Meet the STEP Study Team

Meet the people improving education for everyone in the classroom.

Charlotte is a lecturer in society & mental health. Her research focuses on addressing inequalities in mental health and access to mental health support linked to discrimination, particularly among LGBT+ young people and racial and ethnic minority groups

Charlotte (she/her)

Lecturer in Society & Mental Health

Lauren has got involved in the project to inform, guide and improve the support and resources offered to LGBT+ people who are in need of support while at school to help them feel more comfortable in their sexuality. 

Lauren Ige (she/her)

Young Adult Researcher & Assistant Psychologist

Amy is a research assistant at the Centre for Society and Mental Health. Her research explores the impact of social inequalities on mental health in order to improve outcomes for people who face discrimination and marginalisation, particularly LGBT+ young people

Amy Morgan (She/her)

Research Assistant

Jay Conlon is a freelance artist from County Durham. They are a young researcher on the STEP project, and got involved due to their personal experiences of the negative connotations of being queer in the education system.

Jay Conlon (they/them)

Young Adult Researcher & Freelance Artist

Juliet Dyrud

Young Adult Researcher & Student

I am a Peer Researcher for STEP Study. I got involved in this project because it focuses on two of my favourite topics, LGBT+ issues and mental health, and I want to play an active role in making schools a safer environment for LGBT+ young people.

Angela Mascolo

Young Adult Researcher & Student

Mosaic LGBT+ Young Person’s Trust aims to support, educate and inspire young LGBT+ persons and those around them. 

Lukasz Konieczka (he/him)

Director Mosaic LGBT+ Young Person’s Trust

Catherine is interested in ways of engaging people with science and health. Her research combines arts for mental health with science to reduce health inequalities and improve outcomes for children, families and service staff.  She uses co-produced mixed-methods working alongside young people to include their voices in the research process to improve science.  

Catherine el-Zerbi (she/they)

Research Associate

Gemma has been working on school-based research projects for about 10 years and her main research interests are in adolescent mental health, social inequalities in health, and the links between physical health and mental health.

Gemma Knowles (she/her)

Research Associate

Kate co-leads the KCL LGBT+ mental health research group. Her research investigates the psychological impact of stigma, prejudice and discrimination, for example in relation to sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, mental illness and race/ethnicity. She applies the findings to improve interventions to support mental health.

Kate Rimes (she/her)

Clinical Psychologist & Reader in Clinical Psychology

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