Who we are

Dr Jessica Deighton Dr Jessica Deighton is Deputy Director for the Evidence Based Practice Unit (EBPU) and is also Senior Research Fellow for the Mental Health Theme of the Department of Health’s Policy Research Unit in the Health of Children, Young People and Families. Her research concerns 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 settings. She leads and collaborates on studies funded by the Department of Health, Department for Education and the Health foundation that focus on evaluation of large scales interventions aimed at improving health and mental health outcomes for children and young people across health and education settings.
Prof Neil Humphrey Prof Neil Humphrey is Professor of Education and Research Coordinator for the Manchester Institute of Education at the University of Manchester. His main areas of research interest are in social and emotional learning, mental health and special educational needs (particularly autism spectrum conditions). Neil has led several major national evaluation projects, including the primary SEAL small group work component, secondary SEAL programme, and Achievement for All initiative. He is currently leading two major randomised trials in primary schools – of the Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies Curriculum and the Good Behaviour Game. Neil’s research has been funded by bodies including the National Institute for Health Research, Education Endowment Foundation and Department for Education. He recently published ‘Social and emotional learning – a critical appraisal’ with Sage.
Dr Miranda Wolpert Dr Miranda Wolpert is Director of the Evidence Based practice Unit (EBPU) (an academic unit, part of both University College London and Anna Freud Centre committed to developing and disseminating the evidence base in relation to child mental health service provision) and Chair of the CAMHS Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC) (a collaboration of over half of all child and adolescent mental health services in England committed to routine outcome evaluation and to using this approach to develop and enhance services). She currently chairs the outcomes and evaluation group of the IAPT initiative and leads the mental health stream of the Child Policy Research Unit. She is involved in a number of grant funded studies by DH and others to explore how best to make use of routine outcome evaluation to improve and transform practice.
Mia Eisenstadt Mia Eisenstadt has over the past 10 years been working as a facilitator and researcher with a passion for, and specialism in, systemic change in complex systems. She has had the opportunity to work systemically in a range of subject areas: regeneration and community resilience in deprived neighborhoods in the UK, children and young people’s mental health in England and poverty and social entrepreneurship in South Africa, climate change, peace and re-unification in Cyprus, food sustainability and sustainable agriculture, mental health innovation, poverty alleviation, urban agriculture, climate change, low carbon transport in Europe and sustainable education in England. Within Oxfam GB, she has had recently reviewed projects aiming for systemic change, such as Project Sunrise, as well as reviewed strategic engagements with the private sector on behalf of a large NGO. She has been producing tools and analyses to support the development and strategic direction in systemic change projects and multi-stakeholder partnerships and platforms. She is involved in both the design and delivery of systemic change projects as well as research and evaluation. In addition she periodically conduct trainings in Transformative Scenario Planning and the Change Lab to build relationships, capacities and skills for systemic change with a range of client groups.
Kate Martin Kate Martin has over 14 years experience of working across the youth, social care, disability and mental health sectors in the UK. Kate’s experience centres on children and young people’s participation, shared decision making and collaborative practice, as well as in promoting children’s rights and disability equality.