Dr Sara Evans-Lacko

Associate Professorial Research Fellow

s.evans-lacko@lse.ac.uk
020 7955 6028

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Research Interests

Sara Evans-Lacko is a mental health services researcher with a particular interest in the role of health services and social support in the prevention and treatment of mental illness. Her research focuses on developing innovative methods to improve access to and quality of mental health care for young people and cross-cultural applications of this in addition to the evaluation of public health interventions such as the Time to Change anti-stigma campaign which aim to improve important changes at the population level. Recently, she received an ERC Starting grant which investigates how to improve access to care for young people already experiencing or at risk of developing psychiatric disorders. The project, APPLAUSE (Adolescent Precursors to Psychiatric Disorders – Learning from User Service Engagement) is based in the UK and Brazil and looks at the relative value of formal mental health services and informal social and familial support structures in promoting fruitful engagement with care. Previously, she worked as a health care consultant for the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH, USA). She has a PhD in Health Policy and Management, with an emphasis in health services research, from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Sara Evans-Lacko's Publications

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Childhood bullying victimization is associated with use of mental health services over five decades: a longitudinal nationally representative cohort study (2017)

Evans-Lacko S, Takizawa R, Brimblecombe N, King D, Knapp M, Maughan B, Takizawa R

Psychological Medicine 47, 1, 127-135

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Global patterns of workplace productivity for people with depression: absenteeism and presenteeism costs across eight diverse countries (2016)

Evans-Lacko S, Knapp M

Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 51, 11, 1525-1537

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Cost of depression in the workplace (2016)

Evans-Lacko S, Knapp M

Mental Health Matters 3, 6, 43-44

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Comment: Lean economies and innovation in mental health systems (2016)

Evans-Lacko S, Ribeiro W, Brietzke E, Knapp M, Mari J, McDaid D, Paula CS, Romeo R, Thornicroft G, Wissow L

The Lancet 387, 10026, 1356-1358

Lancet

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Evaluating the economic impact of screening and treatment for depression in the workplace (2016)

Evans-Lacko S, Koeser L, Knapp M, Longhitano C, Zohar J, Kuhn K

European Neuropsychopharmacology 26, 6, 1004-1013

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The impact of the 2008 economic crisis on substance use patterns in the countries of the European Union (2016)

Dom G, Samochowiec J, Evans-Lacko S, Wahlbeck K, Van Hal G, McDaid D

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 13, 1, 122

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Evidence for effective interventions to reduce mental-health-related stigma and discrimination (2016)

Thornicroft G, Mehta N, Clement S, Evans-Lacko S, Doherty M, Rose D, Koschorke M, Shidhaye R, O’Reilly C, Henderson Claire

The Lancet 387, 10023, 1123-1132

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Mental health research priorities for Europe (2015)

Wykes T, Haro J, Belli S, Obradors-Tarragó C, Arango C, Ayuso-Mateos JL, Bitter I, Brunn M, Chevreul K, Demotes-Mainard J, Elfeddali I, Evans-Lacko S, Fiorillo A, Forsman A, Hazo JB, Kuepper R, Knappe S, Leboyer M, Lewis S, Linszen D, Luciano M, Maj M, McDaid D, Miret M, Papp S

The Lancet Psychiatry 2, 11, 1036-1042

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The role of youth mental health services in the treatment of young people with serious mental illness: two-year outcomes and economic implications (2015)

Brimblecombe N, Knapp M, Murguia S, Mbeah-Banks H, Crane S, Harris A, Evans-Lacko S, Ardino V, Iemmi V, King D

Early Intervention in Psychiatry

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EPA guidance on how to improve the image of psychiatry and of the psychiatrist (2015)

Bhugra D, Sartorius N, Fiorillo A, Evans-Lacko S, Ventriglio A, Hermans M, Vallon P, Dales J, Racetovic G, Samochowiec J, Bennemar MR, Becker T, Kurimay T, Gaebel

European Psychiatry 30, 3, 423-430

Elsevier

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Research priorities of public mental health in Europe: Recommendations of the ROAMER project (2015)

Forsman A, Wahlbeck K, Alonso J, Barry M, Brunn M, Cardoso G, Cattan M, de Girolamo G, Eberhand-Gran M, Evans-Lacko S, Fiorillo A, Hansson L, Haro J, Hazo JB, Hegerl U, Katschnig H, Knappe S, Luciano M, Miret M, Nordentoft M, Pilgrim D, Ruud T, Salize H, Stewart Brown S, Tómasson K, van der Feltz-Cornelis C, Ventus D Vuori J, Värnik A on behalf of the ROAMER Consortium

European Journal of Public Health 25, 2, 249-254

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University students’ identification of stigmatizing schizophrenia in Italian newspapers (2015)

Pingani L, Evans-Lacko S, Del Vecchio V, Luciano M, Catellani S, Hamati A, Rigatelli M, Fiorillo A

American Journal of Orthopsychiatry 85, 2, 139-144

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What is the impact of mental health-related stigma on help-seeking? A systematic review of quantitative and qualitative studies (2015)

Clement S, Schauman O, Graham T, Maggioni F, Evans-Lacko S, Bezborodovs N, Morgan C, Rüsch N, Brown J, Thornicroft G

Psychological Medicine 45, 1, 11-27

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How much does mental health discrimination cost: Valuing experienced discrimination in relation to healthcare care costs and community participation (2015)

Evans-Lacko S, Clement S, Corker Elizabeth, Brohan E, Dockery L, Farrelly S, Hamilton S, Pinfold V, Rose D, Henderson Claire, Thornicroft G, McCrone P

Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences 24, 5, 423-434

Cambridge University Press

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Mental health service use by young people: the role of caregiver characteristics (2015)

Gronholm P, Ford T, Roberts R, Thornicroft G, Laurens K, Evans-Lacko S

PLoS One 10, 3, e0120004

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Strengthening mental health systems in low and middle-income countries: the EMERALD programme (2015)

Semrau M, Evans-Lacko S, Alem A, Ayuso-Mateos JL, Chisholm D, Gureje O, Hanlon C, Jordans M, Kigozi F, Lempp H, Lund C, Petersen I, Shidhaye R, Thornicroft G

BMC Medicine , 13:79

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Antidepressant use in 27 European countries: associations with socio-demographic, cultural and economic factors (2015)

Lewer D, O’Reilly C, Mojtabai R, Evans-Lacko S

British Journal of Psychiatry 207, 3, 221-226

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Stigma and discrimination related to mental illness in low and middle income countries (2015)

Semrau M, Evans-Lacko S, Koschorke M, Ashenafi L, Thornicroft G

Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences 24, 5, 382-394

Cambridge University Press

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Exploring professional help-seeking for mental disorders (2015)

Savage H, Murray J, Hatch S, Hotopf M, Evans-Lacko S, Brown J

Qualitative Health Research 26, 12, 1662-1673

Sage Journals

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How do child and adolescent mental health problems influence public sector costs? Interindividual variations in a nationally representative British sample (2015)

Knapp M, Snell T, Healey A, Guglani S, Evans-Lacko S, Fernández J-L, Melzer D, Ford T

Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 56, 6, 667-676

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