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The COVID-Minds Network is led by an international group of scientists and mental health professionals.


Founder of the COVID-Minds Network and Associate Professor of Psychobiology and Epidemiology

Dr Daisy Fancourt

University College London

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Dr Nils


World Health Organisation


Professor Kathleen Merikangas

National Institute of Mental  Health

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Dr Catherine Sebastian

Wellcome Trust

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Professor Matthew Hotopf

King's College London


Professor Naja Hulvej Rod

University of Copenhagen

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Grace Gatera Uwineza

Lived Experience Expert

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  • Support the establishment of high-quality longitudinal studies to explore the effects of the pandemic on mental health.

  • Enable international collaboration to enhance our understanding of differences in the mental health effects of COVID-19 across countries and cultures.

  • Catalogue and disseminate findings.


Patient and public involvement

Policy and third sector support

Open science and access

 Encouraging researchers to involve people with lived experience of mental health challenges in the design and running of studies.

Sharing protocols, data, and findings among researchers to enhance and align our collective work.

Providing health organisations and governments with evidence to guide policy decisions and public health interventions during the pandemic.

The COVID-Minds Network is generously funded by the Wellcome Trust.

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