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Rhiannon Thompson

PhD student

Children, young people & families programme, Public mental health programme, Places & communities programme, Health inequalities theme

Imperial College London

r.thompson19@imperial.ac.uk

Research Interests

Rhiannon is interested in young people's mental health and the pathways and risk factors in development that lead to poor mental health.

Rhiannon's Q&A

  • What has been your career journey so far?

    I have always been passionate about mental health and studied Psychology and Philosophy for my BA before specialising in Developmental Psychopathology for my MSc. Whilst studying I volunteered with NHS and charitable mental health organisations, and my first job involved running peer support programs for people with mental health problems.

  • Why did you choose to do a PhD in public health research?

    I think the large-scale systems thinking that comes with public health research is really valuable when it comes to understanding mental health, because it is so complex, multifaceted, and multicausal.

  • What is your research focused on?

    How adolescent mental health is affected by air pollution and the physical environment.

  • Why is it important?

    This relatively understudied area has serious implications for environmental health policy and could be important for explaining why urban living is associated with worse mental health.

  • What do you like about being a part of the NIHR School for Public Health Research?

    There are really good opportunities to network and collaborate with like-minded researchers at different institutions and different career stages. Doing a PhD can mean being part of a relatively small bubble, but this isn’t the case with NIHR SPHR.

  • What skills have you learnt and/or are hoping to learn as part of your PhD?

    During my PhD I have really developed my skillset in quantitative and qualitative analyses, as well as epidemiological research methods and public involvement in research. Once I have concrete results, I am keen to develop my presentation skills and learn to work with a variety of partners to disseminate research findings to a variety of audiences.

  • What do you hope to do after completing your PhD?

    I want to remain in the field of mental health and anticipate remaining in research during my next steps.

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