Professor Helen Minnis, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Glasgow. Joint Principal Investigator.
Helen's clinical and research work, for over 20 years, has been focused on families living with adversity. She has an interest in how neurodevelopmental conditions, like ADHD and Autism, can make living with adversity even harder. Her expertise is in trials of interventions to improve the mental health of children and families who have experienced early adversity or have been in social care. She is learning a huge amount from working with parents whose children have been involved with social work and sees this as an important way to change services for the better.
Matt Forde, Partnerships and Developmental Director, NSPCC, Joint Principal Investigator / Lead Applicant with expertise in developing and scaling up integrated health and social care needs.
Matt joined the NSPCC in 2010 as first National Head for Scotland. Previously, Matt worked in statutory children's services, researching childhood experiences of offenders led him to develop evidence-based prevention services. He is a registered social worker, and he is active in policy, practice development and research projects. In 2014, completed a Winston Churchill fellowship travelling in the USA and Europe to explore insights in preventing child abuse and upholding children's rights.
Sharon Graham, Patient and Public Lead, University of Glasgow.
Sharon has experience has personal experience of supporting parents and families who access social care. Sharon works in a person centred and trauma informed way and will work in partnership with two groups of parent collaborators from Glasgow and Bromley to shape the development of the intervention and research.
Dr Fiona Turner, Research Associate, Health Psychologist, University of Glasgow. Expertise in qualitative research methods.
The majority of Fiona's work is process evaluation alongside trial of complex interventions in the area of infant mental health, child maltreatment and neurodiversity. Fiona's PhD is focused on foster care for young children who have experienced abuse/neglect and the impact of the child-carer relationship on symptoms of mental health problems and attachment disorders.
Karen Crawford, Senior Trial Manager and Research Associate, University of Glasgow.
Karen is an expert in randomised controlled trial management, and has several years' experience of managing trials of complex interventions in a social care setting, including mental health programmes aimed at vulnerable families and children who are or have been in care. These trials can be challenging, and Karen is committed to capturing the learning on what works in terms of recruiting and retaining families in trials like these as well as fitting trials in social care into governance structures developed for healthcare trials.
Dr Kathleen Boyd, Reader in Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment (HETA), University of Glasgow. Expert in health economics of complex interventions, including at social/health interface
Kathleen supports and advises collaborators regarding trial design, economic evaluations, incorporating modelling, and evaluations of complex and public health interventions. Her research spans a range of clinical areas and types of health technologies, i.e. pharmacological treatments, medical devices, diagnostic tests. Kathleen is also a Lead Health Economics reviewer for the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC).
Professor Kapil Sayal, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Institute of Mental Health, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, University of Nottingham. Expert in clinical trials of complex interventions and ADHD.
Kapil's research interests reflect developmental epidemiology, clinical and school based trials, child and adolescent mental health in schools and primary care, ADHD and self-harm.
Judge Carol Atkinson, East London Family Court. Expert on judicial processes around children involved in social care.
Carol is a senior judge for the delivery of family justice in East London, which includes 10 local authorities areas for public law and 12 local authorities area for private law.
Professor Dennis Ougrin, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Queen Mary University of London. Expert in child and adolescent psychiatry in high-risk population.
Dennis' main professional interests are prevention of Borderline Personality Disorder and effective interventions of self-harm. I am an author of Therapeutic Assessment, a novel model of assessment for the young people presenting with self-harm in emergency.
Janet McCullough, Head of children's Services (South), Glasgow Health and Social Care Partnership, Head of Children's Services, Expert on family group conferencing and poverty-aware social work.
Professor Alex McConnachie, Clinical Trial Biostatistics, Robertson Centre for Biostatistic, University of Glasgow. Expert in the design, analysis, and reporting of randomised trials and other health research studies.
Alex has over 25 years experience in medical statistics, with interests in many clinical areas, including complex interventions for the improvement of child neurodevelopment and mental health.