CeDAR - About us
We are based at
The Clarice Pears Building, School of Health and Wellbeing, University of Glasgow, 90 Byres Road, Glasgow, G12 8TB.
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, University of Glasgow
I have a long-standing clinical and research focus on the psychiatric problems of abused and neglected children. Currently my focus is on intervention research, including a randomised controlled trial of an infant mental health service for young children in foster care and a randomised controlled trial of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy for primary school-aged children in adoptive or foster placements. I am also conducting behavioural genetics research focused on the role of abuse and neglect, and its overlap with neurodevelopment across the life-course. I have collaborations with colleagues in the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King's College London, the Universities of Aalborg and Aarhus, Denmark and with the Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre, Gothenburg, Sweden.
Professor Christopher Gillberg
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 Ruchika Gajwani
Research Fellow/Honorary Clincial Psychologist
My research focus is youth mental health and wellbeing. I am currently involved in examining genetic and environmental factors that contribute to mental health difficulties, specifically the links between neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) using data on twins in Sweden. Also, the overlap between NDDs and ACEs in predicting severe mental health difficulties.
Current research interest includes - neurodevelopmetntal disorders, adverse childhood experiences, affective dysregulation and suicide prevention, youth mental health, early intervention for borderline personality disorder.
Dr Jason Lang
Clinical Senior Lecturer in Neurodevelopment, University of Glasgow, and an Honorary Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
My research interests include neurodiversity in children and young people, the co-occurrence of different neurotypes within this population and the experience of being neurodivergent, including equality issues associated with neurodivergence. I am also interested in how services, early intervention, and environmental interventions can be configured to better serve this population. I have a longstanding interest in education and I am working on the creation of a national Neurodevelopmental Practitioner course as well as collaborating on the development of an Infant Mental Health course within the University of Glasgow. I have some lived experience of neurodivergence. I am autistic and I have two daughters who are also neurodivergent.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Senior Business Support Administrator, University of Glasgow / NHS GG&C
I have worked with the team for over 30 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.