Early Career Network

The UKSBM Early Career Network (ECN) is an initiative to facilitate the development and promotion of research opportunities, mentoring and training for students and early career members in the UK who have an interest in behavioural medicine. We are affiliated with INSPIRE, the early career network of the International Society of Behavioural Medicine.

We run early career member events at the national UKSBM Annual Scientific Meeting, and a number of social and networking events to foster conversation between early career members and with leaders in the field of behavioural medicine. We organise online events for research dissemination, and jointly host webinars with ISBNPA and ISPAH. We also feature regular updates in the UKSBM newsletter and have an active profile on Twitter.

We greatly welcome any input, ideas or offers to get involved and help us evolve so feel free to get in touch. To join the ECN, UKSBM members can opt-in to our mailing list and follow us on Twitter to hear about the latest events and activities. For any enquiries, email ECN Chair Sofia Strommer: ss3@mrc.soton.ac.uk

Committee Members

Dr Sofia Strommer, Chair

Chartered Psychologist & Lecturer in Behavioural Science

NIHR Southampton Biomedical Research Centre, MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton, Southampton General Hospital


Dr Grace McCutchan, (mat leave) Communications Officer (social media)

Chartered Health Psychologist & Research Associate

Division of Population Medicine, School of Medicine, Cardiff University


Dr Mei Yee Tang, General Secretary

Research Associate

NIHR Behavioural Science Policy Research Unit, Population Health Sciences, Newcastle University


Ilaria Pina

Ilaria Pina, Membership Secretary

PhD Student

Department of Psychology, University of Stirling


Dr Nia Coupe, Communications Officer (social media)

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Appetite & Obesity Research Group, University of Liverpool


Dr Chris Keyworth, Past Chair

Research Fellow

Manchester Centre for Health Psychology, University of Manchester


Kiu Sum

Kiu Sum, Communications Officer

Doctoral Student

Life Sciences, University of Westminster


Jessica Leather

Jessica Leather, Events Officer

PhD Fellow

Greater Manchester Patient Safety Translational Research Centre, University of Manchester


Martin Lamb

Dr Martin Lamb, Events Officer


Sheffield Hallam University


UKSBM ECN alumni

Ben Ainsworth, University of Bath

Emma Brown, Leeds Beckett University

Mandeep Sekhon, King’s College London

Ellinor Olander, City University of London

Gareth Hollands, Cambridge University

Kieran Ayling, University of Nottingham

Claire Easthall, University of Leeds

Anna Chisholm, University of Liverpool

Ruth Baxter, University of Leeds

Abigail Albutt, University of Leeds

Laura Lamming, University of Bradford

Rachel Carey, University College London

Emma Davies, Oxford Brooks University

Jake Crawshaw, King’s College London

Emma Norris, University College London

Ainslea Cross, University of Derby