Research and development team

Our research and development team promotes and supports health research activities within the Trust. The research we do includes;

  • NHS-badged studies, known as national portfolio studies
  • Trust-sponsored research projects
  • Studies carried out in collaboration with partners such as Higher Educational Institutions and industry
  • Student research projects.

Our Research and Development Office looks after the governance of all studies, providing resources and support to the conduct of national portfolio studies through the Lead Research Nurse and the Clinical Research Coordinators.

Meet the team

NameTitle Telephone
Dr Helen Rostill Director of Innovation and Development (Director of Therapies)
Dr Ramin Nilforooshan Associate Medical Director for Research and Development - Consultant Psychiatrist 01932 722444
Dr Ward Lawrence Consultant Psychiatrist, Clinical Delivery - Working Age Adults
Dr Christos Kouimtsidis Consultant Psychiatrist, Clinical Delivery - Substance Misuse Services
Dr Brian Parsons Consultant Psychiatrist, Clinical Delivery - Older Peoples Services 01932 722467
Dr Karen Dodd Co-Director of People with Learning Disabilities, Clinical Delivery - Services for People with Learning Disabilities (currently on sabbatical)
Simon Whitfield Chief Pharmacist
Olga Balazikova Research and Development manager 01932 723310

Sally Gosling

Research Nurse 01932 722247
Mariana Gavrila Research Nurse 01932 722247
Jane Gregg Senior Clinical Research Coordinator 
01932 722247
Jessica True Senior Clinical Research Coordinator 01932 722247
Elisabetta Maragnoli Research and Development Administrator 01932 722247
Alicja Baniukiewicz Research Facilitator 01932 722704
Ashley Chapman Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator 01932 722247
Khushprit Singh Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator 01932 722247
Alice Golding Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator 01932 722247
Eryna Tarant Research Assistant for Mindfulness 01932 722247
Ben Houghton Research Assistant for SPADE study


Many Trust staff participate in our research, from Board level through to corporate and front-line clinical services, and we also involve people who use our services, their families, carers and the wider public.