Research is not a solitary act. All of the work described in this site has only been possible due to extrardinary mentors, collaborators, students, and trainees. In some ways this is my psyc epi geneology!

Mentors and supervisors

  • Prof Kate Walters and Prof David Osborn were the principal investigators of the NIHR Public Mental Health Programme. I was the programme manager and senior research fellow for this research during my postdoc (2019-22). David continues to be a mentor for my current fellowship.

  • Prof James Kirkbride: James was one of my PhD supervisors (2015-19) and is the head of the PsyLife group at UCL. The PsyLife group explores inequalities in the social determinants of psychosis and other mental health problems over the life course.

  • Prof Kerry Keyes: I had the opportunity to work with Kerry and her research group during a 6-month research visit to Columbia University in 2023, learning advanced methods and working on suicide and opioid research projects.

  • Prof Glyn Lewis: Glyn also supervised my PhD and is a trailblazer in exploring the causes of psychiatric disorders, with a particular focus on depression and psychosis.

  • Prof Christina Dalman: Christina is the research group leader for Epidemiology of Psychiatric Conditions, Substance Use, and Social Environment at Karolinska Institutet. I work closely with her for all projects using Swedish register data.

  • Prof Ian Colman: Ian was my MSc supervisor (2012-14), who guided me down the garden path of epi, big data, and longitudinal research. His research group is a leading psychiatric epidemiology group in Canada, producing rigorous research long-term processes surrounding common mental disorders and their treatment, including suicidal behaviour.

Students and trainees

I have had the opportunity to work with many brilliant students and trainees, including MSc students, PhD students, pre- and post-doctoral research fellows. If you are interested in working with Dr Dykxhoorn on your MSc or PhD research, please get in touch.

MSc students - I have co-supervised many MSc projects at UCL. Whenever possible, MSc students are supported in publishing their MSc dissertations (see examples below).

PhD students

  • Alua Yeskendir (MHRUK - 2023-2027) - Historically marginalised groups and mental health inequalities

  • Natalie Rich (ESRC DTP - 2022-2025) - Ethnic inequalities in psychosis

  • Jenny Fielder (Wellcome rotation supervisor - 2022) - Neighbourhood cohesion, income, and mental health

  • Sarah Ledden (NIHR - 2019-2023) Alcohol and suicidality

Academic clinical fellows

  • Philippa Clery - Heat waves and mental health

Pre- and post-doctoral fellows

  • Kate Dotsikas: Kate joined our team as a pre-doctoral research fellow interested in housing insecurity. She led research exploring trajectories of housing affordability and mental health. She also led work on the gendered impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. After her fellowship, she has moved on complete her PhD at the Sorbonne.

  • Dr Ruth Plackett. Ruth joined the PMH team as a post-doctoral research fellow. I have worked with her on a cohort study exploring the link between social media and mental health. Since completing her NIHR launching fellowship, she has secured a NIHR Three Schools Mental Health fellowship to continue her research.

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January 1, 0001
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