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University of Exeter Medical School

Dr Anna Price

Dr Anna Price

NIHR Three Research Schools Mental Health Career Development Fellow & Senior Research Fellow

 A.Price@exeter.ac.uk

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 +44 (0) 1392 726026

 South Cloisters 2.05

 

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


Overview

Anna is a Senior Research Fellow, and NIHR Three Schools Mental Health Research Fellow. Her research concentrates on service provision for children and young people's mental health, with a focus on digital health, and neurodevelopment. Anna's research is co-located between APEx (Exeter Collaboration for Primary Care), and ChYMe (Children & Young People’s Mental Health Research Collaboration). She co-leads SAND: the Science of ADHD & Neurodevelopment collaboration at Exeter.

Anna is principal investigator for the MAP study: 'Managing young people with ADHD in primary care', and for DigitalHealth-ADHD: 'Identifying appropriate evidence-based digital solutions to improve healthcare and support for young people (aged 16 to 25) with ADHD in primary care'. She is co-investigator on the SPaCE Project: ‘Support for Parent Carers in England’, where she is lead advisor on the mapping work stream. 

Anna retains strong links with the Exeter HS&DR Evidence Synthesis Centre, where she worked for two years, conducting syntheses of evidence about organisation and delivery of health and social care. Anna completed her PhD in Medical Studies whilst working on the CATCh-uS study: 'Children and adolescents with ADHD in transition between children’s services and adult services'. She previously worked as a Trial Manager at the Exeter Clinical Trials Unit, managing the HemiSPAIRE randomised controlled trial: 'Effects of a Modified Muscle Sparing Posterior Technique (SPAIRE) in hip hemiarthoplasty'. 

Broad research specialisms

Anna has extensive experience of working in child and adolescent mental health, with a focus on neurodevelopmental difference, and transition. She has developed expertise in mapping health service provision, using collaborative research techniques that engage a range of research partners including those with lived experience. Her focus is on improving mental health and wellbeing in underserved populations, through access to health and social care. She is experienced in conducting evidence syntheses to inform health and social care policy. She has also worked in clinical trial management, with a focus on trials with the potential to inform healthcare guidelines. 

Qualifications

  • Future Focussed Leadership Programme, NIHR, 2023
  • One Year Training Programme in Autism Research, Autistica, 2022
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), 2020
  • PhD Medical Studies, University of Exeter Medical School, 2019 
  • BSc Psychology, University of Exeter, 2012

Career

Anna has worked at the University of Exeter Medical School since 2012, with various job roles in ChYMe, the Clinical Trials Unit, the Evidence Synthesis Centre, and most recently APEx. She gained her PhD in Medical Studies in October 2019. Anna is interested in the use of early interventions to promote health and wellbeing in children and families, as well as supporting young peoples' transitions into adulthood. She is focussed on the co-creation of research to ensure health and social services are accessable to all. She has wide interests in education, with personal experience of supporting neurodevelopmental differences, home education, and flexi-schooling.

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Research

Research interests

Anna's main research interests are in applied health and social care aspects of the mental health of children and young people, including:

  • Support for neurodevelopmental difference (e.g., ADHD or Autism) in young people
  • Transition from child to adult services
  • Stakeholder informed methodologies of mapping services 
  • Co-development of Digital Health Interventions (DHIs) 
  • Evidence syntheses 
  • Clinical trial management
  • Small study group student learning and inclusive education

Research projects

Selected current projects:

  • DigitalHealth-ADHD: Identifying appropriate evidence-based digital solutions to improve healthcare and support for young people (aged 16 to 25) with ADHD in primary care (principal investigator).
  • MAP ADHD: Managing young people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in primary care: mapping current practice and co-producing guidance on pathways to improve healthcare for an underserved population. NIHR Three Research Schools Mental Health Research Fellowship (principal investigator).
  • SPaCE Project: Support for Parent Carers in England (co-investigator). 

Selected previous projects: 

  • Various: Exeter HS&DR Evidence Synthesis Centre. Research Fellow.
  • HemiSPAIRE Trial: Effects of a Modified Muscle Sparing Posterior Technique (SPAIRE) in hip hemiarthoplasty trial, at the Exeter Clinical Trials Unit. Trial Manager.
  • CATCh-uS Study: Children and adolescents with ADHD in transition between children’s services and adult services. Associate Research Fellow and PhD student. 
  • STARS Project: Supporting Teachers and childRen in Schools. Associate Research Fellow
  • HCA study: Helping Children Achieve. Peninsula Medical School and Kings College London. Associate Research Fellow.
  • Various: Including Exeter Perinatal Team mental health service, Systemic Family Therapy, Specialist Team for Early Psychosis, and Adult Mental Health Services. Devon Partnership NHS Trust. Honorary Assistant Psychologist. 

Research grants

  • 2023 NIHR School for Primary Care Research
    NIHR SPCR Funding Round Six: Identifying appropriate evidence-based digital solutions to improve healthcare and support for young people (aged 16 to 25) with ADHD in primary care, the Digital Health-ADHD project. A 12-month project to conduct a systematic review of evidence on healthcare applications and triangulate findings with survey and qualitative questions on digital resource use. (Principal investigator, £52,714, 2023-2024)
  • 2022 University of Exeter Medical School
    Children and Young People's Wellbeing @ Exeter Engagement Award: Interdisciplinary research writing retreat, providing protected time and shared space to develop a joint grant application to explore the feasibility of establishing an ‘Exeter Cohort of Neurodivergent Young People and their Families’. (Principal investigator, £2,000, 2022)
  • 2021 National Institute for Health Research Three Schools Mental Health Programme
    Career Development Fellowship: Managing Young People with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Primary Care, the MAP study. Mapping current practice and co-producing guidance on pathways to improve healthcare for an underserved population. (Principal investigator, £174,447, 2021-2024)
  • 2021 National Institute for Health Research Three Schools Mental Health Programme
    Three Research Schools Mental Health Research Award: Support for Parent Carers in England, the SPaCE Project. A 2-year project to investigate the prevalence of mental health problems in parent carers, and to map pathways to assessment, referral, and treatment for parent carers with mental health problems. (Co-investigator, £283,436, 2022-2024)

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Publications

Journal articles

Saenz AA, Burn A-M, Allen K, Hansford L, Hayes R, Allwood M, Longdon B, Price A, Ford TJ (2023). 3.58 Teachers’Perceptions on the Sustainability of the Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management Program: a One-Year Qualitative Follow-up Study. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 62(10).
Russell AE, Benham‐Clarke S, Ford T, Eke H, Price A, Mitchell S, Newlove‐Delgado T, Moore D, Janssens A (2023). Educational experiences of young people with <scp>ADHD</scp> in the <scp>UK</scp>: Secondary analysis of qualitative data from the <scp>CATCh‐uS</scp> mixed‐methods study. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 93(4), 941-959. Abstract.
French B (2023). Important Considerations for ADHD ‘Patient and Public’ Involvement and Engagement in Research. Medical Research Archives, 11(10). Abstract.
Price A, Smith JR, Mughal F, Salimi A, Melendez-Torres GJ, Newlove-Delgado T (2023). Protocol for the mixed methods, Managing young people (aged 16–25) with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in Primary care (MAP) study: mapping current practice and co-producing guidance to improve healthcare in an underserved population. BMJ Open, 13(7), e068184-e068184. Abstract.
Ball S, McAndrew A, Aylward A, Cockcroft E, Gordon E, Kerridge A, Morgan-Trimmer S, Powell R, Price A, Rhodes S, et al (2022). Detailed statistical analysis plan for a randomised controlled trial of the effects of a modified muscle sparing posterior technique (SPAIRE) in hip hemiarthroplasty for displaced intracapsular fractures on post-operative function compared to a standard lateral approach: HemiSPAIRE. Trials, 23(1). Abstract.
Coelho H, Price A, Kiff F, Trigg L, Robinson S, Thompson Coon J, Anderson R (2022). Experiences of children and young people from ethnic minorities in accessing mental health care and support: rapid scoping review.  Abstract.
Ahuja L, Price A, Bramwell C, Briscoe S, Shaw L, Nunns M, O'Rourke G, Baron S, Anderson R (2022). Implementation of the Making Safeguarding Personal Approach to Strengths-based Adult Social Care: Systematic Review of Qualitative Research Evidence. BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK, 52(8), 4640-4663. Author URL.
Price A, Mitchell S, Janssens A, Eke H, Ford T, Newlove-Delgado T (2022). In transition with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): children's services clinicians' perspectives on the role of information in healthcare transitions for young people with ADHD. BMC psychiatry, 22(1). Abstract.
Janssens A, Blake S, Eke H, Price A, Ford T (2022). Parenting roles for young people with attention‐deficit/hyperactivity disorder transitioning to adult services. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 65(1), 136-144. Abstract.
Allen K, Hansford L, Hayes R, Longdon B, Allwood M, Price A, Byford S, Norwich B, Ford T (2022). Teachers' views on the acceptability and implementation of the Incredible Years<sup>®</sup> Teacher Classroom Management programme in English (UK) primary schools from the STARS trial. The British journal of educational psychology, 92(3), 1160-1177. Abstract.
Price A, de Bell S, Shaw N, Bethel A, Anderson R, Coon JT (2022). What is the volume, diversity and nature of recent, robust evidence for the use of peer support in health and social care? an evidence and gap map. Campbell Systematic Reviews, 18(3). Abstract.
Titheradge D, Godfrey J, Eke H, Price A, Ford T, Janssens A (2022). Why young people stop taking their attention deficit hyperactivity disorder medication: a thematic analysis of interviews with young people. Child: Care, Health and Development, 48(5), 724-735. Abstract.
Price A, Ball S, Rhodes S, Wickins R, Gordon E, Aylward A, Cockcroft E, Morgan-Trimmer S, Powell R, Timperley J, et al (2021). Effects of a modified muscle sparing posterior technique in hip hemiarthroplasty for displaced intracapsular fractures on postoperative function compared to a standard lateral approach (HemiSPAIRE): protocol for a randomised controlled trial. BMJ Open, 11(6), e045652-e045652. Abstract.
Benham-Clarke S, Ford T, Mitchell SB, Price A, Newlove-Delgado T, Blake S, Eke H, Moore DA, Emma Russell A, Janssens A, et al (2021). Role of education settings in transition from child to adult health services for young people with ADHD. Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, 26(4), 341-358.
Eke H, Janssens A, Newlove-Delgado T, Paul M, Price A, Young S, Ford T (2020). Clinician perspectives on the use of National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines for the process of transition in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Child Care Health Dev, 46(1), 111-120. Abstract.  Author URL.
Price A, Janssens A, Newlove-Delgado T, Eke H, Paul M, Sayal K, Hollis C, Ani C, Young S, Dunn-Morua S, et al (2020). Mapping UK mental health services for adults with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: national survey with comparison of reporting between three stakeholder groups. BJPsych Open, 6(4). Abstract.
Price A, Ford T, Janssens A, Williams AJ, Newlove-Delgado T (2020). Regional analysis of UK primary care prescribing and adult service referrals for young people with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. BJPsych Open, 6(1). Abstract.
Janssens A, Eke H, Price A, Blake S, Newlove-Delgado T, Logan S, Ford T (2020). Young people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in transition from children's services to adult services (CATCh-uS): a mixed methods national scoping study. Health Services and Delivery Research, 1-184. Abstract.
Price A, Newlove-Delgado T, Eke H, Paul M, Young S, Ford T, Janssens A (2019). In transition with ADHD: the role of information, in facilitating or impeding young people’s transition into adult services. BMC Psychiatry, 19(1). Abstract.
Price A, Janssens A, Dunn-Morua S, Eke H, Asherson P, Lloyd T, Ford T (2019). Seven steps to mapping health service provision: lessons learned from mapping services for adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in the UK. BMC Health Serv Res, 19(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Allen KL, Hansford L, Hayes R, Allwood M, Byford S, Longdon B, Price A, Ford T (2019). Teachers’ perceptions of the impact of the Incredible Years® Teacher Classroom Management programme on their practice and on the social and emotional development of their pupils. British Journal of Educational Psychology Abstract.
Hayes RA, Titheradge D, Allen K, Allwood M, Byford S, Edwards V, Hansford L, Longdon B, Norman S, Norwich B, et al (2019). The Incredible Years® Teacher Classroom Management programme and its impact on teachers’ professional self-efficacy, work related stress and general well-being: results from the STARS randomised controlled trial. Journal of Educational Psychology Abstract.
Ford T, Hayes RA, Edwards V, Logan GS, Norwich B, Allen KL, Hansford L, Longdon BM, Norman S, Price A, et al (2019). Training teachers in classroom management to improve mental health in primary school children: the STARS cluster RCT. Public Health Research, 7
Eke HE, Ford T, Newlove-Delgado T, Price A, Young S, Ani C, Sayal K, Paul M, Janssens A (2019). Transition between child and adult services for young people with ADHD:. findings from a British national surveillance study. British Journal of Psychiatry, 1-7.
Ayyash H, Ford T, Janssens A, Eke H, Price AM, Morton M, Lynn R (2018). G469 Impact of CAPSS and BPSU in identifying the imminent needs of ADHD patients in transition from children's to adult services across the United Kingdom. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 103, A191-A192.
Titheradge D, Hayes R, Longdon B, Allen K, Price A, Hansford L, Nye E, Ukoumunne O, Byford S, Norwich B, et al (2018). Psychological distress amongst primary school teachers: a comparison with clinical and population samples. Public Health, 166, 53-56.
Price AM, Janssens A, Woodley AL, Allwood M, Ford T (2018). Review: Experiences of healthcare transitions for young people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: a systematic review of qualitative research. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 12-12.
Ford T, Hayes RA, Byford S, Edwards V, Fletcher M, Logan G, Norwich B, Pritchard W, Allen K, Allwood M, et al (2018). The effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the Incredible Years® Teacher Classroom Management programme in primary school children: results of the STARS cluster randomised controlled trial. Psychological Medicine Abstract.
Allwood M, Allen K, Price A, Hayes R, Edwards V, Ball S, Ukoumunne OC, Ford T (2018). The reliability and validity of the pupil behaviour questionnaire: a child classroom behaviour assessment tool. Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties, 23(4), 361-371. Abstract.
Price A, Allen K, Ukoumunne OC, Hayes R, Ford T (2017). Examining the psychological and social impact of relative age in primary school children: a cross-sectional survey. Child: Care, Health and Development, 43(6), 891-898. Abstract.
Allen K, Marlow R, Edwards V, Parker C, Rodgers L, Ukoumunne O, Chan Seem E, Hayes R, Price A, Ford T, et al (2017). ‘How I feel About My School’: the construction and validation of a measure of wellbeing at school for primary school children. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 55
Hurst A, Price A, Walesby R, Doolan M, Lanham W, Ford T (2014). Routine outcome monitoring of evidencebased parenting programmes: Indications of effectiveness in a community context. Journal of Children's Services, 9(1), 58-74. Abstract.
Thompson H, Reville MC, Price A, Reynolds L, Rodgers LR, Ford T (2014). The Quality of Life scale for Children (QoL-C). Journal of Children's Services: research informing policy and practice, 9, 4-17.

Conferences

Price A, Ahuja L, Bramwell C, Briscoe S, Shaw L, Nunns M, O’Rouke G, Baron S, Anderson R (2021). P90 Implementation of strategies for fostering strengths-based adult social work in the UK: a systematic review of research evidence. SSM Annual Scientific Meeting.

Reports

Price A, Ahuja L, Bramwell C, Briscoe S, Shaw L, Nunns M, O'Rourke G, Baron S, Anderson R (2020). Research evidence on different strengths-based approaches within adult social work: a systematic review., NIHR.

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External Engagement and Impact

Awards

Special issue, invited article, November 2018

Price AM, Janssens A, Woodley AL, Allwood M, Ford T (2018). Review: Experiences of healthcare transitions for young people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: a systematic review of qualitative research. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 12-12.

Highly Commended paper in the 2015 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence

Hurst A, Price A, Walesby R, Doolan M, Lanham W, Ford T (2014). Routine outcome monitoring of evidencebased parenting programmes: Indications of effectiveness in a community context. Journal of Children's Services9(1), 58-74

Winner of the Emanuel Miller Research Poster Competition prize, March 2013

Davies CR, Price A, Hurst A, Ford T. Evaluating Evidence Based Parenting Programmes: Routine Outcome Measures as Evidence of Effectiveness in A Community Context. Poster session presented at: Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Emanuel Miller Memorial Lecture and National Conference; 2013 Mar 15; London, UK


Advice to Government, Parliament, devolved and English regional administrations, other national, international, regional or local agencies; advice to non-government organisations and to private practice

Member of National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disoder (ADHD) implementation working group. Advising on implementation challenges and suggested solutions, specifically in relation to ADHD transitions and on the availability of services for adults with ADHD. 14th August, 2019; London UK.


Committee/panel activities

Deputy Board Member, Exeter School for Primary Care Research (SPCR) Board, Exeter Collaboration for Academic Primary Care (APEx), University of Exeter Medical School. Early and mid career researcher representative. Mental health research representative. 2022 - present.

Co-lead Autism Champion at the University of Exeter Medical School, trained through the Exeter Spectrum Programme in association with the National Autistic Society. Hosting neurodiversity awareness events and delivering staff training. 2019 - present.

Symposium presenter at 23rd World Congress of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP): In transition from children’s services to adult services: the case of ADHD: Price, A., Janssens, A., Woodley, A., Eke, H., & Ford, T., Where to transition to: how transparent is the UK‘s and or your national service provision? 23-27th July 2018; Prague, Czech Republic.

Co-presenter and invited panel member at the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP) 42nd Annual Conference: School based mental health interventions symposium: Price, A. & Allen, K., Supporting teachers and children in schools: a trial of the incredible years teacher classroom management programme. 22nd – 25th July 2014, Birmingham, UK.

Presentation and workshop leader at Plymouth University’s Worlds, Bodies and Minds Conference. Price, A. & Davies, CR., Experiencing the Manchester Child Attachment Story Task as it is Utilised in the Helping Children Achieve Project. 16-17th May 2013, Plymouth UK.


Conferences and invited presentations

Price, A. The Managing and supporting young people with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in Primary Care (MAP) study: Mapping current practice and exploring opportunities for digital healthcare for an underserved population. Presentation. Primary Care Mental Health Conference. 2023. Bristol, UK. 2023.

Price, A. Working collaboratively with people with lived experience to map and co-create guidance on improving health services for people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Presentation at Symposium: 'The value of co-production in international neurodiversity research and practice' at 31st European Congress of Psychiatry. 2023. Paris, France. International

Price, A., Ajuha, L., Bramwell, C., Briscoe, S., Shaw, L., Nunns, M., O'Rourke, G., Baron, S., and Anderson, R. Implementation of strategies for fostering strengths based adult social work in the UK: a systematic review of research evidence. Presentation at Society for Social Medicine & Population Health 65th Annual Scientific Meeting. 2021. Virtual.

Price, A. and Price, M. National Map of Adult ADHD Services. Interactive Presentation at UK Adult ADHD Network Annual Conference '10 Years of Progress'. 2019. London, UK.

Price, A. Where to transition to: how transparent is the UK‘s and or your national service provision? Presentation at Symposium: ‘In transition from children’s services to adult services: the case of ADHD’. 23rd World Congress of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions. 2018. Prague, Czech Republic. International


Evidence of impact on policy and professional practice

Funded by National Institute for Health Reserach (NIHR) to design and co-produce a national UK map of health services for young adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Map informed by responses from over 2600 health workers, service users and commissioners. Working with UK Adult ADHD network to enable them to host and update map. 

Publication of article summary in The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH) practitioner facing The Bridge magazine. 


Media Coverage

University of Cambridge: Links to research videos, publications and press coverage for the CATCh-uS study https://dev.psychiatry.cam.ac.uk/catch-us/

Podcast, Adjusting to Change – Episode 2 ‘ADHD, A Young Person’s Guide’ (>1,680 listens). Series: ADHD, A Young Person’s Guide.  Available from: https://www.acamh.org/podcasts/adhd-adjusting-to-change/

Science of ADHD and Neurodevelopment (SAND) collaboration, video resources

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Teaching

Mental health and social care provision for under-represented groups, with a focus on young people with neurodevelopmental disorders. Applied health research methodologies including digital health interventions (DHIs), stakeholder informed service mapping, evidence syntheses, and randomised controlled trials. 

MSc Health Research Methods:

  • Clinical Trials Module, organisational support for clinical research (2019-present)

BMBS Medicine:

  • Special Study Unit, young people's mental health, transition (2022)
  • Making Sense of Evidence, small group tutor. Randomised controlled trials, qualitative research, and systematic reviews (2019-2022)
  • Wellcome Trust funded INSPIRE scheme, Academy of Medical Sciences. Taster day teaching sessions for medical students, mentorship for successful applicants (2016-2020) 
  • Research in Action Module, final year research methods workshop (2016 - 2018)
  • Problem Based Learning group facilitator, supervising students, providing formative assessments (2015 to 2016) 

BSc Medical Sciences: 

  • Translational Medical Science Module, supporting structured small group learning sessions (2018 to 2019) 

Autism Champion: 

  • Co-lead University of Exeter Medical School, in association with the National Autistic Society. Advocating for teaching designed and delivered using Universal Design (UD) (2019-present) 

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