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Summer School

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Our first annual Summer School in Youth Mental Health Research takes place this year.

The three-day course will take place online, run by the expert interdisciplinary team based at the Wolfson Centre for Young People's Mental Health at Cardiff University.

The aim of the programme is to give prospective researchers from both clinical and non-clinical backgrounds a grounding in youth mental health research, focussed mainly on the wide-ranging work we do at the Wolfson Centre.

The summer school will be delivered by world-leading researchers based at the prestigious centre who will lead talks and workshops in their areas of expertise, with a focus on understanding the causes of adolescent mental health problems that can inform new effective ways to offer practical help to young people.

The summer school includes talks on a range of topics in youth mental health research methods and findings, drawing on the disciplines of epidemiology, genetics, neuroscience and intervention development, including:

  • Challenges for youth mental health and the current landscape
  • The developmental approach to research and longitudinal data analysis
  • Preventing depression in youth
  • Mental health in schools and evaluation of complex interventions
  • Psychiatric genetics research in youth mental health
  • Suicide and self-harm in youth

The summer school also includes interactive workshops on topics including research career advice, the importance of involving the public in research, and how researchers can help ensure findings are translated into government policy.

Programme

The Wolfson Centre Summer School virtual programme for 2022:

TimeActivity
10:00             Welcome and introduction
Professor Stephan Collishaw and Professor Frances Rice 
10:20Developmental approach and longitudinal analysis
Dr Lucy Riglin
11:30Secular trends in young people's mental health
Professor Stephan Collishaw
13:30The importance and application of neuroscience in psychiatry
Professor Jeremy Hall
14:30

Workshops in breakout rooms
Attendees should indicate in their application which workshop they would like to attend.

  • Introduction to the Wolfson Centre Youth Advisory Group: Priorities for research in youth mental health
    Emma Meilak
  • Research careers for prospective students
    Dr Will Davies
  • Research careers for clinicians
    Dr Rhys Bevan-Jones and Dr Olga Eyre
15:30Close of first day
19:00Virtual social for attendees
TimeActivity
09:30             Welcome and overview
Dr Chris Eaton 
09:40Challenges for youth mental health and the current landscape
Professor Anita Thapar
10:50Prevention of depression
Professor Frances Rice
12:50How does parental mental health affect children's mental health?
Professor Frances Rice
14:00

Workshops in breakout rooms
Attendees should indicate in their application which workshop they would like to attend.

  • Using routine data in mental health research
    Dr Foteini Tseliou
  • Open science practices
    Dr Yulia Shenderovich
15:00Close of second day
TimeActivity
9:30             Virtual coffee and catch up
All attendees and speakers welcome 
10:00Welcome and overview
Dr Chris Eaton
10:10Mental health in schools and evaluation of complex interventions
Professor Graham Moore
11:20Genetics
Dr Joanna Martin
13:20Suicide and self-harm
Professor Ann John
14:30

Workshops in breakout rooms
Attendees should indicate in their application which workshop they would like to attend.

  • Introduction to online mental health resources and interventions for young people
    Dr Rhys Bevan-Jones and Dr Olga Eyre
  • Translating research findings into policy
    Dr Chris Eaton and Karen Cornish, Welsh Government
  • Importance of co-production in Public Patient Involvement (PPI) work
    Sophie Jones, ALPHA DECIPHer
15:30Close and farewell

Please note all talks and workshops will be delivered in English.

Speakers

The programme is delivered by experts in their respective fields.

    • Professor Stephan Collishaw
    • Professor Jeremy Hall
    • Professor Ann John
    • Professor Graham Moore
    • Professor Simon Murphy
    • Professor Frances Rice
    • Professor Anita Thapar
    • Dr Rhys Bevan Jones
    • Dr Chris Eaton
    • Dr Olga Eyre
    • Dr Will Davies
    • Dr Joanna Martin
    • Dr Victoria Powell
    • Dr Lucy Riglin
    • Dr Yulia Shenderovich
    • Dr Foteini Tseliou

Who can apply

The summer school is aimed at research scientists (MSc, PhD, Post Doc, or completed BSc) and clinical trainees (Foundation/Core/Speciality Training) who are interested in moving into youth mental health research, or those who want an introduction to the field.

Our summer school is free to attend.

How to apply

We are now taking applications for the Wolfson Centre Summer School in Youth Mental Health Research until 27 June 2022.

To apply, please complete our online application form.

In your application form, please indicate which workshop session you would like to attend each day. This is to allow us to estimate numbers for each workshop.

Contact us

For more information, please get in touch.

Wolfson Centre for Young People's Mental Health

  • wolfsoncentresummerschool@cardiff.ac.uk