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Ben Carter

Dr Ben Carter PhD

Senior Lecturer

Research interests

  • Biomedical and life sciences
  • Neuroscience

Biography

I joined King’s College London (KCL) in October 2016. Previously, I was based in Cardiff University where I led the Masters in Public Health programme and contributed to research for the Centre for Trials research. Prior to this role, I was a research fellow at the Cancer Research Clinical Trials Unit in Birmingham University. I hold a BSc in Statistics from Reading University, MSc in Medical Statistics from Southampton University (2001) and PhD from Reading University (2005). Throughout the early part of my career, I worked in the pharmaceutical Industry with GlaxoSmithKline, Pfizer, and Quintiles. Currently, I am the affiliated lead for the King's Clinical Trials Unit’s Mental Health Statistics Group at KCL’s Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience. I am also the methodological lead and Senior Statistician to 12 studies with collaborators based at KCL, King’s College Hospital, Cardiff University, and Glasgow University.  

Research Interests:

  • I lead a group who explore the impact of technology and devices in children.  
  • I have a long standing interest in the methodology that underpin cluster randomised controlled trials. 
  • Methods that underpin synthesis for systematic reviews of non-randomised controlled studies  

Teaching:

I lead the “Statistics, Epidemiology and research methods” module, which is worth 30 credit for the MSc in Clinical Neuroscience. I also supervise MSc and undergraduate projects.  

Expertise and Public Engagement:

  • Regular contributor to expert opinion articles in various national and international newspapers  
  • Public speaker on the impact of technology on the mental and physical health of children and young adults 
  • Cochrane Dermatology Group Statistics Editor 

    Research

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    The Mental Health & Neuroscience Clinical Trial Statistics

    The Mental Health & Neuroscience Clinical Trial Statistics Group at King's College London

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    DISCOVER Research Group

    Discover Research Group

    Secondary school
    Brief Educational workshops in Secondary Schools Trial (BESST)

    A clinical trial designed to understand whether the DISCOVER workshop programme can positively impact the mental health of 16-18-year-old sixth-form students.

    Project status: Ongoing

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    Trials Methodology Research Group

    The Trials Methodology Research Group is focussed on improving the design, conduct and analysis of clinical trials for the benefit of participants, researchers, and others who use the evidence to make decisions about healthcare.

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    Social media, Smartphone Use and Self-Harm in Young People (3S-YP) study

    The rise in self-harm has been linked to increasing use of social media and internet technology among young people.

    Project status: Ongoing

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    ATTENS Project

    The ATTENS Project explores the potential of eTNS in improving symptoms, cognitive performance and the functioning of the brain in children with ADHD.

    Project status: Ongoing

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    Learning from Lives and Deaths - people with a learning disability and autistic people (LeDeR)

    The latest annual LeDeR report in collaboration with our academic partners on behalf of NHS England.

    News

    New framework aims to unlock the potential for social media research into young people's mental health

    Research led by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London proposes a new framework to empower young people in...

    Social media apps on phone - by adem ay - 780x440

    2021 LeDeR report into the avoidable deaths of people with learning disabilities

    The 2021 LeDeR report, which seeks to investigate and learn from the avoidable deaths of people with a learning disability in England, was published today.

    Arms and hands of someone looking over a lake

    Landmark trial of NHS staff reveals promising solution to improve mental health

    New research from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London has found that the mental health and wellbeing of...

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    Vax now or vax later – what do parents think of mandatory vaccination?

    New research from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London has assessed parental preference for a mandatory...

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    Dr Brendon Stubbs receives NIHR Fellowship

    Dr Stubbs was awarded the five year fellowship for research in persistent pain and serious mental illness.

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    King's to lead new collaboration to reduce health inequalities for people with learning disabilities and autistic people

    King’s College London, working with the NHS England and NHS Improvement, will lead a collaboration of several academic, Trust and voluntary sector partners...

    books and lights

    New NIHR Funding to explore effects of external Trigeminal Nerve Stimulation in ADHD

    Multi-centre study led by Professor Katya Rubia will look at this alternative, non-drug treatment for children with ADHD

    Children playing indoors

    First UK estimate of the number of COVID-19 patients infected, whilst in hospital

    A new study led by King’s College London has estimated that at least one eighth of COVID-19 hospital patients contracted the virus whilst already in hospital,...

    Estimate of number of COVID-19 patients infected whilst in hospital

    Frailty is as important as age or underlying health issues in COVID-19 death risk

    The level of frailty is as important as either age or underlying health issues in determining whether hospitalised patients may die from COVID-19, a new study...

    Frailty is as important as age or underlying health issues in Covid-19 death risk

      Research

      kings-flag-main.x5e3e9530
      The Mental Health & Neuroscience Clinical Trial Statistics

      The Mental Health & Neuroscience Clinical Trial Statistics Group at King's College London

      780x450 depression-lonely-web
      DISCOVER Research Group

      Discover Research Group

      Secondary school
      Brief Educational workshops in Secondary Schools Trial (BESST)

      A clinical trial designed to understand whether the DISCOVER workshop programme can positively impact the mental health of 16-18-year-old sixth-form students.

      Project status: Ongoing

      trials-methodology-research-group-cropped-1903x558
      Trials Methodology Research Group

      The Trials Methodology Research Group is focussed on improving the design, conduct and analysis of clinical trials for the benefit of participants, researchers, and others who use the evidence to make decisions about healthcare.

      est-1-in-4-children-young-people-have-problematic-smartphone-usage-hero
      Social media, Smartphone Use and Self-Harm in Young People (3S-YP) study

      The rise in self-harm has been linked to increasing use of social media and internet technology among young people.

      Project status: Ongoing

      pexels-anna-shvets-4226219-min
      ATTENS Project

      The ATTENS Project explores the potential of eTNS in improving symptoms, cognitive performance and the functioning of the brain in children with ADHD.

      Project status: Ongoing

      Pink heart banner
      Learning from Lives and Deaths - people with a learning disability and autistic people (LeDeR)

      The latest annual LeDeR report in collaboration with our academic partners on behalf of NHS England.

      News

      New framework aims to unlock the potential for social media research into young people's mental health

      Research led by the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London proposes a new framework to empower young people in...

      Social media apps on phone - by adem ay - 780x440

      2021 LeDeR report into the avoidable deaths of people with learning disabilities

      The 2021 LeDeR report, which seeks to investigate and learn from the avoidable deaths of people with a learning disability in England, was published today.

      Arms and hands of someone looking over a lake

      Landmark trial of NHS staff reveals promising solution to improve mental health

      New research from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London has found that the mental health and wellbeing of...

      Phone

      Vax now or vax later – what do parents think of mandatory vaccination?

      New research from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King’s College London has assessed parental preference for a mandatory...

      vaccines hero

      Dr Brendon Stubbs receives NIHR Fellowship

      Dr Stubbs was awarded the five year fellowship for research in persistent pain and serious mental illness.

      Brendon Stubbs 780x440

      King's to lead new collaboration to reduce health inequalities for people with learning disabilities and autistic people

      King’s College London, working with the NHS England and NHS Improvement, will lead a collaboration of several academic, Trust and voluntary sector partners...

      books and lights

      New NIHR Funding to explore effects of external Trigeminal Nerve Stimulation in ADHD

      Multi-centre study led by Professor Katya Rubia will look at this alternative, non-drug treatment for children with ADHD

      Children playing indoors

      First UK estimate of the number of COVID-19 patients infected, whilst in hospital

      A new study led by King’s College London has estimated that at least one eighth of COVID-19 hospital patients contracted the virus whilst already in hospital,...

      Estimate of number of COVID-19 patients infected whilst in hospital

      Frailty is as important as age or underlying health issues in COVID-19 death risk

      The level of frailty is as important as either age or underlying health issues in determining whether hospitalised patients may die from COVID-19, a new study...

      Frailty is as important as age or underlying health issues in Covid-19 death risk