RE-STAR is a four-year, interdisciplinary programme being led by Professor Edmund Sonuga-Barke of the Experimental Psychopathology and Neurodevelopment (ExPAND) Research Group at King’s College London.
Self-harm is the strongest predictor of eventual death by suicide in adolescence, increasing the risk up to ten-fold.
The Translational Mental Health and Autism Group is led by Dr Matthew Hollocks. The group focuses on understanding the mechanisms of poor mental health in autism. We aim to use this knowledge to improve clinical care and develop better treatments for common co-occurring conditions such as anxiety and depression.
The ATTENS Project is a multi-centre study across London and Southampton will explore the potential of eTNS in improving symptoms, cognitive performance and the functioning of the brain in children with ADHD. External Trigeminal nerve stimulation (eTNS) is the first non-drug ADHD treatment device approved (in 2019) by the USA Food and Drug administration (FDA). eTNS is a battery charged device that sends small electrical pulses or currents under the skin, activating the trigeminal nerve on the forehead which leads to the activation of the brain stem and frontal brain regions that are important for arousal and attention.
Dynamic Interplay of Online Risk and Resilience in Adolescence (DIORA) looks at what happens on a day-to-day basis in teenagers’ online experiences. We want to understand how these experiences are related to changes in mental health and whether they vary depending on the sorts of mental health problems people are experiencing. The project is led by Professor Edmund Sonuga-Barke of the ExPAND research group. The research is conducted together with colleagues at The London School of Economics and Political Science and is funded by the Medical Research Council.
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Little information exists about the cost effectiveness of different parenting interventions. Economics of Parenting Programmes is collecting data to provide evidence in the UK context to help commissioners make decisions about the most effiecient and economical programmes given the needs of their populations.
KeepCool is a series of educational videos designed to help young people learn about and cope with strong emotions. The project is funded by UK Research and Innovation and led by Andrea Danese, Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at King’s College London and the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, in collaboration with the McPin Foundation, TOAD, and Passion Digital.
Online Parent Training for the Initial Management of ADHD referral (OPTIMA) is a research programme that tests whether a mobile phone app called STEPS can provide timely access to advice and support for families, who face challenges while they are waiting to access specialist clinical services. STEPS provides tools to support parents of children aged 5-11 years. Its content has been shaped by the latest research about parenting and child behaviour and many years of clinical experience. STEPS does not replace clinical support but gives parents access to additional help while they are waiting for a full clinical assessment.
The programme is led by Professor Edmund Sonuga-Barke of the ExPAND research group. The research is conducted with the universities of Southampton and Nottingham and is funded by the National Institute for Health Research.
Many young people with neuroatypicalities such as ADHD and autism traits develop depression during adolescence - but we currently don't know which individuals are at risk, what underlying processes increase that risk or, perhaps most importantly, the best way to intervene to increase resilience to reduce that risk. RE-STAR will address these gaps by testing the specific role of emotion regulation difficulties, so commonly observed in young people with neuroatypicalities, in driving developmental pathways to depression.
STOP (Suicidality: Treatment Occurring in Paediatrics)
The STOP project has developed a new web-based STOP Suicidality Suite of Measures (Suicidality Assessment scale, Medication Side-Effect Suicidality scale, Risk and Resilience Suicidality Scale) for children and adolescents (8 to 18 years old) using the HealthTrackerTM system. HealthTrackerTM is an online tested health-monitoring platform that uniquely allows multimodal presentation of questionnaires and assists in automatically allocating questionnaires based on developmental level rather than chronological age.
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