Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Professions

Child Health and Wellbeing Research Network

Child Health

The Child Health and Wellbeing Research Network brings together researchers across the University of Exeter that conduct research in the area of children’s health and wellbeing.

The network spans many of the University’s colleges and represents 13 different groups, all with related work in this important field of enquiry. It was formed to ensure that strong collaboration and inter-disciplinary thinking and skills are at the heart of the research conducted, for the benefit of children and young people.

On this page you will find links to the profiles of key individuals and research groups involved in this area.

Key Researchers and Research groups

NIHR PenARC works with practitioners, patients, carers and members of the public to conduct research that answers pressing questions for practice in the NHS and Social Care. They are a collaboration between the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, and health and social care organisations across the South West.

Key researchers and support staff

Stuart Logan 
Sarah Brand 
Vashti Berry 
Kristin Liabo 
Camilla Forbes
G J Melendez-Torres
Charlotte Hewlett 
Amy Coombe

ChYMe researches the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people with the aim of developing evidence based policy and practice

Key researchers

Vashti Berry 
Tamsin Newlove-Delgado 
G J Melendez-Torres
Abby Russell

PenCRU is a childhood disability research unit which involves families as partners in research through our Family Faculty. Thereby we aspire to make our research more relevant, useful and accessible to disabled children and their families.

Key researchers

Chris Morris
Stuart Logan

The Relational Health Group works with schools, neighbourhoods and workplaces to create the conditions for health and reduce health inequalities.

Key researchers

Professor Katrina Wyatt

Child health and wellbeing research within Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology

Research groups

Egenis Group 

Key researchers

Ginny Russell 
Samantha Hurn 

Child Health and Wellbeing research within CHERC/Sports Science

Key researchers

Craig Williams 

Child Health and Wellbeing research within CEDAR, MDC and Psychology

Key researchers

Anke Karl 
Heather O’Mahen 
Catherine Gallop 
Lamprini Psychogiou 

Child Health and Wellbeing research within Social Sciences

Key researchers

Chris Boyle 
Will Shield 
Darren Moore 
Anna Mountford-Zimdars 
Lesley McAneny-Turner
Hatice Yildirim 

Child health and wellbeing research within Humanities/English Literature

Key researchers

Dr Wendy O'Shea-Meddour


The Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) team support PenARC researchers and students to involve the public in their research projects. They conduct and publish research on how best to involve members of the public in health policy, research and practice. Through teaching, workshops and creating resources, they help members of the public to develop their own research questions. 

They have several projects underway that involve parents with young children. They have been meeting at children’s centres and other child-friendly places so that parents can attend research meetings and bring their children at the same time. Their discussions have taken place surrounded by babies just few weeks old and lively pre-school children enjoying soft-play and toys.