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Dr Chiara Samele has a background in Social Sciences (social policy) and Epidemiology with extensive experience in mental health research and policy. 

Her main area of expertise is improving services and the quality of lives for people with mental health conditions. She is widely published and 

has produced a number of influential reports.


Dr Norman Urquía has a background in psychology, public health and population statistics.

He retrained in qualitative research methods such as unstructured interviewing, focus groups, participant observation and community engagement. 

His work often combines qualitative face-to-face methods with evidence from quantitative analysis. 

Who we are

The Directors

Chiara Samele PhD and Norman Urquía PhD - are social and health researchers, each with over 20 years experience.  


Chiara is Senior Fellow at the Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham; and Visiting Researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry, London.

Norman is a member of the Social Research Association.  

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