Child Mental Health Research Group

The Child Mental Health Research Group is made up of a selection of groups researching various aspects of child mental health.

Information on all current projects being undertaken by the Group are included in this updated portfolio:

Our latest research (.pdf)
Advice for young people in coping with low mood (.pdf)

Current projects

Supporting Teachers And childRen in Schools (STARS)

A large, 5 year project funded by NIHR PHR:  Currently in year 3.  The STARS study tests whether a teacher attending a Teacher Classroom Management (TCM) course will improve: Children's socio-emotional well-being; academic attainment; teachers’ emotional well-being and the teacher's belief that they are able to manage the behaviour in the classroom more effectively and feel less stressed.  80 primary schools across the South West of England have been recruited.  One teacher from each school will take part in the study. Teachers are randomly allocated to the intervention group and attend the TCM course or the control group and teach as usual.  For more information about the STARS study please follow this link STARS


CATCh-uS: Young people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in transition from children's services to adult services

 A 3 year NIHR funded project, start November 1 2015.  CATCh-uS is exploring the current options for young people with ADHD when they are too old to stay with children’s services. We do not know how many young people need, or want, to carry on attending health services once they reach the service's age boundary.  Existing work suggests that young people with developmental disorders like ADHD are particularly unlikely to transfer to adult mental health services. This will be the first national study to examine how many young people are in need of services for ADHD as adults.  For more information about the CATCh-uS project please follow this link CATCh-uS


Mindfulness-based interventions

Two projects in particular are currently being carried out:

Mindfulness based interventions for adolescents

This project is looking at mindfulness-based interventions for adolescents who are recovering from anxiety and/or depression.For more information contact Vashti Berry and for further information about the Mindfulness in Schools Project mentioned in this summary please go to Mindfulness in Schools

A Systematic review of mindfulness-based interventions for teachers (M-BIT)

There is widespread recognition that work-related stress among teachers is a serious concern. Previous research has noted that trials of MBIs for teachers appear to show beneficial outcomes, yet this has not been systematically reviewed to date.We are conducting a systematic review of mindfulness-based interventions for educational practitioners, including randomised controlled trials.The team involves colleagues at the University of Surrey and University of Oxford.  For further information see PROSPERO     For more information contact Darren Moore


Exploring Diagnosis: Autism and the Neurodiversity Movement

5 year Wellcome Trust investigator award.   Exploring the role that diagnosis plays in society and in medicine, using diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder as a case study, using mixed methods (qualitative and quantitative).  While some patients seek diagnosis, others resist the use of diagnostic labels. The investigation will explore how a diagnosis is experienced by adults. What are the benefits of, and objections to the diagnostic label? What are the consequences of diagnosis? How is diagnostic categorisation achieved by clinicians? What impact does a diagnostic label have on people's preconceptions? For more information follow this link Exploring Diagnosis: Autism and the Neurodiversity Movement


GW4 Project

A collaboration between Cardiff University and the University of Exeter, funded by GW4 Building Communities Programme Accelerator Fund. This study researches the provision of self-harm prevention and intervention in Secondary Schools. Schools part of the School Health Research Network (SHRN) in Wales and state schools in Devon, including Plymouth, Torbay and Somerset have been invited to participate in a questionnaire. A selection of participating schools will be recruited to take part in interviews and focus groups in order to gather opinions of existing practices and recommendations for future prevention and intervention approaches.  For more information on the project please contact Franki Mathews or Astrid Janssens

  • Full report: GW4 Children and Young People’s Self-harm and Suicide Research Collaboration: Report
  • Research Project Summary: Self-Harm in Schools: Research Project Summary
  • Policy document:‌ Self-harm and Suicide in Schools: What needs to be addressed for schools to implement prevention and provide effective intervention?