There is a hard-working and dedicated team behind CAMHS.Digital, also known as GM.Digital.
Kathryn Abel is a Professor of Psychological Medicine, Director and Founder of the Centre for Women’s Health (CWMH) at the University of Manchester. She is also an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (GMMH), and Director of the CAMHS.Digital research unit. Her interests include maternal condition and its effects on offspring cognitive development; parenting as a mediator of maternal effects; and the outcomes of children of parents with mental illness. She has had over 150 publications and edited several books in this area, with a number of international collaborations in Scandinavia, Australia and America. She also has a wealth of experience working as a mental health clinician with those who have severe mental illness.
Dr Pauline Whelan is Co-Director of the CAMHS.Digital research unit. She is based at the Centre for Women’s Mental Health and the Centre for Health Informatics, University of Manchester. She has worked across a portfolio of health informatics projects for 10+ years, with a particular focus on digital mental health. She is currently also the technical lead of a national programme to improve the lives of people with Cystic Fibrosis. She draws on mHealth, wearables, virtual/augmented reality, actionable analytics and data science to find new ways to improve health and social outcomes for vulnerable groups.
Dr Kerry Gutridge is a Research Fellow at the University of Manchester who recently joined CAMHS.Digital. She is based at the Centre for Women’s Mental Health. She is an experienced project manager who has run large scale clinical trials in prisons. She is currently the Principal Investigator on a project to develop a self-harm app for women in prison. Dr Gutridge’s research interests include developing and trialling interventions for women and men who self-harm, digital mental health interventions and psychiatric ethics.
Siân is a Research Assistant who has recently joined the CAMHS.Digital research unit and is based at the Centre for Women’s Mental Health, University of Manchester. She has had recent experience in working in clinical trials exploring the use of digital technologies to prevent common mental disorders and previous experience in supporting children and young people at Childline. Siân has recently completed an MSc in Research Methods in Psychology and currently undertaking a PhD investigating fear of childbirth. Her research interests stem from being a mother of 2 young children and include, maternal and infant wellbeing, preventative strategies to reduce infant, children, and adolescent, and women’s mental health problems. She has also created and validated a tool to measure postpartum mental health and is interested the development and use of psychometric assessments.
Zara is a Research Associate at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust who also recently joined CAMHS.Digital. She has previous experience working on a large scale clinical trial across multiple prisons, with staff in prison and probation services to improve overall wellbeing of service users and staff, and with adolescents with special educational needs and disabilities. Her interests are in digital mental health interventions for common mental health problems, particularly for individuals in prison or young offenders institutions.
Charlie is a Senior Project Manager in the Digital Health Software Team at the Centre for Health Informatics at the University of Manchester and has recently joined the CAMHS.Digital research unit. Her role involves overseeing a number of digital health projects covering disease areas including mental health, cancer screening and other long-term health conditions. Charlie has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and has completed AgilePM and PRINCE2 both at Practitioner level. She has worked in health research for over 15 years in a variety of roles and disease areas, with a particular interest in mental health.
Jessica is an Assistant Clinical Research Practitioner at Greater Manchester Mental Health Foundation Trust and has recently joined the CAMHS.Digital team. Jessica has previously worked for a CAMHS service and, during the pandemic, supported the team to develop innovative new ways of working that allowed children and young people to access the service remotely. This helped support and improve their wellbeing during difficult life events, and allowed the service to meet the changing needs of their service users. Jessica has also previously worked in forensic services, providing therapeutic interventions to adults experiencing mental health difficulties and personality difficulties in prisons and hospitals. Her interests are in developing accessible services to promote positive mental health and wellbeing.
Dr Jenni Jardine was a Research Associate within the CAMHS.Digital research unit until January 2021. Jenni has worked in the NHS since 2003 and as a CAMHS Clinical Psychologist since 2011. She specialises in child and adolescent mental health and brings a wealth of experience of a wide range of emotional and behavioural difficulties. Her interests include early intervention and preventative strategies for positive mental health and wellbeing.