Meet the team

The LOGIC study is a large-scale research project involving many collaborators and experts in the field. The study is based at the Research and Development Unit at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust. Below you can find out who you might meet from this team if you take part in the study .

Who might I meet?

Dr Lauren Spinner
Research Study Coordinator

Tell us about your role

As Research Co-ordinator, I am responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management of the project. I work closely with all other LOGIC team members, but especially the Research Assistants in regards to participant recruitment and engagement with the study. It is my role to liaise with the clinicians, academics, and families involved in the study to ensure it stays on track.

What interested you in this study?

My research has always examined children’s gender development as it is an area I am particularly interested in. I was drawn to this study because of the important and applied outcomes it will have for children (and their families) who seek support with their gender identity. I believe this project will make a significant contribution to the literature, furthering knowledge in unique and valuable ways, so I feel very privileged to be part of it.

What is your favourite season?

Spring – when all the flowers start blossoming!


Dr Chloe Lane
Research Associate

Tell us about your role

I work on a few different projects in the Research and Development Unit, one of which is the LOGIC study. I am involved in recruiting families to the study, answering any questions that they may have and supporting them in completing the questionnaires. My role also includes writing research papers for publication and keeping up-to-date with the latest research.

What interested you in this study?

Prior to joining the Tavistock, I conducted research on neurodevelopmental conditions. I am therefore particularly interested in understanding more about the relationship between gender identity development and neurodevelopmental conditions. I am also really motivated to work on applied research projects that will generate valuable information and lead to improvements in how individuals are supported. I am therefore very excited to be a part of the LOGIC study.

What is your favourite season?

Definitely summer!


Dr Aleksandra (Ola) Gronostaj-Miara
Research Assistant

Tell us about your role

I am one of the Research Assistants on the project and I work closely with other members of the team to recruit families to the study and collect data. This means that I speak to families regularly to explain what the study is about and why it is important. I also help them to complete their questionnaires and answer any questions they may have. The LOGIC team really appreciates the time, knowledge and perspective that the families share with us, and most families find taking part to be a very positive experience.

What interested you in this study?

Before I moved to London I spent two years working in Dublin in two projects that were focused on describing and improving available mental health services for children and young people. During both projects I was working from a CAMHS clinic, cooperating with clinicians, young patients and their parents which I found very rewarding, especially because in a longitudinal study I was lucky to accompany the young people through a portion of their lives that they kindly shared. I think it’s crucial to have their voices heard and experiences known.

What is your favourite animal?

I used to own a hedgehog and, to me, few things are cuter.  


Dr Elystan Roberts
Research Associate

Tell us about your role

I work closely with participants to make sure taking part in the study is a positive experience. I help parents, children, and young people to complete the questionnaires and interviews, and answer any questions they may have. I also help to develop and write research papers based on the data participants provide.

What interested you in this study?

My research interests are focused on young people’s development, and how this affects their mental health and wellbeing. I am particularly interested in how gender identity might interact with other developmental factors to predict mental health problems. Learning more about this may help to improve the way young people questioning their gender are supported in the future. LOGiC is a brilliant way for young people and their families to have their voices heard, and I feel very privileged to be a part of it.

What is your favourite animal?

I love dogs – I had two black labradors growing up, and they were the best! 


Dr Kathy McKay
Qualitative Researcher, Research Associate

Tell us about your role

If you decide to become part of the qualitative study, I’m the one you’ll be talking with. I’ll be working with the rest of the LOGIC team to make sure you feel safe and valued while you’re involved with the study.

What interested you in this study?

All my work so far has involved listening to people talk about different experiences that have changed their lives and how they see the world and figuring out how these stories can help to provide more effective and appropriate support for people when they need it. This is so important for children who are figuring out their gender identity, and their families, and being trusted to hear about your experiences is something I take very seriously.

What is your favourite animal?

My rescue cat Laks who moved to London with me from Australia.


Hannah Stynes
Research Assistant

Tell us about your role

I work on several projects within the Research and Development department, including the LOGIC study. My role is to help our study participants (children, young people, and parents) to fill out questionnaire packs and answer any questions they have about the study. I also help to manage the data generated from the project.

What interested you in the study?

My area of research is children and their development. Gender identity plays a really important role in this development. Lots of children and young people nowadays are exploring gender in diverse ways, but we don’t often hear their views and opinions directly. I think this project will be a great way to help understand the experiences of young people referred to GIDS, and their families.

What is your favourite season?

I’m a big fan of everything Autumn! I particularly love the colours and being able to dig out my chunky jumpers and scarves.