Dr Domenico Giacco

I graduated in Medicine and Surgery, qualified as Psychiatrist and obtained a PhD in behavioural and learning sciences at the Second University of Naples, Italy.
I took up my current post as Research Fellow and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry of the Queen Mary University of London in 2012.
My research interests include models of mental health care organisation and their impact on outcomes, carers involvement in mental health treatment, social relationships of patients with psychotic disorders, clinical decision making in mental health care and clinical characteristics of coercive treatments.
I have participated in a number of international studies on coercive treatments and their outcomes, clinical decision making in mental health care and quality of life and social relationships of people with severe mental disorders.
I am currently co-PI of a project to facilitate involvement of carers in acute treatment of patients with psychosis within the NIHR CLAHRC North Thames and I closely collaborate with Prof. Priebe on a European Commission funded multicentre study to compare integrated and functional systems of mental health care (COFI study).

Dr Darren Sharpe

Dr Darren Sharpe is an accomplished Social Scientist with over fifteen year experience in delivering high end research and developing programmes of work spanning health, education, citizenship, welfare, and social care. These include youth engagement projects on behalf of the UK Government and EU, Night Time Economy research funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner for Essex and child protection research on behalf of the Children Commissioner Office in England, as well as media guidelines on the prevention of youth suicide for the EU (i.e. Directorate of Health and Consumers). Darren specialises in participatory research in the development of social and health policy. He is an award winning and highly accomplished academic-activist who has worked tirelessly since 1997 to help improve outcomes for young people who do not have a powerful voice. Dr Sharpe has written widely and been an invited speaker at INVOLVE, Social Service Research Group Association, AYPH and other national and international conferences on a range of socio-political topics affecting young people in Europe and around the world.

Dr Sharpe lectured in the Department of Social Sciences at Nottingham Trent University, Loughborough University and Anglia Ruskin. He has designed and taught modules in Core Sociology, ‘Race’, Culture and Society and in Qualitative Research Methodologies and Methods for doctoral, postgraduate and undergraduate students. He is held in high-esteem by students and colleagues for his teaching, scholarship and research and features in the 2014-15 Anglia Ruskin postgraduate prospectus. What’s more, Dr Sharpe has trained and mentored teachers to conduct action research in the school environment and provided bespoke research skills training to public and third sector employees.

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.