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Mental health

We are conducting numerous studies into the aetiology and treatment of mental health difficulties.

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Profiling on-line communities

We are conducting research using big data approaches to profile the users of certain on-line forums (including parenting, self-harm, suicide and eating disorders). These studies will enable the identification of less obvious at-risk groups and inform schools-based early interventions.

Understanding pathological eating behaviours and parent-child interactions

interactionParental obesity is linked to both obesity and eating disorders among their children. We are working with UHCW on a project to understand the food- and mealtime-interactions that occur between children and their clinically obese parents.

We are also just starting a project to use machine learning techniques to analyse videos of parent-child eating interactions among both community and eating disorder groups. We will be applying for EPSRC funding for this work.

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Improving access to mental health care in India

In collaboration with WMS, we are working towards bringing early intervention, using community-based and digital programmes, across deprived communities in India.