Biography

I am a post-doctoral research fellow with the Cundill Centre for Child and Youth Depression at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, and an honorary fellow with University College London. My research focuses on strengthening outcome measurement in youth mental health, with a focus on consistency, youth-centredness, and the assessment of functional impairment. I like to use mixed methods and am interested in global perspectives on mental health. Prior to my PhD at UCL, I was a programme evaluator in the UK international development sector working primarily on girls' education and empowerment programmes.

Interests
  • Youth Depression
  • Outcome Measurement
  • Core Outcome Sets
  • Functioning
  • Global Mental Health
  • Youth-Centred Care
Education
  • PhD in Psychology, 2020

    University College London

  • MSc in Political Sociology, 2013

    London School of Economics and Political Sciences

  • BA in Sociology and History, 2010

    Georg-August University Goettingen

Experience

 
 
 
 
 
Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Apr 2020 – Present Toronto, ON

Key research interests:

  • Content validity, responsiveness, and cross-cultural validity of measurement scales
  • Longitudinal associations between symptom severity and impairment
  • Core outcome set development
  • Sustainability of the common metrics agenda
  • Engaging youth in the appraisal of measurement instruments
 
 
 
 
 
Research Fellow for Standard Set of Outcomes for Child and Youth Anxiety and Depression
Oct 2018 – Mar 2020 London, UK

Key responsibilities:

  • Systematic review to identify outcomes and measurement instruments
  • Appraisal of instruments for feasibility and measurement properties
  • Brief review of possible case-mix factors
  • Reporting and dissemination
 
 
 
 
 
PhD Candidate
Oct 2016 – Mar 2020 London, UK
Thesis entitled “What is a Good Outcome of Treatment for Adolescent Depression? A Mixed-Methods Exploration of Measurement, Concepts, and Priorities”, supervised by Miranda Wolpert & Julian Edbrooke Childs.
 
 
 
 
 
Programme Evaluation Consultant
Independent
Sep 2016 – Mar 2020 London, UK
  • Comic Relief/GSK: Fighting Malaria, Improving Health Partnership
  • Save the Children: Evaluation of the Coaching for Life Programme
  • Network for Africa: Counselling Project for Survivors of the 1994 Genocide
  • Countries: Ghana Jordan, Indonesia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania
 
 
 
 
 
Programme Evaluation Consultant
Dec 2012 – Sep 2016 London, UK

Key responsibilities:

  • Quasi-experimental mixed-methods programme evaluations
  • Building monitoring and evaluation capacity
  • Focus on girls' education and empowerment, and children & youth at risk
  • Clients: DFID, USAID, Comic Relief
  • Regions: Eastern Africa, Southern Africa, Southern Asia
 
 
 
 
 
Policy Analysis Consultant
Oct 2010 – Jul 2012 Paris, France

Key responsibilities:

  • Econometric analysis of the socio-economic outcomes of children of migrants
  • Analysis of national integration policies
  • Making policy recommendations

Other Publications

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

(2021). Understanding the illness representations of young people with anxiety and depression: A qualitative study. Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice.

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(2021). Are We Comparing Apples with Oranges? Assessing Improvement Across Symptoms, Functioning, and Goal Progress for Adolescent Anxiety and Depression. Child Psychology and Human Development.

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(2021). Measuring Health Outcomes in HIV: Time to Bring in the Patient Experience. Annals of Global Health, 87(1), 2.

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(2020). Core outcome set development for adolescent major depressive disorder clinical trials: a registered report. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 59(1), 1297-1298.

Project DOI

(2020). A comprehensive mapping of outcomes following psychotherapy for adolescent depression: The perspectives of young people, their parents and therapists. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

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(2020). Systematic review and meta-analysis: outcomes of routine specialist mental health care for young people with depression and/or anxiety. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 59(7), 810-841.

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(2019). Review: What Outcomes Count? A Review of Outcomes Measured for Adolescent Depression Between 2007 and 2017. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 58(1), 61-71.

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(2013). Not In My Kitchen? Ethnic Discrimination and Discrimination Intentions in Shared Housing among University Students in Germany. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 39(10), 1679-1697.

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Other Publications

Preprints & Working Papers

(2021). Problem-Solving Training as an Active Ingredient of Treatment for Youth Depression: A Scoping Review and Exploratory Meta-Analysis. PsyArXiv.

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(2012). The labour market integration of immigrants and their children in Switzerland. OECD Social Employment and Migration Working Paper No. 129, OECD, Paris.

(2011). The Labour Market Integration of Immigrants and their Children in Austria. . OECD Social Employment and Migration Working Paper No. 127, OECD, Paris..

Other Publications

Book Chapters & Dissertations

(2020). Thriving in the face of severe adversity: Understanding and fostering resilience in children affected by war and displacement. Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh (Ed): Refuge in a Moving World: Tracing Refugee and Migrant Journeys Across Disciplines, UCL Press, London, 306-323.

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