UCL Insitute of Child Health
All children with long-term physical illness may have mental health needs but children with neurological symptoms and problems are even more likely to often have emotional, behavioural and learning difficulties than children without. Psychological problems often have a significant impact on both the child and their family, and their school experience. These problems are nobody's fault and may be related to the underlying neurological problem, but they are often easily treated.
Our research focuses on better understanding the overlap between neurology and psychiatry/psychology. We are interested in evaluating the psychological treatments that have been shown to work in young people with mental health disorders in those who also have physical health conditions. We are also interested in developing and evaluating new cognitive behavioural interventions for psychopathology such as perfectionism and obsessive compulsive disorder across the age range.
Ensuring that our work can be translated into routine clinical care is a priority and fundamental to the research we conduct.? To both pilot and evaluate treatments we have collaborated in establishing a model Psychological Medicine Intervention Service where research standard measurement is integrated into clinical care.
We aim to discover whether standard evidence-based interventions for children and young people (7 - 16 years old) with common mental health difficulties, such as anxiety, depression or behaviour problems, also work for children with neurological conditions. If they do, then we hope that these interventions can be offered more widely in clinical services, so that children and families can access them locally.
Perfectionism can be a problem for some people. This research aims to see if online self-help with guidance from a supporter is an effective treatment for perfectionism in adults.
The purpose of the study is to improve mental health outcomes for young people (13 - 24 years old) with cancer. We do so by assessing the mental health needs of young people with cancer and depression through interviews to inform the development of a online portal for guided self-help.
Epilepsy is the most common brain illness in children. Such children are at up to 9 times more risk of emotional and behavioural disorders compared with healthy children and children with non-neurological chronic illnesses. This project monitors young people with epilepsy (age 3 - 18 years old) for 6 months across NHS sites to identify common mental health problems and assess the feasibility of future large scale clinical trials.
This is a research project to develop and evaluate a friendly and accessible drop-in clinic for mental health for young people and their families at Great Ormond Street Hospital. We want to provide children and young people aged 0-18 at Great Ormond Street, and their parents/caregivers with the opportunity to talk about any mental health and psychological wellbeing concerns that they might have.
We are interested in finding out more about what life is like for individuals with Cystic Fibrosis and their families. Through interviewing those with CF who are older than 11 years, their siblings and parents, we hope to get a clearer understanding of the impact of CF on various topics, such as school and work life, family life and mental health among others.
Psychological Medicine Research
UCL Institute of Child Health
30 Guilford Street
London WC1N 1EH
0207 905 2232