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Dr Abigail Russell

Dr Abigail Russell

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Child Mental Health Group)

 01392 72 2985

 South Cloisters 2.05d


South Cloisters, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


Abby is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Child Mental Health Group within the Medical School. Abby works on a variety of projects centering on child mental health, most recently including a collaboration exploring self-harm and suicide in schools. Her PhD explored the association between parental socioeconomic disadvantage and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children.

Abby has a BSc Hons in Biological Sciences (Psychology) from the University of Edinburgh, and spent a year at McGill Univeristy taking courses with a focus on clinical psychology. Prior to her research career, Abby has worked in learning disability support services, CAMHS and a school for children with special educational needs. Since joining the University of Exeter in 2012, Abby has held Associate Research Fellow posts on two projects.


PhD Medical Studies

BSc (Hons) Biological Sciences (Psychology)

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


2006-2010 Part-time support worker for ENABLE Scotland

2009-2010 Honorary Assistant Psychologist at CAMHS, Edinburgh

2010-2012 Teaching Assistant at Summit School, Canada

2012 Associate Research Fellow, Mood Disorders Centre, University of Exeter

2013 Associate Research Fellow, University of Exeter Medical School, Complex Interventions Research Group


Research interests

  • Mental health and health services research, particularly child mental health
  • Treatment and interventions for depression, anxiety
  • School-based interventions for ADHD

Research projects

  • Exploring associations between socioeconomic disadvantage and ADHD (PhD candidate)
  • CADET. Multi-centre Randomised Controlled Trial of Collaborative Care for Depression, Associate Research Fellow
  • Fathers in Focus. Exploring impacts of paternal depression on child development, Associate Research Fellow


Russell, A. E., Moore, D. A., & Ford, T. (2016). Educational practitioners’ beliefs and conceptualisation about the cause of ADHD: A qualitative study.Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, 1-18.

Russell, A. E., Ford, T., Williams, R., and Russell, G. (2015) The Association between Socioeconomic Disadvantage and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): A Systematic Review. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, in press

Russell A. E, Ford T, Russell G (2015) Socioeconomic Associations with ADHD: Findings from a Mediation Analysis. PLoS ONE 10(6): e0128248. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0128248

Gwernan-Jones, R.C., Moore, D.A., Cooper, P., Russell, A.E., Richardson, M., Rogers, M., Thompson Coon, J., Stein, K., Ford, T., & Garside, R. (In Press). A Systematic Review and Synthesis of Qualitative Research: the Influence of School Context on Symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

Richards DA, Bower P, Chew-Graham C, Gask L, Lovell K, Cape J, et al.Clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of collaborative care for depression in UK primary care (CADET): a cluster randomised controlled trial. Health Technol Assess 2016;20(14) 








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