Monk, Vivienne

Dr Vivienne Monk

Clinical Research Centre & Cardiovascular Clinical Trials Unit Manager

I joined the Heart Centre as Clinical Research Manager in September 2014. The purpose of my role is to lead and manage the clinical research within the unit, which is mostly clinical trials. My main responsibilities are to support the strategic development of research, to have oversight of all of the trials within the centre, to maintain high levels of project management, to manage the centre’s resources (financial, human, space etc), to promote the capabilities of the centre and to develop and maintain effective relationships with all internal and external agencies, organisations and companies.

Since August 2015 I have been working with Professor Amrita Ahluwalia and colleagues to establish the Barts Cardiovascular Clinical Trials Unit. The aim of the unit is to support local investigators to deliver high quality trials by providing oversight of the main trial activities. The CV CTU is a core resource providing infrastructure support for clinical cardiovascular research within Barts and QMUL.

Prior to coming to Barts I was at St George’s, University of London for 13 years. Before moving to the UK I lived and worked in Hong Kong, Los Angeles and Sydney. I am a psychologist by profession and have always been involved in research both as an academic and as a manager.

Summary of Research

Research Projects:

  • Patient perceptions of stressors in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), recall of memories and subsequent psychological distress with Dr Barbara Phillips (SGUL).
  • Patient acceptance of the Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD) with Prof John Camm, Sue Jones and Dr Linda Perkins-Porras (SGUL).
  • Sub-investigator on the ComFFort-Q in CIEDS – Co-morbidity, frailty, functional status and quality of life in cardiac implantable electronic devices – a clinical outcomes study. 

Memberships / Awards 

  • BSc (Hons) Psychology (University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia)
  • Masters in Occupational Health and Safety (MOHS) (Faculty of Medicine, University of Sydney)
  • MBA (Heriot-Watt)
  • PhD (University of London)
  • Chartered Psychologist (C Psychol)

Further information

  • Honorary Lecturer, St George’s, University of London.
  • Member of the Division of Occupational Psychology ‘Learning a Living’ working group of the British Psychological Society.
  • Member of the Special Group in Coaching of the British Psychological Society.
  • Trustee, The Hanover Band Foundation, which is responsible for the administration and management of the Hanover Band, a period instrument orchestra.

My personal interests include opera, early and baroque music and I play the renaissance lute.


Key Publications

Ambient temperature and activation of implantable cardioverter defibrillators.
L McGuinn, S Hajat, P Wilkinson, B Armstrong, HR Anderson, V Monk, R Harrison.
International Journal of Biometeorology 2013; 57(5): 655-62.

Air pollution and activation of implantable cardioverter defibrillators in London.
HR Anderson, B Armstrong, S Hajat, R Harrison, V Monk, J Poloniecki.
Epidemiology 2010; 21(3): 405-13.

Anderson HR, Armstrong B, Hajat S, Harrison R, Monk VA, Poloniecki J, Timmis A, Wilkinson P.
Air pollution and ventricular arrhythmias in patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator attending London hospitals. Report to the Department of Health. 2007.

Ergonomics in construction. Monk, VA.  In: ‘Occupational Health and Safety in Construction Project Management’, Lingard, H & Rowlinson, S. E&FN SPON (Routledge), 2005.

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