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Charlotte Clark BSc PhD CPsychol FHEA FACE
Reader in Environmental and Mental Health Epidemiology

I am an environmental psychologist and epidemiologist whose research examines noise effects on physical and mental health, as well as lifecourse predictors of common mental disorders and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Biography

I obtained my degree in Psychology from the University of Surrey in 1997, which included a year’s work placement at the Building Research Establishment, Department of Environment. I then completed a PhD in Psychology at the University of Surrey in 2001, and subsequently worked at Surrey as a Research Fellow. I came to QMUL in 2002 to work with Professor Stephen Stansfeld on the RANCH project. In July 2005 I was made a Lecturer under an RCUK Academic Fellowship; became a Senior Lecturer in November 2009; and a Reader in October 2013. In 2012 I obtained Chartered Psychologist status from the British Psychological Society and in 2013 I became a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology.

On-going research projects include:

  • ORiEL study: Evaluating the impact of urban regeneration and the Olympics on health and health inequalities in adolescents and their parents (NIHR).
  • Analyses of the DEFRA 2012 National Noise Attitude Survey (DEFRA).
  • Pilot study of a randomised trial of a guided e-learning health promotion intervention based on management standards for the improvement of employee wellbeing and reduction of sickness absence (NIHR).
  • European Network on Noise & Health (EU, Framework 7).
  • Uncertain Futures: Managing Late Career Transitions and Extended Working Life (ESRC).

Previous research projects include:

  • RANCH – Road traffic and Aircraft Noise exposure and children’s Cognition & Health (EU, DEFRA, ESRC).
  • Occupation, psychosocial work environment and mental health in England: secondary analysis of the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey 2007 (HSE/DWP).
  • RELACHS – Research with East London Adolescents: Community Health Survey.
  • Lifecourse risk markers for mid-life common mental disorders in the 1958 cohort (MRC).
  • Risk markers and preventive factors for chronic fatigue and irritable bowel syndromes in the 1958 cohort (MRC).

Key Publications

  1. Clark, C., Head, J., Stansfeld, S.A. (2013). Longitudinal effects of aircraft noise exposure on children's health and cognition: a six year follow-up of the UK RANCH cohort. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 35, 1-9.
  2. Clark, C., Crombie, R., Head, J., van Kamp, I., van Kempen, E., & Stansfeld, S.A. (2012). Does traffic-related air pollution explain associations of aircraft and road traffic noise exposure on children’s health and cognition? A secondary analysis of the UK sample from the RANCH project. American Journal of Epidemiology, 176, 327-337.
  3. Goodwin, L., White, P.D., Hotopf, M., Stansfeld, S.A. & Clark, C. (2013). Life course study of the etiology of self-reported Irritable Bowel Syndrome in the 1958 British birth cohort. Psychosomatic Medicine, 75, 202-10.
  4. Clark, C., Pike, C., McManus, S., Harris, J., Bebbington, P., Brugha, T., Jenkins, R., Meltzer, H., Weich, S., & Stansfeld, S. (2012). The contribution of work and non-work stressors to common mental disorders in the 2007 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey. Psychological Medicine, 42, 829-842.
  5. Smith, N.R., Clark, C., Fahy, A.E., Tharmaratnam, V., Lewis, D.J., Thompson, C., Renton, A., Moore, D.G., Bhui, K.S., Taylor, S.J., Eldridge, S., Petticrew, M., Greenhalgh, T., Stansfeld, S.A., & Cummins, S. (2012). The Olympic Regeneration in East London (ORiEL) study: protocol for a prospective controlled quasi-experiment to evaluate the impact of urban regeneration on young people and their families. BMJ Open, 29: 2(4). 
  6. Clark, C., Goodwin, L., Stansfeld, S.A., Hotopf, M., & White, P.D. (2011). Premorbid risk markers for chronic fatigue syndrome in the 1958 British birth cohort. British Journal of Psychiatry, 199, 323-329.
  7. Clark, C., Caldwell, T., Power, C., & Stansfeld, S.A. (2010). Does the influence of childhood adversity on psychopathology persist across the lifecourse? A 45-year prospective epidemiologic study. Annals of Epidemiology, 20, 385-394.
  8. Clark, C., Rodgers, B., Caldwell, T., Power, C., & Stansfeld, S. (2007). Childhood and adulthood psychological ill health as predictors of midlife affective and anxiety disorders: the 1958 British Birth Cohort. Archives of General Psychiatry, 64, 668-678.
  9. Clark, C., Martin, R., van Kempen, E., Alfred, T., Head, J., Davies, H.W., Haines, M.M., Barrio, I.L., Matheson, M., & Stansfeld, S.A. (2006). Exposure-effect relations between aircraft and road traffic noise exposure at school and reading comprehension - The RANCH project. American Journal of Epidemiology, 163, 27-37.
  10. Stansfeld, S.A., Berglund, B., Clark, C., Lopez-Barrio, I., Fischer, P., Ohrstrom, E., Haines, M.M., Head, J., Hygge, S., van Kamp, I., & Berry, B.F. (2005). Aircraft and road traffic noise and children's cognition and health: a cross-national study. Lancet, 365, 1942-1949.

Teaching

  • Course Director ‘Abnormal and Clinical Psychology’ Module, BSc Psychology.
  • PBL tutor MBBS Yr 1 & 2.
  • Selected Study Components tutor Yr 2 & 4 MBBS.
  • Lecturer, Human Sciences & Public Health Module for MBBS & GEP MBBS.

PhD Students

  • Amanda Fahy – Social media and adolescent well-being.
  • Vanathi Tharmaratanam – Neighbourhood deprivation, perceptions and adolescent well-being.

Further Information

  • Member of the Airports Commission’s External Advisory Panel.
  • Co-director of the European Network on Noise and Health (ENNAH)
  • Chair of Team 4 ‘Effects of Noise on Performance’ for the International Commission of the Biological Effects of Noise (ICBEN) from 2003-2011.
 
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