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Louca-Mai Brady is a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Public Health and Community Care (CRIPACC), where she is developing a programme of work focused on children and young people's participation in health and social care research and services, including leading the Herts YPAG young people's research advisory group. 

Louca-Mai has a background in applied social research in academia and the voluntary and public sectors, and as a freelance research consultant, trainer and public involvement advisor. In addition to peer-reviewed journal articles, her publications include an edited book on young people’s participation in healthcare (Brady, 2020)’ and a toolkit to support young people-led research.


Patient Experience Network national awards 2018: Transformer of Tomorrow

Research interests

  • Research with children and young people
  • Public involvement and co-production
  • Children and young people's participation in health and care services, policy, evaluation and research
  • Qualitative and participative research
  • Inclusive approaches to involving children and young people who are marginalised or ‘less often heard’
  • PhD supervision

Teaching specialisms

  • Children's rights in healthcare and research
  • Research with children and young people: qualitative methods and ethics
  • Participative research approaches
  • Involving children and young people in research

Commercial and public engagement

Louca-Mai started her career working in social care and has been involved in public engagement and involvement since 2007. She has particular interests and expertise in supporting, and advising on, the involvement of children and young people in health, public health and social care research. Her work in this area includes:

Education/Academic qualification

Health research, PhD, Rhetoric to reality: embedding young people's participation in health services and research’, University of the West of England

1 Sept 201231 Aug 2016

Award Date: 17 Mar 2017

Social Research, MSc (distinction), The University of Bath

1 Sept 200130 Jun 2002

Award Date: 26 Jul 2002

Psychology & English Literature , BA (hons), 2:1, Cardiff University

1 Sept 199115 Jul 1994

Award Date: 29 Jul 1994


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