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Dr Lydia Poole
Institute of Health Informatics
222 Euston Road
Tel: 0203 108 8817
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  • Research Fellow in Mixed Methods Health Research
  • Institute of Health Informatics
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Lydia was awarded first class honours for a 4-year BSc in Psychology at the University of Bath in 2006, including a one year academic placement in neuropsychiatry at Hunter New England Mental Health in Newcastle, Australia. On graduation, Lydia worked as a rehabilitation assistant for Headway, a brain injury organization. In 2007/8 she undertook an MSc in Health Psychology at the University of London (KCL and UCL) for which she was awarded a distinction. Lydia secured funding for this MSc with a scholarship awarded by the Medical Research Council. Lydia worked as a full-time research assistant in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health (UCL) for a year following the completion of her MSc. In 2009 she was awarded a studentship from the British Heart Foundation for her PhD research project. In 2016 she was awarded a fellowship from the ESRC on the Future Leader scheme. Lydia is currently working with Dr Ami Banerjee in the Institute of Health Informatics on an NIHR funded grant exploring barriers to engagement with digital interventions for cardiometabolic disease among South Asians. 

Research Themes
Research Summary

Lydia 's research focuses on the psychobiology of chronic disease. She is particularly interested in how depression is linked to physical illness and the biobehavioural pathways through which depression can explain disease onset and progression. Her ESRC funded fellowship comprised a body of work exploring the similarities and differences in depression across different physical illnesses. Lydia has a growing number of first-authored publications in peer-reviewed journals and has co-authored five book chapters. She has participated in several international conferences hand has received travel awards to present her work.

Teaching Summary

Lydia is involved in a variety of teaching activities within the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, including key responsibilities on the MSc in Health Psychology. Specifically this involves lecturing on several core topics, being a personal tutor, leading student journal clubs, supervising students dissertation projects, and marking essay coursework. In addition, she lectures the UCL MBBS first year undergraduate students and is a regular guest lecturer at Roehampton University and Liverpool John Moores University.

Academic Background
2013   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
2008   Master of Science King's College London
2006   Bachelor of Science University of Bath
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