Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Professions

Child Mental Health

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

Download our portfolio for information on all current projects being undertaken by the Group

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Current Research projects

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. 

More information about the STARS study 

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

A three 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. 

More information about the CATCh-uS project 

Two projects 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
Read more about the Mindfulness in Schools Project 

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. Further details are on the  PROSPERO website
For more information contact Darren Moore

Five 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 view the Exploring Diagnosis: Autism and the Neurodiversity Movement website

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?

The Pupil Behaviour Questionnaire has been designed to measure the behaviour of children in primary school aged between 4 and 11 years old. Developed from the Elton report into discipline in schools the questionnaire is composed of 6 questions to be completed by teachers. We are happy to provide the questionnaire free of charge to schools, researchers and practitioners, on the condition that the schools or teachers who are completing it are not incurring any charge through its completion and that the wording of the questionnaire is not altered in any way.

The HIFAMS questionnaire has been designed to measure the happiness and subjective well-being of children in school. The questionnaire is composed of seven questions which asks children how they feel about school life. The questionnaire is a copyrighted document that may not be modified in any way. However we are happy to provide it free of charge to schools, researchers and practitioners, on the condition that the schools or children who are completing it are not incurring any charge through its completion and that the wording of the questionnaire is not altered in any way.