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Generation COVID UK project

Generation COVID UK

Project leads: Dr Staci Meredith Weiss (Psychology) and Caroline Walker (Pathology)

Funding round: 2021–2022

Generation COVID UK evolved from a collaboration between the community of pregnant parents who gave birth amidst COVID-19, a photojournalist and expectant father and an evolving consortium of pregnancy and developmental neuroscience researchers at University of Cambridge, who shifted their focus to surveying pandemic-related disruption, disparities and the diversity of experiences parents and parents-to-be. Our projects are documenting the consequences that stem from the hardship, courage, and resilience that families have shown in the face of adversity. We intend to amplify the voices of the “generation COVID” families and allied health care workers and endeavour to ensure the research data generated by them echoes to inform policy and healthcare in the future.



Generation COVID UK: perinatal transitions
30 March 2022

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Pregnant in a pandemic: in conversation with generation COVID
31 March 2022

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Generation COVID collaborative

Dr Sarah Lloyd Fox (Co-organiser, UKRI Fellow CoCoPIP)
Sarah began in 2019 as a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow at the University of Cambridge, directing the Perinatal Imaging Partnership with Families and BRIGHT.




Dr James Clifford Kent (Co-organiser, Pregnant in a Pandemic, Photographer)

James is Senior Lecturer in Visual Cultures in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Royal Holloway, University of London.




Staci Meredith Weiss (Co-organiser, Research Lead CoCoPIP)
Staci is a postdoctoral research associate in the PIPkin (Perinatal Imaging Project: in partnership with families) longitudinal study of variability within and between infants in social, sensory and cognitive development.




Dr Karolina Kuberska (Co-organiser, Remote Antenatal Care Quality, THIS Institute)
The core of Karolina’s research interests and expertise falls within the scope of medical anthropology, with a specific focus on understandings of health, wellbeing, and healthcare.




Caroline Walker (Biomedical Visualisation)
Caroline is a a PhD candidate in the Department of Pathology. Her research focuses on creating digital tools (animations and illustrations) to improve Women’s health and raise awareness about HPV and cervical cancer.




Dr Lisa Hinton (Collaborator, Remote Antenatal Care Quality, THIS Institute)
Lisa is a senior social scientist at THIS Institute (for healthcare improvement studies) in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care working to lead a programme of work using applied social science research to understand patient and staff experiences and improve care.




Dr Nayra Martin Key (Collaborator, Digital Assessment of Perinatal Mental Health, Cambridge Centre for Neuropsychiatric Research)
Nayra obtained PhD in Psychology at the University of Southampton, where she focused on using eye-tracking methods to investigate the mechanisms underlying the emotion recognition and empathy deficits exhibited by adolescents with Conduct Disorder.



Benedetta Spadaro (Collaborator, Digital Assessment of Perinatal Mental Health, Cambridge Centre for Neuropsychiatric Research)
Benedetta’s research interest involves designing evidence-based digital tools that can aid triage and treatment of psychological conditions.