QHRN committee, I am a keen supporter of ethnography and how it can help other researchers to explore challenges in health and care. 

Sebastien Libert
Ms Nehla Djellouli (Institute for Global Health)


Dr Holly Walton (Department of Applied Health Research)

Holly Walton is a research fellow in the Department of Applied Health Research at University College London, UK. Holly’s PhD research focused on evaluating the implementation of social interventions to improve independence in dementia and involved using mixed-methods to measure fidelity of delivery and engagement. Holly currently works as part of the Coordinated Care of Rare Diseases project as the qualitative researcher.

Holly Walton
Dr Rochelle Burgess (Institute for Global Health)

Dr. Rochelle Burgess is a leading community health psychologist who specialises in community based approaches to health. Her work studies the social and psychological dynamics of community engagement, using qualitative, participatory and transformative methodologies.


She is interested in the promotion of community approaches to health globally, and views communities as a route to understanding and responding to the political economy of poor health, with a particular emphasis on the impacts of broader development issues such as poverty, gender, systems of governance, and community mobilisation (civil society). For the past decade she has focused largely on mental wellbeing and the experience of common mental disorders, and is a leading voice in the emerging field of social interventions in Global Mental Health. She has led a range of projects that focus on the development of community mental health interventions (in South Africa, Colombia, UK and Zimbabwe) and has contributed her methodological and mental health expertise to projects on community led responses to other health challenges, such as child health in Nigeria.  


She is a Lecturer in Global Health and Deputy Director of the UCL Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases, at the Institute for Global Health at UCL. She is the founder and Director of UCL's Global Network on Mental Health and Child Marriage.  She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Public Health, member of the ESRC peer review college, among other affiliations.


Ms Daisy McInnerney (Division of Psychiatry)

Daisy is a PhD student in the Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Department at University College London. Daisy’s PhD research focuses on developing and evaluating an emotional disclosure-based intervention to support the wellbeing of people living with terminal illness. She draws on a range of methods to inform her work, including online surveys, co-design, qualitative interviewing and process evaluation. Daisy is also interested in applying novel review methods to inform intervention design, such as Intervention Component Analysis.

Dr Julia Bailey (UCL eHealth Unit)

Dr Julia Bailey is an associate professor in Primary Care at the UCL eHealth Unit, and a specialty doctor in community sexual health in South East London. Her research focuses on sexual health, particularly the Internet and mobile phones for sexual health promotion. 

Julia co-leads the popular UCL Qualitative Research Methods course, and is passionate about bringing social science perspectives and methodologies into medical research. 

Julia Bailey
Dr Silvie Cooper (Department of Applied Health Research)

Dr Silvie Cooper is a Teaching Fellow in Applied Health Research at University College London, UK and a health sociologist by background, having received an MA and PhD from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in South Africa. Before joining UCL, she completed a Research Fellowship at the University of Michigan, USA and was the Research Lead at a child health charity in London, UK. Her research interests include capacity building for health research, management of chronic pain, digital health, and patient education, using qualitative, mixed methods, and translational research approaches. Alongside her research, she designs and teaches on a variety of health and social science courses for undergraduates, postgraduates and professionals. Topics include research and evaluation methods, the social aspects of health and illness, and the impact of context, practice and policy on healthcare experiences. 

Dr Silvie Cooper
Dr Jane Wilcock (Centre for Ageing & Population Studies)

Jane Wilcock is an applied health researcher and psychologist based within the Centre for Ageing & Population Studies, UCL. Her main research interests are in dementia, ageing, emergent technologies and trials of complex interventions in primary care and community settings. This includes a focus on improving the diagnosis and management and end of life care for people with dementia and their families.  Examples include managing the NIHR programme EVIDEM and The Dykes award from the Alzheimer’s Society for an RCT on the effectiveness of educational interventions in improving the detection and management of dementia in primary care. Jane is currently working on The Alzheimer’s Society funded programme Primary care-led post diagnostic Dementia Care (PriDem): developing evidence-based, person-centred sustainable models for future care and the JPND funded International study  COGNISANCE: Co-Designing Dementia Diagnosis And Post Diagnostic Care. In addition she is a methodology expert for the NIHR Research Design Service London and is course Tutor on the UCL course Qualitative Research Methods in Health.

Jane Wilcock
Dr Georgia Pavlopoulou (IOE)

I have been working for 18 years with autistic people and their family members and have experienced the opportunities and challenges involved, empowering them to be in the centre of clinical and educational decision making. I have a PhD in Developmental Psychology and Mental Health and I  teach and research topics of atypical development, psychological aspects of counselling and autistic mental health. I train mental health practitioners across the UK, through HEE fundings. 

I am an Early Career Researcher based at UCL IOE, Department of Psychology and Human Development.


-Can a lifeworld -led care model be applied in mental health for autistic people and their families?

-What are the social determinants of common aversive experiences in autism (stress, sleep problems, loneliness, low mood, trauma)?

-How can we move from a "power over" to a "power with" family centred approach in educational and healthcare settings?

-What are the experiences and needs of disabled and non-disabled siblings across the lifespan?


These are some of the most important questions that I address in my research by using a combination of behavioural, phenomenological and community based participatory techniques together with a developmental approach.


I have a passion working with multidisciplinary academic teams, experts by experience and scholar activists in community-based wellbeing projects to promote neurodiversity and wellbeing. Currently working with autistic activists and an artist in a project funded by UCL Culture looking at the role of  authentic relationships with people, objects, sounds and animals in psychological wellbeing and the barriers autistic people might experience as they navigate a neurotypical world.

Georgia Pavlopoulou
Dr Yasemin Hirst (BSH)

Dr Yasemin Hirst is a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Behavioural Science and Health. Her current research investigates self-management behaviours of ovarian cancer patients prior to their diagnosis using the past purchase information collected by two major high street retailers in the UK. She is also interested in understanding public acceptability of sharing commercial data for health research purposes and carrying out multiple studies to enhance research participation using evidence-based approaches. Her further research interests include safety-netting in health care settings for patients who present with low risk cancer symptoms and understanding barriers and facilitators of using existing health care technologies. She uses a range of methods in her research including analyses of observational/epidemiological data, qualitative interviews and focus groups, online experiments and questionnaires.

Dr Nicola Morant (Division of Psychiatry)

Dr Nicola Morant is an Associate Professor in the Division of Psychiatry at UCL.  A social psychologist by background, she is a specialist in qualitative research methods in mental health, leading qualitative research streams within larger mixed-methods projects across a range of areas in mental health. She has particular interests in collaborative forms of medication management and shared decision-making; acute care and alternatives to in-patient admissions; and perinatal mental health. As a qualitative researcher, she is strongly committed to ensuring that PPI (Public and Patient Involvement) can meaningfully contribute to qualitative research, and regularly runs workshops for service user and carer groups to support their involvement in mental health research. In the UCL Division of Psychiatry, Nicola contributes qualitative methods teaching and supervision to MSc programmes, and provides bespoke methods training including in NVivo software use to colleagues and PhD students.

Nicola Morant


    Qualitative health research groups collaborating in the qualitative health research network (QHRN)

    1 - Department of Applied Health Research (DAHR) qualitative discussion group

    This group was set up in May 2012 by DAHR staff as a forum for informal discussion and support with qualitative work.  The monthly meetings cover a wide range of topics, and are led by colleagues from within and outside of UCL.  There are now 30 members and the group is coordinated by Georgia Black: g.black@ucl.ac.uk.

    2 - Department of Behavioural Science & Health (BSH) qualitative discussion group

    This group was set up in May 2012 by BSH staff who felt there was a need to consolidate expertise with qualitative methods for researchers contemplating, initiating, conducting, and disseminating qualitative research within the department. The group continues to grow and currently has 53 members, including colleagues external to the department. The monthly sessions vary in content, often including discussion of a paper, dilemmas or feedback on analysis, and external speakers introducing new methods or concepts in qualitative research.  Meetings are organised by Lesley McGregor: l.mcgregor@ucl.ac.uk.

    3 - Division of Psychiatry qualitative researchers working group

    This is a researcher-led forum within the Division of Psychiatry that provides a meeting point for researchers to share and explore ideas and techniques in qualitative research. It is run mainly through bimonthly small group discussions and journal clubs that encourage an intellectually dynamic yet supportive atmosphere for debate and discussion, allowing emerging and seasoned researchers from any academic discipline to exhibit, experiment with, work through and learn about qualitative theory, methods and writing. The group holds an evolving archive of resources to enable researchers to engage with qualitative research. It commenced in 2012, has over 70 members and is run by Henry, Kirsten, Nuriye and Sébastien. The aims of the group are to: provide an avenue to support qualitative researchers within the Division; and to enable a forum within the Division to share and discuss ideas and debates within qualitative research to improve the standard and status of qualitative research undertaken. More details are available on our website.