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Samantha Cartwright-Hatton
Professor of Clinical Child Psychology (Psychology)
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My main area of interest is how and why mental health problems run in families, and can we stop this from happening...?

The main focus of this research has been on anxiety disorders. We know that anxious parents are much more likely than other parents to have an anxious child. We were recently funded by the NIHR to develop a new intervention to help such parents to raise confident children. The results were very positive, and we are seeking funding to take this research further. 

However, we are now branching out into other mental health problems. We have funding from the ESRC (PhD studentship to Abby Dunn) to look out how we can help parents with personality disorder traits to thrive in their parenting. A School of Psychology-funded PhD studentship to James Moon will look at how mental health difficulties interact with parents' abilities to benefit from parenting interventions. 

In September 2017, joint with Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, we will open what we believe to be the UK's first clinic devoted to supporting parents with mental health difficulties with their parenting.