About ACAMH

ACAMH is a registered charity with over 60 years experience in promoting the advancement of child & adolescent mental health.

Our membership comprises a diverse group of clinicians, practitioners and world-leading child mental health researchers, working across an array of child and adolescent mental health domains.

We aim to raise standards in the understanding and management of child mental health issues. We publish the Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry (JCPP), an internationally acclaimed and world-leading child & adolescent psychology and psychiatry journal, that brings together empirical research, clinical studies and reviews in order to advance how we understand and approach child and adolescent mental health.

We also publish the Child & Adolescent Mental Health (CAMH) journal, a high quality, peer-review of child and adolescent mental health services research, which has articles for practitioners describing evidence-based clinical methods and clinically orientated research.

In addition, we run a variety of conferences, training events, special interest groups and master classes throughout the year on topical issues, as well as providing access to a library of engaging on-line CPD topics delivered by national experts, in order to aid the professional development of all those working to support the mental health of children and young people.

We are committed to sharing information & best practice across the UK through our network of branches, with volunteers from a range of professional disciplines dedicated to creating a community that is making a difference.

There is no other organisation like us in Europe – we provide cutting edge state of the art knowledge to mental health issues that drives forward best practice.

Meet the Team

Martin Pratt – CEO

As CEO it is my role to create problems for those around me to solve, problems I know will lead to the innovation and creativity required to improve the performance of my organisation. But also to know when to get out of the way of the staff I empower and allow them to run with their ideas, make their own mistakes, experiment and innovate, to allow my team to be the very best they can and allow them to achieve. My interest in working for ACAMH stems directly from my experiences. I feel incredibly privileged to be part of a body at the very forefront of advancements in mental health. Outside of office life I have a strong amateur interest in modernist architecture, enjoy dystopian fiction and am a keen walker.

Prabha Choubina – Publications Manager and Deputy CEO

I manage the journals programme at ACAMH, consisting of JCCP and CAMH. My work facilitates the process of research output being reviewed and published, and hence plays a part in the dissemination of knowledge which is the core objective of ACAMH. Outside my work my two girls and my family take up my time and attention – together, we walk, talk and write poems!

Gabriella Comet – Events and CPD Manager

After working in commercial publishing for a number of years I completed an MSc in Experimental Psychology at the beginning of 2017. I bring commercial and academic experience together to plan and run ACAMH’s portfolio of conferences and CPD events in the UK and internationally. I get to make a tangible difference to the mental health landscape, by facilitating the dissemination of cutting-edge research into practice. I also have to opportunity to work with world-leading academics and clinicians in a field that I love. I travel as much as possible, and spend far too much of my time in either dive-bars or over-priced restaurants. I’m also partial to a cheeky bit of disco. (photo credit Izzy Williams)

Matthew Kempen – Marketing Manager

Matt Kempen

Hello. As my job title suggests I oversee the marketing for the organisation. I have nigh on 25-years experience on local, national, and global marcomms projects. For ACAMH I direct the brand, co-ordinating communications to achieve; ‘More members, more delegates, more awareness.’ Ever in search of the elusive Goldilocks Principle in communications I hope you bear with me in my hunting (puns intended). I am immensely proud to be working for ACAMH and, in a small way, to be part of the advancement of child and adolescent mental health. Outside of the office I’m a MAMIL, a Radio 4 comedy fan, I also like Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain.

Tim Colebrook – Editorial Assistant
I coordinate the editorial process for CAMH, alongside journal development and bibliometrics. It’s rewarding to know that in publishing the work of researchers, clinicians and practitioners to a broad readership, what we are doing at ACAMH is having an impact by benefiting the lives of children and adolescents globally. Having grown up in Devon, I am a keen supporter of the Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club.

Louie Sandys – Editorial Assistant

I coordinate the editorial process for JCPP, alongside journal development and bibliometrics. The journals have made a direct impact on government policy on child and adolescent mental health, which makes working for ACAMH very satisfying. When I’m not in the ACAMH office I enjoy a good game of Catan.

Ben Upton – Scientific Journalist

I write the majority of the content for ACAMH’s membership magazine, The Bridge, as well as producing podcasts, blog posts and videos for this website. For me one of the most enjoyable parts of my job is boiling down the world-class research from ACAMH’s journals, leaving the tasty morsels most relevant to clinical practice. Added to this I find it fascinating to talk about research and practice in CAMHS with our members. When I’m not working for ACAMH, you can find me hunched over a wok cooking tasty Chinese food or watering my pot plants. (Photo credit Nele Inn)