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  • Andrew Peters Research Data Assistant
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    Andrew Peters
    Research Data Assistant
    Room number:
    109
    Tel:
    0207 612 6914
    Email:
    andrew.peters@ucl.ac.uk

    Andrew completed his Masters in Psychological Research Methods in 2014 following his undergraduate degree in Social Psychology. Throughout his degree studies Andrew's academic interests were in developmental psychology.

    He has also worked for a market research company where he was responsible for creating and managing databases.

  • Darina Peycheva Survey Manager
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    Darina Peycheva
    Survey Manager
    Room number:
    101
    Tel:
    0207 9115 427
    Email:
    d.peycheva@ucl.ac.uk

    Darina joined CLS in August 2016 as a Survey Manager, working primarily on Next Steps. Her responsibilities include various aspects of the development and implementation of the study. Darina's research interests relate to survey methodology and life course social epidemiology.
     

  • George Ploubidis Professor of Population Health and Statistics, Research Director & Chief Statistician
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    George Ploubidis
    George Ploubidis
    Professor of Population Health and Statistics, Research Director & Chief Statistician
    Room number:
    307
    Tel:
    6107
    Email:
    g.ploubidis@ucl.ac.uk

    George is Professor of Population Health and Statistics at the Department of Social Science and currently holds the posts of Director of Research and Chief Statistician at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies. Prior to joining UCL he held posts at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the University of Cambridge.

    George is a multidisciplinary Quantitative Social Scientist with a primary interest in socio-economic, demographic and macrosocial/structural determinants of population health and the mechanisms that link these over the life course. He leads the Applied Statistical Methods programme at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies and is PI on the ESRC funded Cross-Cohort Research Programme,investigating determinants of healthy behaviours and lifestyles and the intergenerational transmission of economic status over the life course.


    George's research areas include; Lifelong health, Mental health, Secular trends and population health change, Joint progress of health and mortality, Health inequalities, and Health measurement in population surveys
  • Benedetta Pongiglione Research Associate
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    Benedetta Pongiglione
    Research Associate
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    Tel:
    0207 911 5312
    Email:
    b.pongiglione@ucl.ac.uk

    Benedetta has a PhD in epidemiology and population health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her research interests include socio-economic inequalities in health, and inequalities in trajectories of healthy ageing.

    Benedetta joined CLS as a research associate to undertake methodological research on the different British cohort studies and investigate the determinants of healthy behaviours and lifestyles, and the intergenerational transmission of social capital and economic status.

  • Meghan Rainsberry Communications Manager
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    Meghan Rainsberry
    Communications Manager
    Room number:
    107
    Tel:
    0207 612 6530
    Email:
    M.Rainsberry@ucl.ac.uk

    Meghan Rainsberry joined the Centre for Longitudinal Studies communications team as Publications and Web Officer (0.5 FTE) on 1st April 2011.

    Meghan is responsible for helping to produce feedback leaflets for cohort members and their families, and the CLS newsletter, Kohort. She writes news items for the CLS website, maintains the content of the website and liaises with its designers (Nemisys) to ensure that it continues to meet the Centre’s needs. She is also involved in drafting press releases and fielding enquiries from journalists and is responsible for proof-reading and editing CLS reports and documents.

  • Sarab Rihal Data Officer
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    Sarab Rihal
    Data Officer
    Room number:
    G03
    Tel:
    020 7612 6716
    Email:
    s.rihal@ucl.ac.uk

    Sarab joined CLS as Data Officer in February 2014. She previously worked at UCL and Pearson gaining experience in quantitative data analysis using database and statistical sofware tools to manipulate and analyse large datasets.

    Sarab has a master’s degree in Applied Statistics and Operational Research.

  • Efrosini Setakis Research Data Scientist
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    Efrosini Setakis
    Research Data Scientist
    Room number:
    211
    Tel:
    0207 612 6654
    Email:
    e.setakis@ucl.ac.uk

    Efrosini is a data enthusiast who will work across CLS, CLOSER, and NDP, to assist in the linkage of data sets with external data sources.

    Previously she worked at the Clinical Practice Research Database where, amongst other things, she was responsible for overseeing the research side of the linkage of their database with external administrative data sets.

    Prior to joining QSS, Efrosini taught Mathematics in a secondary school in order to gain a better understanding of the nature of education data.

  • Kate Smith Survey Manager
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    Kate Smith
    Survey Manager
    Room number:
    102
    Tel:
    020 7612 6538
    Email:
    k.c.smith@ucl.ac.uk

    Since 2000 Kate has been the survey manager for the ESRC Millennium Cohort Study, a new longitudinal birth cohort study following the lives of nearly 19,000 babies born in the UK during 2000-2001. The study is now currently carrying out the fourth survey of the children at age 7.

    Prior to this she was a principle member of the team that carried out the 1999/2000 surveys for the 1958 (NCDS) and 1970 (BCS70) British Cohort Studies. Since joining CLS (formerly SSRU) in 1989 to work on the 5th sweep of NCDS, she has gained extensive experience of collecting and analysing longitudinal data in both the 1958 & 1970 cohorts. Research projects have included analysing housing and family data from both cohorts.

    Kate has also worked at the Family Policy Studies Centre analysing data from the 1985 and 1995 BSAS sweeps for a study of family and kinship. Before joining SSRU, she carried out research on employment and economic issues for the Planning Department at the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.

  • Alice Sullivan Professor of Sociology and PI of BCS70
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    Alice Sullivan
    Professor of Sociology and PI of BCS70
    Room number:
    G09
    Tel:
    020 7612 6661
    Email:
    alice.sullivan@ucl.ac.uk

    Alice leads the team responsible for developing the content, design and analysis of the 1970 British Cohort Study.  Her research interests are focussed on social and educational inequalities, including inequalities of social class, gender and ethnicity. Her published work includes papers on Bourdieu and cultural capital, rational choice theory, private and state schooling, single-sex and co-educational schooling, and education policy.  She is interested in longitudinal research methods, the design of survey instruments, and mixed-methods approaches.

    Details of Alice's research activites and publications can be found on the IoE Website (link).

  • Chris Taylor Visiting Research Associate
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    Chris Taylor
    Visiting Research Associate
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    Email:
    taylorcm@cardiff.ac.uk

    Dr. Chris Taylor is a senior lecturer at the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University.  He has an ESRC mid-career fellowship to use MCS data about education in Wales and is being mentored by Prof. Heather Joshi.

    Originally a Geographer, Chris is also interested in looking at neighbourhood effects across the UK.  In a related project he is responsible for the evaluation of the Foundation Stage in Wales.

    More information about Chris can be obtained from the Cardiff University website.

  • Nikos Tzavidis Research Associate
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    Nikos Tzavidis
    Research Associate
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    Email:
    n.tzavidis@ucl.ac.uk

    Nikos Tzavidis left CLS in September 2007 to work as Lecturer in Social Statistics in the Cathie Marsh Centre for Census and Survey Research at the University of Manchester.  In September 2010, he moved to the University of Southampton where he currently works as a Senior Lecturer at the School of Social Sciences.

    Nikos still maintains links with CLS and QSS (Department for Quantitative Social Sciences) mainly through his involvment in the ESRC Admin Node project, and through collaborative work with other CLS senior researchers.

    Further information on Nikos can be obtained from the University of Southampton website.

  • Mary Ukah Cohort Maintenance Officer
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    Mary Ukah
    Cohort Maintenance Officer
    Room number:
    201
    Tel:
    020 7612 6669
    Email:
    m.ukah@ucl.ac.uk

    Mary is part of the Cohort Maintenance team responsible for ensuring that address information of the members of the BCS70 cohort is kept up-to-date and recorded accurately.  Her work involves tracing cohort study members who have moved, using a variety of specialist and publicly available sources of information.  She also assists our researchers in various ways including preparation of questionnaires and data cleaning. 

    Mary maintains a valuable communication link between the CLS and cohort members. This work is critical to the on-going success of these important studies as it enables cohort members to be successfully contacted and interviewed.   

  • Georgia Verropoulou Visiting Research Associate
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    Georgia Verropoulou
    Visiting Research Associate
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    Email:
    gverrop@unipi.gr

    Dr. Georgia Verropoulou is a lecturer at the Statistics and Insurance Science department at the University of Piraeus.  She has worked extensively with colleagues at the Center for Longitudinal studies analyzing Cohort Studies data and in particular NCDS. The focus of that analysis was factors affecting child outcomes.  In recent years the focus has shifted to comparing the effects of mother’s employment in the UK and the US using BCS70 data for the British rather than the NCDS. This project led to various presentations both nationally and internationally. 

    Georgia is currently collaborating with Prof. Heather Joshi and Nikos Tzavidis to further the analysis of maternal employment and its effects on child development using BCS70 data, the results of which will also be compared with other similar analysis on US data.

    For more information on Georgia, please see the University of Piraeus website.

  • Dr Aase Villadsen Research Associate
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    Dr Aase Villadsen
    Research Associate
    Room number:
    301
    Tel:
    020 7612 6419
    Email:
    a.villadsen@ucl.ac.uk

    My role involves analysis of data from the Millennium Cohort Study.

    Before joining the Centre for Longitudinal Studies I was studying for a DPhil in Social Intervention at the Oxford University, focusing on the association between early parenting and child conduct and emotional problems. Prior to that I worked on the evaluation the Families and School Together parenting intervention, and before that I worked in developmental criminology on the Peterborough Adolescent Development Study at Cambridge University.

    I am especially interested in family and parental influences on longitudinal child psychopathology.            

  • Geeting Wong PA and Project Support Officer
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    Geeting Wong
    PA and Project Support Officer
    Room number:
    G03
    Tel:
    020 7331 5212
    Email:
    geeting.wong@ucl.ac.uk

    Geeting is the PA to the Director of the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) & the Head of the Department of Quantitative Social Science (QSS). Her role involves providing administrative and organisational support for the Director of CLS, the Head of QSS and other members of the team as required.

  • Erica Wong Research Assistant (Assistant Survey Manager)
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    Erica Wong
    Research Assistant (Assistant Survey Manager)
    Room number:
    101
    Tel:
    02076126771
    Email:
    erica.wong@ucl.ac.uk

    As assistant survey manager, I am primarily working on the ’58 (NCDS) British Cohort Study. Prior to joining CLS, I taught sociology at various universities, and I conducted research on survey incentives, the intersection of race and religion, and health.