Jessica Deighton

Deputy Director and Research Programme Lead for the Evidence Based Practice Unit, UCL

My primary research interests concern the relationship between social, emotional and educational outcomes for children and the effectiveness of interventions to improve children’s mental health and well-being in school and health-based setting. I am currently a senior research fellow and Deputy Director of the CAMHS Evidence Based Practice Unit (EBPU – based across UCL and the Anna Freud Centre).

My current work includes research into the use a modeling of routine outcome data and factors associated with the onset and continuation of conduct problems as part of the Department of Health Child Policy research Unit. My recent work includes coordinating the national evaluation of Targeted Mental Health in Schools, a review of mental health outcome measures commissioned by DCSF in 2008, an investigation of impact and implementation issues relating to a number of wellbeing measures for use in school settings requested by the Department for Education.

I was also the data analyst for the Evaluation and Monitoring Subgroup of the CAMHS National Advisory Council. Other research to date includes investigating links between the family context and children’s adaptation at school as well as the role of school support and school transition in children’s psychological and school-based adjustment.

Experience

  • –present
    Deputy Director and Research Programme Lead for the Evidence Based Practice Unit, UCL