Kieran Breen joined St Andrew’s Healthcare as Head of Research and Development in February 2018.
He had an academic career before working in funding charities - including Parkinson’s UK and Brain Tumour Research - where he developed new strategic research initiatives. He has served on the review boards for a number of research organisations and has been involved in the development and utilisation of patient data registries.
With more than 70 peer-reviewed publications in the area of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, Kieran brings over 20 years of research knowledge to St Andrew’s Healthcare.
Louise has been working in health research support management, in the higher education sector, since 2013.
Previous roles include working as a television production assistant at the BBC for 15 years, and supporting a county construction training group.
Excited by the prospect of being involved with the translation of research into real outcomes for patients within a healthcare setting, Louise joined St Andrew’s Healthcare from The Open University’s Faculty of Health & Social Care in August 2017.
outreach, crisis, residential and inpatient settings. She has taught on several post graduate courses and has presented over 40 papers at national and international conferences and published in peer review journals. Her research includes the areas of developmental trauma, personality disorder, risk assessment, co-production, coping skills, DBT, gender and violence, intimate partner violence, family support services and the assessment of neurodevelopmental disorders in adults with complex needs.
Deborah has previously worked in professional and clinical lead positions and is currently employed with St Andrew's as an academic consultant psychologist. Her post is split between the Research and Academic Centres. Within the Research Centre she is developing research protocols relating to developmental trauma and post discharge follow up studies in order to optimise treatments and clinical outcomes. Her role within the Academic Centre is focused on collaborating with University partners to develop and implement MSc programmes, including in the area of complex psychological trauma.
Dr Alessandra Girardi received her MSc and PhD in Psychology (Human Cognitive Neuroscience) from the University of Edinburgh. She conducted research in both academic, clinical and industrial settings. Her earlier research focussed on cognitive functions in health population and brain damaged patients. Her research in mental health care focuses on the application of virtual reality in secure settings, as well as assessment of violence, health and social wellbeing.
Elanor completed her BSc (Psychology) and MSc (Clinical Psychology Research) at the University of Hertfordshire. Whilst at university, her research focused on disordered eating and body image in males. She began her role as a research assistant at St Andrew's in October 2019, marking the start of her career in mental health research. Alongside this, she volunteers for CHUMS, an emotional and psychological wellbeing service for young people.
Lucy has worked within administration for over 10 years, and her career journey has been a varied one.
She started out as a Physical Education and English teacher and then became a Police Constable in the Hertfordshire Constabulary where she had a number of roles, including working in the Control Room and assisting in the Domestic Violence Unit.
Following eight years as a School Administrator at All Saints Primary School in Northampton, Lucy joined St Andrew’s Healthcare as the Research Centre Administrator in April 2016.