Senior Research Associate
Dr Emma Howarth is a Senior Research Associate in the innovation and evaluation of population health interventions theme. Her research focuses on developing and evaluating interventions and services to improve children’s mental health outcomes. She has a particular interest in those interventions aimed at ‘high risk’ groups, with specific expertise regarding children’s exposure to hostile, coercive and violent family environments. She is currently leading on a Delphi study to identify priority features of a comprehensive community based child and adolescent mental health service; a mixed methods case study evaluation of the implementation of CYP-IAPT in Cambridgeshire, and a mixed method feasibility study of systematic methods to identify mental health problems in Primary schools. She is also part of a collaboration with Canadian colleagues to develop pan-Canadian public health guidance, protocols, curricula and tools for health and social service providers to respond to family violence http://projectvega.ca/. Some of this work builds on an evidence synthesis lead by Emma to review the effectiveness and acceptability of interventions for children who have experienced domestic violence.