Qualitative Health Research Network


Who are we?

The Qualitative Health Research Network consists of the qualitative health research groups from three UCL departments

  1. Department of Applied Health Research (DAHR) qualitative discussion group
  2. Department of Behavioural Science and Health (BSH) qualitative discussion group
  3. Division of Psychiatry qualitative researchers working group

Meet the QHRN committee

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 Cecilia Vindrola (Department of Applied Health Research)

Cecilia Vindrola-Padros is a Medical Anthropologist interested in applied health research and the development of rapid approaches to research. She works across four interdisciplinary teams, applying anthropological theories and methods to study and improve healthcare delivery in the UK and abroad. She is a researcher on the NIHR-funded Rapid Service Evaluation Team (RSET), a collaboration between UCL and the Nuffield Trust. She has written extensively on the use of rapid qualitative research and currently co-directs the Rapid Research, Evaluation and Appraisal Lab (RREAL) with Dr Ginger Johnson. She is the past Director and current training lead for the Qualitative Health Research Network (QHRN). Cecilia works as a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Applied Health Research, UCL and Social Scientist at the NIAA Health Services Research Centre (HSRC), Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA).

Dr Cecilia Vindrola-Padros
Dr Henry Llewellyn (Division of Psychitry)

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.

Henry Llewellyn
Mr Sebastien Libert

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)


Ms Claire Stevens (BSH)


Ms Daisy McInnerney (Division of Psychiatry)



    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.