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Dr Astrid Janssens

Dr Astrid Janssens

Senior Research Fellow in Child Health, University of Exeter Medical School

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Astrid Janssens is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Exeter Medical School, and member of the Child Mental Health Group. She is a psychologist and anthropologist and completed her PhD in medical sciences at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) in 2010. The focus of her research activities extend from the study of patterns of service use and access of services, evaluation of service organisation and delivery, and development of service models and interventions directly with families or indirectly through practitioners working with children. She has broad experience with a variety of health services research methods. Her methodological interest include mixed method studies, qualitative work with young people and service providers, Delphi surveys, surveillance and epidemiological studies, and appraisal and use of patient reported outcomes.

Qualifications

  • 2005-2010: PhD in Medical Sciences (Child and Adolescent Psychiatry) (University of Antwerp, Belgium)
  • 2000-2001: Master in Social and Cultural Anthropology (Université Paul Valery, Montpellier, France)
  • 1997-2000: Master in Psychology (Experimental Psychology - Major: Mathematical Psychology, Minor: Neuro-psycho Physiology) (Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium)
  • 1995-1997: Bachelor in Psychology (Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium)

Career

  • 2011-2012: Assistant Professor at CAPRI (University of Antwerp)
  • 2007-2012: Senior Research Fellow at CAPRI (University of Antwerp) / ZNA Hospital
  • 2005-2007: Research Fellow at Collaborative Antwerp Psychiatric Research Institute (University of Antwerp)
  • 2002-2004: Assistant Research Fellow at the Centre on Inequality, Poverty, Social Exclusion and the City (University of Antwerp)
  • 2000-2002: Assistant Research Fellow at the Centre for R&D Monitoring (Catholic University of Leuven)

Research

Research interests

I have a background in psychology and anthropology and my research focuses on the effectiveness of health services delivery to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people. My research covers the development, delivery and evaluation of programmes and interventions aimed to improve effectiveness, accessibility and organisation of health care delivery. As a result, I have become experienced in the development and appraisal of screening instruments and patient reported outcome measures for children and young people. Very early on, I strived to design and conduct my research involving patients. Several of my projects gained impact and success thanks to meaningful patient and public involvement.

Research projects

CATCh-uS: Children with ADHD in transition from children's services to adult services
CATCh-uS is a new research study of young people with ADHD in transition from children’s services to adult services. It aims to establish how many young people with ADHD are in need of services for ADHD as adults, and investigate young peoples, parents and practitioners views about the transition process. It will also map currently available adult ADHD services around the country.
Funding:  National Institute of Health Research (Health Services & Delivery Research)
Website: http://medicine.exeter.ac.uk/catchus/

GW4 Suicide and Self-Harm in Children and Young People Research Collaboration

During this six-month project we aim to ascertain the existing provision of student self-harm prevention and intervention activities, along with future needs, in secondary schools in Wales and South-West England. Data are generated through a cross-sectional survey with a convenience sample of schools complete with an embedded qualitative consultation with case-study schools.

 

Shackleton Relationships Project

The project aims to explore the critical questions that should be asked prior to entering a relationship to help increase its chances of success. Secondly, we aim to identify crucial relationship skills and methods of delivering these skills to young people to them to to form and maintain mutually fulfilling intimate partner relationships.

We will carry out preliminary feasibility work within schools to assess students’ willingness to engage with some educational tools with a view to designing a future intervention and assessing whether and how this could be included in the school’s curriculum.

Project Website: http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/law/research/groups/frs/projects/shackletonrelationshipsproject/

 

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Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Publications by category


Journal articles

Janssens A, Thompson-Coon J, Rogers M, Allen K, Green C, Jenkinson C, Tennant A, Logan S, Morris C (2015). A Systematic Review of Generic Multidimensional Patient-Reported Outcome Measures for Children, Part I: Descriptive Characteristics. Value in Health Full text.
Janssens A, Rogers M, Thompson Coon J, Allen K, Green C, Jenkinson C, Tennant A, Logan S, Morris C (2015). A Systematic Review of Generic Multidimensional Patient-Reported Outcome Measures for Children, Part II: Evaluation of Psychometric Performance of English-Language Versions in a General Population. Value in Health, 18(2), 334-345. Full text.
Janssens A, Rogers M, Gumm R, Jenkinson C, Tennant A, Logan, Morris C (2015). Measurement properties of multidimensional patient-reported outcome measures in neurodisability: a systematic review of evaluation studies. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology Author URL.  Full text.
Morris C, Simkiss D, Busk M, Morris M, Allard A, Denness J, Janssens A, Stimson A, Coghill J, Robinson K, et al (2015). Setting research priorities to improve the health of children and young people with neurodisability: a British Academy of Childhood Disability-James Lind Alliance Research Priority Setting Partnership. BMJ Open, 1(5). Author URL.  Full text.
Janssens A, Williams J, Tomlinson R, Logan S, Morris C (2014). Health outcomes for children with neurodisability: what do professionals regard as primary targets?. Arch Dis Child, 99(10), 927-932. Abstract.  Author URL.
Morris C, Janssens A, Allard A, Thompson Coon J, Shilling V, Tomlinson R, Williams J, Fellowes A, Rogers M, Fellowes A, et al (2014). Informing the NHS Outcomes Framework: evaluating meaningful health outcomes for children with neurodisability using multiple methods including systematic review, qualitative research, Delphi survey and consensus meeting. Health Serv Deliv Res, 15(2). Author URL.
Allard A, Fellowes A, Shilling V, Janssens A, Beresford B, Morris C (2014). Key health outcomes for children and young people with neurodisability: qualitative research with young people and parents. BMJ Open(4:e004611). Author URL.  Full text.
Willems S, van de Merwe D, Janssens A (2013). De prevalentie van eetstoornissen bij infants. Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
Janssens A, Hayen S, Walraven V, Leys M, Deboutte D (2013). Emergency psychiatric care for children and adolescents: a literature review. Pediatric Emergency Care, 29, 1041-1050.
Vanhooren F, Simons A, Janssens A, Glazemakers I, Deboutte D (2013). Multi Familie Dagbehandeling (MFD) bij kinderen en jongeren met anorexia nervosa : een pilootstudie. Tijdschrift voor orthopedagogiek, kinderpsychiatrie en klinische kinderpsychologie, 38, 2-14.
Willems S, Van De Merwe D, Van West D, Janssens A (2013). Prevalence of eating problems in young children: a systematic literature review. Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, 69(23), 1128-1137. Abstract.
Koc Erdon S, Janssens A, Deboutte D (2013). Psychisch functioneren van Turkse kinderen vergeleken met hun Vlaamse schoolgenoten. Tijdschrift voor orthopedagogiek, kinderpsychiatrie en klinische kinderpsychologie (TOKK), 38, 15-31.
Morris C, Janssens A, Tomlinson R, Williams J, Logan S (2013). Towards a definition of neurodisability: a Delphi survey. Dev Med Child Neurol, 55(12), 1103-1108. Abstract.  Author URL.
Van Lysebeth SA, Hellemans H, Neves Ramos D, Janssens A, Deboutte D (2011). A safety protocol for psychopharmacological intervention in children. Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, 67(6), 267-277. Abstract.
Lemaire V, Walraven V, Leys M, Deboutte D (2011). Het aanbod en het gebruik van spoedeisende psychiatrische zorg voor kinderen en jongeren in België : een verkenning. Tijdschrift voor orthopedagogiek, kinderpsychiatrie en klinische kinderpsychologie, 36, 52-66. Abstract.
Deleu M, Neves Ramos D, Janssens A, Deboutte D (2011). The metabolic syndrome in children and adolescents - Monitoring adverse events of second-generation antipsychotics. Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, 67(6), 288-298. Abstract.
Janssens A, Peremans L, Deboutte D (2010). Conceptualizing collaboration between children's services and child and adolescent psychiatry: a bottom--up process based on a qualitative needs assessment among the professionals. Clin Child Psychol Psychiatry, 15(2), 251-266. Abstract.  Author URL.
Maes K, Steinkamm C, Glazemakers I, Janssens A, Deboutte D (2010). General practitioners and questions from parents about parenting: Evidence-based working in practice. Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, 66(9), 441-446. Abstract.
Janssens A, Deboutte D (2010). Psychopathology among children and adolescents in child welfare: a comparison across different types of placement in Flanders, Belgium. J Epidemiol Community Health, 64(4), 353-359. Abstract.  Author URL.
Sabbe B, Dom G, Glazemakers I, Goethals K, Janssens A, Morrens M, Schrijvers D, Van Den Eede F, Van Hecke J, Deboutte D, et al (2010). Research projects in the collaborative antwerp psychiatric research institute. Psychiatr Danub, 22 Suppl 1, S95-105. Abstract.  Author URL.
Janssens A, Deboutte D (2009). Screening for psychopathology in child welfare: the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) compared with the Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment (ASEBA). Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry, 18(11), 691-700. Abstract.  Author URL.

Chapters

Van Dongen T, Janssens A, Deboutte D (2013). Samen werken voor en met wie?. In De Corte K, Bal S, Antrop I, Van den haute E (Eds.) Empowerment van de context: Een net van steun en stimulatie voor kwetsbare en gekwetste kinderen, Antwerpen, Belgium: Garant, 37-46.

Publications by year


2015

Janssens A, Thompson-Coon J, Rogers M, Allen K, Green C, Jenkinson C, Tennant A, Logan S, Morris C (2015). A Systematic Review of Generic Multidimensional Patient-Reported Outcome Measures for Children, Part I: Descriptive Characteristics. Value in Health Full text.
Janssens A, Rogers M, Thompson Coon J, Allen K, Green C, Jenkinson C, Tennant A, Logan S, Morris C (2015). A Systematic Review of Generic Multidimensional Patient-Reported Outcome Measures for Children, Part II: Evaluation of Psychometric Performance of English-Language Versions in a General Population. Value in Health, 18(2), 334-345. Full text.
Janssens A, Rogers M, Gumm R, Jenkinson C, Tennant A, Logan, Morris C (2015). Measurement properties of multidimensional patient-reported outcome measures in neurodisability: a systematic review of evaluation studies. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology Author URL.  Full text.
Morris C, Simkiss D, Busk M, Morris M, Allard A, Denness J, Janssens A, Stimson A, Coghill J, Robinson K, et al (2015). Setting research priorities to improve the health of children and young people with neurodisability: a British Academy of Childhood Disability-James Lind Alliance Research Priority Setting Partnership. BMJ Open, 1(5). Author URL.  Full text.

2014

Janssens A, Williams J, Tomlinson R, Logan S, Morris C (2014). Health outcomes for children with neurodisability: what do professionals regard as primary targets?. Arch Dis Child, 99(10), 927-932. Abstract.  Author URL.
Morris C, Janssens A, Allard A, Thompson Coon J, Shilling V, Tomlinson R, Williams J, Fellowes A, Rogers M, Fellowes A, et al (2014). Informing the NHS Outcomes Framework: evaluating meaningful health outcomes for children with neurodisability using multiple methods including systematic review, qualitative research, Delphi survey and consensus meeting. Health Serv Deliv Res, 15(2). Author URL.
Allard A, Fellowes A, Shilling V, Janssens A, Beresford B, Morris C (2014). Key health outcomes for children and young people with neurodisability: qualitative research with young people and parents. BMJ Open(4:e004611). Author URL.  Full text.

2013

Willems S, van de Merwe D, Janssens A (2013). De prevalentie van eetstoornissen bij infants. Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
Janssens A, Hayen S, Walraven V, Leys M, Deboutte D (2013). Emergency psychiatric care for children and adolescents: a literature review. Pediatric Emergency Care, 29, 1041-1050.
Vanhooren F, Simons A, Janssens A, Glazemakers I, Deboutte D (2013). Multi Familie Dagbehandeling (MFD) bij kinderen en jongeren met anorexia nervosa : een pilootstudie. Tijdschrift voor orthopedagogiek, kinderpsychiatrie en klinische kinderpsychologie, 38, 2-14.
Willems S, Van De Merwe D, Van West D, Janssens A (2013). Prevalence of eating problems in young children: a systematic literature review. Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, 69(23), 1128-1137. Abstract.
Koc Erdon S, Janssens A, Deboutte D (2013). Psychisch functioneren van Turkse kinderen vergeleken met hun Vlaamse schoolgenoten. Tijdschrift voor orthopedagogiek, kinderpsychiatrie en klinische kinderpsychologie (TOKK), 38, 15-31.
Van Dongen T, Janssens A, Deboutte D (2013). Samen werken voor en met wie?. In De Corte K, Bal S, Antrop I, Van den haute E (Eds.) Empowerment van de context: Een net van steun en stimulatie voor kwetsbare en gekwetste kinderen, Antwerpen, Belgium: Garant, 37-46.
Morris C, Janssens A, Tomlinson R, Williams J, Logan S (2013). Towards a definition of neurodisability: a Delphi survey. Dev Med Child Neurol, 55(12), 1103-1108. Abstract.  Author URL.

2011

Van Lysebeth SA, Hellemans H, Neves Ramos D, Janssens A, Deboutte D (2011). A safety protocol for psychopharmacological intervention in children. Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, 67(6), 267-277. Abstract.
Lemaire V, Walraven V, Leys M, Deboutte D (2011). Het aanbod en het gebruik van spoedeisende psychiatrische zorg voor kinderen en jongeren in België : een verkenning. Tijdschrift voor orthopedagogiek, kinderpsychiatrie en klinische kinderpsychologie, 36, 52-66. Abstract.
Deleu M, Neves Ramos D, Janssens A, Deboutte D (2011). The metabolic syndrome in children and adolescents - Monitoring adverse events of second-generation antipsychotics. Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, 67(6), 288-298. Abstract.

2010

Janssens A, Peremans L, Deboutte D (2010). Conceptualizing collaboration between children's services and child and adolescent psychiatry: a bottom--up process based on a qualitative needs assessment among the professionals. Clin Child Psychol Psychiatry, 15(2), 251-266. Abstract.  Author URL.
Maes K, Steinkamm C, Glazemakers I, Janssens A, Deboutte D (2010). General practitioners and questions from parents about parenting: Evidence-based working in practice. Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, 66(9), 441-446. Abstract.
Janssens A, Deboutte D (2010). Psychopathology among children and adolescents in child welfare: a comparison across different types of placement in Flanders, Belgium. J Epidemiol Community Health, 64(4), 353-359. Abstract.  Author URL.
Sabbe B, Dom G, Glazemakers I, Goethals K, Janssens A, Morrens M, Schrijvers D, Van Den Eede F, Van Hecke J, Deboutte D, et al (2010). Research projects in the collaborative antwerp psychiatric research institute. Psychiatr Danub, 22 Suppl 1, S95-105. Abstract.  Author URL.

2009

Janssens A, Deboutte D (2009). Screening for psychopathology in child welfare: the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) compared with the Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment (ASEBA). Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry, 18(11), 691-700. Abstract.  Author URL.

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