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Dr Alexandra Burton
Department of Behavioural Science and Health
3rd Floor, 1-19 Torrington Place
London
WC1E 7HB
Appointment
  • Senior Research Fellow in Behavioural Science / Behaviour Change
  • Behavioural Science and Health
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences
Role
UCL Subsidiary Supervisor
Biography

I completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology at Nottingham Trent University before working for several years as a research analyst in the mental health team at the Care Quality Commission (CQC).  I then completed an MSc in Mental Health Services Research at Kings College London before working as a researcher in the Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry, Queen Mary University. I joined the UCL Division of Psychiatry to work on the PRIMROSE study (2011-2017) and the NIDUS study (2018-2020). I currently work as a Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Behavioural Science and Health.

Research Summary

I currently lead on the qualitative component of the Shaper-PND implementation trial to explore the experiences of new mother's with postnatal depression who take part in group singing sessions. I am also working on studies that explore the impact of social isolation on health and well-being during the covid-19 pandemic.


Previously I managed two programmes of research funded by the Alzheimer's Society to develop and test new interventions for home carers and family carers to help people living with dementia to remain independent at home (the NIDUS study), and an NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research to reduce cardiovascular disease risk in people with severe mental illnesses (the PRIMROSE study). I have managed studies that explored the feasibility and acceptability of financial incentives to improve adherence to treatments for people with schizophrenia and substance misuse problems and I coordinated the UK centre for a European project on improving the physical health of people with severe mental illness on inpatient wards and in supported housing (The HELPS study).


My research interests include exploring the relationship between social support and health outcomes and the development and testing of psychosocial interventions to improve outcomes for people with mental health problems.  I have conducted systematic reviews, qualitative interviews, focus groups and ethnographic work and managed feasibility studies and clinical trials. 


Academic Background
2020   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
    Bachelor of Science Nottingham Trent University
    Master of Science King's College London
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