EARC Conference 2022 – Kent and Medway listens: Improving mental health and wellbeing in seldom heard communities
Tracey Loughran is Professor of History at the University of Essex. Her research interests centre on gender and health in twentieth-century Britain, and on historical theory and methodology. Her publications include Shell-Shock and Medical Culture in First World War Britain (2017), The Palgrave Handbook of Infertility in History: Approaches, Contexts, and Perspectives (ed. with Gayle Davis, 2017), Emotion and the Researcher: Sites, Subjectivities, and Relationships (ed. with Dawn Mannay, 2018). Her current research project explores women’s “everyday health” between the 1960s and the 1990s.
Dr Edyta McCallum is employed part time by the Kent County Council, Public Health division as Research Innovation and Improvement (RII) Senior Programme Lead, supporting development of Research Innovation and Improvement Centre of Excellence.
Dr McCallum is also employed by the Medway NHS Foundation Trust as Head of Research and Innovation, and founded the department. She now manages it and is responsible for the Trust’s research and innovation portfolio, and related strategies and performance.
Before joining Medway NHS Foundation Trust, Dr McCallum worked at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, where she supervised the creation of a joint research office between the University and Hospital.
Dr McCallum completed her PhD in Molecular Biology Sciences at Royal Holloway, University of London. Having observed at first-hand how research and quality improvement complement each other in practice, Dr McCallum has recently successfully attained an MSc in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety at the University of Nottingham.
Dr McCallum is passionate about improving healthcare through an evidence based approach, bridging academic, health, social, public knowledge and expertise to focus on delivering priorities that are of importance to local communities.
Susan McPherson is Professor of Psychology and Sociology in the School of Health and Social Care at the University of Essex. From 1998-2007, she worked at the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust in psychotherapy evaluation, routine outcome monitoring and as a research psychologist in the Psychotherapy Evaluation Research Unit co-ordinating the Tavistock Adult Depression Study (a randomised controlled trial of psychodynamic psychotherapy for treatment resistant depression).
She has also previously worked as a researcher at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and at Kings College London. Since 2006, she has been leading research training for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Essex. Her research spans medical sociology, psychology and disciplines concerned with mental health and social welfare including critical approaches to diagnosis and evidence-based practice.
Farah is an Apollo Engagement and Communication Project Manager at Guys and St Thomas’ and King’s College Hospital, working to implement the integrated Electronic Record System for collaborative and effective working.
She has broad interests in health inequalities and digital health. Previously, she was an Advanced Orthoptist at Kings College Hospital, a Clinical Tutor and Examiner at City University and Darzi Fellow for Kent County Council to carry out the Kent and Medway Listens project.