NeurOx Young People’s Advisory Group


We are a group of young people (between 14 and 18 years old) who work with the Neuroscience, Ethics and Society (NEUROSEC) team to help develop methods for working with young people to better understand their views.

We are divided in two groups: Group 1 has a special interest in ethical issues and debates, and Group 2 focuses primarily on mental health. We also have a writing committee that is responsible for the YPAG Blog. Each group meets once or twice per term, normally on Saturdays 12:30-16:30 at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. In between meetings, we keep in touch via email or other online platforms.

The members of each group are listed below.

Group 1:

  • Boris Pavlov
  • Clara Giachino
  • Grace Lewis
  • Jasmine Heelas
  • Jessica Bransby-Meehan
  • Poppy Macfarlane
  • Samantha Bonnett
  • Sophie Martin
  • Sophie Speakman

Group 2:

  • Abigail Miller
  • George Tuckwell
  • Clarrie Kannan
  • Alexander Gribius
  • Anna Whittingham
  • Niamh Walker
  • Oliver Tailby
  • Rohan Smith
  • Saskia Oosterveld
  • Sierra Herring
  • Sophie Webb
  • Taia Fry
  • Jessica Katz
  • Maya Rogers
  • Louie Glover
  • Milagros Pallavicini
  • Molly Duff
  • Nick Honey

Writing Committee

  • Nellie Lumbis
  • Ed Goundrey-Smith

Why do you have an YPAG?

We think teenagers should have the opportunity to get involved in the decision-making about larger issues that may affect our lives, including public policy and research. At the YPAG, our thoughts and experiences are valued, and we act as co-participants in the design and implementation of research studies. Together we hope to create research products that have a large impact on young people’s lives.

What does a meeting look like?

The main purpose of the meetings is to collaborate with and advise researchers on research projects. Meetings also include games and icebreakers to help us get to know one another and work well as a group.

We participate in the design and implementation of studies, including recruiting participants, elaborating and testing interview questions, and conducting on-line surveys and face-to-face interviews. We also discuss concepts related to ethics and mental health.

Our group is also involved in developing educational materials and innovative, digital methodologies for research with teenagers, including apps and games.

Finally, there is space for reflection on the meaning and applied value of research results, and the group helps disseminate results to the general public.

What do we gain from it?

YPAG members have a chance to learn about mental health, ethics, and the process of doing research. We also have the chance to interact closely with researchers who are doing cutting-edge work in their field. The group also help us develop important skills, such as the ability to work in a team. Most importantly, we ensure that young people’s voices are heard and engaged throughout the research process.

Who is behind the NEUROSEC YPAG?

Gabriela Pavarini, a postdoctoral researcher with a background in psychology, who is organising the meetings and will normally facilitate the group; Arianna Manzini, who is a philosopher and PhD student with a keen interest in working with young people; Jessica Lorimer, who is a research assistant with the BeGOOD team; and Ilina Singh, who is a Professor of Neuroscience and Society and our research group leader.

Are there other YPAGs in the UK?

Yes, there are many groups in the UK. If you want to learn more about them, we recommend you watch this videoclip made by an YPAG based at Durham University, and check out this website about a group of NHS-supported YPAGs called Generation R.

Still have questions?

If you still have any questions about the YPAG feel free to ask at