Who we are
Prof Ilina Singh
Ilina Singh is a Professor of Science, Ethics and Society, and Director of Research, at the Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine at King's College London. Previously a Reader in Bioethics and Society at the London School of Economics, Ilina received her doctorate in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University in 2000. In 2006 Ilina was the inaugural recipient of a university award in biomedical ethics from the Wellcome Trust, which provided funding for the VOICES project. Ilina is cross-appointed to the Institute of Psychiatry at King's.
Ilina's work explores the psycho-social and ethical implications of advances in bioscience and biomedicine for young people and families. Current projects focus on psychotropic drugs, neuroimaging, cognitive enhancement, and biomarkers associated with the development of criminality, psychopathy and psychiatric disorder. Her research has several goals: to investigate the benefits and risks of biomedical technologies for children, young people and families; to enable evidence-based policymaking in child health and education; and to improve public, scientific and clinical understanding of children's experiences with behavioral and developmental difficulties and interventions.
By developing an empirical approach to bioethics, Ilina's research has captured cross-disciplinary interest and impact. She is published in leading scientific, clinical, bioethics and social science journals, including Nature, Nature Reviews Neuroscience, Social Science and Medicine, Child and Adolescent Mental Health and The American Journal of Bioethics. She sits on international policy and grant-making boards, including the Scattergood Foundation Program for Behavioral Health Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, USA; and the ELSA programme of the Norwegian Research Council. Ilina has also been a consultant to health policy working groups in the US and the UK, including the UK National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE); and the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/Hastings Center Working Group on Drugs in Pediatric Psychiatry. In 2006, Ilina launched the journal BioSocieties with Professor Nikolas Rose, and is a Co-Editor of the journal. She is also on the Editorial Board of The American Journal of Bioethics-Neuroscience.
Working as Project Manager on the VOICES project, Lauren helped to manage its final phase, including the final report and the animated film. A Sociology graduate from Warwick University, Lauren has worked with children for 12 years in a variety of capacities, including as a key worker, learning mentor and tutor. Her experience has involved working with children with Special Educational Needs, young people at risk of social exclusion and crime, children with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, and children diagnosed with ADHD. Lauren is also interested in feminist research and was recently involved with the PE:ER Project (Prostitution Exiting: Engaging through Research) at Eaves, where she assisted with the final report examining women's experiences of exiting prostitution. Lauren currently works as a Special Projects Officer at the Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine at King’s College London, and copy-editor for BioSocieties journal.
Imre is a research assistant on the VOICES project. His main responsibilities include data management and analysis, as well as maintenance of the VOICES website. He's a Philosophy graduate from the University of Vienna and holds an MSc in Biomedicine and Society from LSE. Imre also works with Dr. Singh on research projects about human enhancement technologies and he is particularly interested in cognitive enhancement.
Caitlin graduated from the BIOS MSc program in 2008, in which she focused her work on ethical, legal and social implications of modern neuroscience. She has previously obtained research training in neuroimaging (fMRI) at Yale University, where she worked with autistic and typically developing adolescents at the Yale Child Study Center under the supervision of Dr. Robert Schultz [now at UPenn]. Caitlin received undergraduate training in neuroscience, clinical psychology and English literature at Kalamazoo College in the United States. She has also worked in a variety of research positions in cognitive and clinical psychology at the University of Michigan and Drexel University. Interests include child clinical psychology; the ethical, legal and social implications of neurotechnologies and neuro-pharmaceutical; pharmaceutical enhancement; and forensic DNA database ethics and management.
Originally from Rochester, New York, Katie moved to London in 2008 to study a Masters degree in Biomedicine & Society at the London School of Economics which she completed in August, 2009. Her research focused on electroencephalogram (EEG) technicians' attitudes regarding psychogenic seizures, or seizures of psychological origin. Broadly speaking, she is interested in the sociology of contested illness and culture-bound psychiatric illness. Before moving to London, Katie worked at a New York state hospital's neurophysiology lab performing EEG's on patients suffering from seizures and other neurological disorders. She also worked as research assistant for "Pediatric Links with the Community", a community paediatrics centre for new doctors rotating through paediatric residency.
After completing her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Trinity College Dublin, Sinéad moved to London in 2004 to undertake a Masters in Social Psychology at the London School of Economics. She subsequently went on to work at the Research Unit of the Royal College of Psychiatrists where her work included quality improvement in psychiatric services and running a scoping study for the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme. From there, Sinéad returned to LSE in 2007 to work as the first Research Assistant on the VOICES project. During this time she was closely involved with recruiting participants and the data collection process. Sinéad has since moved into consulting and now works as a Solutions Executive at the Mind Gym designing and delivering psychologically-based learning and development solutions to clients.
Zoe Given-Wilson has a background in both clinical and research psychology. She supported the VOICES project in the capacity of a Clinical Research Officer with the Mental Health Research Network. In this role she assisted in the recruitment and interviews of children with a diagnosis of ADHD. She completed a B. Psychology (hons) at Macquarie University, Australia and a MSc. Medical Anthropology at University College London. She is currently completing her D. Clinical Psychology, also at University College London.