Lydia holds a BSc (Honours) in Psychology from the University of Bath, an MSc in Health Psychology from King's College London, and a PhD in Psychobiology (supervised by Professor Andrew Steptoe) from UCL.
Lydia joined the School of Psychology at the University of Surrey as a Senior Lecturer in 2022. Prior to joining she worked at UCL on a variety of research projects, with funders including the British Heart Foundation, ESRC, and NIHR. In 2016 she was awarded a fellowship by the ESRC under the Future Leader's scheme to investigate the biosocial mechanisms linking depression with long term conditions such as coronary heart disease, diabetes, cancer and arthritis. This fellowship enabled Lydia to develop expertise in mixed methods research, including epidemiological methods and qualitative interview studies. More recently she has been involved in an NIHR funded project (Principal Investigator: Professor Amitava Banerjee) to examine ethnic inequalities in digital healthcare, particularly among the South Asian diaspora.
Her research interests include the intersection between mental and physical health, psychobiology, health inequalities, and mixed methods research.
She holds an honorary research fellow position with UCL's Institute of Health Informatics.
In the media
Poole, L., Ramasawmy, M., Banerjee, A. (2021). ‘Digital first’ during the COVID-19 pandemic: does ethnicity matter? The Lancet Public Health, 6(9), e628-e630. https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpub/article/PIIS2468-2667(21)00186-9/fulltext