Who we are

Sophia Collins headshot Sophia Collins worked in TV for many years, making factual science programmes. She has also worked for the science museum, run a youth democracy project, devised and run an online school science project called ‘I’m a Scientist, Get me out of Here!’ and walked down a couple of rivers.

She’s particularly interested in two-way engagement, where non-scientists influence the science, and has expertise in online engagement. Wanting to take ‘two-way’ engagement further, she developed two user-led citizen science projects, Nappy Science Gang and Parenting Science Gang, funded by Wellcome. She has now adapted that format for this project, to bring the voices of people with lived experience of depression into research.

Dr Iona Beange is a Knowledge Exchange and Impact Officer at the University of Edinburgh. She has worked in science communication and public engagement for over 15 years and teaches on an MSc in Science Communication and Public Engagement.

She is passionate about two-way engagement and letting voices be heard.

She enjoys being creative and brings that into both her work and home life.

Univeristy Profile: www.ed.ac.uk/profile/dr-iona-beange

Dr Christine Kupfer is a researcher whose interests combine social sciences, counselling and psychology. She has done projects on how patients make sense of and heal through Ayurveda (Indian system of medicine); on how children in India cope with academic stress; on how the poet Tagore built a school without walls and developed a philosophy aimed at liberation; and on the “dark side of meditation” (despite her passion for meditation), which includes experiences of the “Dark Night of the Soul” and psychotic episodes.Christine likes to engage with people from all walks of life. She makes art with children and sees clients for counselling and believes in the principles of working together as equal partners and learning from each other.
Naomi Oppenheim is the Q&A co-ordinator for Depression Detectives. She worked in social media moderation for several years, and is interested in finding the best ways for people to communicate and organise online.She lives in London and is also a puppet maker, bad gardener, occasional illustrator and former professional biscuit icer.

 

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