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Dr Abigail Easter

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Dr Abigail Easter is a Senior Postdoctoral Fellow in Implementation Science within the Centre for Implementation Science. Abigail’s first degree was in Experimental Psychology at Bristol University.

She was then awarded a PhD studentship as part of an NIHR programme grant within the Department of Psychological Medicine at King’s College London. Her PhD investigated the effects of Eating Disorders on pregnancy and motherhood. Abigail joins King’s from NCT (a national parenting charity) where she worked as a Research Manager.

Her current research focuses on patient safety and improvement in provision of care for women with perinatal mental illness.

As part of her fellowship, she is researching the contextual influence on detection and response to maternal near misses (or life threatening clinical complications) and deaths among women with severe perinatal mental illness. The overall aim is to develop an implementation toolkit to aid identification and response to clinical deterioration among women with perinatal mental illness. The work is being undertaken as part of a King’s Improvement Science Fellowship award, funded by King’s Health Partners and is supervised by Professor Louise Howard (Professor in Women’s Mental Health) and Professor Jane Sandall (Professor of Social Science and Women's Health).

Read more about the maternal near miss study.

Abigail recently obtained funding from the Department of Health Voluntary Sector Investment programme to develop and evaluate the impact of a model of peer support for women experiencing mental illness during the pregnancy and post birth. As part of this work she is currently co-supervising a PhD looking at the effectiveness and implementation of the model. The PhD is being undertaken in collaboration with NCT and Professor Susan Ayres at the Centre for Maternal and Child Health Research at City University.

You can read more about the Parent’s in Mind project.

She is also co-supervising a PhD within the Section of Eating Disorders, which is evaluating the effectiveness and acceptability of Cognitive Remediation Therapy in a specialist inpatient eating disorder services for children and adolescents.

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