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Staff Profile

Dr Vashti Berry

Senior Research Fellow

Kath Maguire

I joined PenCLAHRC in March 2014 as a quantitative Senior Research Fellow. My research interests are children’s mental health and the interventions and services developed to respond to or prevent health and developmental difficulties. To date, I have led randomised controlled trials of two parenting interventions, a school-based social emotional learning programme, as well as a mentoring programme for anti-social young people. I have also worked with partner agencies to design new children’s services and develop existing interventions to respond to particular needs or target groups. I have been particularly interested in children exposed to family violence. My focus within PenCLAHRC will be on building links with (mental) health networks and agencies across the South West, to answer pressing questions from the frontline and to build research capacity. I am also an Associate of the Social Research Unit at Dartington, assisting them with the design and implementation of five randomised trials evaluating interventions designed to reduce pathways for young people into antisocial behaviour and criminal justice.

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Contact by phone
01392 722394

Employed by
University of Exeter

Areas of expertise
Children's mental health, service design and evaluation

Projects

Evaluation of the Incredible Years Infant & Toddler Programme

DeCoDer

Paediatric Acute Care Project

MBCT-YP: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy to prevent relapse in young people

Family Vision

How can schools best support parents' engagement in their children's learning?

Healthy Parent Carers

Publications

Innovations in Practice: Further evidence on the effectiveness of the strengths and difficulties added value score as an outcome measure for child and adolescent services

Perfect bedfellows: why early intervention can play a critical role in protecting children – a response to Featherstone et al. (2014) ‘A marriage made in hell: child protection meets early intervention’

Interventions for reducing unplanned paediatric admissions: an observational study in one hospital

Effectiveness and micro-costing of the KiVa school-based bullying prevention programme in Wales: study protocol for a pragmatic definitive parallel group cluster randomised controlled trial

Incredible Years parenting programme: Cost-effectiveness and implementation

Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for young people and their carers: A mixed-methods feasibility study

The Parent Programme Implementation Checklist (PPIC): The development and testing of an objective measure of skills and fidelity for the delivery of parent programmes

The effectiveness of a mentoring program for children aged 5-11 years: results from a randomized controlled trial

Could Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy prevent a lifelong recurrent course of depression or anxiety by addressing key mechanisms of vulnerability in high-risk adolescents?

The effectiveness of the Inspiring Futures parenting programme in improving behavioural and emotional outcomes in primary school children with behavioural or emotional difficulties: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial

Experiences of interventions aiming to improve the mental health and well-being of children and young people with a long-term physical condition: A systematic review and meta-ethnography

The effectiveness of Chance UK's mentoring programme in improving behavioural and emotional outcomes in primary school children with behavioural difficulties: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial

Do parenting interventions increase social inequalities in child conduct problems? Pan-European Individual Participant Data (IPD) meta analysis

Healthy Parent Carers peer-led group-based health promotion intervention for parent carers of disabled children: protocol for a feasibility study using a parallel group randomised controlled trial design

The effectiveness of the Incredible Years pre-school parenting programme in the United Kingdom: a pragmatic randomised controlled trial

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03

PPI Advice Clinic

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05

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News

Dementia expert takes 'dementia friendly' message to 10 Downing Street

13 October 2020

A PenARC colleague has met the Prime Minister to ask for his backing to help...
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October 2020 Newsletter

08 October 2020

Our latest newsletter, with news of our continued COVID-related activities, the launch of our new...
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Mental Health Facility at Torbay Hospital begins construction

06 October 2020

The construction of a new £11.8 million Mental Health facility, supported by research undertaken as...
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Research Projects

Remote-by-Default Care in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Theme: ARC - Public Health

A research project to investigate how to ensure the delivery of effective care accessed remotely...
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Digital Health Resources for Clinicians and Researchers

Theme: ARC - Methods for Research & Improvement

An introduction to literature and resources on digital health for researchers and clinicians in response...
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Research Projects