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, PhD, MSc, PGCE, BSc
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.

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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 question 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


Millie Witcher BSc (Hons), MSc
Research Assistant

Tell us about your role

Our role is to work closely with the participants to ensure that they have a positive experience when they take part in the study. We are responsible for recruiting participants, answering any questions they may have about the study and helping parents, young people and children to complete the questionnaires. Also, part of our role is to collect and manage the data. We work closely with the study co-ordinator to assist in the smooth running of the study.

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Millie Witcher

What interested you in this study?

In my previous role, I worked within CAMHS as an assistant psychologist and was privileged to work with children and young people with neurodevelopmental conditions (Autism Spectrum Condition and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).

I thoroughly enjoy working with young people and their families and am very interested in gender identity development, particularly in individuals with neurodevelopmental conditions. Additionally, I am very interested in the individual experience of young people and their families and am very excited to be part of such innovative and valuable research.

What is your favourite animal?

My favourite animals are dogs, particularly Staffordshire Bull Terriers because they are so loving and loyal.


Lauren Stavropoulos BPsych (Hons)
Research Assistant

Tell us about your role

Along with Millie, my role is to recruit families into the study and assist them as they complete our questionnaires. We try to address any queries participants may have, and ensure that their involvement in the study is positive. We also work closely with Lauren Spinner, the study co-ordinator, to manage study data and make sure all components of the study run smoothly.

What interested you in this study?

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I really enjoy working with young people and families. In the past, I have worked with young people experiencing a range of psychological and neurological difficulties, as well as concerns regarding their identity or wellbeing. I have a particular interest in the wellbeing of children who experience gender in unique ways or have questions or concerns about their gender development. I am particularly looking forward to working closely with young people and families, and guiding them through the LOGIC study.

What is your favourite season?

Summer.


Dr Kathy McKay, PhD, BA (Hons), LLB (Hons)
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.

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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 BA, HDip Psych, MSc
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.

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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.