Oxford and Reading
We are delighted to announce that the new Oxford and Reading branch has just been launched and is being chaired by Dr Helen Dodd. Here’s what she has to say…
I am a lecturer in the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Science at the University of Reading. My research examines developmental pathways to anxiety disorders in children. I am particularly interested in aspects of the child, such as temperament and thinking styles, as well as family environment characteristics that might predict which children are most at risk for on-going problems with anxiety into middle childhood and beyond. I completed my BSc in Applied Psychology at Cardiff University and my PhD and postdoctoral training in Sydney, Australia. I returned to the UK in 2011 when I joined the University of East Anglia and moved to the University of Reading in September 2013.
I am thrilled to be the first chair of the new Oxford and Reading branch of ACAMH. I hope that the launch of a new branch and the change in name will reenergise members in the area, broaden the reach of the branch and offer opportunities for events that bring people together from across the region.
I was initially drawn to ACAMH because of its focus on bringing scientific research and clinical practice closer together; I wholeheartedly believe that the best outcomes for children and adolescents will come from research and practice that is mutually informative. Indeed, one of the reasons for my recent move to the University of Reading was that we house the Berkshire Child and Adolescent Anxiety and Depression Research Unit, which provides an opportunity for clinicians and researchers to work closely together.
I will be putting together an initial programme of events for the branch over the coming months and would love to hear from anyone who would like to join the committee or who has ideas for events locally. Watch this space!