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I am clinical a psychologist who has a special interest in early intervention and community-based mental health services for children and families to improve access, scale and outcomes of effective care.  I lead the research, development and dissemination of a number of internationally recognised evidence-based universal and specialist parenting programmes and clinical tools from pregnancy to adolescence, including the Family Partnership Model (Day, Ellis & Harris, 2015) the Antenatal/Postnatal Promotional Guide system (Day, 2014), the Helping Families Programme (Day et al., 2012, 2019) and Empowering Parents, Empowering Communities (Day et al., 2012, 2017).  I am particularly interested in mixed method intervention design, feasibility testing and trials. 

The programmes by my teams at KCL and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust produced have been extensively disseminated within the UK and international and recognised as examples of good practice in the UK and internationally. 

I have held a visiting position at King’s since completing my PhD in 2003.  I also hold a visiting senior lectureship at the Department of Clinical, Education and Health Psychology, UCL.  I have produced over 20 intervention manuals, published and lectured widely as well as provided advice to central, regional and local governments within the UK, Europe, East Asia and Australasia.   

  • 2003        PhD, King’s College /University of London  
  • 1990        Dip Clin Psych British Psychological Society/South Thames          Regional Health Authority  
  • 1981        University of Leicester BSc (Hons) Psychology 

Research Interests

  • Parenting and early developmental outcomes 
  • Parental mental health 
  • Early intervention and prevention  
  • Therapeutic process 
  • Implementation science and intervention scaling  

Expertise and Public Engagement

  • Head, Centre for Parent and Child Support, South London & Maudsley NHS Trust 
  • Dissemination of intervention programmes to over 50 UK NHS Trusts, local authorities and NGOs 
  • Active collaboration on programme dissemination with Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Victoria, Australia