Meet the Board

Stephen Scott CBE FRCPsych FMedSci, Chair of ACAMH

Stephen Scott is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in the CAMHS Adoption and Fostering Service and the Conduct Problems Service at the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. He is also a Professor of Child Health and Behaviour at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London and the Director of the National Academy for Parenting Research, London. In the 2014 New Year’s Honours list, Stephen was made Commander of the British Empire (CBE) by the Queen, for services to families.

Kathy Sylva – ACAMH Treasurer and President

Kathy is Professor of Educational Psychology and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. She has carried out many large scale studies on the effects of Early Childhood Education and Care on children’s development. She also studies ways to help parents to support the development of their children. She has published 7 books and more than 200 papers, most on early childhood, early literacy, interventions and ways to support families. A dominant theme throughout her work has been the impact of education and care not only on ‘academic knowledge’ but on children’s behaviour, self-regulation, and disposition to learn. A related theme in her research is the impact of early intervention on combating social disadvantage in both high and low income countries. Kathy has been specialist advisor to Select Committees in the House of Commons and also the House of Lords.

Edmund Sonuga-Barke – Editor-in-Chief, JCPP

Edmund Sonuga-Barke is currently Professor of Developmental Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience working in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, King’s College London. He also holds Visiting Chairs at Ghent University, Aarhus University and the University of Sussex. He is Editor in Chief of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. His work integrates Developmental Psychopathology and Neuroscience perspectives to employing basic developmental science approaches to study the pathogenesis of neuro-developmental and mental health conditions; their underlying genetic and environmental risks, mediating brain mechanisms and developmental outcomes. He has a particular interest in ADHD and related disorders. In 2016, Prof Sonuga-Barke was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

Dr. Dennis Ougrin – Editor-in-Chief CAMH, and Academic Secretary 

Dr. Dennis Ougrin

Dr. Ougrin graduated from a medical school in Ukraine in 1998 and came to England to undertake his post-graduate training. He completed his higher training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Guy’s and Maudsley and is currently a consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist leading Supported Discharge Service at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. Dr Ougrin is also a clinical senior lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. He leads a programme of information exchange between the UK and Ukraine. His main professional interests include prevention of Borderline Personality Disorder and effective interventions for self-harm. He is the author of Therapeutic Assessment, a novel model of assessment for young people with self-harm. He is the chief investigator of a randomised controlled trial of Supported Discharge Service versus Treatment as Usual in adolescents admitted for in-patient care and a principal investigator of a randomised controlled trial comparing intensive mental health intervention versus usual social care in Looked After Children. He also works on developing a modular psychotherapeutic intervention for self-harm and on understanding the pathophysiology of self-harm in young people.

Tamsin Ford – Board member

Tamsin Ford is Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Exeter Medical School (UEMS). She completed her core training in psychiatry on the Royal London Hospital Training rotation and at the Bethlem and Maudsley Hospitals and she completed her PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London. She moved to Exeter in 2007, where she leads a group of researchers whose work focuses on the effectiveness of services and interventions to support mental health and well-being of children and young people. She was an Editor for ACAMH’s journal CAMH six years, stepping down as lead editor in June 2014.

Mark Lovell – Lead for CPD and training

Mark Lovell is a dual trained Consultant Child and Adolescent Learning Disability Psychiatrist working for 1 of the UK’s largest LD CAMHS teams. He works for Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust (TEWV) and covers the South Tees area along with a multidisciplinary team. Mark has previously held positions within the British Medical Association and the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He has had involvement within projects for the Royal College of Psychiatrist and the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. He is a member of the Child and Adolescent Intellectual Disability Psychiatry Network (CAIDPN) and has particular interests in Autism and Challenging Behaviour within the context of Intellectual Disabilities.

Dr. Gordana Milavić MD., F.R.C.Psych. – International Development Director

Dr. Milavić is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at the Maudsley Hospital, London. She has over 40 years of experience in acute clinical practice, teaching and training. During her career she has been at the forefront of the organisation of mental health services for children and adolescents in southeast London. She is a Trustee and medical advisor of a number of mental health charities in the UK and internationally.

Samuele Cortese – Branch Liaison Officer

Samuele Cortese, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, is Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Southampton and Honorary Consultant Child Psychiatrist at the Solent NHS Trust. He is also Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of New York, USA. His main clinical and research interests focus on the epidemiology, neurobiology and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders (in particular on ADHD) and on evidence-based practice in child psychiatry. Dr. Cortese is author/co-author of more than 100 papers in international peer-reviewed journals. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, CNS Drugs and on the advisory board of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. Dr. Cortese is a member of the European Network for Hyperkinetic Disorder (EUNETHYDIS), the European ADHD Guidelines Group (EAGG), and the Child & Adolescent Neuropsychopharmacology Network of the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP). Since 2015, Dr. Cortese is Branch Liaison Officer for ACAMH, with responsibility for liaising with ACAMH branch networks.

Carol Homden CBE – Board member

Carol is a member of the National Adoption Recruitment Forum & Adoption Leadership Board, CBE. Carol started her career setting up print media enterprises in East Anglia before moving to London as a freelance arts journalist and editor. She then became Director of Marketing and Development at the University of Westminster, later moving to the British Museum in 1999 as its first Director of Marketing and Public Affairs. Her affinity for improving the lives of young people motivated her to accept the position of Commercial Director for the Prince’s Trust in 2003, where she was responsible for all aspects of income generation. Carol became Chief Executive of Coram in April 2007. She is Chair of the National Autistic Society, and a member of the Department for Education’s Children’s Interagency Group (CIAG) and the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales. Carol was awarded a CBE in 2013 for her contribution to services for children and families.

Juliette Kennedy – Editor The Bridge

I am a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist working clinically in a North Yorkshire CAMHS team – I am particularly interested in risk assessment and management in a multidisciplinary and multiagency context and in training multidisciplinary colleagues to do this consistently and safely. I am Associate Director of Medical Education in the trust I work in. I am involved in all aspects of the training of medical students and foundation doctors, core psychiatric trainees and general practitioners (during their psychiatry placements) in the York locality. I am also Training Program director for CAMHS higher training in Yorkshire. I am responsible for ensuring the higher trainees in child and adolescent psychiatry have the competencies they need to take up CAMHS consultant posts after their 3 years of higher training. I have much enjoyed being Chair of the Yorkshire branch of ACAMH since October 2010 and have recently taken on the role of editor of ‘The Bridge’ which is a monthly ACAMH publication. Its aim is to support the translation of important research findings into the clinical practice of clinicians, so that clinical practice is in keeping with the available evidence base.

Harold Bennison, Interim Service Director, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Clinical Academic Group, Kings Health Partners

Dr Lee Hudson, ICH Pop, Policy & Practice Prog, UCL GOS Institute of Child Health

Dr. Lee Hudson is a clinical associate professor at the Great Ormond Street UCL Institute of Child Health, and honorary consultant paediatrician at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Dr. Hudson trained in the UK and Australia, and is a general paediatrician working with children and young people of all ages, particularly in areas of crossover between physical and mental health, in particular eating and feeding disorders. His research interests and expertise are also in this area, in particular how childhood illnesses can set trajectories into adult life.