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Larissa Pople

29 November 2022

Larissa joined CLS in 2022 as a Research Fellow (Survey Manager) working on the Millennium Cohort Study. Larissa has 20 years’ experience working in academic and voluntary sector organisations. In 2022, she completed her PhD at the Institute for Social and Economic Research at the University of Essex, where she also taught statistics modules in […]

Alison Fang-Wei Wu

9 November 2022

Alison is a research fellow working for Next Steps cohort study. She explores diverse topics, including the employment history, correlates mental ill health and mental health measurement synchronisation. Alison’s research focused on young people’s mental health, social withdrawal behaviours and the experiences of the global pandemic among minoritized ethnic groups. She received her Master’s degree […]

Gemma Shireby

31 October 2022

Gemma is the Genetics Data Manager at CLS and her role includes genetics data management, storage and safe data sharing of the CLS cohorts. She will also be involved in the new CLS genetics research programme working as a bioinformatician. Gemma has come from the University of Exeter where she completed a bioinformatics-based PhD and […]

Silvia Mendonca

31 October 2022

Silvia supports data management for all cohort studies, focusing on data quality and availability. She has previously worked at the University of Cambridge, first as a statistician and then as a data manager. She has experience working with health care data including health administrative datasets, public surveys and electronic primary care records. She has an […]

Zahraa Ahmed

18 October 2022

As CLS Communications and Engagement Officer, Zahraa focuses on keeping our cohort members up to date on study news and developments. This includes sharing with them the latest research findings and examples of impact, so they can see the difference their participation is making. Zahraa previously worked at UCL’s Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose and […]

Naomi Yohendran

2 September 2022

Naomi is the Communications Officer for CLS and the UCL Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities (CEPEO). Her role involves developing targeted, timely communications across a range of channels, including social media, web, events and print.  

Dr Jake Anders

26 August 2022

Jake’s research focuses on better understanding the causes and consequences of educational inequalities, evaluating policies and programmes aiming to reduce these inequalities, and how best to do this evaluation. In addition to leading the COSMO study, Jake’s other work includes research projects for multiple UK government departments, such as work for the Department for Education […]

Bettina Moltrecht

4 February 2022

Bettina is a research fellow investigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on population health, with a specific focus on mental health, using data from multiple cohort studies and electronic health records. Her wider research focuses on the development and treatment of mental ill-health with a specific focus on emotion regulation and the use of technology […]

Charis Bridger Staatz

21 December 2021

Charis is a post-doctoral Research Fellow working with Dr Richard Silverwood and Professor George Ploubidis. She is researching what the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have been on health and well-being. She is working as part of the National Core Studies project, and the CLS COVID-19 project. Charis completed her PhD in Social Epidemiology at […]

JD Carpentieri

8 November 2021

JD is an Associate Professor of Social Science and Policy in the Department of Education, Practice and Society, and an Honorary Research Associate at CLS. He conducts cohort study-based qualitative research, with particular focuses on identity, ageing, health and physical activity. He is currently Co-Investigator on a qualitative longitudinal study of cohort members’ experiences of, […]

Chao Fang

2 November 2021

Dr Chao Fang works as a Research Fellow, conducting a longitudinal qualitative research project on long COVID. As part of the NHIR-UKRI funded Convalescence Long COVID Study, Chao will explore the lived experiences of long COVID of members from four CLS-based cohort studies (NCDS, BCS70, Next Steps and MCS). The research findings will be used […]

Claudia Yogeswaran

21 September 2021

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