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University of Exeter Medical School

Dr. Siobhan Mitchell

Dr. Siobhan Mitchell

Research Fellow in Child and Adolescent Health

 +44 (0) 1392 72 6969

 South Cloisters 2.05


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


Siobhan’s background is in dance, training vocationally in ballet she developed an interest in health and wellbeing. Siobhan completed her MRes in Health and Wellbeing and was awarded an ESRC studentship in 2014 to complete her PhD exploring the psychosocial implications of maturity timing for children growing up in an elite dance training context.

Siobhan has worked in the Children & Young People’s Mental Health Research Collaboration since 2018, working across a range of projects. Most recently, The Children & Young People Social Prescribing for Mental Health Project (CHOICES) which aims to extend the growing evidence base around social prescribing in the primary care and public health arenas by focussing on its use for children and young people.

Siobhan also continues to work on projects relating to young people’s wellbeing in the dance sector. Most recently, Siobhan led the GuiDANCE project (Growing up in dance) in collaboration with partners from across the UK dance sector and funded by the ESRC IAA. This was a co-creation project which aimed to address the challenges associated with the pubertal transition in dance for young people and culminated in the creation of a set of guidelines for best practice in the dance sector. The continuation of this work has now been funded by the AHRC to support the development of the GuiDANCE Network which aims to create a network which can sustain this work going forward and to create tangible resources for the dance sector to share key messages and learning from our work to date.

Siobhan joined the Peninsula Mental Health Research Initiative (PenMHRI) in 2023 to support across key projects in relation to child and adolescent health. Specifically, Siobhan supports the SELF study, which explores the impact of delivering school based DBT for CYP who report self-harming, and CAMHS goes wild, which explores using nature-based approaches in CAMHS.


  • PhD Health and Wellbeing (University of Bath)
  • MRes Health and Wellbeing (University of Bath)
  • MSc Dance Science (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance)


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Research interests

Siobhan's research interests are in child and adolescent health and development. More specifically, exploring how to support child and adolescent development in different contexts through the implementation of novel approaches and interventions. 

Research projects

Current Projects:

  • The SELF study - An Uncontrolled Feasibility Study to Examine the Impact of Delivering a Comprehensive School-Based Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (CSB‐DBT) for Young People Reporting Self-Harming Behaviour: the SELF study.
  • CAMHS Goes Wild -  A mixed methods study to evaluate staff views and experiences of a new nature-based way of working with children and young people being treated in Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Cornwall.
  • The GuiDANCE project (Growing up in dance: Enhancing education and creating sustainable practices in growth and maturation in the dance sector). An ESRC funded Impact Acceleration Co-creation project which aims to address the challenges associated with the pubertal transition in dance for young people.

Research grants

  • 2022 NIHR Programme Grant
    Teenage depression knocks normal development off course and damages family relationships. Young people are more likely to get recurrent depression than people first depressed as adults. We need more options for young people who still have symptoms after treatment or relapse quickly, so we developed Mindfulness for Adolescents and Carers (MAC). Mindfulness-based cognitive-therapy (MBCT) is now an established treatment for adults with recurrent depression, yet is untested with young people. MAC is teenager friendly MBCT, which could helps young people avoid recurrent depression, and so reduce damage to their life chances and future health. This programme will have five parts that aim to: 1. Finalise training for practitioners to deliver MAC 2. Co-produce an app to support mindfulness skills practice 3. Test whether MAC works and is value for money 4. Find out how MAC works and for whom it works best 5. Understand how best we can scale up MAC


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Journal articles

Price A, Mitchell S, Janssens A, Eke H, Ford T, Newlove-Delgado T (In Press). 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 Abstract.
Mitchell S (In Press). On-time maturation in female adolescent ballet dancers: Learning from lived experiences. Journal of Early Adolescence
Benham-Clarke S, Ford T, Mitchell S, Price A, Newlove-Delgado T, Blake S, Eke H, Moore D, Russell A, Janssens A, et al (In Press). Role of Education Settings in Transition from Child to Adult Health Services for Young People with ADHD. Journal of Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
Mareva S, Chapman B, Hardwick R, Hewlett C, Mitchell S, Sanders A, Hayes R (2024). The Mental Wellbeing of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) Workers in England: a Cross-Sectional Descriptive Study Reporting Levels of Burnout, Wellbeing and Job Satisfaction. Healthcare, 12(4), 430-430. Abstract.
Mitchell SB, Marks G, Lloyd J (2024). The role of community champions in place-based early years support: how can we successfully share knowledge and build parent confidence?. Perspect Public Health, 144(3), 143-145.  Author URL.
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.
Bywater T, Berry V, Blower S, Bursnall M, Cox E, Mason-Jones A, McGilloway S, McKendrick K, Mitchell S, Pickett K, et al (2022). A proportionate, universal parenting programme to enhance social-emotional well-being in infants and toddlers in England: the E-SEE Steps RCT. Public Health Research, 10(8), 1-162. Abstract.
Bywater T, Berry V, Blower S, Bursnall M, Cox E, Mason-Jones A, McGilloway S, McKendrick K, Mitchell S, Pickett K, et al (2022). A randomized controlled trial of a proportionate universal parenting program delivery model (E-SEE Steps) to enhance child social-emotional wellbeing. PLoS One, 17(4). Abstract.  Author URL.
Berry V, Mitchell SB, Blower S, Whittaker K, Wilkinson K, McGilloway S, Mason-Jones A, Carr RM, Bywater T (2022). Barriers and facilitators in the delivery of a proportionate universal parenting program model (E-SEE Steps) in community family services. PLOS ONE, 17(6), e0265946-e0265946. Abstract.
Mitchell S, Campbell R, MacArthur GJ (2022). Parent/caregiver attitudes, motivations and behaviours in relation to alcohol use among offspring aged 13–18 years: a qualitative study. BMC Public Health, 22(1). Abstract.
Clarkson S, Bowes L, Coulman E, Broome MR, Cannings-John R, Charles JM, Edwards RT, Ford T, Hastings RP, Hayes R, et al (2022). The UK stand together trial: protocol for a multicentre cluster randomised controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of KiVa to reduce bullying in primary schools. BMC Public Health, 22(1). Abstract.  Author URL.
Blower SL, Berry VL, Bursnall MC, Cohen J, Gridley N, Loban A, Mandefield L, Mason-Jones AJ, McGilloway S, McKendrick KL, et al (2021). Enhancing Social-Emotional Outcomes in Early Years (E-SEE): Randomized Pilot Study of Incredible Years Infant and Toddler Programs. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 30(8), 1933-1949. Abstract.
Lloyd J, Bjornstad G, Borek A, Cuffe-Fuller B, Fredlund M, McDonald A, Tarrant M, Berry V, Wilkinson K, Mitchell S, et al (2021). Healthy Parent Carers programme: mixed methods process evaluation and refinement of a health promotion intervention. BMJ Open, 11(8). Abstract.  Author URL.
Mitchell SB, Haase AM, Cumming SP (2021). Of Grit and Grace: Negotiating Puberty, Surviving, and Succeeding in Professional Ballet. Women in Sport and Physical Activity Journal, 29(2), 127-138. Abstract.
Wilkinson K, Ball S, Mitchell S, Ukoumunne O, O'Mahen H, Tejerina-Arreal M, Hayes R, Berry V, Petrie I, Ford T, et al (2021). The longitudinal relationship between child emotional disorder and parental mental health in the British Child and Adolescent Mental Health surveys 1999 and 2004. Journal of Affective Disorders, 288, 58-67.
Mitchell SB, Haase AM, Cumming SP (2020). Experiences of delayed maturation in female vocational ballet students: an interpretative phenomenological analysis. Journal of Adolescence, 80, 233-241. Abstract.
Tinner LE, Kaner E, Garnett C, Mitchell S, Hickman M, Campbell R, MacArthur G (2020). Qualitative Evaluation of Web-Based Digital Intervention to Prevent and Reduce Excessive Alcohol Use and Harm Among Young People Aged 14-15 Years: a "Think-Aloud" Study. JMIR Pediatr Parent, 3(2). Abstract.  Author URL.
Cumming SP, Searle C, Hemsley JK, Haswell F, Edwards H, Scott S, Gross A, Ryan D, Lewis J, White P, et al (2018). Biological maturation, relative age and self-regulation in male professional academy soccer players: a test of the underdog hypothesis. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 39, 147-153. Abstract.
Cumming SP, Brown DJ, Mitchell S, Bunce J, Hunt D, Hedges C, Crane G, Gross A, Scott S, Franklin E, et al (2018). Premier League academy soccer players’ experiences of competing in a tournament bio-banded for biological maturation. Journal of Sports Sciences, 36(7), 757-765. Abstract.
Mitchell SB, Haase AM, Cumming SP, Malina RM (2017). Understanding growth and maturation in the context of ballet: a biocultural approach. Research in Dance Education, 18(3), 291-300. Abstract.
Mitchell S (2016). Ballet body narratives: pain, pleasure and perfection in embodied identity. Research in Dance Education, 17(1), 60-61.
Mitchell SB, Haase AM, Malina RM, Cumming SP (2016). The role of puberty in the making and breaking of young ballet dancers: Perspectives of dance teachers. Journal of Adolescence, 47, 81-89. Abstract.


Mitchell S, Clements L (2021). Psychosocial, physical and cognitive perspectives on the adolescent dancer. In Pessali-Marques B (Ed) Scientific perspectives and emerging developments in dance and the Performing Arts, IGI Global.

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External Engagement and Impact


Nominated for the One Dance UK Research in Dance Impact Award (2019)

Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) PhD Studentship (2014-2018)

Recipient of the Healthy Dancer Canada Annual Research Award (2017)

Finalist, Ede and Ravenscroft prize, University of Bath (2017)

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