Mia Eisenstadt is completing a PhD in child and adolescent psychology. Her research is part of the evaluation of Headstart, a national programme seeking to reduce the rate of mental disorder and promote emotional wellbeing in English adolescents.
Mia Eisenstadt discusses her current research on analysis and applications of young people’s perceptions of risk and protective factors for mental health and wellbeing. She discusses types of coping, including maladaptive and adaptive coping. Mia emphasises the important role of self-care for both parents and young people during the COVID-19 lockdown, and seeking help when in doubt about mental health. She also expands on her work with HeadStart emphasising the importance of involving young people in research, decision making and the evaluation of mental health interventions.
Mia is in the final stage of her PhD at the Evidence Based Practice Unit, a partnership between UCL and the Anna Freud Centre. Mia’s research has focused on the study of adolescent reported protective factors with the aim of increasing mental well-being and reducing the risk of psychopathology in early adolescence. For the past 7 years, Mia has supported young people’s participation in the HeadStart, a national programme aiming to increase adolescent well-being. Previously, Mia founded a social enterprise called Reos Partners. Mia holds an MA in medical anthropology. For this degree she conducted ethnographic fieldwork in a South African Township on the topic of young people’s responses to HIV and AIDS. Recently, Mia has been working with UNICEF on the Child Friendly Cities initiative, Leading Minds and children’s participation in decision-making and policymaking at the EU level.