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Dr Kai Ruggeri | Director | is a senior researcher and lecturer at the University of Cambridge and directs the PRG as well as GRAPH in the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. He completed his PhD at Queen's University, Belfast, focusing on statistical methods in social sciences. He is also Director of the Junior Researcher Programme in psychology, plus holds visiting positions at the HEC Paris (Qatar) and the University of Iceland. His work is on the translation of scientific evidence into economic policy that considers health and well-being as primary outcomes of interest. He is a Fellow at Corpus Christi College.

Ingeborg Farver-Vestergaard | Visiting Doctoral Student | is a PhD fellow at Aarhus University (Denmark). She has conducted a large, randomised controlled trial of psychotherapy in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also known as COPD. In Cambridge, she focuses on ways of communicating such healthcare-related research evidence to inform practice and policy. Moreover, she contributes to a PRG project exploring the impact of the economic crisis on health and well-being in Denmark.

 

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Tomas Folke | PhD Student | is currently finishing his PhD on the role of subjective confidence in human decision making. He holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of York and an MSc in Social and Developmental Psychology from the University of Cambridge. He is working half time for the international NGO Ground Truth Solutions, to make humanitarian aid interventions more responsive to affected populations. He is interested in how statistical modelling can be used to improve real world outcomes.

William P. McClanahan III | PhD Student | completed his undergraduate studies at Roanoke College (USA) in Psychology and Criminal Justice. He recently completed MPhil research on how juvenile offenders face financial decision-making. He is a member of Clare Hall.

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Hannes Jarke | Visiting Researcher | is completing his studies in psychology at the University of Vienna (Austria) on tax psychology. His interest is in assessment methods for understanding a variety of human behaviours related to financial choice, fiscal policy, and population health. He is serving as the Deputy Director for the Junior Researcher Programme

 

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Carolin Hornbach | Visiting Research Student | is a third-year undergraduate European Public Health student at Maastricht University (Netherlands). Currently she is completing her thesis on the topic of "Establishing mental health care pathways in regions affected by the conflict in Syria" project. Her research focuses on the integration of mental health into the primary health care sector in Lebanon.

 

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Nadja Koch | Visiting Research Student | is a third-year undergraduate European Public Health student at Maastricht University (Netherlands). Currently she is completing her thesis on the topic of "Establishing mental health care pathways in regions affected by the conflict in Syria" project. Her research focuses on evaluating the implementation of the National Mental Health Programme in Lebanon.

Matija Franklin | Graduate Student Researcher | is an MPhil student in Social and Developmental Psychology at the University of Cambridge and recently completed the Junior Researcher Programme. He is interested in decision-making, Nudge theory and how psychological evidence can be practically applied to increase the well-being of individuals and inform governments and companies. He has previously conducted and assisted in psychological research at the Petnica Science Center (Serbia) and the Cambridge Embodied Cognition and Emotion Laboratory.

Tamas Varkonyi | Graduate Student Researcher | did his undergraduate degree in Accounting and Finance at the University of Warwick (UK). With a slight twist, in Cambridge, his research focuses on what evidence driven management can learn from personality psychology, with the aim to improve the well-being and hence the performance of employees in the professional services sector.

Sophia Graeff-Buhl-Nielsen | Research Student | is completing her dissertation work on global mental health. Her research is looking at the best ways to measure mental health across languages and diverse populations.

Lucinda Jones | Research Student | is completing her dissertation work on the Nudging the nudgers project, focusing on policies to support vulnerable populations getting access to employment.

Teisi Tamming | Affiliated Researcher | completed her dissertation work on the Nudging the nudgers project, focusing on mental health policy development in Lebanon in response to the conflict in Syria. She is currently based in Geneva at the World Health Organization with the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Unit.

 

 

 

Annalisa Robbiani | Visiting Researcher | is a research student visiting from the University of Padua (Italy). Her work in the lab is in support of the Nudging the nudgers projects, as well as contributing to multiple policy translation outputs.

 

 

 

Collaborators

Dr Igor Menezes is a professor at Lincoln University and affiliated researcher in The Psychometrics Centre at the University of Cambridge. He completed his PhD at Federal University of Bahia, Brazil, focusing on psychometrics and organisational psychology. He serves as a statistical advisor to the PRG and also brings a number of additional scientific and entrepreneurial interests.

Áine Maguire holds a Master’s degree in Applied Psychology from Trinity College, Dublin. Áine joined PRG in October 2014, and has worked on a variety of projects including a systematic review of treatments for rare cancers. She is heading the collaboration with the Behavioural Insights Team looking at mental illness of highly vulnerable individuals.

Sanne Verra completed a bachelor in European Public Health at Maastricht University, including semesters at Flinders University and the University of Cambridge. She continued postgraduate study in Public Policy and Human Development at United Nations University, where she specialised in policy evaluation and social protection. Her past research includes projects on medical travel, occupational health policy, and patient safety. She currently works for the public health department of the municipality of The Hague, where she is conducting a Health Impact Assessment on the link between poverty and health. In addition, she is incorporating nudging in both policy and practice.

Dr Lena Verdeli is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University, and director of the Teachers College Global Mental Health Lab. In the past fifteen years she has played a key role in landmark studies involving adaptation, training, and testing of psychotherapy packages used by non-specialists in developing countries. She is currently a consultant with the WHO on global dissemination of psychosocial treatments and collaborates with the PRG on a study looking at mental health labour force globally.

Michaela Kos | Visiting Researcher in Methods and Metrics | completed her undergraduate and postgraduate training in psychology at the University of Graz (Austria). She has collaborated with the PRG since 2015. Her main project involved the development of an interactive tool for advising on the best available well-being measurements: Well-being Measurement Advisory Tool. She is also currently contributing to a survey on public attitudes towards the future of transportation.

Eduardo García Garzón | Psychometrician | completed his master studies in Methodology for Social and Health Sciences at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain). He is passionate about psychometrics and statistics, with a focus on applications to positive psychology. He has been involved in the PRG as a statistical consultant, working on new approaches to identify trends in well-being trends within longitudinal studies. He has also been actively involved in the Junior Researcher Programme since 2013.

 

Sara Plakolm | Visiting Researcher in Mental Health | was one of the initial members of the PRG, joining the group in 2013 as a visiting research student. She graduated from the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) in 2014 and continued her training as an assistant clinical psychologist at the Paediatric clinic, University Medical Centre Maribor (Slovenia). In 2016 she became a chartered mental health psychologist and obtained a postgraduate certificate in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Her current work focuses on mental health both from clinical and public health perspectives.

Ondřej Kácha | Affiliated Behavioural Researcher | completed his graduate studies at Masaryk University (Czech Republic). In the PRG, he focuses on the intertwining of behavioural economics and well-being. Spending part of his studies in Groningen and Cambridge, Ondrej acquired additional training in intervention design and translating research into policy. He has been engaged in several international and domestic endeavours to support professional development of psychology students, including holding a position of Senior Coordinator 2015-16 in the Junior Researcher Programme.

Jovana Gjorgijovska | Graduate Student Researcher | her undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of St. Cyril and Methodius (Macedonia). In Cambridge, she focuses on the factors influencing socially disadvantaged groups in the process of making financially risky decisions.