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Dr Vashti Berry

Dr Vashti Berry

Senior Research Fellow

2394

South Cloisters 

I am a Senior Research Fellow working within the Institute for Health Services Research, as part of the South West Peninsula Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC).

My background is children’s services research, having worked at the research charity Dartington Social research Unit for over 12 years, with a focus on children’s social, emotional and behavioural development in the context of challenging family contexts such as domestic violence and abuse or reduced parenting capacity. I design and lead studies that answer pressing questions for clinicians and practitioners working at the frontline with children and families, often seeking a solution to the most effective way to prevent or intervene in difficulties with their health and development.

I am also an Associate of the Dartington Social Research Unit and The Centre for Children and Young People's Participation at UCLan, as well as a Honorary University Fellow within the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry.

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Cum Laude Distinction
  • MSc (Psychology) Cum Laude Distinction
  • PhD (Social and Policy Sciences)

Research

Research interests

I am interested in how parents and families can be supported to enable and promote children’s (mental) health and development, particularly in the context of challenging contexts like domestic violence and abuse. I have led or managed several trials of intervention and prevention activity aimed at reducing children’s behavioural and emotional difficulty, and promoting their socio-emotional development, and I am interested in the connections between different contexts in children’s life, for example how communities and families interact. My work is focused on partnerships with programme developers, service providers, commissioners, parents and families to design, develop and test innovative ways of supporting children

Research projects

  • E-SEE Trial: Enhancing social-emotional health and well-being in the very early years: a community-based RCT (and economic) evaluation of the Incredible Years infant and toddler (0-2) parenting programmes.
  • Reducing Avoidable Paediatric Acute Admissions: A PenCLAHRC resourced project in partnership with the AHSN, Urgent Care SCN and Trusts across the South West to undertake natural experiments of interventions designed to reduce paediatric admissions and improve the care provided to children and families.
  • MBCT for young people and their parents: A PenCLAHRC resourced project working on service development and an evaluation protocol of a mindfulness intervention for young people at risk of depressive relapse.
  • Dartington Social Research Unit Trials: Supporting the design and development of the Big Lottery Realising Ambition trials, as well as the KiVa anti-bullying intervention RCT.
  • DeCoDer (complete): A pilot RCT of a primary care-based complex intervention for individuals with depression and debt.
  • Atrial Fibrillation detection: A PenCLAHRC resourced project, in partnership with the AHSN and the CCG, developing a protocol to test the diagnostic accuracy of an AF detection device.

Key publications | Publications by category | Publications by year

Key publications


Edwards RT, Jones C, Berry V, Charles J, Linck P, Bywater T, Hutchings J (2016). Incredible Years parenting programme: Cost-effectiveness and implementation. Journal of Children's Services, 11(1), 54-72. Abstract.  Full text.
Berry V, Axford N, Blower S, Taylor RS, Edwards RT, Tobin K, Jones C, Bywater T (2015). The Effectiveness and Micro-costing Analysis of a Universal, School-Based, Social–Emotional Learning Programme in the UK: a Cluster-Randomised Controlled Trial. School Mental Health, 8(2), 238-256. Full text.
Axford N, Lehtonen M, Kaoukji D, Tobin K, Berry V (2012). Engaging parents in parenting programs: Lessons from research and practice. Children and Youth Services Review, 34(10), 2061-2071. Abstract.
Little M, Berry V, Morpeth L, Blower S, Axford N, Taylor R, Bywater T, Lehtonen M, Tobin K (2012). The Impact of Three Evidence-Based Programmes Delivered in Public Systems in Birmingham, UK. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CONFLICT AND VIOLENCE, 6(2), 260-272. Author URL.

Publications by category


Books

Bullock R, Axford N, Little M, Berry V (2005). Forty years of research, policy and practice in children's services a festschrift for Roger Bullock., Wiley. Abstract.

Journal articles

Ford TJ, Racey D, Fox J, Berry V, Blockley K, Longridge R, Simmons J, Janssens A, Kuyken W (In Press). Mindfulness based cognitive therapy for young people and their carers: a mixed-methods feasibility study. Mindfulness Full text.
Axford N, Berry VL (In Press). Perfect bedfellows: why early intervention can play a critical role in protecting children – a response to Featherstone et al. (2014). British Journal of Social Work Full text.
Gabbay MB, Ring A, Byng R, Anderson P, Taylor RS, Matthews C, Harris T, Berry V, Byrne P, Carter E, et al (2017). Debt Counselling for Depression in Primary Care: an adaptive randomised controlled pilot trial (DeCoDer study). Health Technol Assess, 21(35), 1-164. Abstract.  Author URL.
McCarry M, Larkins C, Berry VL, Radford L, Stanley N (2017). The Potential for Co-production in Developing Violence against Women Services in Wales. Social Policy and Society Full text.
Morpeth L, Blower S, Tobin K, Taylor RS, Bywater T, Tudor Edwards R, Axford N, Lehtonen M, Jones C, Berry VL, et al (2017). The effectiveness of the Incredible Years pre-school parenting programme in the United Kingdom: a pragmatic randomised controlled trial. Child Care in Practice Full text.
Clarkson S, Axford N, Berry V, Edwards RT, Bjornstad G, Wrigley Z, Charles J, Hoare Z, Ukoumunne OC, Matthews J, et al (2016). Effectiveness and micro-costing of the KiVa school-based bullying prevention programme in Wales: study protocol for a pragmatic definitive parallel group cluster randomised controlled trial. BMC Public Health, 16 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Edwards RT, Jones C, Berry V, Charles J, Linck P, Bywater T, Hutchings J (2016). Incredible Years parenting programme: Cost-effectiveness and implementation. Journal of Children's Services, 11(1), 54-72. Abstract.  Full text.
Berry V, Axford N, Blower S, Taylor RS, Edwards RT, Tobin K, Jones C, Bywater T (2015). The Effectiveness and Micro-costing Analysis of a Universal, School-Based, Social–Emotional Learning Programme in the UK: a Cluster-Randomised Controlled Trial. School Mental Health, 8(2), 238-256. Full text.
Rotheray S, Racey D, Rodgers L, Mcgilloway S, Berry V, Ford T (2014). Innovations in Practice: Further evidence on the effectiveness of the strengths and difficulties added value score as an outcome measure for child and adolescent services. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 19(4), 270-273. Abstract.
Rotheray S, Racey D, Rodgers L, Mcgilloway S, Berry V, Ford T (2014). Innovations in Practice: Further evidence on the effectiveness of the strengths and difficulties added value score as an outcome measure for child and adolescent services. Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Axford N, Lehtonen M, Kaoukji D, Tobin K, Berry V (2012). Engaging parents in parenting programs: Lessons from research and practice. Children and Youth Services Review, 34(10), 2061-2071. Abstract.
Little M, Berry V, Morpeth L, Blower S, Axford N, Taylor R, Bywater T, Lehtonen M, Tobin K (2012). The Impact of Three Evidence-Based Programmes Delivered in Public Systems in Birmingham, UK. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CONFLICT AND VIOLENCE, 6(2), 260-272. Author URL.
Axford N, Jonas M, Berry V, Green V, Morpeth L (2010). Can study tours help promote evidence-based practice in children's services?. European Journal of Social Work, 13(4), 523-543. Abstract.
BERRY VASHTI, LITTLE MICHAEL, AXFORD NICK, CUSICK GRETCHENRUTH (2009). An Evaluation of Youth at Risk's Coaching for Communities Programme. The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 48(1), 60-75.
Berry VL (2009). Ethical considerations in conducting family violence research with children and families. Research Ethics Review, 5 (3), 91-98.
Axford N, Morpeth L, Little M, Berry V (2008). Linking prevention science and community engagement: a case study of the Ireland Disadvantaged Children and Youth Programme. Journal of Children's Services, 3(2), 40-54. Abstract.
Axford N, Berry V, Little M, Morpeth L (2006). Developing a Common Language in Children's Services through Research‐based Inter‐disciplinary Training. Social Work Education, 25(2), 161-176.
Axford N, Berry V, Little M (2006). Enhancing service evaluability: Lessons from a programme for disaffected young people. Children and Society, 20(4), 287-298. Abstract.
Axford N, Berry V (2005). Exploring the potential of shadow controls in the evaluation of children's services. International Journal of Social Research Methodology: Theory and Practice, 8(5), 389-404. Abstract.
Axford N, Berry V (2005). Measuring Outcomes in the ‘New’ Children's Services. Journal of Integrated Care, 13(4), 12-23.

Chapters

Berry VL, Axford N, Blower S, Kaoujki D, Little M (2014). Prevention of child maltreatment. In Conte JR (Ed) Child Abuse and Neglect Worldwide [3 volumes], ABC-CLIO, 177-204.
Axford N, Berry V, Bullock R, Little M, Madge J, Morpeth L, Mount K (2007). Research-Based Practice Tools to Improve Child Welfare Services in England: Using the Going Home? Practice Tool to Support the Effective Reunification of Families. In  (Ed) Research for Action: Cross-National Perspectives on Connecting Knowledge, Policy, and Practice for Children.  Abstract.

Reports

Axford N, Barlow J, Coad J, Schrader-McMillan A, Bjornstad G, Berry VL, Wrigley Z, Goodwin A, Ohlson C, Sonthalia S, et al (2015). Rapid review to update evidence for Healthy Child Programme 0-5. London, Public Health England. Full text.
Berry VL, McCarry M, Radford L, Larkins C, Stanley N (2014). Building Effective Responses: an Independent Review of Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Services in Wales. Cardiff, Welsh Government. Full text.

Publications by year


In Press

Ford TJ, Racey D, Fox J, Berry V, Blockley K, Longridge R, Simmons J, Janssens A, Kuyken W (In Press). Mindfulness based cognitive therapy for young people and their carers: a mixed-methods feasibility study. Mindfulness Full text.
Axford N, Berry VL (In Press). Perfect bedfellows: why early intervention can play a critical role in protecting children – a response to Featherstone et al. (2014). British Journal of Social Work Full text.

2017

Gabbay MB, Ring A, Byng R, Anderson P, Taylor RS, Matthews C, Harris T, Berry V, Byrne P, Carter E, et al (2017). Debt Counselling for Depression in Primary Care: an adaptive randomised controlled pilot trial (DeCoDer study). Health Technol Assess, 21(35), 1-164. Abstract.  Author URL.
McCarry M, Larkins C, Berry VL, Radford L, Stanley N (2017). The Potential for Co-production in Developing Violence against Women Services in Wales. Social Policy and Society Full text.
Morpeth L, Blower S, Tobin K, Taylor RS, Bywater T, Tudor Edwards R, Axford N, Lehtonen M, Jones C, Berry VL, et al (2017). The effectiveness of the Incredible Years pre-school parenting programme in the United Kingdom: a pragmatic randomised controlled trial. Child Care in Practice Full text.

2016

Clarkson S, Axford N, Berry V, Edwards RT, Bjornstad G, Wrigley Z, Charles J, Hoare Z, Ukoumunne OC, Matthews J, et al (2016). Effectiveness and micro-costing of the KiVa school-based bullying prevention programme in Wales: study protocol for a pragmatic definitive parallel group cluster randomised controlled trial. BMC Public Health, 16 Abstract.  Author URL.  Full text.
Edwards RT, Jones C, Berry V, Charles J, Linck P, Bywater T, Hutchings J (2016). Incredible Years parenting programme: Cost-effectiveness and implementation. Journal of Children's Services, 11(1), 54-72. Abstract.  Full text.

2015

Axford N, Barlow J, Coad J, Schrader-McMillan A, Bjornstad G, Berry VL, Wrigley Z, Goodwin A, Ohlson C, Sonthalia S, et al (2015). Rapid review to update evidence for Healthy Child Programme 0-5. London, Public Health England. Full text.
Berry V, Axford N, Blower S, Taylor RS, Edwards RT, Tobin K, Jones C, Bywater T (2015). The Effectiveness and Micro-costing Analysis of a Universal, School-Based, Social–Emotional Learning Programme in the UK: a Cluster-Randomised Controlled Trial. School Mental Health, 8(2), 238-256. Full text.

2014

Berry VL, McCarry M, Radford L, Larkins C, Stanley N (2014). Building Effective Responses: an Independent Review of Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Services in Wales. Cardiff, Welsh Government. Full text.
Rotheray S, Racey D, Rodgers L, Mcgilloway S, Berry V, Ford T (2014). Innovations in Practice: Further evidence on the effectiveness of the strengths and difficulties added value score as an outcome measure for child and adolescent services. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 19(4), 270-273. Abstract.
Rotheray S, Racey D, Rodgers L, Mcgilloway S, Berry V, Ford T (2014). Innovations in Practice: Further evidence on the effectiveness of the strengths and difficulties added value score as an outcome measure for child and adolescent services. Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Berry VL, Axford N, Blower S, Kaoujki D, Little M (2014). Prevention of child maltreatment. In Conte JR (Ed) Child Abuse and Neglect Worldwide [3 volumes], ABC-CLIO, 177-204.

2012

Axford N, Lehtonen M, Kaoukji D, Tobin K, Berry V (2012). Engaging parents in parenting programs: Lessons from research and practice. Children and Youth Services Review, 34(10), 2061-2071. Abstract.
Little M, Berry V, Morpeth L, Blower S, Axford N, Taylor R, Bywater T, Lehtonen M, Tobin K (2012). The Impact of Three Evidence-Based Programmes Delivered in Public Systems in Birmingham, UK. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CONFLICT AND VIOLENCE, 6(2), 260-272. Author URL.

2010

Axford N, Jonas M, Berry V, Green V, Morpeth L (2010). Can study tours help promote evidence-based practice in children's services?. European Journal of Social Work, 13(4), 523-543. Abstract.

2009

BERRY VASHTI, LITTLE MICHAEL, AXFORD NICK, CUSICK GRETCHENRUTH (2009). An Evaluation of Youth at Risk's Coaching for Communities Programme. The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 48(1), 60-75.
Berry VL (2009). Ethical considerations in conducting family violence research with children and families. Research Ethics Review, 5 (3), 91-98.

2008

Axford N, Morpeth L, Little M, Berry V (2008). Linking prevention science and community engagement: a case study of the Ireland Disadvantaged Children and Youth Programme. Journal of Children's Services, 3(2), 40-54. Abstract.

2007

Axford N, Berry V, Bullock R, Little M, Madge J, Morpeth L, Mount K (2007). Research-Based Practice Tools to Improve Child Welfare Services in England: Using the Going Home? Practice Tool to Support the Effective Reunification of Families. In  (Ed) Research for Action: Cross-National Perspectives on Connecting Knowledge, Policy, and Practice for Children.  Abstract.

2006

Axford N, Berry V, Little M, Morpeth L (2006). Developing a Common Language in Children's Services through Research‐based Inter‐disciplinary Training. Social Work Education, 25(2), 161-176.
Axford N, Berry V, Little M (2006). Enhancing service evaluability: Lessons from a programme for disaffected young people. Children and Society, 20(4), 287-298. Abstract.

2005

Axford N, Berry V (2005). Exploring the potential of shadow controls in the evaluation of children's services. International Journal of Social Research Methodology: Theory and Practice, 8(5), 389-404. Abstract.
Bullock R, Axford N, Little M, Berry V (2005). Forty years of research, policy and practice in children's services a festschrift for Roger Bullock., Wiley. Abstract.
Axford N, Berry V (2005). Measuring Outcomes in the ‘New’ Children's Services. Journal of Integrated Care, 13(4), 12-23.

Committee/panel activities

  • EIF/ESRC Step-Up study advisory group panel (2015-2016)
  • EIF evidence review and moderation panel (2014-2015)
  • Strategic Clinical Networks for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health, and Urgent Care Committees for South West 

Invited lectures

  • 2016: Invited keynote address for Count me in! Children’s participation conference,  Plymouth, 6-7th April: Designing and evaluating parenting support to ‘enable’ children.
  • 2015: British Council Violence against Women and Children in Diverse Contexts, Johannesburg, South Africa, 3-6th March: Policy and practice responses in diverse contexts.
  • 2012: Supporting Parents, Children and Teachers: Research and Practice, Cardiff, Wales, March: Birmingham’s “Brighter Futures” programme – an approach to evidence-based strategy, implementation and research (with Cheryl Hopkins, former director of Children Services, Birmingham City Council).

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