Insights from the OxWell Student Survey

Hosted by Dr. Clara Faria, ‘Insights from the OxWell Student Survey’ series is a new mini-in conversation series that will explore the OxWell Student Survey.

Dr. Clara Faria explains about the series the  “A fundamental part of doing research is disseminating its findings with the public. Scientific communication can be done in several ways but I am particularly a fan of podcasts, so it is a huge honor to announce our new podcast series with the OxWell Student Study on their main findings.

OxWell is a large-scale student survey designed to measure the wellbeing of children and young people. It looks at mental wellbeing, anxiety, indicators of vulnerability such as bullying and loneliness, school experience, access to services, safety online and many more areas. It is a joint effort between schools, young people, the NHS, local authorities and the OxWell research team at the University of Oxford’s Department of Psychiatry.


In this podcast series, Clara is joined by several guest speakers, all of whom are part of the OxWell team, to address a range of issues relevant to child and adolescent wellbeing and mental health and what the OxWell findings show with regards to how theses issues impact on young peoples’ mental wellbeing.

Episode 1 – ‘Networks of Care: Insights from the OxWell Student Survey’, with Professor Mina Fazel, Dr. Emma Soneson, and Dr. Simon White

Episode 2 – ‘Friendships and Mental Health: Insights from the OxWell Student Survey’, with Tanya Manchanda

Episode 3 – ‘Online Behaviours and the Impact on Mental Health: Insights from the OxWell Student Survey’, with Dr. Simona Skripkauskaite and Dr. Holly Bear

Episode 4 – ‘Self-harm Behaviours and Loneliness: Insights from the OxWell Student Survey’, with Dr. Galit Geulayov and Dr. Rohan Borschmann

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About the speakers

Clara Faria

Clara Faria is a junior doctor and aspiring child and adolescent psychiatrist. She currently serves as a Young Person Ambassador for ACAMH and is interested in eating disorders and in the epidemiology of mental health disorders in young people.

Professor Mina Fazel

Professor Mina Fazel is a Professor of Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Oxford and a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist in the Department of Children’s Psychological Medicine at the Oxford Children’s Hospital. She has been working for two decades on how to improve mental health services for vulnerable and hard to reach populations which has led to an interest in school-based mental health services. She has worked with local CAMHS services to change how they interface with education. She also conducts the OxWell Student Survey which in 2021 had responses from over 30,000 students from 180 schools, guiding our understanding of what school-aged students say they want and need. Her other main interest is in improving access to evidence-based trauma therapies, especially for young people suffering from PTSD, having worked with refugee populations for many years. In her clinical work, she is part of a team helping children and young people with chronic health difficulties and pain.

Dr. Emma Soneson

Dr. Emma Soneson is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on the intersections between education and child and adolescent mental health. She is particularly interested in the role of schools in promoting and protecting mental health and preventing the onset of mental health difficulties.

Dr. Simon White

Dr. Simon R. White is a Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge, jointly within the Department of Psychiatry and MRC Biostatistics Unit. His research involves developing statistical methods for applications in neuroimaging, cognition and ageing, and adolescent psychiatry with a focus on heterogeneity and missing data. Simon is also active in public engagement and outreach activities to promote statistical literacy; as an Royal Statistical Society Statistical Ambassador, contributor to the Science Media Centre, and as a STEM Ambassador.

Tanya Manchanda
Tanya Manchanda

Tanya Manchanda is a PhD student in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford. Her research is centered around adolescent development and mental health, with a particular focus on understanding the impact of friendships on young people’s mental health and well-being. Tanya is currently working on investigating school-based intervention programs that aim to improve mental health outcomes for adolescents with the involvement of their authentic social group.

Dr. Holly Bear
Dr. Holly Bear

I am a senior postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Psychiatry. Using mixed methods, my research focuses on the evaluation, implementation, and sustainability of mental health and wellbeing interventions for young people, with a particular focus on digital and school-based interventions. I am leading the Bridging the Gap Project to investigate the barriers and facilitators of implementing research into practice in child and adolescent mental health settings in order to make recommendations across clinical, commissioning, and academic settings. (Image and bio from Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford)

Dr. Simona Skripkauskaite
Dr. Simona Skripkauskaite

Dr. Simona Skripkauskaite is a Senior PostDoctoral Researcher working across the departaments of Psychiatry and Experiemental Psychology at the University of Oxford. Specifically, she works with the Oxford’s Co-SPACE study (COVID-19: Supporting Parents, Adolescents and Children During Pandemics) and the OxWell Student Survey. Dr. Skripkauskaite is also the UK lead on an ESRC/JSPS funded project on ‘Learning from the trajectories of mental health challenges for children, young people and parents over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic’, which will compare how families have been affected by the pandemic in the UK and Japan. Overall, Dr. Skripkauskaite’s research to date has aimed to identify developmental processes underlying successful functioning, but has ranged across child and adolescent mental health, emotion regulation, and parent-child relationships, as well as neurodiversity, visual attention, and perception.

Dr. Galit Geulayov
Dr. Galit Geulayov

Dr. Galit Geulayov is a mental health epidemiologist researching self-harm and suicide across the life course. With partners in Australia and in the UK, Galit investigates the impact of parental self-harm on offspring psychosocial and cognitive outcomes in early life. Galit is also developing a machine learning based tool for identifying self-harm in Electronic Health Records.

Galit is the self-harm research lead in the OxWell School and, within this study, Galit is exploring help-seeking behaviour following self-harm, trends in self-harm over time and self-harm in primary school children.

Previously, Galit acted as the data curator of the Multicentre Study Self-harm in England and data analyst. This study involves collecting information on individuals who present to hospitals following self-harm. Galit studied trends in self-harm over time and the relationship between socio-economic and clinical characteristics with clinical care and mortality. (Bio and image from Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford).

Dr. Rohan Borschmann
Dr. Rohan Borschmann

Prof. Rohan Borschmann is a psychologist and visiting academic from the Centre for Mental Health and Community Wellbeing at the University of Melbourne, Australia. As the immediate past-president of the Australian Association for Adolescent Health, much of Rohan’s work focuses on the mental health of adolescents and young adults, with a particular interest in self-harm and suicide prevention. He has been based in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford since 2022, using OxWell data to examine the patterns and correlates of self-harm in secondary school students.

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