Emma Coady – Senior Clinical Project Manager
Emma joined ADVANCE in August 2019 as senior clinical project manager. She has worked as a research nurse and a senior clinical project manager within a wide range of commercial, academic, hospital and community-based clinical settings. She previously worked as a clinical project manager at Imperial College London and UCL on the Southall and Brent cohort (SABRE) – the largest tri-ethnic population-based cohort in the UK. In her last role Emma worked for a US start-up company as the European clinical study manager for the CALM-2 study, which is investigating a device-based therapy used to treat drug-resistant hypertension.
Within ADVANCE Emma has oversight of all aspects of the Study and is based between Stanford Hall and Imperial College London.
Alison Hever – Study Administrator
Alison joined the ADVANCE team in February 2022 as ADVANCE Study administrator. A main part of her role is contacting the ADVANCE participants to arrange for their follow-up visits, so expect a friendly hello from her when you are next due in.
Alison graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 1994 with a degree in social sciences. She brings with her a wealth of administration and communication experience, with over 15 years of commercial experience delivering publications and events.
Alison is part of a women’s community choir that raises money for different charities. She also enjoys running and pilates in her free time.
Severija Juškaitė – Research Assistant
Severija joined ADVANCE in September 2023 as a research assistant. Her main role is in participant bookings and admin.
She graduate from University College London (UCL) with an MSci degree in psychology in 2022, her master’s dissertation exploring the role of anxiety and catastrophising in risk and loss aversion. Following her graduation, she dedicated a year to working at a mental health care home, supporting individuals facing severe mental health challenges and complex needs.
Severija’s research interests encompass various aspects of mental health, including mental health interventions, addiction and stress. She also volunteers with SHOUT to provide support to texters in crisis.
Maija Maskuniitty – Operations Manager
Maija joined ADVANCE in July 2018, and her role involves finance, HR and operational management, as well as communications. She is also the executive secretary and operations manager for the ADVANCE Charity.
Maija holds an MChem in Chemistry for Drug Discovery (University of Bath) and a PhD in Chemical Biology (Imperial College London). Before joining the ADVANCE team, she worked in various different research project management and administrative roles at Imperial College.
Vlad Pop – Research Assistant
Vlad joined the ADVANCE Study in September 2021 as a research assistant. His main role is in participant bookings and admin.
Vlad completed a BSc in Psychology at City, University of London in 2018 and an MSc in War and Psychology at King’s College London in 2019. He has been interested in the world history and military from a young age, and his master’s degree combined his main passions – psychology, history and military.
Before joining ADVANCE Vlad worked in the clinical mental health field for two years, at a mental health service dedicated to elderly people with severe and enduring mental health difficulties.
Jodie Stevenson – Study Administrator
Jodie joined the ADVANCE Study team in March 2021 and brings with her many years of administration experience. Her role involved finance administration and booking participants in for their ADVANCE visits.
Jodie graduated from Leeds University in 2005 and has a passion for support work and mental health.
Tass White – Clinical Administration Lead
Tass joined the ADVANCE Study in November 2018 as part of the administration team. In March 2020 she took up the role of clinical administration lead within the clinical team where she is integrating the administration processes of ADVANCE into the clinical team’s activities. She is responsible for ensuring that the most effective and efficient administration systems are in place which will support the clinical team and ensure participants’ visits to Stanford Hall run smoothly.