Research Team

  • Fiona Lobban

    Professor of Clinical Psychology

    Hi – I am Fiona Lobban and I am the lead for the REACT study. At work I am interested in developing and testing new ways to help people with mental health problems and their relatives. I am particularly interested in how we make sure these approaches get used in the NHS. Outside of work I spend as much as time as possible on the top of a hill enjoying the beautiful Lake District where I live.

  • Heather Robinson

    Trial Manager

    Dr Heather Robinson joined the Spectrum Centre team in 2009 as the lead Research Assistant for the PARADES Psychoeducation trial in Manchester. Heather is now the Trial Manager for REACT trial, along-side which she is completing a systematic literature review on the instruments available to best measure the social networks of people with severe mental illness. When not at work Heather enjoys hiking the UKs many national parks and practicing hot yoga.

  • Catherine Wintermeyer

    Research Assistant/REACT Supporter

    Catherine Wintermeyer joined the Spectrum Centre as the Research Assistant for the REACT trial in 2015, after graduating from the University of Manchester with a B.Sc. Psychology with International Study degree. Catherine is assisting recruitment to the site and running the social media side of things as well as other research related tasks. She will also be acting as a REACT Supporter and providing support on the site on an ad hoc basis. Outside of work Catherine likes going to music concerts and escaping the rainy North West by spending time in hot countries.

  • Prof Jo Smith

    Jo Smith

    Professor in Early Intervention and Psychosis

    Jo Smith is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and a Professor in Early Intervention and Psychosis with University of Worcester, Worcester, UK. She was, previously, Early Intervention Clinical Development Lead with Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust and a Joint National Early Intervention Programme Lead supporting Early Intervention development and implementation across England. Her clinical and research work has largely focused on the development, evaluation and delivery of psychosocial interventions to individuals with psychosis and their families.

  • Sonia Johnson

    Sonia Johnson

    Professor of Social and Community Psychiatry

    Sonia Johnson leads a research group in the Division of Psychiatry at UCL investigating the needs of people with psychosis and other major mental health problems and the care they receive. She is particularly interested in investigating what works best in early intervention for psychosis and in crisis care. She is also the Director of a large MSc course at UCL that trains people in mental health research methods. Her clinical work is as a consultant psychiatrist in the Islington Early Intervention Service for psychosis. Her main spare time activity and stress management strategy is singing with several London chamber choirs. She can be followed on Twitter as @soniajohnson.

  • Prof Elizabeth Murray

    Elizabeth Murray

    Professor of eHealth and Primary Care

    Elizabeth Murray is a GP, Professor of eHealth and Primary Care at UCL, Director of the UCL eHealth Unit and Head of the Research Department of Primary Care and Population Health. She established the UCL eHealth Unit in 2003. The Unit is now recognised as a multi-disciplinary centre of excellence for eHealth research, with a particular reputation for developing, evaluation and implementing digital health interventions to improve health and health care.

  • Steven Jones

    Professor of Clinical Psychology

    Steven Jones is Professor of Clinical Psychology at Lancaster University. Steve has expertise in managing multi-site research including an NIHR Programme Grant in Bipolar Disorder, is part of the IAPT Expert Group for Implementation, and with Fiona Lobban co-directs the Spectrum Centre hosting several online trials for Bipolar Disorder.

  • Vanessa Pinfold

    Research Director

    Vanessa Pinfold is the co-founder and research director at the McPin Foundation, a mental health research charity that champions the role of experts by experience in research. Vanessa is an experienced health services researcher working on various studies that seek to provide innovative solutions for improving mental health in communities everywhere. Within REACT she is supporting the involvement of relatives in the project.

  • Valerie Minns

    Consultant on Support for Relatives

    Valerie’s experience is in carer support groups, advocacy, and training/consultation about carer issues for the statutory services. She strongly believes that information is power, and likes to focus on the legal framework for entitlement to good services. She enjoys a challenge (having spent 10 years trying to turn the wild Pennine hillside where she lives into a garden), also poetry, music, TV crime dramas.

  • Mahsa Honary

    Research Fellow

    Dr Mahsa Honary is a Research Fellow who joined the Spectrum Centre in 2014. She is interested in developing e-health technologies and leads IT aspects of the Spectrum Centre. Mahsa is involved with design, development and data analysis of the REACT intervention. To balance time spent at her computer she tries to be more active by doing Pilates and dancing outside of work.