Professor Louise Howard
Health Service and Population research - King's College London
Prof. Howard co-leads the Violence, Abuse and Mental Health Network.
Professor Howard is a Professor in Women’s Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neurosciences (IoPPN), King’s College London and an honorary perinatal psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Her research has focused particularly on maternal mental health, and domestic violence. She has recently been a member of the DHSC Women’s Mental Health Taskforce, is President-elect of the International Marce Society on perinatal mental health and has also been a member of NICE guideline development groups, the World Psychiatric Association’s domestic and sexual violence steering group, and WHO guidelines on Violence Against Women.
Dr Alana Harris
History - King's College London
Dr Harris is a lecturer in Modern British History at King’s College London. Since graduating from the University of Melbourne with a first class degree in Medieval and Renaissance History, her interests have broadly spanned issues relating to British identity in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Most recently, she has explored understandings of ‘modern love’, romance, contraception and sexuality through the ‘long 1960s’.
Her expertise will contribute to the network’s Understanding stream, providing historical context for the relationship between domestic and sexual violence and mental health issues.
Dr Leonie Tanczer
Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy - Universty College London
Leonie Tanczer is a Lecturer in International Security and Emerging Technologies with a particular interest in the intersection of technology, security and gender. She has published work on a wide range of topics, including online sexism, censorship and surveillance.
Within the network, she will provide socio-technical expertise to help to build an Understanding of how technology can impact mental health as a result of violence and abuse.
Health Service and Population Research - King's College London
Anjuli Kaul is the Network Coordinator for the Violence, Abuse and Mental Health Network
Anjuli previously graduated with a Bachelors in Neuroscience before working as a visiting research assistant at the Wolfson Centre for Age Related Diseases.
As the VAMH network coordinator, she is involved with the organisation and running of the Network's events and projects.
Dr Sian Oram
Health Service and Population research - King's College London
Dr Oram is the principal investigator of the Violence Abuse and Mental Health Network and as such will be responsible for co-ordinating the Network’s activities and facilitating new inter-disciplinary research teams.
Dr Oram is a Lecturer in Women’s Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at KCL and is the Deputy Director (KCL) for the NIHR Mental Health Policy Research Unit, which supports the Department of Health and Social Care and others involved in mental health policymaking make decisions based on good evidence. Her research aims to reduce the risk and impact of violence with a particular focus on human trafficking and domestic violence.
Dr Rachel Hewitt
Literary Arts - Newcastle University
Dr Hewitt is Lecturer in Creative Writing, and Deputy Director of the Newcastle Centre for Literary Arts, at Newcastle University. Her books combine history, biography, memoir, nature-and landscape writing, feminism, literary criticism and psychology. She is the author of A Revolution of Feeling: The Decade that Forged the Modern Mind (Granta, 2017), Map of a Nation: A Biography of the Ordnance Survey (Granta, 2010), and she is working on In Her Nature (Chatto & Windus), about women, nature, fear and violence. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and an AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinker.
She will primarily contribute to the Understanding stream within the network, where she will help to examine the relationships between Violence, Abuse and Mental Health from a literary and historical perspective.
Dr Ravinder Thiara
Centre for Lifelong Learning - University of Warwick
Dr Thiara is a Principal Research Fellow at Warwick university. She has undertaken extensive research into issues around gender, migration, ‘race’/ethnicity and violence against women. Alongside her research, she has been involved in policy and service development providing training, evaluation and support to a wide range of services.
She will provide expertise in qualitative methods and inequalities to the network and co-lead the Interventions stream within the network.
Dr Helen Fisher
Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry Centre - King's College London
Dr Fisher co-leads the Violence Abuse and Mental Health Network.
Dr Helen Fisher is a Reader in Developmental Psychopathology. She has a strong interdisciplinary background in psychology, social psychiatry, epidemiology, genetics, and epigenetics. Her multidisciplinary programme of research focuses on the role of social, psychological, biological, and wider environmental factors in the development, course, and prevention of mental health problems in children, adolescents, and young adults.
Dr Emma Howarth
Applied Health Research and Care - University of Cambridge
Emma Howarth is a Senior Research Associate at the Cambridge Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on developing and evaluating interventions and services to improve children’s mental health outcomes, particularly those to target ‘high risk’ groups such as children who have been exposed to domestic violence and abuse. She is co-lead of the child and young people’s mental health services research group at CLAHRC EoE.
Her work with the network will fall within the Measurement theme where she will lead the development of Core Outcome sets to be used in the evaluation of interventions for survivors and perpetrators of DVA.
Dr Jude Towers
Sociology - Liverpool John Moores University
Jude Towers is a Doctor of Applied Social Statistics, Senior Lecturer in Policing Studies and Associate Director of the Violence and Society UNESCO Centre. Her research is concerned with aetiologies of violence, mainly falling into the emerging field of ‘violence and society’. Integral to this research is the measurement of violence, including identification of new sources of data and development of mechanisms to capture new and old forms of violence.
As part of the network, Dr Towers will lead the Measurement stream with a primary focus on measuring Domestic and Sexual Violence in relation to Mental Health.
Professor Seena Fazel
Psychiatry - University of Oxford
Seena Fazel is a Professor of Forensic Psychiatry and Honorary Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist. His research focuses on the relationship between mental illness and violent crime, the mental health of prisoners, and violence risk assessment. His research on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, ADHD, and epilepsy has influenced national guidelines, while his work on risk assessment has contributed to an Institute of Medicine working party and US Congressional Research Service report.
Professor Fazel will lead the network’s work within the Understanding stream. His links to forensic mental health services, prisons and probation will broaden the network’s ability to investigate the relationships between domestic and sexual violence and mental health problems.
Professor Sylvia Walby
Sociology - City, University of London
Professor Walby OBE is a Professor of Sociology at City University. She has been a Distinguished Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University, UNESCO Chair in Gender Research and Director of the Violence and Society UNESCO Centre. At City, University of London, she continues to direct the Violence and Society Centre. She is working on new measurement methods that make the extent of gender-based violence visible. This includes analysis of the Crime Survey for England and Wales, showing the recent increase in violent crime is driven by domestic violent crime against women. Further work includes: a review of rape policy; measuring trafficking in human beings; and costing the impact of violence on society.
As part of the network, Professor Walby will lead the Measurement stream with a primary focus on measuring Domestic and Sexual Violence.
Dr Angela Sweeney
Institute of Population Health - St George's University of London
Dr Sweeney is NIHR Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Population Health Research Institute at St George’s, University of London. She is a social scientist and survivor researcher and draws on these experiences in conducting research into survivors’ perspectives on and experiences of mental health services. She has a particular interest in survivor-controlled research and trauma-informed approaches.
Dr Sweeney will co-lead the network’s Interventions Stream. She will have a key role in developing, promoting and disseminating core network activities, particularly amongst survivor communities and supporting the development of trauma-informed research guidelines