ACAMH Southern Branch – Research Conference


Event type Research Day

Highpoint, Falcon Room - Bursledon

This Research Conference is equivalent to 4.5hrs of self-certified CPD

The ACAMH Southern Branch present a free day-long event presenting the latest research conducted in CAMHS in the Southern region. It gives an opportunity to get together with other like-minded clinicians and discuss hot topics as well as socialise.

Please note, this is a free event, however attendees will need to register their place using the book now button above.

About the day

An annual research day where national and local research projects will be showcased and delegates will get to hear presentations and updates on:

  • Under-fives mental health updates
  • Impact of social media on adolescent self-harm
  • Underpin child and adolescent population
  • Safe monitoring of psychotropic medication
  • How the introduction of a patient focused sleep pathway can reduce need for sleep medication in children and young people
  • Infant Mental Health: Early Intervention/Prevention
  • Further understanding of emotional recognition in conduct disorder
  • ADHD associated somatic conditions e.g. asthma, obesity


Who should attend

This event is open to all clinicians working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and other groups with special interest in the topics.



8:30 – 9:00 – Registration
9:00 – 9:30 – Welcome by the Chair
9.30 -10.30 – Can children under five have mental health problems and does it matter? – Professor Margaret Thompson
10:30 – 11:00 – Break
11.00-11.15 – A Quality Improvement Project to improve management of Sleep Problems for Children and Young People under the care of Basingstoke CAMHS, Dr Katherine Beckhurst
11.15-11.30 – Case presentation, forensic CAMHS – Dr Victoria Chamarro
11.30-12.00 – Monitoring of safe prescribing of antipsychotics in CAMHS-East population, Dr Uma Padmanabhi
12:00 – 13:00 – Break
13:00-14:00 ‘Baby Watching’: a parent-infant group model for enhancing the quality of parent-infant interaction. What can a pilot study tell us about the value in this model of early intervention? – Lara Bracher, Psychotherapist
14:00 – 14:30 – Social media and self-harm in adolescents: A systematic review of the literature and survey of clinicians’ views, Dr Roxanne Magdalena and Dr Bethan Impey
14:30 – 15:00 – Break
15:00 – 15:30 – Emotion recognition in conduct problems and callous-unemotional traits: room for improvement? – Dr Hedwig Eisenbarth
15:30 – 16:00 – Somatic conditions (e.g, obesity, asthma) associated with ADHD: research findings and clinical implications – Dr Samuele Cortese
16:00 – 16:15 – Questions and feedback

Please note, lunch will not be provided, however teas and coffees will be served throughout the day.

About the speakers

Chair – Prof. Margaret Thompson

Professor Margaret Thompson is a locum Consultant Child and adolescent psychiatry. Her research interests focus on ADHD ,in particular in the under fives. She is also involved in Parenting programmes ( co-developer of the New Forest Parenting Programme). Professor Thompson was conducted random control Trials with the NFPP nationally and internationally

Dr Uma Padmanabhi – Uma is a Speciality doctor in CAMHS East

Dr Katherine Beckhurst – Katy is a core trainee currently working in Basingstoke CAMHS and hoping to pursue a career in CAMHS

Dr Victoria Chamarro – Victoria is a core trainee currently working in Blue Bird, medium security CAMHS unit

Dr Roxanne Magdalena – Roxanne is a Specialist Trainee in Child Psychiatry and currently works in Southampton CAMHS

Dr Bethan Impey – Psychatry Academic Clinical Fellow, currently doing academic rotation

Dr Lara Bracher

Lara Bracher is a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist currently working within the NHS for Solent NHS Trust in Southampton CAMHS. Lara initially trained and qualified as a primary school teacher in 2003. Between 2005-2013, Lara completed her psychotherapy training at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, during which time she worked as a trainee in Ashurst New Forest CAMHS and Southampton CAMHS. Whilst training, Lara began to develop a specialist interest in Infant Mental Health and is currently in the early stages of pursuing research in this area. She has recently secured two transitional research grants through Solent NHS Research and Development and HEE Wessex with the aim of working towards securing PhD funding to take her research interests forward.

Dr Hedwig Eisenbarth

Dr Hedwig Eisenbarth is an Associate Professor in Psychology at the University of Southampton’s Psychology Department. She did a PhD in Psychology (clinical and biological psychology) at the University of Würzburg in Germany and is a licensed psychotherapist (CBT). Her Affective and Criminal Neuroscience Lab (afcrinlab) investigates the neurobiology of emotion in healthy and criminal contexts. Psychopathy and aggression as well as pain are the constructs used to investigate the basic mechanisms of emotional understanding and reactivity.

Dr Samuele Cortese

Dr Samuele Cortese, MD, PhD, is a child psychiatrist, trained in Italy, France, and in the United States. He is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Southampton and Honorary Consultant with Solent NHS Trust. He is also Adjunct Associate Professor with the New York University (NYU). Dr Cortese’s main research interest are around the epidemiology, neurobiology and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders, in particular ADHD, as well as on sleep disorders in children and adolescents. He has published more than 120 peer review papers in international journals. He sits on the editorial board of 5 international journals and he is a member of the European ADHD Guidelines Group.