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Dr Paulina Szymczynska


Research Advisor for RDS

Telephone: 020 7882 2518


Paulina is a research psychologist with an MA in Psychology and Management Studies from University of Glasgow. She has recently completed her PhD at QMUL investigating retention of patients with schizophrenia in clinical trials. She has experience of undertaking both quantitative and qualitative research in mental health, with particular interest in public and patient involvement and trial methodology. She has developed and delivered courses on critical appraisal and research methods for health and social care professionals and peer researchers.



Szymczynska, P., Walsh S., Greenberg, L., Priebe, S. (2017) Attrition in trials evaluating complex interventions for schizophrenia: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 90, 67-77. 

Nyman, S. and Szymczynska, P. (2016) Meaningful activities for improving the wellbeing of people with dementia: Beyond mere pleasure to meeting fundamental psychological needs. Perspectives in Public Health, 136(2): 99-107.

Stevenson, F., Hamilton, S., Pinfold, V., Walker, C., Dare, C., Kaur, H., Lambley, R., Szymczynska, P., Nicholls, V., Petersen, I. (2016) Decisions about the use of psychotropic medication during pregnancy: a qualitative study. BMJ Open, 6: e010130.  

Hamilton S, Tew, J., Szymczynska, P., Clewett, N., Manthorpe, J., Larsen, J., Pinfold, V. (2015) Power, choice and control: how do personal budgets affect the experiences of people with mental health problems and their relationships with social workers and other practitioners? British Journal of Social Work, 46(3): 719-736.

Hamilton, S., Szymczynska, P., Clewett, N., Manthorpe, J., Tew, J., Larsen, J., Pinfold, V. (2015) The role of family carers in the use of personal budgets by people with mental health problems. Health and Social Care in the Community, 25(1), 158-166.

Pinfold, V., Szymczynska, P., Hamilton, S., Peacocke, R., Dean, S., Clewett, N., Manthorpe, J., Larsen, J. (2015) Co-production in mental health research: reflections from the People Study. Mental Health Review Journal, 20(4), 220-231.

Tew, J., Larsen, J., Hamilton, S., Manthorpe, J., Clewett, N., Pinfold, V., Szymczynska, P. (2015) ‘And the stuff that I’m able to achieve now is really amazing’: the potential of personal budgets as a mechanism for supporting recovery in mental health. British Journal of Social Work, 45(suppl 1): i79-i97.

Clewett, N., Hamilton, S., Szymczynska, P., Manthorpe, M., Larsen, J., Tew, J., Pinfold, V. (2014/15) How can the benefits of personal budgets for people with mental illness be sustained after the payments stop? Research, Policy and Practice, 31(2), 105-126.

Hamilton, S., Manthorpe, J., Szymczynska, P., Clewett, N., Larsen, J., Pinfold, V., Tew, J. (2015) Implementing personalization in integrated mental health teams in England. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 14, 1-6.  

Larsen, J., Tew, J., Hamilton, S., Manthorpe, J., Pinfold, V., Szymczynska, P., Clewett, N. (2015) Outcomes from personal budgets in mental health: service users’ experiences in three English local authorities. Journal of Mental Health,  24(4), 219-224.

Innes, A., Szymczynska, P., Stark, C. (2014) Dementia diagnosis and post-diagnostic support in Scottish rural communities: experiences of people with dementia and their families. Dementia: The international journal of social research and practice, 13(2), 233-247.

Larsen, J., Ainsworth, E., Harrop, C., Patterson, S., Hamilton, S., Szymczynska, P., Tew, J., Manthorpe, J., and Pinfold, V. (2013) Implementing personalisation for people with mental health problems: a comparative case study of four local authorities in England. Journal of Mental Health, 22(2), 174-182.

Stark, C., Innes, A., Szymczynska, P. (2013) A Dementia Knowledge Transfer Partnership Project in a Rural Area. Remote and Rural Health Journal, 13, 2060.

Szymczynska, P., Innes A., Stark C. (2012) Diagnosing dementia in the Scottish Highlands: best practice. Journal of Dementia Care, 20(2), 37-39

Szymczynska P., Innes A., Mason A., Stark, C. (2011) A review of diagnostic process and post-diagnostic support for people with dementia in rural areas. Journal of Primary Care and Community Health, 2(4), 262-276.

Szymczynska P. & Innes A. (2011) Evaluation of a dementia training workshop for health and social care staff in Rural Scotland. Remote and Rural Health Journal, 11, 1611.

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