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Sarah Ledden

Sarah Ledden PhD

Research Associate


Sarah Ledden is a Research Associate at the Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience King’s College London. Her current research focuses on the inter-relationships between benefit receipt, work, and mental health using a newly established dataset linking SLaM mental health service data with Department of Work and Pensions benefits data. Sarah joined King’s College London in 2024, having previously completed her PhD in Psychiatric Epidemiology at University College London (UCL). Her PhD research explored the relationship between alcohol use and suicidal behaviour in the general population.


  • 2024 PhD Psychiatric Epidemiology – University College London
  • 2018 MSc Clinical Mental Health Sciences – University College London
  • 2016 BA Psychology – Trinity College Dublin

Research Interests

  • Psychiatric epidemiology
  • Data linkage
  • Welfare system
  • Common mental disorders
  • Suicide
  • Alcohol use