Department for Health

Child & Adolescent Mental Health

Our Child & Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) Research Group undertakes high quality, clinically relevant research into all aspects of the mental health of children, young people and their families.


Our studies have:

  • detailed the nature and extent of mental health problems in young people
  • developed new methods of assessment
  • undertaken service evaluations and systematic literature reviews
  • developed and exposed the use of new technologies
  • undertaken randomised controlled clinical trails
  • evaluated preventative and treatment focused interventions.

We also have particular expertise in the development and evaluation of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) with children and young people.

Current Projects

Our research group has completed many previous research projects, and is actively involved with the following.

Project Details
PACES A randomised controlled cluster trial to determine the effectiveness of the FRIENDS CBT programme on the mental health of children.
(NIHR – Public Health Research Programme)
PROMISE A single, blind, randomised, controlled trial to determine the effectiveness of group CBT in the prevention of depression in high risk adolescents.
(NIHR – NHS R&D Co-ordinating Centre for Health Technology Assessment (HTA)
Think Feel Do A randomised control trial examining the feasibility and acceptability of computerised cognitive behaviour therapy for anxiety and depression in 11-16 year olds.
School-based CBT intervention to improve the mental health of low-income, secondary school students in Santiago, Chile Funded by Wellcome Trust.
Community-based interventions for maintaining or improving quality of life in children and adolescents of parents with serious mental illness: An evidence synthesis Funded by National Institute for Health Research - Health Technology Assessment Programme.