ACE Centre - About us
We are based at Level 4, Academic CAMHS, West Glasgow Ambulatory Care Hospital, Yorkhill, Glasgow, G3 8SJ
If you wish to contact us please call Irene O'Neill (Administrator)
0141 201 9239 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Helen Minnis
Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. I spent time working as an Orphanage Doctor in Guatemala in the early 1990s prior to training in Psychiatry, and this stimulated an interest in the effects of early maltreatment on children's development. My research focus is Attachment Disorder: clinical aspects, assessment tools and behavioural genetics. I am conducting an intervention research for maltreated children including a randomised controlled trial of an infant mental health service for young children in foster care.
Professor Christopher Gillberg
Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Glasgow and Gothenburg / Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre. I have over 40 years’ experience of working with patients/ families with complex psychiatric/ neurodevelopmental problems both clinically and in research. I am also a Visiting/Honorary Professor at the following universities – Edinburgh, University College London, Kochi (among other things working at the Japan Environment and Children Study/JECS) and the Pasteur Institute.
Dr Fiona Turner-Halliday
Health Psychologist and Research Associate. I specialise in qualitative health research and with an interest in interventions for children who have suffered abuse and/or neglect. I lead on the process evaluation of the BeST? services trial and I am undertaking a PhD looking at the ways in which the foster care system impacts on the mental health and wellbeing of infants in foster care who have experienced maltreatment. Since joining the department in 2010, I have explored the feasibility of conducting a randomised controlled trial of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy and continue to investigate this line of research.
Dr Maki Rooksby
Research Associate. I am working for the School Attachment Monitor (SAM) project, a study to automate the key steps and features of a well-validated Manchester Child Attachment Story Task [MCAST: a representational attachment measure for middle childhood]. The study is a cross-disciplinary effort with colleagues in the School of Computing Science. Prior to joining the team, I trained as a developmental psychologist and worked for a number of projects on child development and more recently on health research with adults and children.
Dr Ruchika Gajwani
Research Fellow (Clinical Psychology). I am an Honorary Clinical Psychologist within NHS GG&C, with a special interest in Cognitive Analytic Therapy. I am involved in developing research projects on youth mental health risk and resilience, with a particular interest in the emerging psychosis and borderline personality disorder. My interests include developmental psychopathology, attachment theory and maltreatment, affective dysregulation and suicide prevention, youth mental health risk and resilience.
Dr Jason Lang
I am an Honorary Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Registrar and split my work between research and clinical practice. My main interests are around neurodevelopmental disorders and adverse childhood experiences. I also have an interest in neuroimaging and epigenetics. I am currently involved in developing a pilot study which aims to look at MRI imaging, epigenetic data, biochemical, immunological and stress responsivity data in young people exposed to Adverse Childhood Experiences.
Senior Trial Manager. I specialise in randomised controlled trials (RCTs) of complex interventions. I mainly work on the BeST? Trial, an RCT comparing an infant mental health service (New Orleans Intervention Model -NIM) with Social Work Services-as-usual. My role involves the coordination, management and governance for the trial for Glasgow and London sites. I was previously project manager of THRIVE, an RCT on the effectiveness of two parenting support interventions. My research interests are: approaches to undertaking research with vulnerable participants, particularly in relation to early years and parenting support, and study recruitment and retention. I have recently commenced a PhD considering the ethics of recruiting vulnerable families into RCTs.
Dr Lucy Thompson
Research Fellow and International Research Coordinator. My post is funded by the Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre at the University of Gothenburg. My research looks at early predictors of childhood neurodevelopmental problems, such as autism spectrum conditions, ADHD, language delay, etc. I have conducted a number of systematic literature reviews, secondary analysis of population cohort data and linkage of research data with routinely collected datasets. I am part of a team which has set up whole population mental health screening in the education system in Glasgow (ChiME project), an ongoing project from which several peer-reviewed publications and a successful PhD have already emerged.
Dr Louise Marryat
Research Fellow in natural experiments, Farr Institute Scotland, University of Edinburgh. Honorary, Research Fellow, ACElab, University of Glasgow and a Research Associate, Gillberg Neuropsychiatry, Sweden. I have a PhD. in Psychological Medicine. My interests are exploring early childhood development using longitudinal data and administrative datasets. I previously managed the Child Mental Health in Education project (ChiME project), in collaboration with Glasgow City Council Education Services. I worked on the evaluations of Triple P parenting program and the Family Nurse Partnership pilot in Scotland and the Family Nurse Partnership pilot in Scotland and spend several years working on the Growing Up in Scotland study - Scotland’s birth cohort study.
Speech and Language Therapist and PhD research fellow. My work has focused on differential diagnosis between Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD)/Disinhibited Social Engagement Disorder (DSED); two diagnostically distinct groups who may present with similar social relationship and communication problems. The aim of my PhD is to develop a new observational tool that focuses on the differences in symptoms between ASD and DSED; the potential benefit of which is to assist clinicians with differential diagnosis.
Forensic Psychologist in Training. I am an honorary member of staff contributing to research and publications. I previously worked as a research assistant within the team on a number of studies. I have a degree in psychology and a masters in forensic psychology.
Research Assistant, University of Glasgow, I work part-time in the team, while completing my PhD elsewhere in the department. I currently work on the BeST? services trial, where I carry out cognitive assessments with the children in the study. I am also contributing some work towards the age 8 follow-up of the BeST cohort; currently, I am working on a systematic review of the literature on autonomic stress responsivity in abused and maltreated children.
Social Work Research Associate. I am a qualified Social Worker who has worked within Children and Families teams for the past 8 years currently specialising in working with vulnerable women during pregnancy and in child protection work with at risk babies and toddlers. Whilst with the local authority I have also spent a number of years in research and evaluation. I am currently seconded to the team and am involved in Process evaluation of the BeST? Services trial. I am also undertaking a PhD in investigating the impact of decisions made in legal for a and of legal processes on longer term mental health outcomes for maltreated children in care.
Recruitment Coordinator for the BeST? Services Trial. My role is to liaise with Social Work Families for Children and other relevant agencies to gather information on accommodated children, log the information before randomising for anonymity, and keep all data and logs updated. I will meet with parents to seek their consent and ensure they understand the purpose of the study. Prior to working on this Trial I qualified as a Social Worker and have over twenty years’ experience working in Children and Families Teams, in various settings, covering most aspects of child care, child protection. Latterly I was a Team Leader managing multi-disciplinary PACT Team with the focus on pre-school children whose parents had mental health, addiction issues that had an impact on their parenting ability.
Recruitment Coordinator. My role is to assist in getting participants enrolled who are invited onto the BeST? Services Trial. I have worked as a social worker / team leader for Glasgow City Council for over 20 years. I have been involved with vulnerable children, people with physical disability and older people. Latterly I worked with the Homeless Addiction Team, people who suffered from alcohol and drug addictions.
Research Administrator. I have worked at the University of Glasgow for 16 years. I currently work part-time on two projects; the Child Mental Health in Education (ChiME) study and the BeST? Services Trial. I provide administrative support for both studies. The roles include budget monitoring, minute-taking, website development, assisting with the set-up of robust data collection systems, coordinating data collection, data entry and some data analysis.
Secretary, University of Glasgow / NHS GG&C. I have worked with the team for over 25 years and have built up a wealth of experience of running the department, organising conference and rising funds to support the work of the department. I provide administrative support to various budgets, which includes budget-monitoring, site file maintenance, minute-taking, website development.