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United Kingdom: QMUL

Queen Mary University of London (coordinating centre)

Dr Nikolina Jovanovic, the Principal Investigator for the IMPULSE project is a Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Lecturer based at the Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry.

The Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry conducts research on social interactions ('what happens between people') in mental health care, including developing and evaluating innovative interventions, with a leading role in wide international collaborations. It is also involved in teaching, and the evaluation and improvement of services.

The Unit is jointly operated by Queen Mary University of London, and East London NHS Foundation Trust. It was established in 1997, and is located in the London Borough of Newham, in East London, a traditionally multi-ethnic area and the site of the 2012 Olympic Games. Since 2012, the Unit is a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre (the only one specifically for Mental Health Service Development worldwide). Head of the Unit is Professor Stefan Priebe.

The team of the Unit consists of about 30 full time researchers, PhD students and managerial/administrative staff. They work on a range of studies, which often involve interdisciplinary collaboration with social sciences and humanities. The research addresses concepts, methods and practice of social psychiatry, and includes historical and epidemiological aspects, evaluation of care in naturalistic and experimental studies, and the development and testing of innovative treatment methods, using both qualitative and quantitative methods. Trials on novel interventions are conducted in collaboration with the registered Pragmatic Clinical Trials Unit at Queen Mary University of London. 


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QMUL Team (Aysegul Dirik, Nikolina Jovanovic, Tamara Pemovska)
QMUL Team (Manuela Russo)


Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry
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