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 Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Kingston University and St George's, University of London.

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'.

Louca-Mai 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. This 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.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. She is now an associate member.

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

  • 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.