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Departmental Female Academics

Detailed below are profiles for some of the leading female academics in the Department. 
Professor Catherine Sackley

Professor of Rehabilitation
Department of Physiotherapy

Professor Sackley joined King’s in October 2014 from the University of East Anglia where she had been Professor of Rehabilitation Research since 2012. Previously she has held posts at the University of Birmingham and the University of Oxford.  An NIHR Senior Investigator and rehabilitation researcher, Professor Sackley trained as a physiotherapist. Her research focuses on the problems experienced by older people with stroke and neurological diseases living in the community.  She employs mixed methodologies and she is very experienced in randomised trials of complex interventions. Her work has informed practice, particularly for the residents of care homes and addresses common daily problems such as, difficulties with mobility, incontinence, and other activities of daily living.        


Professor Janet Peacock

Professor of Medical Statistics
Department of Primary Care & Public Health Sciences

Janet is a medical statistician and leads the growing statistics group in the Division. Janet's main research interests are in the use and extensions of statistical methods in epidemiological studies, and the communication of medical statistics to non-statisticians. her main clinical interests are in perinatal and paediatric medicine and her methodological interests are in study outcomes, particularly dichotomisation and accounting for clustering. She has written three statistics books for non-statisticians, the latest being The Oxford Handbook of Medical Statistics. Janet's national committee work includes: Council of the Royal Statistical Society (2005-09), and currently NIHR Clinician Scientist Panel, and Statistics Editor for BMJ. She is Visiting Professor at Dartmouth College, USA.


Dr Anne Stephenson

Senior Lecturer/Director of Community Education
Sub-Dean for Student Affairs, Senior Clinical Adviser, and Professionalism Lead for School of Medical Education
King's Undergraduate Medical Education in the Community Team (KUMEC), Department of Primary Care & Public Health Sciences

Anne is a general practitioner in South London and leads the undergraduate medical education in the community programme  as well as working in a senior capacity for the School, in charge of the professional development vertical strand, ans as Sub-Dean for Student Affairs and Senior Clinical Adviser. 

Anne trained as a medical practitioner at Otago Medical School in New Zealand graduating in 1977 and worked there and in Australia as a general practitioner before coming to live in the UK in 1988. She has worked as a GP in South London since then and for King's College London since 1990, first as clinical lecturer for in the School of Medicine, from 1994 as clinical senior lecturer, and from 1998 as Director of Community Education. Anne is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She was awarded a PhD in Medicine in 1985 which looked at clinical decision making for those with acute chest pain.

Her main current research interest is in the area of professional development, in particular the professional development of medical students and medical teachers.



Professor Klea Katsouyanni

Professor of Public Health
Department of Primary Care & Public Health Sciences

Klea's research focuses on the health effects of environmental stressors, mainly outdoor air pollution. She has coordinated a EU network which provided European wide results on the short-term effects of air pollution (the APHEA network) and participated in projects investigating exposure to air pollution (e.g. EXPOLIS), gene-environment interactions (e.g. AIRGENE),air pollution effects in sensitive sub-populations (e.g. RUPIOH), and health impact assessment (e.g. APHEKOM).


Dr Salma Ayis

Lecturer in Medical Statistics
Department of Primary Care & Public Health Sciences

Salma is a statistician in the Division, who joined King's in 2009. She obtained her BSc in Econometrics at the University of Khartoum, followed by an MSc and a PhD in Social Statistics at the University of Southampton. Salma has worked on many research projects, including the methodology of casual inference, and quantifying bias in the presence of unobserved heterogeneity. She has contributed to the applications of a range of statistical methods to medical data, and has been involved in the analysis of trials with Complex interventions, Adverse Drug Reactions (ADR), and prognostic and diagnostic tests. In epidemiology Salma worked in several studies, including the epidemiology of old age, the prediction of outcomes for a range of health conditions, including stroke, CVD, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and depression among others. She is also involved in national and European investigations of service use for stroke patients and their associations with outcomes. Salma is involved in the design and organisation of teaching for a range of statistics courses for undergraduate and postgraduate students from the Division of Health and Social Care Research.


Dr Lindsay Bearne

Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy
Department of Physiotherapy

Lindsay is a lecturer and HCPC registered Chartered Physiotherapist. Her research interests include the sensorimotor consequences and rehabilitation of chronic musculoskeletal disorders and, in particular, the role of exercise and physical activity in the management of inflammatory arthritis. Lindsay is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Trustee and Research Officer for the British Health Professionals in Rheumatology, Member of the Heberden Committee of the British Society of Rheumatologists and a Member of the Editorial Board for Musculoskeletal Care.



Dr Emma Godfrey

Lecturer in Health Psychology
Department of Physiotherapy

Emma is a lecturer and HCPC registered Health Psychologist and Dramatherapist with posts in the Departments of Physiotherapy and Psychology. Her main research interest is the physical/mental health interface, and in particular the management of medically unexplained symptoms, such as chronic back pain and food intolerance and adherence to exercise. Her main clinical interest is in health psychology as applied to children and young people. Emma is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the practitioner sub-committee of the Division of Health Psychology of the British Psychological Society and the research committee of the British Associatation of Dramatherapists.



Dr Mariam Molokhia

Reader in Primary Care
Department of Primary Care & Public Health Sciences

Mariam is a clinical epidemiologist. Her research interests are in pharmacoepidemiology, pharmacogenetics, genetic epidemiology of complex traits and the analyses of electronic health records including methodological applications (previously supported by a NIHR fellowship). She is PI for 2 CRN highly successful portfolio studies:

1. Environmental and Genetic Determinants of SLE (5846). This project has been co-adapted at a national level by the NIHR Musculoskeletal Speciality group.

2. UK Compenent of EUDRAGENE (4412): Studying the pharmacogenetics of selected adverse drug reactions (ADRs).

Previous work includes research into adverse drug reactions using EHR data including collaborations with Professor Johan van der Lei (NL) and Professor Miriam Sturkenboom (NL) through the FP7 EU-ADR and ARITMO projects on drug safety, and the Serious Adverse Events Consortium (SAEC) an international collaboration of academia and industry supported by the Wellcome Trust to study genetic determinants of drug induced liver injury and serious skin rash together with Professor Ann Daly (Newcastle) and Professor Munir Pirmohamed (Liverpool) and EUDRAGENE collaborators, where GWAS and next generation sequencing studies are underway (2013). Other areas of interest include statin associated rhabdomyolysis and drug associated agranulocytosis. Current areas of work include developing methods for risk prediction in pharmacoepidemiological and pjarmacogenetic studies.


Dr Grace Okoli

Lecturer in Primary Care (Clinical)
Department of Primary Care & Public Health Sciences

Grace is a general practitioner who lives and works in south London. She works as a clinical lecturer in the department on a part-time basis. With a background in molecular and cellular biology, she completed her PhD at Imperial College London. On completion of her doctorate, she became a post-doctoral researcher at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in the United States, where she worked on developing an oral gene delivery system for the management of haemophilia – the protocol is currently under patent. At present, she is interested in developing protocols to support clinical decision-making to aid the early diagnosis of disease.

In addition, Grace is a public governor for King’s College Hospital, where her primary goal is to improve the working relationship between the hospital and its partners in primary care. 



Dr Kalwant Sidhu

Lecturer in Postgraduate Medical Education
Department of Primary Care & Public Health Sciences

Kalwant currently teaches on the Masters in Public Health and leads on the Primary Care pathway. She trained as an occupational therapist specialising in community and mental health and primary care. She has taught on Allied Health pre-registration programmes, focusing particularly on curriculum design and interprofessional learning. Her research background is in medical education, looking at how values based concepts are taught and learnt. She has also worked on women's mental health issues and the social and cultural context of health care.


Dr Claire White

Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy
Department of Physiotherapy

Claire is interested in the impact of rehabilitation including exercise and other interventions on activities, well being and quality of life for people living with long-term neurological conditions. Her current work focuses on the effect of tailored home exercise for people with inflammatory neuropathy, and the use and impact of assistive technology for people with Parkinson's and their carers. She has an interest in systematic reviews of complex interventions and is a Cochrane Neuromuscular Disease Review Group editor and author.


Dr Ingrid Wolfe

Senior Clinical Lecturer in Child & Public Health, Department of Primary Care & Public Health Sciences
Director Evelina London Child Health Partnership
Research Fellow London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Co-Chair British Association for Child and Adolescent Public Health.

Ingrid is qualified in paediatrics and public health, which has enabled her to be a children’s doctor in a very broad sense of the term. She has on-the-ground insight from clinical practice, and a population perspective from public health.  These two aspects come together in her academic work, which focuses on children’s health services and policy in the UK and European countries, and in her NHS work; as Director of the Evelina London Child Health Partnership she is leading the development and evaluation of a new model of children’s health care in South London.


Dr Alison Wright

Lecturer in Health Psychology
Department of Primary Care & Public Health Sciences

Alison is a lecturer in health psychology. Her research interests include understanding and promoting health-related behaviour change, with current work including a physical activity intervention for people with stroke and preventing occupational dermatitis among nurses. She is also interested in the psychological determinants of health care utilisation and treatment adherence, applied in contexts such as NHS health checks, screening uptake and pulmonary rehabilitation. She has worked extensively on patient reactions to the use of genomics and other forms of stratified medicine to predict risk or tailor treatments. Alison contributes to psychology teaching for undergraduate, taught postgraduate and doctoral courses at King's and leads a module for the Master's in Public Health course. She is also the Psychology & Psychiatry Methodology Lead for the Research Design Service for London.




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