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  • How can we model the brain when it goes awry? How Reinforcement Learning Models can shed light on Psychiatric Disorders that emerge during Development.

    It is well-established that many psychiatric disorders initially emerge during the formative time periods of childhood and adolescence (Kessler et al., 2005; Paus, Keshavan, & Giedd, 2008), when the brain is consistently subject to growth and experience-related changes. This applies not only to classic neurodevelopmental disorders like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) but also to psychiatric disorders like depression or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), which are often attributed to adulthood (Hauser, Will, Dubois, & Dolan, 2019).

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  • Judy Treseder Smith – Obituary

    It is with a heavy heart that I have to inform you of the passing of our past Chair, Judy Treseder Smith. Our thoughts and sympathies are with her friends and family. Professor William Yule, Emeritus Professor of Applied Child Psychology, King’s College London, has written the following obituary.

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  • Stephen Scott: We neglect children’s mental health at our peril

    “Health and happiness”, isn’t that what we ask for? But what is the point of being physically well if we are miserable and don’t have a good life?

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  • COVID19 Resources on Child & Adolescent Mental Health

    Take a look at this growing page of evidence-based resources, research and advice in relation to COVID19’s affect on child and adolescent mental health.

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  • Professor Francesca Happé CBE

    Congratulations to Professor Francesca Happé CBE

    We are delighted and proud to announce that Professor Francesca Happé, ACAMH Board Member and past Joint Editor of the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry (2000-2006), was appointed Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2021 New Year Honours for services to the study of autism.

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  • Play and the pandemic: a rapid review of the literature and promising steps forward

    The ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic continues to be a health crisis among the global community. Children in virtually all countries have been impacted in terms of movement restrictions, school closures, playground and public park closures, and limited access to social and extended family networks.

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  • Most popular ACAMH web content 2020

    As 2020 draws to a close we have collated the most popular online content, from our website.

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  • Making personalised predictions of poor functioning following negative childhood experiences

    Experiencing abuse, neglect, bullying, or domestic violence in childhood increases the likelihood of having poor functioning in young adulthood, but this is not the case for everyone. Being able to accurately predict which individuals are at high risk for poor outcomes following such negative childhood experiences could support professionals to effectively target interventions. Is it possible to make accurate personalised predictions?

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  • LGBT adolescents, sexting, and consent

    The exact prevalence of sexting is still under academic debate. Yet the dominant discourses appear to associate it with adolescents; this association exists partially due to the media stories conveying negative consequences and moral panics regarding adolescent suicide cases as a result of sexting (Dobson, 2017).

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  • CAMHS services in our physically distanced world

    On March 23rd 2020, the way healthcare was provided in England had to change overnight. With the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping across the country, CAMHS staff had to adapt to the news that they must provide routine services from home where possible and all non-urgent face-to-face contact must cease to prevent the spread of the virus.

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