Scientific Committee

Chair of the Scientific Committee

Professor Nick Sevdalis

Nick Sevdalis   is a psychologist, professor of Implementation Science and Patient Safety and director of the Centre for Implementation Science at King’s College London. Nick also serves as an associate editor of Implementation Science.  Prior to this appointment, Nick was a reader in patient safety and deputy chair of the Imperial Patient Safety Translational Research Centre of Imperial College London. He also served as a board member of the Association for Surgical Education (USA). 

Nick’s research focuses on developing, evaluating and implementing team-based interventions for the improvement of the safety and quality of in-hospital care. Interventions developed by Nick and his research team include team- and safety-skills training; team-enhancement interventions (e.g., ‘huddles’); and safety checklists. Nick is interested in understanding the barriers, drivers and context of uptake of innovative patient safety and quality improvement interventions and programmes. Nick’s research has been disseminated in over 340 publications and over 100 invited lectures to date.

Dr Brian S. Mittman

Brian S. Mittman, PhD is a Senior Scientist at the Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research and Evaluation with additional affiliations at the University of Southern California (USC) and University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), where he co-leads the UCLA Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Implementation and Improvement Science Initiative.  He previously served as a Visiting Professor in the UCLA School of Public Health and Anderson Graduate School of Management.

Dr. Mittman convened the planning committee that launched the journal Implementation Science and served as co-editor in chief from 2005-2012.  He was a founding member of the US Institute of Medicine Forum on the Science of Quality Improvement and Implementation and chaired the National Institutes of Health (NIH) peer review panel on Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health in 2007 and 2010.  He directed VA’s Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) from 2002-2004.  He currently serves on the Methodology Committee for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), where he leads the Methodology Committee initiative to develop and disseminate methods standards for studying complex health interventions.  He is a member of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NIH) Board of External Experts, the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Advisory Panel on Research, and advisory boards for several additional U.S. and international research programs in implementation science.  He is a past member of the AcademyHealth Methods Council and Education Council.  He has led or supported numerous implementation and improvement science studies and has taught implementation science throughout the US and abroad. 

Rachel Allen

Rachel Allen

Rachel Allen is Head of the Graduate School for St George’s, University of London and the capacity building lead for the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration South London. Rachel’s research focuses on MHC class I proteins and the regulation of immune activity by innate immune receptors. Her education portfolio is centred on postgraduate education and research capacity building for researchers, non-researchers and academics in training.

Rachel joined St George’s in 2007 to specialise in the field of innate immune receptors and their ability to amplify or inhibit immune activity in disease. Prior to this, she obtained her D.Phil in Immunology from the University of Oxford, studying HLA B27 – a protein which predisposes some people to inflammatory arthritis. This work led to a post-doctoral position in Cambridge University, where she was subsequently awarded a Beit Memorial Fellowship to study the recognition of HLA B27 by innate immune receptors. She is a member of the MS Society Research Strategy Committee, The MRC London Intercollegiate Doctoral Training Partnership Board and the UCL, Bloomsbury and East London Doctoral Training Partnership Stakeholder Group.

Professor Annette Boaz

Annette Boaz is professor of Health Care Research at St George’s University of London and Kingston University and leads the Implementation and Improvement Research Group. 

She has more than 25 years of experience in supporting the use of evidence across a range of policy domains.  She was part of one of the largest UK investments in the evidence use landscape, the ESRC Centre for Evidence Based Policy and Practice and has undertaken an international leadership role in promoting the use of evidence. She is a Founding Editor of the first international journal in the field and has recently published a new book on evidence use ‘What Works Now’.  She has a particular interest in quality improvement, patient involvement and implementation science. Annette is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a member of the WHO European Advisory Committee on Health Research. She is currently working in the UK Government Office for Science supporting academic engagement with government research priorities. 

Dr Rachel Davis

Rachel Davis joined King’s College London in 2015 and is a Senior Research Fellow working within the Centre for Implementation Science (CIS). Previously, Rachel worked as a lecturer and led the MSc Implementation and Improvement Science launched by the CLAHRC South London in 2016 and hosted by King’s College London. Her research interests fall within the realms of implementation science, behaviour change and patient safety. Rachel is a health psychologist, and holds a BSc in Psychology, MSc in Health Psychology, Stage Two Training in Health Psychology (equivalent to the professional doctorate) and a PhD. Previous academic posts include senior research positions at Imperial College London in the Department of Surgery and Cancer and University College London in the Clinical Education and Health Psychology Department. Rachel has also worked in the private sector for a healthcare consultancy, as a clinical strategist, using health psychology theory to develop patient-focused self-management interventions for patients with a range of acute, chronic and terminal conditions.

Dr Geoffrey M. Curran

Geoff Curran  is a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Psychiatry at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). His broad research area has been health services research, with focus areas in 1) diffusion of innovation in a variety of health care settings (e.g., pharmacy, specialty care, primary care, and community settings); and 2) predictors of treatment engagement and outcomes for mental health and substance use disorders.  Dr. Curran is a medical sociologist.  For the past 20 years he has been continually funded by the National Institutes of Health (US), the US Department of Veterans Affairs, and other funders to develop and test a range of implementation strategies designed to support the uptake and sustainment of evidence-based practices.  Dr. Curran also has written widely on research design and methodology in implementation science.  He is the Director of the Center for Implementation Research, which is supported by the Translational Research Institute (TRI, UL1 TR003107), through the US National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the US National Institutes of Health (US NIH).  The Center is devoted to developing and testing implementation strategies across a wide range of service contexts, assisting with the implementation of practices within community practices, and training the next generation of implementation scientists.

Professor Jane Sandall CBE

Jane Sandall is professor of social science and women’s health at King’s College London. She is a an NIHR Senior Investigator, with a clinical background in nursing, health visiting and midwifery and an academic background in social science. Jane leads the maternal health policy, systems and implementation research group in the Department of Women and Children’s Health, Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, King’s College London.  She also leads the maternity and perinatal women’s health theme in NIHR ARC South London and contributes as academic faculty in the Centre for Implementation Science. Her research draws on the clinical and social sciences and focuses on issues of quality and safety. Key themes are: i) the impact of maternal health policy at a health system and service-delivery level, and on health outcomes and users’ experiences, and ii) the social and organisational implications of the translation of innovative health technologies into health care to improve safety. Her research has been funded by the ESRC, MRC, Wellcome, NIHR, Gates, and a range of charitable sources. For example: the organisation and outcome of birth in different settings, efficient use of the maternity workforce and the implications for safety & quality in maternity care, implementation of rapid response systems in the management of escalation of care in acute medical and maternity settings.

Her contribution to implementation research involves trials of complex interventions. For example, conducting implementation evaluations in behavioural interventions in pregnant women who are obese, CRADLE, a stepped wedge trial of an automated device used by frontline health workers to detect shock and hypertension in low income countries, step wedge trial of implementation of a programme to detect fetal growth restriction. Leading a pilot effectiveness-implementation trial looking at feasibility and mechanisms of midwife continuity of care pathway for women at higher risk of pre-term birth, and the implementation of telemedicine in Intensive Care. Jane and her team’s research findings have informed the UK government commission on Nursing and Midwifery, House of Commons Health Committee on Inequalities, English, Scottish, US, Brazilian, Irish and Australian reviews of maternity services and WHO. She currently sits on the UK NICE implementation strategy group.