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Dr Georgia Black
1-19 Torrington Place
1-19 Torrington Place
Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 3157
Fax: +44 (0)20 7813 0242
  • Research Associate
  • Applied Health Research
  • Institute of Epidemiology & Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

I have been at UCL in the Department of Applied Health Research (DAHR) since 2011. Before that I completed a PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London with Prof. Graham Thornicroft and Joanna Murray. I have an MSc from the University of Surrey in Forensic Psychology, and a BA in Natural Sciences from Cambridge where I specialised in Experimental Psychology. I have also worked as a psychology research assistant on an Arts in Hospitals project, in schools as a teaching assistant, with the Schizophrenia Research Group at Oxford University and as an associate at the Centre for Mental Health.

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Research Summary

My research is about understanding healthcare systems, particularly primary-secondary care pathways and processes, using applied qualitative psychology methods such as interviewing, observation, documentary analysis and metasynthesis. I'm interested in all arenas of health, but my work so far has involved personality disorders, cancer, stroke and strategic health planning. 

Recently I have been working on:
  • Mixed methods analysis of the London Hyperacute Stroke System: identifying lessons on 24/7 working (METRO-24/7) (NIHR HS&DR, PI Rob Simister) with Angus Ramsay, Abigail Baim-Lance, Jeannie Eng, Martin Brown, Rob Simister and Naomi Fulop
  • Understanding socioeconomic differences in help-seeking for breast cancer symptoms in the UK (Early Diagnosis Advisory Group, Cancer Research UK, PI Dr Katriina Whitaker) with Katriina Whitaker, Afrodita Marcu, Peter Vedsted, Yoryos Lyratsopoulos
  • What do people fear about cancer?  A systematic review and meta-synthesis (part of Programme Grant from Cancer Research UK awarded to Professor Jane Wardle (C1418/A14134)) with Charlotte Vrinten, Lesley McGregor, Maggie Heinrich, Christian Von Wagner, Jo Waller and Jane Wardle
  • Systematic review of strategies for engaging primary care in collaborative working (UCLH Research Capability Funding) with Ben Holden, Helen Stedeford, Simon Turner, Naomi Fulop, Rosalind Raine
I am also very interested in making qualitative methods more accessible to researchers and developing new methods for applied health research. I run the Qualitative Methods Discussion group in the Department of Applied Health, and have been involved in running a series of conferences and seminars as part of the UCL Qualitative Health Research Network. 

Teaching Summary

In May 2012 I set up a Qualitative Methods Discussion Group in the Department of Applied Health Research as a forum for informal discussion and support with qualitative work. To date we have had 15 one-hour meetings, each presented by a different member of the department. The groups are well attended, including a number of colleagues from outside UCL. 

In December 2013, I helped to organise the first UCL Qualitative Health Research Network symposium (our abstracts for the 2nd year were published here: http://bmjopen.bmj.com/content/5/4/UCLSymposiumAbstracts1.abstract). 

This is a biannual event designed to bring together early career researchers from disparate disciplines undertaking qualitative research in applied and theoretical health settings. We also run a series of seminars. 

MSc students:

  • Kelsey Jones 2014 (Health Psychology)
  • Helen Stedeford 2016 (Health Psychology)

PhD students:

  • Jennifer Martin (registered 2015) Interventions to optimise nutrition in Bangladeshi children aged 6 months to 2yrs: translation of women’s group approach from resource poor countries to the UK (with Monica Lakhanpaul and Ed Fottrell)
  • Caoimhe Nic A Bhaird (passed viva 2015) "Improving the Effectiveness of Multidisciplinary Team Meetings for Patients with Chronic Diseases" (with Rosalind Raine, Susan Michie and Nora Pashayan)

Academic Background
2011 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Health Services Research Institute of Psychiatry
2008 MSc Master of Science – Psychology and Criminology University of Surrey
2005 BA Hons Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Natural Sciences Tripos Part II: Experimental Psychology University of Cambridge
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