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  • Emla Fitzsimons Professor of Economics and Director of the Millennium Cohort Study
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    Emla Fitzsimons
    Professor of Economics and Director of the Millennium Cohort Study
    Room number:
    209
    Tel:
    0207 331 5129
    Email:
    E.Fitzsimons@ucl.ac.uk

    Emla joined CLS as Director of the Millennium Cohort Study in October 2013. Prior to joining the Institute of Education, she worked at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, where she directed the Centre for the Evaluation of Development Policy. Emla’s research is focused on human capital investment from early childhood through adolescence.

    Her work on early childhood aims at understanding how early experiences and parental investments affect longer-term outcomes. For instance, she is using the Millennium Cohort Study to understand the impacts of breastfeeding on outcomes later on in childhood. She led a project in Colombia that implemented and evaluated a home visiting programme, with the aim of surveying the children through time and understanding the longer term effects of the programme.

    Emla has extensive research analysing how policies affect young people’s schooling and labour market choices – including programmes in the UK and Colombia providing subsidies to stay on in post-compulsory schooling, and the system of higher education finance in the UK.

  • Meg Fluharty Research Associate
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    Meg Fluharty
    Research Associate
    Room number:
    303
    Tel:
    +44 (0)20 7612 6401
    Email:
    m.fluharty@ucl.ac.uk

    Meg is research associate working on several cross-cohort projects focusing on socioeconomic inequalities in health and physical activity.

    Meg competed her PhD at the University of Bristol investigating causal associations of tobacco use and mental health problems using a range of traditional and genetic epidemiological methods. Meg has an MRes (psychology) and BSs (psychology and biology) from St Andrews University.

  • Danielle Freitas Gomes Record Linkage Manager
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    Danielle Gomes
    Danielle Freitas Gomes
    Record Linkage Manager
    Room number:
    216
    Tel:
    02076126826
    Email:
    danielle.gomes@ucl.ac.uk

    At the Centre for Longitudinal Studies I am responsible for strategic and  operational planning and management of CLS’ record linkage programme. Previously, I worked in data liaison for the Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN) at the University of Essex.

  • Ludovica Gambaro Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow, DIW Berlin
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    Ludovica Gambaro
    Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow, DIW Berlin
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    L.Gambaro@ucl.ac.uk

    Ludovica worked in CLS from 2013 to 2016, mainly on the Millennium Cohort Study and she continues to collaborate with researchers in CLS. Her main areas of interest are inequalities in child development, early childhood education and care services, residential mobility. 

  • Gearoid Garvey Senior Operations Manager
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    Gearoid Garvey
    Senior Operations Manager
    Room number:
    202
    Tel:
    020 7612 6796
    Email:
    g.garvey@ucl.ac.uk

    Gearoid Garvey joined CLS as Senior Operations Manager on 8 January 2013.  He is responsible for managing the Cohort Maintenance Team  and will plan and manage the internal operational work required to ensure the secure and smooth day-to-day running of the operational aspects of the cohort studies.

    Gearoid has a corporate education and training background in telecommunications (Ericsson), but since 2003 has been working in health in the NHS – his last role was in leadership development for the NHS in  London.

  • Emily Gilbert Survey Manager
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    Emily Gilbert
    Survey Manager
    Room number:
    101
    Tel:
    5469
    Email:
    emily.gilbert@ucl.ac.uk

    Emily joined CLS in October 2013 as a Survey Manager, working primarily on the Millennium Cohort Study. Her responsibilities include various aspects of survey design, development, and monitoring.

    Emily's research interests relate to survey methodology, particularly issues concerning attitude measurement and data quality. She holds an MA in Longitudinal Social Research, and has recently sucessfully completed a PhD in Survey Methodology.

  • Alissa Goodman Director of CLS, Professor of Economics and PI of NCDS
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    Alissa Goodman
    Alissa Goodman
    Director of CLS, Professor of Economics and PI of NCDS
    Room number:
    G15
    Tel:
    020 7612 6231
    Email:
    alissa.goodman@ucl.ac.uk

    Alissa is Director of CLS and Principal Investigator of the 1958 National Child Development Study (NCDS). She leads the team responsible for developing the study's content, design and analysis.

    Alissa is an economist whose main research interests relate to inequality, poverty, education policy, and the intergenerational transmission of health and well-being.  In her previous employment, she served as deputy director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

  • Anca Gourlay Centre Manager
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    Anca Gourlay
    Centre Manager
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  • Maggie Hancock Research Data Manager
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    Maggie Hancock
    Research Data Manager
    Room number:
    G03
    Tel:
    020 7911 5348
    Email:
    maggie.hancock@ucl.ac.uk

    Maggie Hancock joined CLS in February 2006 to work on data management and initial data analysis of NCDS, BCS70 and MCS data.  Previously Maggie was involved in the VITAE project at the Institute of Education as well as research into the format of the maths GCSE, interactive whiteboard use and music GCSE takeup.

    The completion of an MRes (masters in educational and social research) at the Institute of Education, enables Maggie to understand the data from the research perspective and complements her experience in data management software such as the SIR database package.

    For further information and details of Maggie's publications please see the IoE Website (link).

  • Lucy Haselden Survey Manager
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    Lucy Haselden
    Survey Manager
    Room number:
    101
    Tel:
    020 7612 6042
    Email:
    l.garcez@ucl.ac.uk

  • Morag Henderson Senior Lecturer and Co-Investigator for Next Steps
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    Morag Henderson
    Senior Lecturer and Co-Investigator for Next Steps
    Room number:
    214
    Tel:
    020 7911 5566
    Email:
    morag.henderson@ucl.ac.uk

    She joined CLS in November 2014 as Co-Investigator and Senior Research Officer for Next Steps (previously Longitudinal Study of Young People in England).

    Morag's main research interest is to explain educational inequality.  In particular, she is interested in possible explanations which include parenting practices, the exposure to multiple adversities and the effect of particular interventions such as Educational Welfare Officers and Social Workers on young people’s life outcomes.  She is a quantitative sociologist and uses secondary datasets such as Next Stepsto conduct her analysis.

  • Heather Joshi Emeritus Professor, Economic and Developmental Demography
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    Heather Joshi
    Heather Joshi
    Emeritus Professor, Economic and Developmental Demography
    Room number:
    G14
    Tel:
    020 7612 6874
    Email:
    heather.joshi@ioe.ac.uk

    Heather is an Emeritus Professor of Economic and Developmental Demography at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies. She was previously the Director of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies from 2003 to 2010, and its Deputy Director from 1994. She was PI and Director of the UK Millennium Cohort Study from 2000 - 2011. In 2016, she is providing senior support to Dr Morag Henderson, the Acting Principal Investigator of the Millennium Cohort Study.

    Heather is an economic demographer who has used a number of longitudinal datasets including the ONS LS. Her research has been mainly concerned with the family, the labour market, gender, child development, but also includes spatial issues. She is currently involved in several research projects using cohort study data, concerning residential mobility, children’s mental health, and their abilities, cognitive and other.

    Heather was Co-Chair of the European Child Cohort Network fostering international collaboration and comparison between cohort studies and the founder President of the Society for Longitudinal and Lifecourse Studies. Heather is a Fellow of the British Academy, was awarded an OBE in 2002 for services to Women’s Studies, and a CBE in 2015 for services to Longitudinal and Women’s studies.

    Details of Heather's research activities and publications can be found on the IoE website.

  • Sarah Kerry-Barnard Research Data Manager
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    Sarah Kerry-Barnard
    Research Data Manager
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    sarah.kerry.15@ucl.ac.uk

    Sarah has joined the CLS Data Management team as a Research Data Manager. Sarah previously worked in the Population Health Research Institute at St George’s University of London, both as a researcher and as a data manager on a variety of national and international projects.

  • Mary Clare Lennon Visiting Fellow
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    Mary Clare Lennon
    Visiting Fellow
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    m.lennon@ucl.ac.uk

     Mary Clare Lennon is a professor at the Graduate Centre of the City University of New York (CUNY) in the PhD Program in Sociology and DPH Program in Public Health.  She has recently been granted an award from the National Centre for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to analyze data from a US birth cohort study, the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, and is working with Prof. Heather Joshi to develop a comparative study of the US and UK, using Fragile Families and the Millennium Cohort Study to investigate childhood residential mobility. Funding for this collaboration has been received from the ESCR/SSRC Collaborative Visiting Fellowship Program.

    For more information on Mary Clare, please see the CUNY Graduate Centre website.
    Further information on Mary Clare can be obtained from the CUNY website.Mary Clare Lennon is a professor at the Graduate Centre of the City University of New York (CUNY) in the PhD Program in Sociology and DPH Program in Public Health.  Mary Clare is working with Prof. Heather Joshi colleagues at CLS to examine the precursors and consequences of residential mobility for young children. She has recently been granted an award from the National Centre for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to analyze data from a US birth cohort study (the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study).  
    Mary Clare and Heather are working to develop a comparative study of the US and UK, using Fragile Families and the Millennium Cohort Study to investigate childhood residential mobility. Funding for this collaboration has been received from the ESCR/SSRC Collaborative Visiting Fellowship Program.
    Further information on Mary Clare can be obtained from the CUNY website.Mary Clare Lennon is a professor at the Graduate Centre of the City University of New York (CUNY) in the PhD Program in Sociology and DPH Program in Public Health.  Mary Clare is working with Prof. Heather Joshi colleagues at CLS to examine the precursors and consequences of residential mobility for young children. She has recently been granted an award from the National Centre for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to analyze data from a US birth cohort study (the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study).  
    Mary Clare and Heather are working to develop a comparative study of the US and UK, using Fragile Families and the Millennium Cohort Study to investigate childhood residential mobility. Funding for this collaboration has been received from the ESCR/SSRC Collaborative Visiting Fellowship Program.
    Further information on Mary Clare can be obtained from the CUNY website.
  • Jennifer Maggs Visiting Research Associate
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    Jennifer Maggs
    Visiting Research Associate
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    j.maggs@ucl.ac.uk

    Jennifer Maggs is Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at the Prevention Research Centre for the Promotion of Human Development, Pennsylvania State University, in the US.

    Jennifer is working on the “prevalence predictors and consequences of alcohol use from childhood to midlife” project funded by the National Institute of Health, USA.  She will be working with Prof. Lucinda Platt and the MCS team to include additional measures of alcohol attitudes and use in the MCS fifth survey, and will be participating in the Consultations on MCS6 on 7th October at the Institute.

    More information about Jennifer can be obtained from the Penn State University website.

  • Eoin McElroy Research Associate
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    Eoin McElroy
    Research Associate
    Room number:
    303
    Tel:
    02073315272
    Email:
    e.mcelroy@ucl.ac.uk

    My research has focused on the development of comorbid mental health difficulties from early childhood through adolescence. I completed my PhD at Ulster University, Northern Ireland in 2016 before moving to the University of Liverpool as a postdoctoral researcher. I joined UCL in 2018, and I am currently a postdoctoral research associate at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS), working on the harmonisation of cognitive and mental health measures in the British birth cohorts.

  • Sierra Mesplie-Cowan Survey Manager
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    Sierra Mesplie-Cowan
    Survey Manager
    Room number:
    102
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    Email:
    s.mesplie-cowan@ucl.ac.uk
  • Vanessa Moulton Research Associate
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    Vanessa Moulton
    Research Associate
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    vanessa.moulton@ucl.ac.uk

    Vanessa is currently working on the initial findings for the most recent age 14 sweep of the Millennium Cohort Study. She also works on the CLS Cross-Cohort Research Program (CCRP) investigating social mobility, focusing on parental wealth on children’s development and school curriculum on educational transitions. In addition, Vanessa co-coordinates the CLS cohort workshops and webinars.

    Her research interests include using longitudinal and secondary data analysis to examine early life course on children’s and adult mental health, educational and socio-economic outcomes.

  • Tom Murphy Research Data Manager
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    Tom Murphy
    Research Data Manager
    Room number:
    109
    Tel:
    0207 911 6899
    Email:
    thomas.murphy@ucl.ac.uk

    Tom joined the CLS as a Research Data Officer in December 2015. He previously worked for the Australian Bureau of Statistics in health survey data management and publication writing.

  • Martina Narayanan Research Associate
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    Martina Narayanan
    Research Associate
    Room number:
    303
    Tel:
    +44 (0)20 7612 6646
    Email:
    m.narayanan@ucl.ac.uk

    I have a PhD in psychology from the University of Oslo. During my post-doctoral period I worked with a Norwegian longitudinal population study examining the socio-emotional development in childhood. My main research interests lie within mental health and wellbeing as well as analysing large longitudinal data sets to model developmental processes over the life course. I am now a Research Associate at CLS where I will be involved in many different activities, amongst others the ‘What Works for Wellbeing’ project.