Dr Sarah White is a medical statistician working primarily in the field of mental health.
Her particular research interests include the use of the electronic patient record (EPR) for mental health services research and using innovative statistical methods to understand the mechanism of complex interventions.
Dr White works with a range of researchers and clinicians working within mental health and psychiatry. Her main areas of focus include the effectiveness of Individual Placement Support, continuity of care for service users receiving care in secondary mental health services, social inclusion and engagement in mental health, models of service delivery, peer support and mentoring interventions, offender care, and quality of care.
Dr White has been an integral member of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and European Commission funded research teams, bringing her broad range of research methodology and statistical analysis skills to address complex research questions.
Along with collaborators in the Division of Psychiatry at University College London, she has developed and validated QuIRC (Quality Indicator of Rehabilitative Care), an online tool to measure the quality of care delivered by longer term rehabilitative units. This work has continued with QuEST, where QuIRC has been adapted for use by facilities offering supported housing for people with mental health problems.
She is a regular peer reviewer for NIHR research programmes and a statistical reviewer for Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology.
Dr White has worked at St George's since April 2001, working with psychiatry and mental health researchers. In 2010 she was awarded her PhD in Medical Statistics which was entitled ‘Examining alternative methodologies for the analysis of multi-site randomised controlled trials of complex interventions’.
After starting at St George's in 2001 as a Research Assistant, she was promoted to Research Fellow in 2008 and Senior Lecturer in 2016. Prior to 2001 she worked as Medical Statistician at University Hospital Aintree, Liverpool from 1998, after two years as a Research Assistant in the Department of Statistics, University of Liverpool.
White, S., Dominise, C., Naik, D. and Killaspy, H., 2016. The reliability of the Personal and Social Performance scale–informing its training and use. Psychiatry Research, 243, pp.312-317.
Firn, M., White, S.J., Hubbeling, D. and Jones, B., 2016. The replacement of assertive outreach services by reinforcing local community teams: a four-year observational study. Journal of Mental Health, pp.1-6.
Mezey, G., Youngman, H., Kretzschmar, I. and White, S., 2016. Stigma and discrimination in mentally disordered offender patients–a comparison with a non-forensic population. The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology, pp.1-13.
Killaspy, H., Cardoso, G., White, S., Wright, C., de Almeida, J.M.C., Turton, P., Taylor, T.L., Schützwohl, M., Schuster, M., Cervilla, J.A. and Brangier, P., 2016. Quality of care and its determinants in longer term mental health facilities across Europe; a cross-sectional analysis. BMC psychiatry, 16(1), p.1.
Killaspy, H., White, S., Dowling, S., Krotofil, J., McPherson, P., Sandhu, S., Arbuthnott, M., Curtis, S., Leavey, G., Priebe, S. and Shepherd, G., 2016. Adaptation of the Quality Indicator for Rehabilitative Care (QuIRC) for use in mental health supported accommodation services (QuIRC-SA). BMC psychiatry, 16(1), p.1.
Killaspy H, White S, Wright C, Taylor TL, Turton P, Kallert T, et al. Quality of longer term mental health facilities in Europe: validation of the quality indicator for rehabilitative care against service users’ views. PLoS One. 2012;7(6):e38070.
T. Burns, J. Catty, S. White, S. Clement, G. Ellis, I. R. Jones, P. Lissouba, S. McLaren, D. Rose and T. Wykes. Continuity of care in mental health: understanding and measuring a complex phenomenon. Psychological Medicine, (2009), 39:313-323.
Burns T, Catty J, Becker T, Drake RE, Fioritti A, Knapp M, Lauber C, Rössler W, Tomov T, van Busschbach J, White S, Wiersma D for the EQOLISE Group. The Effectiveness of Supported Employment for People with Severe Mental Illness: a randomised controlled trial in six European countries. The Lancet 2007; 370: 1146–52
For full list of publications, see Dr White's Google Scholar profile.
Professor Helen Killaspy (UCL)
Professor Michael King (UCL)
Professor Stefan Priebe (Queen Mary, University of London)
Professor Tom Burns (Oxford University)
Professor Alan Simpson (City University London)
Dr Brynmor Lloyd-Evans (UCL)
Professor Martin Knapp (LSE)
Dr Barbara Barrett (King's College London)
Professor Mike Lucock (Hull)
Professor Gregory McHugo (Dartmouth Medical School, USA)
Mr Mike Firn (South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust)
Ms Ruth Allen (South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust)
Mr Miles Rinaldi (South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust)
Pragmatic Clinical Trials Unit (Queen Mary, University of London)
What factors predict outcome in children and adolescents with anorexia nervosa? (PPP Healthcare Medical Trust Co-applicant) March 2002-July 2005.
Measuring Outcomes for Carers for People with Mental Health Problems (NIHR SDO Co-applicant) January-July 2003.
Continuity of Care for people with non-psychotic mental health problems: an extension of the ECHO study. (NIHR SDO Co-applicant) April 2005-December 2006.
Transition from CAMHS to Adult Mental Health Services (TRACK): A Study of Service Organisation, Policies, Process and User and Carer Perspective (NIHR SDO Co-applicant). March 2006-May 2008.
Understanding the facilitators and barriers of implementing self care in Mental Health Trusts (NIHR SDO Co-applicant): March 2007-February 2009.
Validation of the Mental Health Recovery Star (Camden & Islington Mental Health NHS Trust Co-applicant) September 2010-August 2011.
Developing and piloting a peer mentoring intervention to reduce teenage pregnancy in looked after children and care leavers (NIHR HTA Co-applicant) March 2011-August 2013.
Identifying the factors that affect the implementation of strategies to promote a safer environment for patients who have learning disabilities (LD) in NHS hospitals. (NIHR SDO Co-applicant) July 2011–Mar 2013.
Social inclusion in individuals with Severe Mental Health problems; validation of a measure of social inclusion (NIHR SSCR Co-applicant) August 2015-July 2017.
Enhanced discharge from inpatient to community mental health care (ENRICH): a programme of applied research to manualise, pilot and trial a Peer Worker intervention (NIHR PGAR Co-applicant) March 2015-February 2020.
Dr White has a range of teaching roles, including module leader for two postgraduate core 15 credit modules, Research Methods and Critical Appraisal. She is also module leader for one BSc Biomedical Sciences 45 credit module, Psychiatry Research Project.
Dr White delivers lectures and tutorials for the postgraduate modules. She also regularly supervises students undertaking BSc, MSc and MRes research projects.