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Child and adolescent psychiatry

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The Child and Adolescent Psychiatry team

Our research mission is to generate findings that will improve children and young people’s mental health.

Our research

Our research in child and adolescent psychiatry covers four key areas:

Our depression and anxiety research aims to:

  • examine the causes of depression in young people, assess how depression develops and identify prevention targets
  • develop early detection, intervention and psych-education programmes in collaboration with young people and practitioners.
  • Recent discoveries and outputs

    Our research in this area explores development, causes and links with anxiety and depression. We aim to:

    • examine the natural history, causes and outcomes of ADHD, autism and communication problems from early childhood to adult life
    • identify ADHD causes and investigate why there are sex differences using genomics and epidemiological designs
    • investigate severe irritability and why those with ADHD and ASD are at elevated risk for anxiety and depression.

    Recent discoveries and outputs

    Our research aims to:

    • investigate mental health in young people and their life at school. We collaborate with colleagues in the School of Psychology, DECIPHer and Swansea University
    • develop new methods of including validated mental health assessments, longitudinal data linkage and secure linkage to electronic health records in school-based research, and testing the feasibility of collecting genetic samples in a classroom setting. We are actively working in this area through the Mental Wellbeing in Adolescence: Genes and Environment Study (MAGES)
    • identify ways of promoting good mental health during the transition from primary to secondary school and the importance of children’s age within their school year for mental health.

    Current projects

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    The Cardiff University Mood and Wellbeing Study

    Our study aims to improve understanding of the causes of young people’s mental health.

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    Neurodevelopmental disorders: what happens when children grow up and why?

    This project is assessing neurodevelopmental problems in a group of around 8,000 adults who have taken part in assessments since they were in the womb.

    Data event

    All Wales Neurodevelopmental Disorder e-cohort

    We are using patient data from routinely collected health records to identify predictors of poor outcomes.

    Photograph of a research assistant guiding three children on how to provide a saliva sample

    Mental Wellbeing in Adolescence: Genes and Environment Study (MAGES)

    The Mental Wellbeing in Adolescence: Genes and Environment Study (MAGES) aims to improve understanding of how genes and environment can affect mental wellbeing in young people.

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    MoodHwb: mood and wellbeing in young people

    We collaborated with young people and parents/carers to develop a web programme to support young people with their mood and well-being.

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    Animating ADHD

    We are working together with local ADHD parent support groups to develop an animation video for children aged 7-11 years about what it means to have ADHD.

    Training and knowledge mobilisation

    Our aim is to support and develop talented people, enabling them to become tomorrow's scientists who investigate young people's mental health.

    We are embedded within the NHS with strong research, training and clinical links to health boards across Wales. We provide training in youth mental health to undergraduate medical students, specialist doctors in child and adolescent psychiatry and other practitioners.

    Our activities in this area include:

    • helping teaching staff and other relevant professionals understand more about children’s difficulties and the types of support these children may need through our links with the Neurodevelopment Assessment Unit
    • shaping the way clinical services are configured, for instance in the creation of cross-diagnosis and cross-discipline child neurodevelopmental clinics and the successfully piloting of age 15 – 25 year clinical transition service
    • contributions via an expert reference group to a national government review on Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service provision and presentation to a sub-committee of MPs at Westminster as part of the Youth Parliament UK campaign on mental health services
    • Professor Thapar is joint-lead editor of the leading textbook used by practitioners training to specialise in child and adolescent psychiatrists; Rutter's Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

    Engagement

    We actively contribute to public engagement through the MRC Centre, our partnership with the National Centre for Mental Health and by participating in the annual Cardiff University Brain Games.

    Our team

    Professor Anita Thapar

    Professor Anita Thapar

    Professor, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences

    Email:
    thapar@cardiff.ac.uk
    Telephone:
    +44 (0)29 2068 8478
    Professor Stephan Collishaw

    Professor Stephan Collishaw

    Personal Chair, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences

    Email:
    collishaws@cardiff.ac.uk
    Telephone:
    +44 (0)29 2068 8436
    Professor Frances Rice

    Professor Frances Rice

    Professor of Developmental Psychopathology, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences

    Email:
    ricef2@cardiff.ac.uk
    Telephone:
    +44 (0)29 2068 8384
    Dr Kate Langley

    Dr Kate Langley

    Senior Lecturer

    Email:
    langleyk@cardiff.ac.uk
    Telephone:
    +44 (0)29 2087 6259
    Dr Ajay Thapar

    Dr Ajay Thapar

    Honorary Research Fellow, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences

    Email:
    thaparak@cardiff.ac.uk
    Telephone:
    +44 (0)29 2068 8490
    Dr Rhys Bevan-Jones

    Dr Rhys Bevan-Jones

    Senior Clinical Research Fellow, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences

    Welsh speaking
    Email:
    bevanjonesr1@cardiff.ac.uk
    Telephone:
    +44 29206 88451
    Joanna Martin

    Joanna Martin

    Research Fellow, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences

    Email:
    martinjm1@cardiff.ac.uk
    Dr Lucy Riglin

    Dr Lucy Riglin

    Research Associate, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences

    Email:
    riglinl@cardiff.ac.uk
    Telephone:
    +44 (0)29 2068 8419
    Dr Sharifah Shameem Agha

    Dr Sharifah Shameem Agha

    Honorary Lecturer, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences

    Email:
    aghas10@cardiff.ac.uk
    Telephone:
    +44 (0)29 2068 8453
    Dr Joanne Doherty

    Dr Joanne Doherty

    Clinical Research Fellow, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences

    Email:
    dohertyjl@cardiff.ac.uk
    Telephone:
    +44 (0)29 2068 8455
    Dr Olga Eyre

    Dr Olga Eyre

    Clinical Research Fellow, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences

    Email:
    eyreo2@cardiff.ac.uk
    Telephone:
    +44 (0)29 2068 8452
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    Victoria Powell

    Research student

    Email:
    powellv@cardiff.ac.uk
    Bryony Weavers

    Bryony Weavers

    Research Assistant, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences

    Email:
    weaversb1@cardiff.ac.uk
    Telephone:
    +44 (0)29 2068 8318
    Alice Stephens

    Alice Stephens

    Research Assistant, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences

    Email:
    stephensa7@cardiff.ac.uk
    Telephone:
    +44 (0)29 2068 8389
    Jessica Lennon

    Jessica Lennon

    Psychology Assistant, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences

    Email:
    lennonj@cardiff.ac.uk
    Emma Meilak

    Emma Meilak

    Administrative Officer, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences

    Email:
    meilake@cardiff.ac.uk
    Telephone:
    +44 29206 88479
    Caroline Warren

    Caroline Warren

    PA to Professor Anita Thapar

    Email:
    childpsychsec@cardiff.ac.uk
    Telephone:
    +44 (0)29 2068 8478

    Internal collaborators

    Professor Simon Murphy

    Professor Simon Murphy

    Professor in Social Interventions and Health, Director DECIPHer, Co-Director National Centre for Population Health and well Being Research, Lead for Public Health Improvement Research Network and the Schools Health Research Network

    Email:
    murphys7@cardiff.ac.uk
    Telephone:
    +44 29208 79144
    Professor Michael O'Donovan

    Professor Michael O'Donovan

    Deputy Director/Clinical Professor, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences

    Email:
    odonovanmc@cardiff.ac.uk
    Telephone:
    +44 (0)29 2068 8320
    Richard Anney

    Richard Anney

    Senior Lecturer in Bioinformatics, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences

    Email:
    anneyr@cardiff.ac.uk
    Telephone:
    +44 (0)29 208 8390
    Marianne van den Bree

    Marianne van den Bree

    Professor, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences

    Email:
    vandenbreemb@cardiff.ac.uk
    Telephone:
    +44 (0)29 2068 8433
    Professor Stephanie van Goozen

    Professor Stephanie van Goozen

    Professor

    Email:
    vangoozens@cardiff.ac.uk
    Telephone:
    +44(0)29 2087 4630
    Professor Katherine Shelton

    Professor Katherine Shelton

    Professor

    Email:
    sheltonkh1@cardiff.ac.uk
    Telephone:
    +44(0)29 2087 6093

    External collaborators