Professor Stephani Hatch
Stephani Hatch is a Professor of Sociology and Epidemiology leading the Health Inequalities Research Group at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London. She has over 25 years of experience delivering interdisciplinary health inequalities research. She has published extensively on inequalities in mental health and health services; discrimination and other forms of social adversity; community mental health; and multimorbidity.
Professor Hatch co-led the South East London Community Health (SELCoH) study from 2008 to 2015 which was modelled on APMS and allowed for local comparisons. In addition to several publications on 2007 APMS, her group is currently analysing 2014 APMS data.
Additionally, Professor Hatch received a Wellcome Trust Investigator’s Award to lead the Tackling Inequalities and Discrimination Experiences in Health Services (TIDES) study, a mixed methods programme of work focused on service users and healthcare practitioners that expanded in 2020 with ESRC funding to utilise a participatory framework to identify processes through which racial and ethnic inequalities in mental health and occupational outcomes are produced, maintained and resisted in the context of COVID-19.
Professor Hatch also currently co-leads the Marginalised Communities and Mental Health programme within the ESRC Centre for Society and Mental Health, focused on advancing research with communities that have often been ignored, to examine and disrupt structures maintaining social inequities in mental health within an intersectionality framework.
Professor Hatch integrates collaborative approaches to knowledge production and dissemination, action and outreach in training and research through the Health Inequalities Research Network (HERON),which she founded in 2010. She also leads equality, diversity and inclusion initiatives and has national and international advisory roles in health and volunteer and community sectors.
Dr Jayati Das-Munshi
Dr Das-Munshi is a senior lecturer in Social Epidemiology with King's College London and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist with South London and Maudsley NHS Trust.
She has led work which use large-scale routine data sources informed by qualitative methodologies, to understand physical health inequalities in people with mental disorders, with a focus on ethnic minority health.
She also leads a linkage of UK census data to electronic health records from South London and Maudsley Trust, to enable an assessment of the social determinants of mental health both in terms of onset and in outcomes (mortality, admissions, employment).
With colleagues in the NIHR SLaM BRC, she has also developed text mining applications to derive information on employment/occupation from the free text of health records. With Professor George Ploubidis (Director of CLS, UCL) she co-leads a platform on maximising datasets/analytic methods, for the ESRC Centre for Society and Mental Health, at King's College London.
Jayati's research interests are:
- data science methods: Data linkage, Natural Language Processing (NLP) of free text to understand inequalities
- applied statistical methods for epidemiology: multi-level modelling, analysis of cohorts/ prospective data
- mental health inequalities: mortality and physical health in people with severe mental illness
- ethnic minority mental health inequalities: pathways into care, access to treatments, physical health/mental health/multimorbidities, impact of neighbourhoods
- social psychiatry/social epidemiology
Heather is Lord Kelvin/Adam Smith Reader in Social Sciences at the University of Glasgow. She is an expert in gambling policy, research and practice. She is leading the Lancet Public Health Commission on gambling, is part of the WHO panel on gambling and served for 5 years as Deputy Chair of the Advisory Board for Safer Gambling, providing independent advice to government on gambling policy.
She is an expert in survey design and analysis, having previously worked as a Research Director at NatCen Social Research, leading the British Gambling Prevalence Survey and working on previous iterations of the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey.
She is currently funded by Wellcome to look at the relationship between changing technology and young gambling behaviour and by the ESRC to look at the impact of COVID-19 on gambling. Her first book, 'Games Without Frontiers? Socio-historical Perspectives at the Gaming/Gambling Intersection' was recently published by Palgrave Macmillan.
Laura is Head of Research at the Gambling Commission, which licenses and regulates individuals and businesses that provide gambling in Great Britain and ensures that gambling is conducted fairly and safely.
She has worked at the Commission for 7 years, leading and advising on the delivery of a range of research projects including the collection of official statistics on gambling participation and the prevalence of problem gambling, as well as the Commission’s wider research programme to build a better understanding of gambling consumers and gambling-related harm.
Laura also sits on several steering groups for external research projects being conducted in support of the National Strategy for Reducing Gambling Harms and has previously advised on studies exploring suicidality and problem gambling using the APMS 2007.
Jonathan Kelly is Policy Advisor at Beat, the national eating disorder charity. Beat’s national Helpline and online services provide crucial support to people with eating disorders and their families and friends. Beat campaigns to increase knowledge among healthcare and other relevant professionals and for funding to ensure people can quickly access high-quality treatment.
Jonathan advises Beat on the design of its campaigns and often leads Beat’s response to Government and NHS consultations, including through membership of steering groups. Additionally, he reviewed international evidence around the prevalence of eating disorders to create Beat’s latest estimate for the UK.
In Beat’s experience, campaigning for greater understanding and funding is currently compromised by the lack of a reliable estimate of the number of people affected by eating disorders in the UK.