Meet the BRIDGE trial team

Dr Ruchika Gajwani

Principal Investigator

Ruchika is an academic clinical psychologist, and works as a psychologist in the NHS. She is on route to completing her training as a Cognitive Analytic Therapist (CAT). With a passion for travelling, Ruchika has Found home in Glasgow, embracing all things Scottish (including the weather!).

Kirsty McAllister

PhD Student

Kirsty is a first year PhD student whose interests include borderline personality disorder and health economics. She is also a mental health first aider. Along with a passion for reading, Kirsty enjoys drinking bubble tea and watching Harry Potter!

Dr Fiona Sim

Trial Manager

Fiona is Post-Doctoral Researcher with interests in early childhood, parenting and neurodevelopmental disorders. Fiona lives in Stirling with her husband, two children and four chickens and loves nothing more than sitting in the midst of this chaos with a gin & tonic in hand!

Irene O’Neill

I have worked with the team for over 30 years and have built up a wealth of experience as a result of assisting members of the team with various projects/trails. I provide administrative support, organise conferences, workshops, and support collaborations locally and internationally.

Christina McMellon

Christina McMellon used to be a youth worker and is now a researcher who passionately believes that research about young people is better if it is creative, inclusive of the views and ideas of young people. In the pre-Covid world Christina enjoyed travelling and hearing people’s stories from across the world; during lockdown, her puppy Cù has been introducing her to new people.

Ben Brandrett

Ben is a trainee clinical psychologist with a special interest in early intervention and child and adolescent mental health. Some of Ben’s favorite things are; Lucy (his husky), sour beers, making fancy dishes (Chef’s Table inspired), pub trivia, and eating lots of guacamole.

Kyle Dutton

Kyle is a trainee clinical psychologist with a special interest in the impact of complex trauma. Kyle left his native country Canada with the intention to ‘Get Out Of The Cold’. Naturally, he moved to Scotland, only to find out… it's equally as cold!


Richard Ross CBE


Ann Berger

Chief Executive

Jan Tymoteusz Szczuka