Dr Lavanya Thana
I am a primarily qualitative research psychologist with strong interests in patient experience and safety. Before joining the School's Policy Innovation and Evaluation Research Unit (PIRU) in 2019, I completed a PhD in mental health services research at Imperial College London. My doctoral work examined the micro and meso level processes contributing to adverse outcomes of psychotherapy using Constructivist Grounded Theory. During my time at the College, I also worked on randomised controlled trials of complex psychological interventions for adults and children with a range of mental health conditions. Prior to this, I was involved in various health-related primary care informatics projects at St George’s, University of London.
I teach on the Principles of Social Research module, and am a tutor and project supervisor for the MSc in Public Health.
I also co-supervise PhD and 4th Year Medical BSc projects at Imperial College London.
I am currently employed to deliver the qualitative component of the ‘Adverse Medical Incidents and Outcomes in the NHS’ study led by Helen Hogan and funded by the NIHR. This mixed methods study aims to understand the prevalence, patients' perspectives and factors that influence subsequent actions.
In the Policy Innovation and Evaluation Research Unit, I contributed to the 'Longer-term Evaluation of the Integrated Care and Support Pioneers', which involved a mixed methods approach.