Qualitative Health Research Network


Meet the committee

The Qualitative Health Research Network consists of researchers from a range of UCL departments and institutes.

Meet the QHRN committee

QHRN committee photo at the 2019 conference


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.

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 has worked on a range of health and social care evaluation projects, including: the Coordinated Care of Rare Diseases (CONCORD) study, the NIHR Rapid Service Evaluation Team programme of research, and the Prehospital triage for suspected stroke patients (PHOTONIC) study. 

Holly Walton
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 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 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
Joseph Sawyer (Division of Psychiatry)

I am a palliative care physician and doctoral student within the Marie curie palliative care research department at UCL. My current research is funded by the Alzheimer’s Society and explores the role of informal care networks in supporting end of life care for people affected by dementia. I use mixed methods and have experience with ethnography, interviews and network mapping. I studied medicine at Imperial College London and gained my MSc from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. I work clinically as a Specialist Registrar in Palliative Medicine in London. 

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Sonia Wallace (Epidemiology and healthcare)

Sonia Wallace is an administrator at QHRN and also at the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health. Prior to that Sonia worked for the Cancer Institute and has been with UCL since 2012. 

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Dr Annemarie Lodder (Department of Epidemiology and Public Health)

Annemarie is a Research Fellow on the TOGETHER study which aims to evaluate the effectiveness of a parenting intervention: Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities. Her interests are in supporting positive family functioning and child outcomes, in particular for vulnerable families and families from diverse ethnic backgrounds.  Annemarie completed her PhD in psychology developing and evaluating a mental health intervention for parents of autistic children addressing autism related stigma. Her previous experience include working with parents and young children to examine the social and psychological factors affecting mental health and family outcomes.

Photo Annemarie Lodder
Dr Alexandra Burton (Department of Behavioural Science)

Alex is a senior research fellow in the UCL Department of Behavioural Science and Health. She currently leads on the qualitative evaluation of a number of trials including the SHAPER-PND study exploring experiences of mothers with postnatal depression who take part in singing groups and the INSPYRE study exploring mechanisms of action of social prescribing for children and young people with mental health problems.

Her research interests include exploring the relationship between social support and health outcomes and the development and testing of psychosocial interventions to improve outcomes for people with mental health problems.  She has conducted systematic reviews, qualitative interviews, focus groups and ethnographic work and managed feasibility studies and clinical trials.

Photo Alex Burton
Christine Carter (Division of Psychiatry)

Christine is a 3rd year ESRC funded PhD student in the Division of Psychiatry. Christine is currently undertaking an ethnographic study within the APPLE-tree programme which is a health and lifestyle active ageing intervention for people with memory problems, which are not dementia.

Christine has a background in mental health nursing and working with older people in primary care settings and in liaison psychiatry so my research interest has always been in this area. I am passionate about the value of qualitative research with older people in health and social care, and my areas of interest include older people, dementia, dementia prevention, health care, mental health, family work and applied research.

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Dr Josefine Magnusson (Department of Applied Health Research)

Josefine is a Research Fellow in the Department of Applied Health Research at UCL where she is working on the qualitative aspects of the HERCULES project; an evaluation of the implementation of diagnostic hubs in ophthalmology services. She has long-standing experience of health and care service research in both academic and charity (think tank) settings and has used qualitative and mixed methods extensively. In a previous role she engaged in multi-national work coordinated by the World Health Organization to assess health priorities for young people, and throughout her career she has worked with local and national government to inform policy.

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Alma Ionescu (Institute for Global Health)

Alma is a PhD student in the Institute for Global Health (IGH). Her research focuses on mental health activism in Uganda. She works with grassroots organisations to explore ideas of everyday resistance and change in order to understand how better care environments are envisioned and negotiated. She is interested in creative qualitative methods, global (mental) health, social justice in relation to health and rights, illness and identity, community psychology, and theories of power.

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Celine Lewis (Institute of Child Health)

Celine is a behavioural scientist working in the field of genetic and genomic medicine. Celine has expertise in both qualitative and quantitative research methods. However, Celine's main interest (and passion!) lies in using traditional and non-traditional qualitative research methods to understand how patients and families relate to, communicate and make decisions around personal genetic information, and the subsequent behavioural, psychological and social outcomes. Through Celine's research, Celine has worked with a range of key stakeholders including healthcare professionals and policy makers as well as patients, families and young people. Celine's research combines academic rigour with storytelling ability. In 2021 Celine set up a new qualitative research methods course at UCL GOS Institute of Child Health: 'Practicing Qualitative Research in Child and Adolescent Health', with Professor Myra Bluebond-Langer. Celine has supervised two PHD and 14 MSc students conducting studies using qualitative methods. What Celine loves most about qualitative research is that it gives Celine the opportunity to work with patients and families who have such rich and affecting stories to tell. Celine's mission is to ensure their voice is heard in a meaningful way which positively impacts patient care. 

Photo Celine Lewis
Dr Claire Powell (Institute of Child Health)

Claire is a senior research fellow in qualitative methods for child health. Claire works at the NIHR Children and Families Policy Research Unit (CPRU) where she designs and delivers the qualitative strands of a range of child health related research projects. She is particularly interested in working with families living in adversity and ensuring they are involved in a meaningful way in research. In previous studies, Claire has worked with mothers in prison, adult survivors of trauma and abuse and a range of health and social care professionals. Claire really values hearing people tell their stories and bringing what they say together to improve policy and practice.

Dr Philippa Shaw (Division of Psychiatry)

Pippa is a Research Fellow in the Division of Psychiatry at UCL with a background in health psychology and mental health research. Her research interests span mental health and wellbeing, implementation science, primary care research, mind body therapies, and women's health. She embraces qualitative research through using a range of approaches to qualitative analysis including meta-synthesis, reflexive thematic analysis, interpretative phenomenological analysis, and narrative analysis. Within her research, Pippa is also passionate about public and patient involvement, reflexivity, and integrating art into qualitative methods (having previously worked with photovoice and photo-elicitation in interviews and disseminating research findings through paintings and sculptures). Pippa’s current research is exploring the intersection between psychiatry and physical health with the project UCLP-PRIMROSE: a national mixed methods evaluation of the implementation of an integrated primary care service to reduce cardiovascular disease risk in people with severe mental illness.  

Photo Philippa Shaw
Dr Rana Conway (Department of Behavioural Science and Health)

Dr Rana Conway is a research fellow in the Department of Behavioural Science and Health at University College London, UK. Rana is a Registered Nutritionist with over 20 years’ experience in public health nutrition. She has worked at King’s College London, Imperial College and London South Bank University on a range of projects and her main research interest is in food choices in pregnancy and the early years.  

Rana is a member of the Obesity Policy Research Unit at UCL, where she is investigating parental feeding choices, food and drink labelling and any potential negative effects of obesity policy.  

Photo Rana Conway
Dr Sarah-Jane Stewart (Department of Practice and Policy, UCL School of Pharmacy)

Sarah-Jane is a postdoctoral research fellow and Chartered Health Psychologist working in the Centre for Behavioural Medicine in the Research Department of Practice and Policy, UCL School of Pharmacy. Broadly, her interests lie in understanding variation in the beliefs individuals hold towards their physical health and associated treatments. Her work at UCL is currently focussed on the role of psychological and behavioural factors in explaining and understanding variation in medication adherence across a range of long-term conditions. In her current project, she is working on a large NIHR funded project designing and evaluating an intervention to support adherence to adjuvant endocrine therapy in women with breast cancer. 

Photo Sarah-Jane Stewart
Yasmin Garcia-Sterling (Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction)


Professor Carol Rivas (UCL Social research institute)



    QHRN sub-committees

    The Qualitative Health Research Network committee is formed of different sub-committees:

    Executive committeeSmall oversight committee with representation from each of the sub-committees 
    • Nicola Morant (Co-director)
    • Holly Walton (Co-director)
    • Alex Burton (Treasurer)
    • Joseph Sawyer
    • Sarah-Jane Stewart
    • Henry Llewellyn
    • Sonia Wallace
    Conference sub-committeeSub-committee with responsibility for organising and delivering  our bi-annual 2 day international QHRN conference.
    • Joseph Sawyer
    • Georgia Pavlopoulou
    • Celine Lewis
    • Claire Powell
    • Philippa Shaw
    • Rana Conway
    • Sarah-Jane Stewart
    • Carol Rivas
    Training sub-committeeSub-committee with responsibility for organising and delivering our QHRN training courses.
    • Nicola Morant
    • Julia Bailey
    • Jane Wilcock
    • Josefine Magnusson
    Seminars sub-committeeSub-committee with responsibility for organising and delivering our QHRN seminar series.
    • Holly Walton
    • Alexandra Burton
    Critical workshop sub-committeeSub-committee with responsibility for organising and delivering our QHRN critical workshops.
    • Henry Llewellyn
    • Christine Carter
    • Alma Ionescu
    • Yasmin Garcia-Sterling
    • Sebastien Libert
    Communications sub-committeeSub-committee with responsibility for QHRN communications (including our website, twitter page and mailing list)
    • Holly Walton
    • Annemarie Lodder