Keywords: mental health; data linkage; young people
I am a third year PhD student at the Centre of Excellence for Public Health in Queen’s University Belfast. My project aims to explore ways of measuring population mental health in young people, through the use of routine administrative datasets and record-linkage methodologies.
I completed undergraduate studies in Psychology in 2011 in University of Panteion (Athens, Greece), with my undergraduate thesis focusing on the social determinants of symptomatology in women who have received a diagnosis of major depression. Research into that area propelled my interest for the role of environmental risk factors in adult psychopathology with a focus on at-risk populations. In 2012, I completed my MSc course on Mental Health Service and Population Research in King’s College London. For my thesis, I investigated gender differences in First Episode Psychosis Patients presenting in Early Intervention Services and I have published these findings.
I am currently working on a range of administrative datasets including the Northern Ireland Longitudinal Study (NILS), the Northern Ireland Mortality Study (NIMS), the Honest Broker Service (HBS) and the Northern Ireland Health Survey.