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Commonwealth Professional Fellowships (August 2019)

Purpose: These fellowships will support mid-career professionals with an interest in data management, data science and statistics, working in the mental health sector in India and Nigeria, to complete a two month placement at the IoPPN for a programme of professional development. The goal of the placement is to enhance their professional skills in acquiring, validating, storing, protecting, and processing data to support evidence-based decision-making in their workplaces.


Intended beneficiaries: Mid-career professionals (with five years’ relevant work experience) working in the mental health sector in India and Nigeria.


Eligibility: Fellowships are open to candidates from India or Nigeria. Potential fellows should have a Master's degree in a relevant subject and at least five years of work experience in the mental health sector including some data management or data analysis experience. Candidates may not have undertaken a Commonwealth Professional Fellowship within the last five years (at the time of application) and must be in employment that they will return to upon completion of the fellowship. Applications will not be considered from candidates who are undertaking a course of full-time study at the time of application. Candidates who have previously taken a leave of absence to study or work abroad in a high income country should make an additional case for why they should be considered for a fellowship in the UK and make clear what they have gained from their previous experience. Candidates must be available to start their fellowship within the prescribed dates as stated on the CSC website. More information can be found here




Dr Jayati Das-Munshi elected fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (20 November 2017)

Psychiatry Research Trust’s Peggy Pollack Fellowship awarded to Dr Charlotte Gayer-Anderson (26 October 2017)


Dr Charlotte Gayer-Anderson awarded the 3-year Psychiatry Research Trust’s Peggy Pollack Fellowship to conduct a study using virtual reality to assess unfounded paranoia, and the associated risk and protective factors, in a sample of 400 adolescents in South London (as part of the REACH study). Charlotte will also be exploring potential psychological and biological mechanisms.

NIHR HTA Grant awarded to Dr Vanessa Lawrence

Dr Vanessa Lawrence (Co-I with Professor Laura Goldstein) has been awarded a NIHR HTA grant ‘A feasibility study and randomised controlled trial of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for people with motor neuron disease (COMMEND)’; PI is Prof Rob Howard at UCL.

eMental Health for the iGeneration at the Royal Society Summer Exhibition (9 July 2017)

This week, Dr Charlotte Gayer-Anderson and Paula De Vries Albertin lead the way in showcasing how we are using Virtual Reality environments to help with their mental health at this year’s prestigious Royal Society Summer Exhibition. The stand showcased interventions from the AVATAR, PHEME and SlowMo projects.

Professor Craig Morgan awarded MRC Programme Grant for INTREPID II (22th May 2017)

Craig Morgan, Professor of Social Epidemiology and Head of the Health Service and Population Research Department, along with colleagues from 5 other institutions, has been awarded a MRC Programme Grant to investigate the incidence, phenomenology, outcome, and impact of psychotic disorders in India, Nigeria, and Trinidad.

Further information on INTREPID available here.

AVATAR Therapy on BBC Horizon’s ‘Why did I go Mad’ (5 May 2017)

Professor Tom Craig demonstrated AVATAR Therapy for people who experienced troubling auditory hallucinations on ‘Why did I go Mad’ , part of the BBC Horizon series first broadcast 2 May 2017

Further information about AVATAR available here.


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