Dr Louca-Mai Brady

School: Centre for Health and Social Care Research

Job Title: Research Associate


Phone: 020 87250196

Location: St Georges Campus, 6th Floor, Hunter Wing, St Georges, University of London, SW17 0RE


Louca-Mai Brady is a Research Associate in the Centre for Public Engagement, part of the joint Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education at Kingston University and St George's, University of London. She works with the Faculty's Centre for Public Engagement and the Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South London to support public involvement in all stages of the research process, and to do research on health services and public involvement. She has a well established record in patient and public involvement, and in particular the involvement of children and young people in health and social care research.

Other recent projects include managing the qualitative phase of a mixed methods study exploring cultural influences on nursing staff attitudes towards people who self-harm and a study exploring the role of schools in supporting young people who self-harm, from the perspectives of teachers, young people and their families.

Louca-Mai has a background in applied social research and evaluation in the voluntary and public sector. Previous roles have included Senior Research Officer at the National Children's Bureau Research Centre, where she led the Centre's work in areas including disability and the involvement of children and young people in research
In 2017 she was awarded a PhD for a participative research study on 'embedding children and young people's participation in health services and research'. This research won the 'Patient Experience Transformer of Tomorrow' award at the 2017 Patient Experience Network National Awards.
Louca-Mai's prior experience in public involvement has included providing training and support to young researchers and advisors, as well as organisations and research studies who wish to involve children and young people in their work, and acting as a co-applicant and PPI lead in a clinical trial which involved young people with experience of drug and alcohol services. From 2007-2016 Louca-Mai was also an advisory member of INVOLVE, the National Institute for Health Research advisory group that supports public involvement in health, public health and social care research. In this role she contributed to the development of guidance on social media for public involvement and the involvement of children and young people in health and social care research. She is now an INVOLVE associate member and sits on their Children and Young People Working group.

Academic and professional qualifications

  • PhD, Rhetoric to reality: An inquiry into embedding young people's participation in health services and research, University of the West of England
  • MSc, Social Research, University of Bath
  • BA(Hons), Psychology and English Literature, Cardiff University

Professional experience

  • 2018 - present
    Associate and member of children and YP working group, NIHR INVOLVE
  • 2014 - present
     Founding and Editorial Board member, Research Involvement and Engagement
  • 2012 - present
    Independent research consultant and trainer,
  • 2017 - 2017
    Teaching Fellow, University College London, Department of Social Science
  • 2007 - 2016
    Advisory group member, NIHR INVOLVE
  • 2007 - 2011
    Senior Research Officer, National Children's Bureau Research Centre
  • 2006 - 2007
    Principal Research Adviser, Turning Point
  • 2002 - 2006
    Research Officer, Disability Rights Commission

Research interests

Research with children and young people; health and social care; disability; patient and public involvement; qualitative methods; participative research.


Number of items: 13.


Brady, Louca-Mai, Templeton, Lorna, Toner, Paul, Watson, Judith, Evans, David, Percy-Smith, Barry and Copello, Alex (2018) Involving young people in drug and alcohol research. Drugs and Alcohol Today, 18(1), pp. 28-38. ISSN (print) 1745-9265

Watson, Judith, Toner, Paul, Day, Ed, Back, Donna, Brady, Louca-Mai, Fairhurst, Caroline, Renwick, Charlotte, Templeton, Lorna, Akhtar, Shabana, Lloyd, Charlie, Li, Jinshuo, Cocks, Kim, Ambegaokar, Sangeeta, Parrott, Steve, McArdle, Paul, Gilvarry, Eilish and Copello, Alex (2017) Youth social behaviour and network therapy (Y-SBNT) : adaptation of a family and social network intervention for young people who misuse alcohol and drugs – a randomised controlled feasibility trial. Health Technology Assessment, 21(15), ISSN (print) 1366-5278

Watson, Judith, Back, Donna, Toner, Paul, Lloyd, Charlie, Day, Ed, Brady, Louca-Mai, Templeton, Lorna, Ambegaokar, Sangeeta, Parrott, Steve, Torgerson, David, Cocks, Kim, Gilvarry, Eilish, McArdle, Paul and Copello, Alex (2015) A randomised controlled feasibility trial of family and social network intervention for young people who misuse alcohol and drugs : study protocol (Y-SBNT). Pilot and Feasibility Studies, 1(8), ISSN (online) 2055-5784

Brady, Louca-Mai (2015) Involving children and young people in health and social care research : the need for a new perspective. BMJ Blogs : Archives of Disease in Childhood,

Oliver, Kathryn, Rees, Rebecca, Brady, Louca-Mai, Kavanagh, Josephine, Oliver, Sandy and Thomas, James (2014) Broadening public participation in systematic reviews : a case example involving young people in two configurative reviews. Research Synthesis Methods, 6(2), pp. 206-217. ISSN (print) 1759-2879

Staniszewska, Sophie, Adebajo, Ade, Barber, Rosemary, Beresford, Peter, Brady, Louca-Mai, Brett, Jo, Elliott, Jim, Evans, David, Haywood, Kirstie L., Jones, David, Mockford, Carole, Nettle, Mary, Rose, Diana and Williamson, Tracey (2011) Developing the evidence base of patient and public involvement in health and social care research : the case for measuring impact. International Journal Of Consumer Studies, 35(6), pp. 628-632. ISSN (print) 1470-6423

Book Section

Brady, Louca-Mai, Hathway, Felicity and Roberts, Emily (2018) A case study of children’s participation in health policy and practice. In: Beresford, Peter and Carr, Sarah, (eds.) Social policy first hand : an international introduction to participatory social welfare. Bristol, U.K. : Policy Press. pp. 62-73. ISBN 9781447332367

Brady, Louca-Mai, Shaw, Catherine, Blades, Rachel and Davey, Ciara (2012) Involving children and young people in research : principles into practice. In: Beresford, Peter and Sarah, Carr, (eds.) Social care, service users and user involvement. London, U.K. : Jessica Kingsley. pp. 226-242. (Research Highlights in Social Work, no. 55) ISBN 9781849050753

Brady, Louca-Mai, Davis, Ellie [Contributor], Ghosh, Amrita [Contributor], Surti, Bhavika [Contributor] and Wilson, Laura [Contributor] (2012) Involving young people in research : making an impact in public health. In: Barnes, Marian and Cotterell, Phil, (eds.) Critical perspectives on user involvement. Bristol, U.K. : Policy Press. pp. 159-168. ISBN 9781847427502

Conference or Workshop Item

Brady, Louca-Mai and Templeton, Lorna (2017) "We've walked the walk". Lessons from involving young people with experience of substance misuse services in a research study. In: NIHR INVOLVE Conference; 28 Nov 2017, London, U.K..


Brady, Louca-Mai and Preston, Jennifer (2017) Evaluating the extent and impact of young people's involvement in National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) studies : an assessment of feasibility. (Project Report) Edinburgh, U.K. : James Lind Initiative. 33 p.

Shaw, Catherine, Brady, Louca-Mai and Davey, Ciara (2011) Guidelines for research with children and young people. (Other) London, U.K. : NCB Research Centre.


Brady, Louca-Mai (2017) Rhetoric to reality : an inquiry into embedding young people's participation in health services and research. (PhD thesis), University of the West of England,

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