My research focuses on interventions and services to optimize the mental health of children and young people. Both mental health and services are interpreted broadly to include wellbeing as well as distress rather than children exceeding somewhat arbitrary cut points to meet diagnostic criteria, and all services that deal with children rather than just specialist mental health services.

Research methods include secondary analysis of large epidemiological datasets, mixed qualitative and quantitative observational studies, economic evaluation systematic reviews and randomized controlled trials. My research is inherently translational and multi-disciplinary, and involves strong links with psychology, paediatrics, education, epidemiology, trial specialists, statisticians, health economics and basic scientists. The interface between the education and mental health is a particular area of interest.