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Wolfson Institute of Population Health

Imogen Hensler


Research Assistant



I am a biosocial, mixed method researcher with experience in conducting research principally in social science and specifically in interdisciplinary biosocial anthropology and psychiatry, which focuses on health and well-being outcomes due to the intersections of society. I completed my BSc Anthropology and MRes Anthropology at UCL which nurtured my interest of academia and research with the aim to improve outcomes for populations through policy implementation. I have focused on experience with young people and continued my professional development of adolescent mental health and data analysis by working alongside young people in casual and research faculties.

I am part of the Adolescent Sociality Across Cultures research group ( which is funded by the ESRC and AHRC. I have also worked as a researcher at a state secondary school in Surrey to design, lead and deliver a ‘Body Positivity’ and an ‘LGBTQ+: School Climate and Feelings of Safety’ project in order to understand and influence change through data driven results in response to a nationwide Ofsted report on sexual abuse in schools. Prior to this, I conducted a research project titled ‘Concepts of Femininity as the Potential Determinant of Low Well-being Among UK Girls: An Online Focus Group Study’ which is being submitted for publication. I am also a co-author of a review paper ‘Adolescence in Evolutionary Social Sciences: Systematic Scoping Review’.


I currently work as a Research Assistant at the Centre for Psychiatry and Mental Health, Youth Resilience Unit on the DEER study. This is a Barts Charity-funded longitudinal cohort study, seeking to understanding emotional resilience in young children aged 7 to 10 in East London, and how they use personal, social, and community resources to overcome mental distress. 


Research Interests:

I am passionate in mixed method projects predominantly in social sciences that explore mental health outcomes, inequality and inequity which aim to improve outcomes for populations through policy implementation. I am specifically interested in mental health, sociological mechanisms in health, adolescent and childhood development, gender, self-concept, sexual and romantic well-being, participatory methods, research dissemination and policy. 

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