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Dr Margaret Heslin is a Senior Lecturer in Health Economics and Epidemiology at the Health Service and Population Research Department at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London.  

Margaret has a BSc in Psychology, an MSc in Clinical and Public Health Aspects of Addiction and a PhD in Epidemiology. Her PhD was title “An Epidemiological Investigation into the Onset, Course and Outcome of Psychotic Major Depression and Schizoaffective Disorder, Depressed Type”.

Margaret is an interdisciplinary researcher with knowledge, skills and experience in health services research, epidemiology and health economics. She is currently working on a portfolio of mental health research including trials of psychological therapies for people with psychotic experiences, evaluations of interventions for trafficked people, and randomised controlled trials of supported mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for adults experiencing depression.

Research Interests

  • Epidemiology of severe mental illness
  • Health Economics in mental illness
  • Innovative evaluations
  • Health services research
  • Data linkages and use of routinely collected data
  • Severe mental illness and HIV
  • Psychosis
  • Psychotic major depression

Expertise and Public Engagement

Margaret created and directed the IoPPN Youth Awards from 2013-2018. The awards were created to encourage and help young people from deprived areas with an interest in science, engineering, technology and maths to stay in education and pursue a career in this area. Find out more about IoPPN Youth Awards.  

Margaret was also the IoPPN London Champion from 2017-2018, responsible for supporting and promoting IoPPN based engagement and outreach activities with local communities and in London more widely: Read more about IoPPN London Champions