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The NIHR Schools for Primary Care Research (SPCR), Public Health Research (SPHR) and Social Care Research (SSCR) (“three Schools”) have joined together in a unique collaboration between leading academic centres in England to collaborate on a programme of work funded through the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR): Improving mental health and wellbeing in underserved populations through collaborative research.


Juan Carlos Bazo Alverez - University College London

Project Title: Health inequalities in People with seveRe mental Illnesses: Impact of antipsychOtic tReatments and social Inequalities on long Term phYsical health (PRIORITY) 

Beth Bareham Newcastle University

Project Title: Understanding co-occurring alcohol and mental health problems amongst older people, and developing holistic, age-tailored and integrated approaches in local primary care and community alcohol and mental health services 

Rhiannon Barker London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine 

Project Title: Exploring the links between mental health, school exclusion and gang culture from the perspective of young people 

Sarah Cook Imperial College London

Project Title: Investigating health inequalities in people with alcohol use disorders and type 2 diabetes 

Greg Hartwell London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) 

Project Title: Exploring the commercial determinants of children and young people’s mental health: a qualitative study into the intersecting impacts of vaping and TikTok 

Alexander Hodkinson - University of Manchester

Project Title: Quality and safety processes of care for underserved young people with mental ill health and effectiveness of youth suicide prevention programmes in primary care and community settings 

Holly Hope - University of Manchester

Project Title: Using big data to optimise preconception health among women with mental illness

Celia Hulme - University of Manchester

Project Title: Social Prescribing for Culturally Deaf British Sign Language (BSL) Users 

Ruth Naughton-Doe University of York 

Project Title: Finding solutions for perinatal loneliness in collaboration with people with lived and practitioner experience. 

Roberta Piroddi - University of Liverpool

Project Title: LINKed data tools to inform action against Suicide and self-harm (LINKS) 

Ruth Plackett - University College London

Project Title: The benefits and harms of social media use for young adults with common mental health disorders presenting to primary care 

Anna Price - University of Exeter

Project Title: Managing young people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in primary care (MAP) study: mapping current practice and co-producing guidance on pathways to improve healthcare for an underserved population 

Maureen SeguinLondon School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Project Title: Impact of access to housing on mental health and coping amongst Ukrainian refugees in the UK

Sarah Steeg - University of Manchester

Project Title: Primary and social care service utilisation and needs among people who have harmed themselves 

Laura Warbrick - University of Exeter

Project Title: Development and evaluation of brief GP and IAPT clinician training to improve the care of patients with underlying personality difficulties. 

Sarah WighamNewcastle University 

Project Title: DevelOPing a primary care traumA screening tooL and a practitioner/staff training resource on trauma among people with learning disabilities. OPAL Study. 

Ge Yu - Newcastle University

Project Title: Emerging eviDence on the impact of COVID-19 on mental hEalth sErvices and health inequalities in highly dePrived communities (DEEP) 


Emma Adams - Newcastle University

Project Title: Evidence synthesis: training, networking, and undertaking a systematic review around trauma, mental health, and homelessness

Ruth Ambrose - Greater Manchester Mental Health Foundation Trust

Project Title: Barriers to accessing physical health care in people with Severe Mental Illness (SMI): A Systematic Review

Stephanie Ejegi-Memeh - Sheffield University

Project Title: Exploring the role of Black-led community organisations in promoting mental well-being in Black communities

Clarissa Giebel - University of Liverpool

Project Title: Determining and managing the specific mental health needs of social care staff and family carers of older adults

William McGovern - Northumbria University

Project Title: Exploring the trajectories and mental health needs of individuals recovering from long term problematic alcohol and substance use

Richard Pione - Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Project Title: Development and Preliminary Evaluation of a Novel Psychotherapy for Depression for Clients with a Complex Trauma Background (ADepT-CT)

Catherine Saunders - Cambridge University

Project Title: Developing the evidence base to improve mental health and wellbeing of transgender adults in England


Anita Attala - Teesside University

Project Title: Exploring the views and opinions of Dietitians working in Specialist Adult Weight Management Services in the North-East of England on their skills, knowledge, and service provision for supporting people with obesity and a severe mental illness and/or learning disability  

Sonia Filmer - Aston University

Project Title: Facilitators And Barriers to the De-prescribing Of Benzodiazepines and Z-drug Hypnotics in patients under 65 on Adult Mental Health Wards (FABOB study)

Karen Leeves - Queen Mary University of London

Project Title: MSc Public Mental Health

Julia Mannes - Cambridge University

Project Title: Sociodemographic and referral characteristics of social care experienced young people referred to child and adolescent mental health services: a quantitative study of referral decisions and outcomes 

James McLeodDurham University

Project Title: An examination of the perspectives of older autistic adults about their engagement in physical activity 

Nicola Merrett - University College London

Project Title: Understanding young people’s experience of period pain 

Jamie Wong - London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Project Title: Deprivation, obesity, and mental health in children and adolescents before and after the COVID-19 pandemic: Findings from the UK Millennium Cohort Study


Deborah Caldwell - University of Bristol

Project Title: How Do We Improve Mental Health Outcomes For Children And Young People From Black Asian And minoritised groups? An Evaluation Of A Community-based Approach

Michelle Farr - University of Bristol

Project Title: Changing Futures: Evaluation of trauma-informed interventions to improve mental health and wellbeing of people with multiple disadvantage 

Eileen Kaner / Amy O'Donnell - University of Newcastle

Project Title: Evaluation of the Recovery Navigator Programme in the North East North Cumbria Integrated Care System: A Mixed Methods Study

Ceu Mateus - University of Lancaster

Project Title: Experiences of and outcomes for Blackpool adults with enrolled in the ADDER programme who are treated with buprenorphine prolonged-release injection (Buvidal) opioid substitution therapy

Sarah Sowden - University of Newcastle

Project Title: Mental health IN the Deep EnD (MINDED) pilot evaluation: embedding a clinical psychologist in primary care to improve mental health care for patients living in the most socioeconomically disadvantaged communities within the North East & North Cumbria

Martin Webber - University of York

Project Title: Supported Volunteering at the Ripon Museum Trust



Vashti Berry et al - University of Exeter

Project Title: The use of social prescribing and community-based wellbeing activities as a potential prevention and early intervention pathway to improve adolescent emotional and social development.

Gretchen Bjornstad - University of Exeter

Project Title: Support for Parent Carers in England (SPaCE) 

Yu Fu - University of Newcastle

Project Title: Establishing evidence to inform culturally competent mental health services (EVOLVE)

Judi Kidger - University of Bristol

Project Title: Connecting Community Mental Health Support 

Rebecca McPhillips - University of Manchester

Project Title: Excluded from Mental Health Services: Characteristics and Barriers

Emily Oliver et al University of Newcastle

Project Title: WHOLE-SMI: Wellbeing and HOListic health promotion for people with Severe Mental Illness. 

Mark Petticrew - London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Project Title: Commercial Determinants of mental health inequalities: reviewing the evidence on pathways and intervention

Catherine Robinson - University of Manchester

Project Title: Research capacity-building catalyst: Three Schools’ initiative for mental health research.