Cluster 3: Translational Pathways

Work Package 2 | Patient Involvement

Marissa Dockendorf
Merck Research Laboratories

Marissa is a Principal Scientist and Digital Health Portfolio Lead at Merck Research Laboratories.  She has participated in many crossfunctional drug development teams and provided pharmacokinetic and pharmacometric expertise and scientific oversight for a number of discovery, early, and late stage drug development programs across multiple therapeutic areas, with particular focus in the areas of cardiovascular disease, neuroscience, and ophthalmics.  She plays a critical role in innovation projects at Merck Research Laboratories aimed at transforming the way clinical trials are conducted, including use of emerging technologies and use of outpatient sampling in clinical trials.  Marissa received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and her M.S. in Biomedical Engineering and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida. 

Sara Simblett
King’s College London

Sara is a post-doctoral research associate in the psychology department at King’s College London. She facilitates patient involvement in the RADAR-CNS project. This includes the co-ordination of our patient advisory board. Her role also involves developing a better understanding of processes that improve engagement with mobile technologies in healthcare, using a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods.
Sara is a qualified clinical psychologist and has a PhD in neuropsychology. In her previous work she has researched the feasibility, acceptability and effectiveness of e-health interventions for treatment of mental health problems, including symptoms experienced by people with chronic physical health problems (such as acquired brain injury/stroke). She also has experience of evaluating the psychometric properties of measurement tools in psychology.


Sara has an interest in bringing her knowledge of clinical psychology and behavioural science to the field of e-health with the aim of better understanding the implementation of novel interventions and assessment resources, including remote measurement technology. An important part of this is applying a person-centred approach that focuses on the elements of care, support and treatment that matter most to the patient, their family and carers.

Work Package 9 | Clinical Pathways

Jenny Jamnadas-Khoda
University of Nottingham

Jenny Jamnadas-Khoda is a Research Fellow in the NIHR MindTech MedTech Co-operative, based in the Institute of Mental Health at the University of Nottingham, UK. She trained in health services research at ScHARR, University of Sheffield before embarking on clinical neuroscience training at UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, where she worked for four years in the field of epilepsy research. More recently, Jenny has worked at the Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham, on a wide range of applied health research projects. This included a fellowship at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden exploring cognitive accessibility and technological use when ageing.

Jenny has extensive experience working with patients, public, healthcare professionals and service providers, and was elected a trustee of the charity Epilepsy Action from 2012-2016. Within the RADAR-CNS project, Jenny will be involved in Work Package 9 Clinical Pathways, looking at healthcare professionals’ experience and perception of remote measuring technology in clinical practice. 

Michael Craven
University of Nottingham

Michael is Senior Research Fellow in the NIHR MindTech MedTech Co-operative, based in the Institute of Mental Health at the University of Nottingham, UK.
He has spent 30 years in research and teaching in the areas of healthcare technology assessment, electronic engineering and computer science.
Additionally he is a member of Faculty of Engineering Bioengineering research group, holds an honorary contract with Nottingham Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and is Health Economist in the Centre for Healthcare Equipment and Technology Adoption (CHEATA) based in the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.
In MindTech Mike contributes expertise in design and evaluation of digital health interventions and assistive technologies in mental health and dementia care. He has previously conducted health technology assessments and reviews for National Health Service organisation and industry and recently contributed to a British Standards Institute specification for quality in the development of mobile health apps (PAS 277). Details of publications and other grants are available via ORCID:

Jake Andrews
University of Nottingham

Jake is a Research Fellow based in MindTech at the University of Nottingham. Jake has a background in Health Services Research, with a particular interest in the use of technology to predict, prevent and postpone mental illness.

Previously, Jake worked as a Research Associate at the University of Sheffield, exploring the use of self-monitoring in primary care. Jake’s PhD, completed in 2018, involved considering the implementation of a machine learning approach for the prediction of depression and anxiety in healthcare services for older adults.

Work Package 10 | Regulation