Dr Jessica Deighton

Dr Jess Deighton is Lecturer in School-Based Mental Health Research, Evaluation, and Evidence-Based Research at UCL and Head of Resilience Research and Evaluation at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families.

Her research has three core components: 1) the measurement of mental health well-being – in particular developing and validating tools for measurement of mental health in children; 2) the evaluation of interventions and multifaceted programmes to support mental health and well-being in children, primarily in educational settings; 3) the interplay between mental health, physical health and educational outcomes.

She leads the national evaluation of BIG Lottery’s HeadStart programme and is also a senior researcher for the North Thames CLAHRC and the Department of Health Child Policy Research Unit. Her recent work also includes the development of guidance materials for schools and colleges around the measurement of mental health and well-being, and the development and evaluation of schools based resources to improve mental Health.

Dr Rachel James

Rachel is the clinical lead for the national i-THRIVE programme, and is responsible for supporting the national implementation of THRIVE. Rachel led on the i-THRIVE Academy, funded by Health Education England.

Rachel is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and has over 20 years’ experience working with children, young people and their families across the health, social care, education and voluntary sectors. She has managed a number of community, specialist and multi-agency CAMHS teams.

Rachel is committed to delivering and developing interventions and services that are evidence-informed and actively promote and encourage shared decision making to ensure collaborative practice with children, young people and their parents or carers.

Dr Lisa Wood

Lisa is a Principal Clinical Psychologist working within acute psychiatric inpatient services within the North East London Foundation Trust.  She is also a Lecturer in Clinical Psychology on the University of Essex Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme.  Lisa has been working clinically with people experiencing long-term mental health difficulties (in particular psychosis) for over 10 years.  Lisa has always incorporated research within her professional practice.  Her research interests are in developing psychological therapies for people who experience psychosis and are also in acute crisis.

Lisa’s fellowship project is to adapt psychological therapies for psychosis to be suited to the acute inpatient setting, and is linked to the CLAHRC’s Empowering mental health service users and families theme.  The fellowship year will be spent doing some preparatory work for a post-doctoral research project examining this area in detail.