Diane E. Pitt

Diane is an experienced Bioethicist, who trained in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Liverpool, graduating with an MSc in Ethics. She has taught Bioethics at postgraduate level for over ten years to health-service professionals, and works as a freelance Bioethicist. She undertook training as a nurse in the 1980s, maintaining a keen interest in practice-based ethics and the philosophy of medicine since those days. Her research interests lie in the nature of the physician-patient relationship for people with HIV; clinical diagnostics, with particular reference to missed and delayed diagnosis; ethical issues in research involving vulnerable populations; and patients’ experience and participation in clinical and public-health services.

At Keele University, she is a Member of the “Steering Group for Cultures, Communities and Connections in the HIV Sector: Linking Academics, HIV Advocates/Activists, Clinicians, and the Digital Humanities”, as part of the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s “Connected Communities Research Network” stream. She was also Ethics Advisor on the Community Advisory Board for the research-project HIV in Later Life (HALL) at Keele University. Her work with the Tuke Institute focuses on the ethics of patient-participation in clinical and public-health services’ design and delivery.






Luke Sleiter

Luke is studying for his Master of Public Health degree at the Global Institute of Public Health at New York University. He received his BA in Psychology at Wheaton College (Illinois) in 1998. He then pursued a personal interest in International Studies through two years of graduate courses at DePaul University in Chicago and traveled to Havana, Cuba for related research in the growing male commercial sex industry there. Since moving to New York, he has been working in the areas of HIV/AIDS, substance misuse, and homelessness. His most recent position was with the New York City LGBT Community Center as a substance use counselor in the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene STI/STD clinics. Upon graduating in May 2014, he hopes to use his MPH degree to work in the field of global mental health, with a particular focus on patient advocacy and the public mental health challenges faced in rapidly urbanizing areas of Low- and Middle-Income Countries.



Pooja Verma

Pooja Verma

Pooja is a clinician and scientist who completed her post-graduate training in clinical psychology at Delhi University, India, and then her MPhil in social medicine and community health from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. She has taught in Delhi university as an Associate Professor and worked with several hospitals, schools and non-governmental organisations as a counselling psychologist. Her research has looked at the psychosocial issues surrounding HIV/AIDS, depression and autism. Her interests lie in health-service systems, interdisciplinary approaches to health and health-inequalities, health-psychology, and human well-being.



Michaela Otis

Michaela is doing her MSc in health-psychology in London, and has a particular interest in chronic illnesses’ treatment, recovery, and management. Apart from her MSc and her internship as a Researcher at the Tuke Institute, she also works full-time as a therapist at an NHS Forensic Mental Health rehabilitation-unit, where she has been involved with research into treatment-effectiveness across national services. She intends to pursue a career in research in health psychology using a critical perspective. Her research-interests include illness-perceptions and the regulation of emotional communication, from the perspective of personal experience of chronic illness, in order to determine health-services’ effectiveness and inform policy-change.




Anna Westin


Anna Westin left the Tuke Institute in 2013 to continue her academic studies as a doctoral student in Bioethics and Philosophy at St. Mary’s University College, London, with a focus on ethical discourse surrounding just responsibility in human dignity and addictions. In 2011 she completed a Magister degree in Practical Philosophy at Gothenburg University in Sweden and finished an MA in Bioethics and Medical Law during her work here. Having studied in Sweden and Canada, Anna now lives in London, England where she is an active member of her student community at St. Mary’s.  While studying in Canada, Anna co-led an interdisciplinary forum on forced treatment of patients with Anorexia Nervosa at the Memorial University teaching hospital in St. John’s, Newfoundland. When she is not studying, Anna enjoys travelling, spending time outdoors and participating in music-related activities. Anna is currently involved in bioethical discourse and ethics and has previously co-authored an article on current trends in psychological practices in Newfoundland, Canada in the Canadian psychological journal, Psychopsis. Her work for the Tuke Institute focused on translational research and communications relevant to ethics and policy, specifically the ethics of rights and responsibilities in HIV, in which she did invaluable work on a politically difficult topic.


Michael Caley

Michael Caley graduated with a First-Class Honours Degree in Psychology from the University of Essex, and currently works as an Assistant Psychologist for City Psychology Group and for a management consultancy. With experience as a Research Assistant, Michael has led and been involved with a number of research projects in association with PhD students and academics, and intends to work towards gaining a doctorate himself in future. He is particularly interested in Mental Health in the Corporate World and Stress and Anxiety Management, and has experience with a People and Organisational Development Department. He has also worked as part of a small team helping to homeschool a severely autistic child, having contributed to an agreed programme of intervention using an integration of techniques, and has volunteered for an overnight crisis listening service at Essex University.

Michael has written a first-class dissertation on the mechanisms behind Cognitive Bias Modification, and has written a number of articles for online publication on a variety of health and psychology related topics (including social comparison in the workplace and stigma associated with psychological treatment). He has also gained experience in running statistics on mental health service use and in conducting literature reviews, and has a particular interest in Internet marketing.



Karen Foster

Karen holds an MSc in health-psychology and her career to date has consisted of non-clinical Health Management roles across a range of medical disciplines. Her experience covers both the public and private sectors and she has worked in Australia as well as the United Kingdom.

Karen’s specific areas of academic interest are eating behaviours and the implications for health and health services. In addition to this, she has always been interested in patient welfare and health outcomes. A career in the health sector highlighted a number of inadequacies in health care service position – including the lack of patient empowerment.

This strong overlap between areas of personal interest and the objectives of the Tuke Institute is what attracted Karen to the role. She is keen to gain experience of working in an established, well respected research context and to enhance her understanding of how to implement initiatives aimed at changing aspects of the current health care paradigm. Ultimately her objective is to work in a research or policy related research setting where there is the opportunity to make a difference.


Wenze Tang

Wenze Tang is currently an M.P.H. candidate in health policy at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. He has a B.A. in international relations from China Foreign Affairs University. Wenze is especially interested in sexuality studies and human rights related health issues, such as HIV/AIDS and health care quality and equity at systemic level. He has assisted professors in their researches on foodborne disease and HIV/AIDS issues in China. Wenze worked at World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) as a part-time consultant before joining the field of public health.


George Panaghi

Steffi Winter