About The Mental Elf

Welcome to the Mental Elf. This website will help you find just what you need to keep up-to-date with all of the important and reliable mental health research and guidance.

Our team of mental health experts post blogs every week day with short and snappy summaries that highlight evidence-based publications relevant to mental health practice in the UK and further afield.

All of our blogs are free to read. This is important because our vision for this website is to facilitate a democratic conversation between patients, clinicians, researchers, carers, policy makers, health and social care professionals and others. It’s vital that this discussion takes place in a public space so we can learn from each other.

Our bloggers give their time for free and they are all really keen to contribute because they share our ethos for clearly communicating evidence-based research to anyone who is interested. This website is very much a group effort.

We scour over 500 sources of evidence (journals, databases, websites) every week, to find key guidancesystematic reviews and other high quality research and reports that will help make your practice more evidence-based. The selection process has no input from any external bodies, publishers, sponsors or commercial organisations.

No bias, no misinformation, no spin, just what you need.

Who started the Mental Elf?

The blog was started by André Tomlin in May 2011. André’s an Information Scientist and has worked in mental health since the late nineties, formerly at the University of Oxford Centre for Evidence-Based Mental Health and since 2002 as MD of Minervation Ltd an evidence-based healthcare consultancy based in Oxford.

After  2 very successful years of blogging as the Mental Elf, André decided to invite colleagues to join him as contributors to the site. It’s great to involve a wide range of people in this venture, to bring in a fresh perspective and their considerable knowledge and clinical experience.

How is the Mental Elf funded?

The National Elf Service website, which contains the Mental Elf and a number of other elves covering topics from dentistry to social care, was set up by Minervation Ltd. The Founders of Minervation (André Tomlin and Douglas Badenoch) are also Founders and Directors of the National Elf Service. The website is self-funded and receives no money from the pharmaceutical industry or other commercial organisations. We feel that it is important we remain independent from any commercial organisations who work in mental health.

In 2012, we received a small research and development grant from the UK Government to carry out the market research to get our website fully tested and launched.

Does the Mental Elf make money?

All of the National Elf Service blogs (including the Mental Elf) are free. That will always remain so. Contributors are not paid for their blogs, and we only work with people who have no conflict of interest.

However, it costs money to run the website. We generate revenue from Membership. Our members enjoy the added benefits of a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) system within the National Elf Service website. This is aimed at students and professionals who need to keep up to date with the latest research in a way that can be linked to their CPD. The CPD system has been built with significant investment from Minervation and is run as a business. We sell individual and institutional subscriptions to this website and our clients include universities, charities, the NHS and local authorities. An institutional subscription includes bulk access to our CPD membership area as well as consultancy support from our team. Find out more by reading our publicity leaflet.

We also generate revenue from consultancy services that we provide to the NHS, charities, universities, professional membership bodies and mental health networks. Our consultancy services include live reporting from mental health events (#BeyondTheRoom) and producing bespoke digital content (e.g. podcasts, videos).

Our plan is to build this business so we can grow the website and include other health topics in our list of elves.

Is the National Elf Service ever paid for content?

No. We do not accept commissioned articles, and we do not work with authors who have a conflict of interest with the paper in question.

Who edits the blogs?

We currently have 5 project coordinators working at The National Elf Service. Whilst they mainly commission and edit blogs for the Mental Elf, they can often be found working on a variety of different projects including podcasts, #BeyondTheRoom events and more. If you have a question for one of the team or would like to write a blog for us, you can read more about them and the topics they are responsible for below:

Syeda Akther

Syeda AktherSyeda is a Trainee Clinical Psychologist at the University of Oxford. Prior to beginning clinical training, Syeda worked as a research assistant on various research projects including the NIHR Mental Health Policy Research Unit. Her research interests include ethnic inequalities, the mental health of Muslims, the experience of carers, as well as service user and carer involvement in research.

Syeda is responsible for our blogs on: Public mental health/community/ primary care, Genetics/ neuroscience/ biology, Inpatient/ crisis (MH nursing), Minority MH, Multimorbidity, Personality disorders, Psychosocial interventions.

Follow Syeda on Twitter @SyedaAkther2

View Syeda’s Mental Elf blogs here.

Dafni Katsampa

Dafni KatsampaDafni is a psychology graduate with an MSc in Clinical Mental Health Sciences from UCL. She is currently an ECR at MARCH Network (UCL) and working as a Research Assistant at the Middlesex University on a suicide prevention project commissioned by Samaritans and Network Rail. She is exploring bystander life-saving interventions when someone is at risk and/or feeling suicidal at public places. Her research interests include suicide prevention, social determinants and their impact on mental health, health inequalities and promotion of wellbeing through cultural engagement.

Dafni is responsible for our blogs on: Arts and cultural engagement, Bipolar, Dementia and Delirium, Depression, Exercise, physical activity and diet, Mentally ill professionals, Suicide and self-harm.

Follow Dafni on Twitter @DafniKatsampa

View Dafni’s Mental Elf blogs here.

Leanne Patrick

Leanne PatrickLeanne is a registered mental health nurse working in a community drug and alcohol service. She is also an MSc social research student, exploring the social factors influencing underdiagnosis of ASD in girls who compensate. Previously, Leanne has been a journalist and columnist writing about childhood development and mental health. Her research interests include substance dependence, mental health in childhood and adolescence, domestic violence and families.

Leanne is responsible for our blogs on: Substance use, dependence and addiction, Economics, Developmental disorders, Perinatal mental health and parenting, Child and adolescent mental health.

Follow Leanne on Twitter @LeanneHPatrick

View Leanne’s Mental Elf blogs here.

Katherine Saunders

Katherine SaundersKatherine is in the final year of her PhD at the Section of Women’s Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, KCL. Her research focuses on domestic violence perpetration and the association with mental health. She holds a BSc in Experimental Psychology from the University of Bristol and an MSc from KCL in Forensic Mental Health.

Katherine is responsible for our blogs on: Diagnostic and transdiagnostic, Global mental health, Displaced populations, Psychosis and schizophrenia, Trauma, Violence and abuse, Forensics

Follow Katherine on Twitter @KSaundersKCL

View Katherine’s Mental Elf blogs here.

Laura Hemming

Laura HemmingLaura is a PhD student at the University of Manchester where she is investigating how difficulties with identifying and describing emotions are related to suicide and violence amongst male prisoners. Prior to this Laura worked as a researcher at the McPin Foundation. Laura’s research areas of interest include forensic mental health, suicide prevention and qualitative research methods. Laura has always had a strong interest in patient and public involvement and engagement in research.

Laura is responsible for our blogs on: Anxiety, Digital Mental Health, Eating Disorders, Employment, Workplace, Housing, Welfare, Crime, Loneliness, Recovery/ Positive MH & wellbeing, Service user involvement, Coproduction, PPI.

Follow Laura on Twitter @LHemming123

View Laura’s Mental Elf blogs here.

Who writes for the Mental Elf?

We have an ever-expanding team of people who contribute to the site. The group includes senior clinicians and researchers, health and social care professionals, academics, service users, students, information scientists and carers.

We’re adding to our network of writers all the time, so find out more if you’re interested in getting involved yourself.

Do you have an elf in you, fighting to get out?

Click on the little pointy eared fella to find out more about writing for the Mental Elf

  1. Clive Adams, Chair of Mental Health Services Research and Co-ordinating Editor of the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group at the University of Nottingham
  2. Sally Adams, Lecturer in Health Psychology at the University of Bath
  3. Syeda Akther, Research Assistant at the QMUL Unit for Social and Community Psychiatry
  4. Lia Ali, Consultant Psychiatrist for Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  5. Eva Alisic, Psychologist and Research Fellow at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia
  6. Ahmed Al-Shihabi, Medicine Student at University College London
  7. Rachel Allan, Practice Leader for The Royal Mencap Society
  8. Rob Allison, Lecturer at the Department of Health Sciences, University of York
  9. Lucía Almazán Sánchez, Medical Student at King’s College London
  10. Murtada Alsaif, Pharmacist
  11. Ian Anderson, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Manchester
  12. Steve Appleton, Managing Director, Contact Consulting
  13. Golnar Aref-Adib, NIHR Academic Clinical Fellow at UCL and Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust
  14. Louise Arseneault, ESRC Mental Health Leadership Fellow and Professor of Developmental Psychology at King’s College London, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience
  15. Henry Aughterson, PhD student at UCL
  16. Douglas Badenoch, Director of Minervation Ltd
  17. John Baker, Chair of Mental Health Nursing at the University of Leeds
  18. Joe Barnby, Research Assistant at University College London
  19. Jack Barton, PhD student at University of Manchester
  20. Andy Bell, Deputy Chief Executive at the Centre for Mental Health
  21. Imogen Bell, Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Psychologist at Orygen and the Centre for Youth Mental Health, University of Melbourne.
  22. Jonny Benjamin, Mental Health Campaigner, Film Producer, Public Speaker, Writer and Vlogger
  23. Laura Bennett, Research Assistant for the Learning Disability Mortality Review Programme (LeDeR) at University of Bristol
  24. Clara Belessiotis, Core Trainee in Psychiatry at East London Foundation Trust
  25. Francesca Bentivegna, LSA at City Education
  26. Natalie Berry, Research Associate, University of Manchester
  27. Kathryn Berzins, Research Fellow in Mental Health at the School of Healthcare, University of Leeds
  28. Victoria Betton, Director of mHabitat
  29. Vishal Bhavsar, Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Training Fellow in Epidemiology, Institute of Psychiatry
  30. Catherine Bird, Research Assistant at The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London
  31. Molly Bird, Research Associate and UCL Loneliness and Social Isolation Network member
  32. Jo Billings, Consultant Clinical Psychologist & Associate Clinical Professor, UCL
  33. Jonathan Bisson, Psychiatrist at Cardiff University
  34. Melissa Black, Clinical psychologist and post-doctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge
  35. Lisa Bortolotti, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Birmingham
  36. Helen Bould, Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Fellow at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford
  37. Lucy Bowes, Associate Professor in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford
  38. Hannah Bowers, Research Fellow at Southampton University
  39. Simon Bradstreet, Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow
  40. Rachel Brand, Clinical Psychologist and Research Fellow at Phoenix Australia: Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, The University of Melbourne
  41. Josefien Breedvelt, Research Officer at the Mental Health Foundation
  42. Gerome Breen, Psychiatric Geneticist at King’s College London
  43. Simon Brett, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner & MSci student at the University of Reading
  44. Amy Broadbent, Research Assistant, Cambridge
  45. Matthew Broome, Senior Clinical Research Fellow at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford
  46. Mark Brown, Development Director of Social Spider CIC
  47. Stefan Brugger, NIHR Academic Clinical Research Fellow at UCL
  48. Martin Brunet, GP from the Binscombe Medical Centre
  49. Kjetil Gundro Brurberg, Researcher in the Division of Primary Care and Clinical Procedures at the Norwegian Knowledge Center for Health Services in Public Health, Oslo, Norway
  50. Jennifer Burgess, Academic Clinical Fellow in General Adult Psychiatry in Newcastle
  51. Lisa Burscheidt, Assistant Librarian at North East London NHS Foundation Trust
  52. Peter Byrne, Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist at the Royal London Hospital
  53. Alastair Canaway, Research Fellow at the University of Warwick
  54. Krysia Canvin, Independent Health Services Researcher
  55. Victoria Carlisle, PhD Student at the Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group, University of Bristol
  56. Sarah Carr, Associate Professor of Mental Health Research at Middlesex University, Independent Consultant at Sarah Carr and Associates Ltd
  57. Zoe Catchpole, Peer Impact and Engagement Officer, McPin Foundation
  58. Laura Caven, Policy Manager at Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA)
  59. Brant Cebulla, Development Director for the Vitamin D Council in California, USA
  60. Emma Cernis, Research Assistant, Oxford
  61. Iain Chalmers, Coordinator at James Lind Initiative
  62. Sarah Chapman, Knowledge Broker at UK Cochrane Centre
  63. Paul Christiansen, Lecturer at the University of Liverpool
  64. Andrea Cipriani, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oxford; Editor in Chief of Evidence-Based Mental Health
  65. Natasha Clarke, PhD Student at the University of Liverpool
  66. Alys Cole-King, Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist at the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, the Royal College of Psychiatrists Spokesperson on Suicide and Self harm, and the Clinical Director of Connecting with People
  67. Elizabeth Collier, Lecturer in Mental Health at the University of Derby
  68. Lorna Collins, Researcher and Member of the MARCH network
  69. Jennifer Collom, Research Assistant at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, Kings College London
  70. Dean Connolly, Student at University College London
  71. Nicola Coop, Assistant Psychologist
  72. Mick Cooper, Professor of Counselling at the School of Psychological Sciences and Health, University of Strathclyde, Scotland
  73. Emma Corcoran, Research Assistant at UCL Psychiatry
  74. Samuele Cortese, Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Southampton and Honorary Consultant Child Psychiatrist at Solent NHS Trust
  75. Elana Covshoff, Programme Manager at SHRINE
  76. Marie Crabbe, Research Assistant at Oxford Health Foundation NHS Trust
  77. Jake Crawshaw, PhD candidate at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Science, King’s College London
  78. Byron Creese, Research Psychologist at the University of Exeter
  79. Ioana Cristea, Associate Professor at Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca and a Research Fellow at the University of Pisa, Italy
  80. Ioana Crivatu, Research Assistant, Middlesex Univerity, London
  81. Jazz Croft, PhD candidate at the Centre for Academic Mental Health, University of Bristol
  82. Laura Culshaw, Assistant Psychologist / Research Associate, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital / University of Westminster
  83. Ian Cummins, Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Salford
  84. Emily Currell, MSc Student at University College London
  85. Simon D’Alfonso, Lecturer in Digital Health, The University of Melbourne
  86. David Daley, Professor of Psychological Intervention and Behaviour Change at the University of Nottingham
  87. Tim Dalgleish, Programme leader at University of Cambridge
  88. Sasha Danilina, PhD Student at University College London
  89. Suzanne Dash, Graduate-Entry Medicine Student at the University of Oxford
  90. Geoff Davies, Trainee Clinical Psychologist at the University of Surrey
  91. Kelly Davies, Lecturer in Mental Health at the University of York
  92. John M Davis, Professor of Psychiatry and Research Professor of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago
  93. Jennifer de Bayer, Research Coordinator at the Centre for Statistics in Medicine, Oxford University
  94. Derek de Beurs, Senior Mental Health Researcher at the Netherlands Institute for Health Services Research (NIVEL)
  95. Caroline De Brun, Knowledge and Evidence Manager at Public Health England Knowledge and Library Services
  96. Angharad de Cates, Psychiatry Registrar and Honorary Research Fellow at Warwick Medical School
  97. Helen Dodd, Professor of Child Psychology at the University of Reading
  98. Jill Domoney, Clinical Psychologist and Researcher at the Section of Women’s Mental Health, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London
  99. Ailsa Donnelly, Lay Chair of the PRIMER group
  100. Muna Dubad, PhD Student at the University of Warwick
  101. Jay Duckworth, PhD Student at the University of Liverpool
  102. Thalia Eley, Professor of Developmental Behavioural Genetics at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, Kings College London
  103. M. David Enoch, Emeritus Consultant Psychiatrist at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital
  104. Edzard Ernst, Emeritus Professor at Exeter University
  105. Michelle Eskinazi, MSC Student at University College London & Core Psychiatry Trainee at Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust
  106. Norah Essali, Medical student at the University of Kalamoon, Syria
  107. Pete Etchells, Senior Lecturer in Biological Psychology at Bath Spa University
  108. Katie Evans, Head of Research and Policy at Money and Mental Health
  109. Alison Faulkner, Surviver Researcher and Trainer in Mental Health
  110. Mina Fazel, Associate Professor in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Oxford University Department of Psychiatry and Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  111. Matt Field, Professor of Psychology at the University of Liverpool
  112. Caroline Fiennes, Director at Giving Evidence
  113. Saoirse Finn, Network Co-ordinator at Arts Health Early Career Research Network
  114. Katie Finning, PhD student at the School of Medicine and Health, University of Exeter
  115. Terry Flemming, Senior Lecturer at the Victoria University of Wellington
  116. Meg Fluharty, Research Assistant at the Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group, University of Bristol
  117. Andrés Fonseca, Consultant Psychiatrist, CEO of Health eLiving Partnership, Honorary Lecturer at UCL
  118. Tamsin Ford, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Exeter
  119. Alexander Foster, Research Worker in Global Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London
  120. Una Foye, Research Officer at the Mental Health Foundation
  121. Suzi Gage, Lecturer in Psychology and Epidemiology at the University of Liverpool
  122. Linda Gask, Emerita Professor of Primary Care Psychiatry at the University of Manchester
  123. Lina Gega, Reader in Mental Health at the University of York and Hull York Medical School
  124. Clarissa Giebel, Researcher and PhD student at the PSSRU, University of Manchester
  125. Bethany Gill, Research Associate at Lancaster Associate
  126. Patricia Gillen, Head of Research and Development for Nurses, Midwives and AHPs/ Lecturer at the Southern Health and Social Care Trust (SHSCT) and Ulster University
  127. Maria Giorgalli, Student, MSc in Clinical Mental Health Sciences at University College London
  128. Laura Godfrey-Isaacs, Artist, Midwife and Birth Activist
  129. Guy Goodwin, Professor of Psychiatry at the University Department of Psychiatry, Oxford
  130. Sophie Graham, Medical Student at Newcastle University
  131. Amy Green, Academic Clinical Lecturer at the University of Bristol
  132. Sarah Gregory, Doctoral candidate and study coordinator at the University of Edinburgh
  133. Ellen Grimas, PhD Student at Imperial College
  134. David Gunnell, MB, ChB, DSc, FMedSci Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Bristol
  135. Peter Haddad, Senior Consultant in Psychiatry, Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar; Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, Qatar University, Qatar
  136. Ian Hamilton, Associate Professor in addiction at University of York
  137. Terry Hanley, Senior Lecturer in Counselling Psychology at University of Manchester
  138. Ben Hannigan, Reader in Mental Health Nursing in the School of Healthcare Sciences at Cardiff University
  139. Keir Harding, Occupational Therapist, Cynnwys (together), at the personality disorder service in Cardiff
  140. Laurie Hare-Duke, Research Fellow at the Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham
  141. Amanda Harris, Psychologist and Director of the Australian Child & Adolescent Trauma, Loss & Grief Network
  142. Judith Harrison, Welsh Clinical Academic Training Fellow at Cardiff University
  143. Camille Hart, Psychiatric Trainee Doctor at Queen’s University, Belfast
  144. Suzan Hassan, PhD Student at UCL Primary Care and Population Health
  145. Helge Hasselmann, Research Masters Student in Clinical and Cognitive Neurosciences at Maastricht University
  146. Simon Hatcher, Full Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Ottawa
  147. Joseph Hayes, Clinical Training Fellow at UCL Division of Psychiatry
  148. Laura Hemming, PhD Student at the University of Manchester
  149. Jill Hemmington, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader PG Cert (AMHP) at the School of Social Work, Care and Community, University of Central Lancashire
  150. Paul Heron, Research Fellow at Closing the Gap Network, University of York
  151. Sarah Hetrick, Associate Professor in Youth Mental Health at the University of Auckland
  152. Jessamy Hibberd, Chartered Clinical Psychologist
  153. Emily Hielscher, PhD Candidate at University of Queensland
  154. Kerrie-Anne Ho, PhD Candidate at the University of New South Wales, Australia
  155. Chris Hollis, Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Nottingham and Consultant in Developmental Neuropsychiatry with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
  156. Mark Horowitz, Training Psychiatrist from Australia who is completing a PhD at King’s College London
  157. Maxine Howard, PhD student at University College London
  158. Dochka Hristova, Project Coordinator for the National Elf Service
  159. Samei Huda, Consultant Psychiatrist at Pennine Care, Manchester
  160. Charlotte Huggett, Trial Manager, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
  161. Liz Hughes, Professor of Mental Health at University of Huddersfield and South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  162. Neil Humphrey, Professor of Psychology of Education and Head of the Manchester Institute of Education at the University of Manchester
  163. Jane Iles, Clinical Psychologist working in CAMHS and Research Associate at Imperial College London
  164. Udita Iyengar, Project Manager in the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  165. Pamela Jacobsen, Clinical Psychologist and NIHR Research Fellow at King’s College London
  166. Benjamin Janaway, Psychiatry trainee and Science communicator
  167. Alex Jarram, PhD student at University College London
  168. Sameer Jauhar, Research Fellow and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at the Institute of Psychiatry
  169. Sam Jee, Research Associate at the University of Manchester
  170. Sonia Johnson, Professor of Social and Community Psychiatry at UCL, Director of the NIHR Mental Health Policy Research Unit
  171. Susie Johnson, Recent Graduate from Bristol University
  172. Mandy Johnstone, Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellow and Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, University of Edinburgh
  173. Andrew Jones, Post-doctoral researcher at the University of Liverpool
  174. Ian Jones, Professor of Perinatal Psychiatry at Cardiff University, Director of the Welsh National Centre for Mental Health
  175. Jonathan Jones, PhD Psychology student at the University of Exeter
  176. Mona Jones, Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner, AnDY Research clinic, University of Reading
  177. Dan Joyce, Clinical Lecturer at Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London, Junior Doctor in general adult psychiatry
  178. Joe Judge, Clinical Psychologist in the Hamilton Psychological Therapies Team, Lanarkshire, Scotland
  179. Shubhangi Karmakar, Medical and MSc student at Trinity College Dublin
  180. Muzaffer Kaser, Psychiatrist and Clinical Lecturer at the Department of Psychiatry, Cambridge University
  181. Dafni Katsampa, Research Assistant at Middlesex University London
  182. Anjuli Kaul, Administrator at the Violence and Abuse Mental Health Network
  183. Eleanor Kennedy, PhD Student at Bristol Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group, University of Bristol
  184. Patrick Kennedy-Williams, BPS Chartered and HCPC-registered Clinical Psychologist, Co-director of Psychology Oxford
  185. Jack Kerwin, Medical student
  186. Roxanne Keynejad, Clinical Research Training Fellow in the Section of Women’s Mental Health at King’s College London
  187. Nagina Khan, MRC Research Training Fellow at the National Primary Care Research and Development Centre, University of Manchester
  188. Olivia Kirtley, Research Assistant at the University of Glasgow
  189. Pooky Knightsmith, Speaker, Lecturer, Trainer, Author and Vice Chair of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition
  190. Dee Knipe, Vice Chancellor’s Elizabeth Blackwell Research Fellow, University of Bristol
  191. Sarah Knowles, Research Fellow at the  NIHR School for Primary Care Research
  192. Will Koehler, Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and Owner of Journey to a Trauma Informed Life, LLC.
  193. Magdalena Skowronska, Clinical Practitioner, Camden and Islington NHS Trust, North Camden Crisis Resolution Team
  194. Matthew Kube-Clare, Trainee Psychiatrist at the Oxleas NHS trust.
  195. Stanley Kutcher, Sun Life Financial Chair in Adolescent Mental Health and the Director WHO Collaborating Care in Mental Health Policy and Training at Dalhousie University and IWK Health Centre in Canada
  196. Emmeline Lagunes Cordoba, Psychiatrist and psychotherapist
  197. Jennifer Laidlaw, PGY-5 Resident in Psychiatry at the University of Toronto
  198. Joseph Lam, MSc Graduate in Clinical Mental Health Science UCL
  199. Danielle Lamb, Programme Manager of the AD-CARE study at the UCL Division of Psychiatry
  200. Nicky Lambert, Director of Teaching and Learning Mental Health, Social Work and Integrative Medicine at Middlesex University
  201. Alex Langford, Psychiatrist in Oxford
  202. Jennifer Lau, University Lecturer at the University of Oxford, Director of the Researching Emotional Disorders and Development (REDD) lab
  203. Sharon Lawn, Professor, College of Medicine and Public Health, Flinders University, Australia
  204. Keith Laws, Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychology at the University of Hertfordshire
  205. Kirsten Lawson, Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist and Clinical Lead for Liaison Psychiatry Services at Kent & Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership NHS Trust
  206. Caroline Leah, Senior Lecturer and Social Worker based at Manchester Metropolitan University
  207. William Lee, Clinical Associate Professor (Reader) in Psychiatry at Plymouth University
  208. Simon Leigh, Health Economist at Lifecode® Solutions and Nexus Clinical Analytics, Research Fellow at the University of Liverpool
  209. Douglas Levinson, Director of the Stanford University Program on the Genetics of Brain Function in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  210. Gemma Lewis, University College London
  211. Michelle Lim, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at Swinburne University of Technology, and Head of the Social Health and Wellbeing Laboratory
  212. Bryn Lloyd-Evans, Senior Lecturer in the UCL Division of Psychiatry
  213. Maria Loades, Senior Lecturer/Clinical Tutor, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme at the University of Bath
  214. Karina Lovell, Director of Research and Professor of Mental Health at the University of Manchester
  215. Colleen Loo, Professor of Psychiatry at the University of New South Wales, Australia
  216. Raluca Lucacel, PhD Student, Cluj Napoca, Romania
  217. Maartje Luijten, Assistant Professor at the Behavioural Science Institute, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  218. James MacCabe, Reader in the Epidemiology of Psychosis at the Institute of Psychiatry Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London
  219. Steven MacDonald-Hart, Psychologist, NHS
  220. Lucy Maddox, NHS Clinical Psychologist, Lecturer and BSA Media Fellow
  221. Sarah Man, Staff Nurse at the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Unit
  222. Sammy Man, Clinical Psychologist
  223. Farhana Mann, Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellow at University College London and Specialist Registrar (ST6) in General Adult Psychiatry in North London
  224. Warren Mansell, Reader in Clinical Psychology at the University of Manchester
  225. Elena Marcus, Research Assistant at the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health and University College London
  226. Joanna Martin, PhD Student at Cardiff University
  227. Steven Marwaha, Reader at Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick
  228. Lisa Marzano, Associate Professor in Psychology at Middlesex University
  229. Timothy Matthews, Postdoctoral Researcher at King’s College London
  230. Olivia Maynard, Research Associate at the Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group at the University of Bristol
  231. Edel Mc Glanaghy, Clinical Psychologist with NHS Forth Valley and a Research Fellow at Edinburgh Napier University
  232. Heather McClelland, Research Assistant and PhD Student at University of Glasgow
  233. Sarah McDonald, Clinical Psychologist
  234. Iain McDougall, Specialist trainee in General Adult Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, Belfast
  235. Carla McEnery, Provisional Psychologist and PhD candidate at the Brain and Psychological Sciences Research Centre, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne
  236. Paula McFadden, Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Ulster University
  237. John McGowan, Director and Academic Director of the Clinical Psychology Training Scheme at the Salomons Centre for Applied Psychology, Kent
  238. Andrew McIntosh, Professor of Biological Psychiatry in the University of Edinburgh Division of Psychiatry
  239. Kwame McKenzie, CEO of Wellesley Institute
  240. Alison McKinlay, Psychologist and Post-doctoral researcher at the Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience.
  241. Kate McLaughlin, Clinical Psychologist and Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington, USA
  242. Sally McManus, Research Director at the National Centre for Social Research
  243. Peter McMurray, Psychiatry Core Trainee working in the Southern Trust in Northern Ireland
  244. Chris Miller, Research Assistant at the Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
  245. Kathryn Mitchell, Core Psychiatry Trainee working in the Belfast Trust, Northern Ireland
  246. Emma Molyneaux – Postdoctoral Researcher in the Section of Women’s Mental Health at King’s College London and works for the Mental Health Policy Research Unit
  247. Mark Monaghan, Lecturer in Criminology and Social Policy at the University of Loughborough
  248. Stephen Moore, Inpatient Psychiatrist in the Tyrone and Fermanagh Hospital, Northern Ireland
  249. Paul Morrison, Psychiatrist and Researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry, KCL
  250. Nuala Morse, Lecturer in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester
  251. Michelle Moulds, Professor and PLuS Alliance Fellow, School of Psychology, University of New South Wales, Australia
  252. Claire Mokrysz, PhD Student at University College London
  253. John Moriarty, Research Fellow at University of Belfast
  254. Marcus Munafò, Professor of Biological Psychology at the University of Bristol
  255. Nikki Nabavi, Medical Student at the University of Manchester
  256. Monisha Nahar, MSc Student at UCL
  257. Akshay Nair, Wolfson Clinical Research Fellow at University College London
  258. Josephine Neale, Trainee Psychiatrist in North London
  259. Natalie Nelissen, Research Fellow at mHabitat
  260. Rosalyn Nelson, Assistant Psychologist at North Wilts Memory Service, Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
  261. Jill Newby, Senior Lecturer, MRFF/NHMRC Career Development Fellow and Research Director of the Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney
  262. Nicola Newhouse, Researcher at Health Experiences Research Group, University of Oxford
  263. Claire Niedzwiedz, Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre for Research on Environment, Society and Health at the University of Edinburgh
  264. Peter Norton, Professor of Clinical Psychology at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and Director of the Monash FEAR Clinic
  265. Aileen O’Brien, Reader in Psychiatry and Education & Dean for Students at St George’s University of London
  266. Elly O’Brien, Information Scientist, London
  267. Siobhan O’Neill, Professor of Mental Health Sciences at Ulster University
  268. Andrew O’Shaughnessy, Consultant in Public Health in Bradford & Airedale and Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Leeds
  269. Chris O’Sullivan, Mental Health Foundation
  270. Juliana Onwumere, Senior Lecturer & Consultant Clinical Psychologist, King’s College, London, South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
  271. Sami Ouanes, Clinical Fellow in Advanced General Adult Psychiatry, Hamad Medical Corporation, Qatar
  272. Michael Ostacher, Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine
  273. Dennis Ougrin, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Clinical Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience
  274. Gozde Ozakinci, Health Psychologist and Lecturer in health psychology at the University of St Andrews
  275. Geoff Page, Research Fellow at the University of York
  276. Laurence Palfreyman, Assistant Psychologist in South London
  277. Harry Palmer, Programme Coordinator, Mental Health Research Programme, Veterans and their Families (UK), Centre for Mental Health
  278. Carmine Pariante, Professor of Biological Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust
  279. Georgie Parker, Research assistant, NELFT and UCL
  280. Jennie Parker, Senior Researcher at the McPin Foundation
  281. Emily Peckham, Closing the Gap Network+ Coordinator at York University
  282. Christopher Pell, In-patient General Adult Psychiatrist at the Susan Carnegie Centre in Angus, Scotland for NHS Tayside
  283. Elvira Perez Vallejos, Associate Professor Digital Tech for Mental Health at the University of Nottingham
  284. Serap Pinar, Biomedical and Molecular Science Research (M.Sc) from King’s College London
  285. Vanessa Pinfold, Co-Founder & Research Director at the McPin Foundation
  286. Alexandra Pitman, Senior Clinical Lecturer in the UCL Division of Psychiatry and an Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust
  287. Rudiger Pittrof, Consultant in Sexual and Reproductive Health at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
  288. Belinda Platt, Post-Doc at the LMU University Clinic for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  289. Rob Poole, Professor of Social Psychiatry at Bangor University
  290. Inês Pote, Research Officer for the Early Intervention Foundation
  291. Lucinda Powell, Education and mental health consultant
  292. Amy Price, Trustee of the ThinkWell charity where she leads the PLOT-IT (Public Led Online Trials-Infrastructure and Tools) project
  293. Paul Ramchandani, LEGO Professor of Play in Education at the University of Cambridge
  294. Matt Ravenhall, Final year Biology student at the University of York
  295. Susan Rasmussen, Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychological Sciences and Health at the University of Strathclyde
  296. Stefan Rennick-Egglestone, Digital Research Specialist at theUniversity of Nottingham
  297. Laoise Renwick, Lecturer at the University of Manchester
  298. Shirley Reynolds, Director of the Charlie Waller Institute and Professor of Evidence Based Psychological Therapies at the University of Reading
  299. Thomas Richardson, Principal Clinical Psychologist at Solent NHS Trust
  300. Jodi Rintelman, Pharmacist and medical writer
  301. Tessa Roberts, global mental health researcher
  302. Abi Rose, Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Liverpool
  303. Diana Rose, Professor of User-Led Research and Head of Section and Co-director Service User Research Enterprise (SURE) at King’s College London
  304. Rachel Rowan-Olive, Mental Health Service User/Survivor, Illustrator, and graduate student at Birkbeck, University of London
  305. Sarah Rowe, Lecturer on the MSc Clinical Mental Health Sciences and MSc Mental Health Sciences Research, UCL Division of Psychiatry
  306. Tobias Rowland, Academic Clinical Fellow, University of Warwick
  307. Alex Ruck Keene, Barrister specialising in mental capacity and mental health law and Wellcome Research Fellow at King’s College London
  308. Kirsten Russell, PhD student at Strathclyde University
  309. Katharine Sacks-Jones, Director of Agenda
  310. Emma Saddleton, Research Worker and part-time MSc student at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, London
  311. Pooja Saini, Senior Lecturer, Liverpool John Moores University
  312. Tatiana Salisbury, Lecturer in Global Mental Health at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London
  313. Paul Salkovskis, Director of the Oxford Institute of Clinical Psychology Training and Oxford Centre for Cognitive Therapy
  314. Christopher Sampson, Health Economist at the University of Nottingham
  315. João Santos, Research Associate and Data Manager at the Manchester Institute of Education, University of Manchester
  316. Leela Sathyaputri, Undergraduate Research Assistant at the University of Iowa
  317. Martyna Sawicka, Data Collection Coordinator, Arizona Twin Project at Arizona State University
  318. Heike Schroder, Lecturer in Human Resource Management at Queen’s University Management School
  319. Ava Schulz, Postdoctoral Researcher on the OPTIMAX project
  320. Susanne Schweizer, Sir Henry Wellcome Fellow in the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Group, UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscienc
  321. Hannah Rachel Scott, PhD Student at the University College London
  322. Lucas Shelemy, PhD Researcher at the University of Reading
  323. Andrew Shepherd, Doctoral research Fellow at the University of Manchester and Higher Trainee in Forensic Psychiatry
  324. Hilary Shepherd, MSc Dementia student at University College London
  325. Luke Sheridan-Rains, Research associate in the NIHR Mental Health Policy Research Unit, UCL Division of Psychiatry
  326. Natalie Shoham, Clinical Training Fellow at UCL
  327. Lucy Simons, Research Fellow at NIHR MindTech Healthcare Technology Cooperative, Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham
  328. Megan Skelton, PhD student in the Emotional Development Intervention and Treatment Lab (EDIT Lab) at King’s College London
  329. Jude Smit, PhD student and Psychotherapist
  330. Mark Smith, IAPT Clinician working for Steps2Change and independent Psychotherapist Trainer
  331. Francesca Solmi, Research Associate, Division of Psychiatry, University College London
  332. Andrew Sommerlad, PhD Fellow at University College London
  333. Sophie Stammers, Research Fellow on Project PERFECT at the University of Birmingham
  334. Emily Stapley, Research Fellow in the Evidence Based Practice Unit at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and UCL
  335. Eloise Stark, PhD student at the University of Oxford
  336. Thomas Steare, Research Assistant at University College London
  337. Sarah Steeg, Presidential Fellow, University of Manchester
  338. David Steele, Junior Doctor with an interest in psychology, psychiatry and public health
  339. Kevin Stone, Associate Head of Department for Law at UWE, Bristol
  340. Becci Strawbridge, Mental Health Research at the Institute if Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London
  341. Caroline Struthers, Education and Training Manager for the EQUATOR Network
  342. Shuichi Suetani, Psychiatrist at the Queensland Centre for Mental Health Research & Queensland Brain Institute
  343. Harry Sumnall, Professor in Substance Use at the Public Health Institute, Liverpool John Moores University
  344. Irene Sutcliffe, Lived experience expert
  345. Rebecca Syed, Researcher at King’s College London
  346. Rachel Symons, Mental health nurse, Teacher and Speaker
  347. Edward Sykes, Senior Press Manager and Head of Mental Health & Neuroscience, Science Media Centre
  348. Danny Taggart, Academic Director for the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Essex
  349. Katherine Tallent, Mental Health Recovery Worker, Rethink Mental Illness
  350. Marcus Tan, Academic Clinical Fellow at Plymouth University School of Medicine
  351. Andrew Thompson, Clinical Health Psychologist at the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust
  352. Rupert Thurston, Junior Doctor working in General Adult Psychiatry in the West Midlands
  353. Caroline Tomes, Public Health Specialty Registrar currently working in Cambridge
  354. André Tomlin, Founder and Managing Director of Minervation Ltd and the National Elf Service Ltd
  355. Anneka Tomlinson, Clinician and Senior Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford
  356. John Torous, Director of the Digital Psychiatry Division at the Department of Psychiatry, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  357. Ellen Townsend, Professor of Psychology, University of Nottingham
  358. Solomon Towuru, Lecturer in Mental Health altho eh University of Derby
  359. Derek Tracy, Consultant Psychiatrist and Associate Clinical Director for crisis, inpatient, and rehabilitation services at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
  360. David Trickey, Consultant clinical psychologist at the Specialist Trauma and Maltreatment Service at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families
  361. Stella Tsoli, PhD student at the Centre for Longitudinal Studies, UCL.
  362. Remco Tuijt, PhD student at UCL
  363. David Turgoose, Clinical Psychologist in the Attachment and Trauma Team at Great Ormond Street Hospital
  364. Alison Turner, Head of the Evidence Analysis team within the Strategy Unit at NHS Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit
  365. Alan Underwoord, Specialist Clinical Psychologist
  366. Raphael Underwood, PhD candidate at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London
  367. Noortje Uphoff, Research Fellow,  Cochrane Common Mental Disorder, University of York
  368. Rachel Upthegrove, Senior Clinical Lecturer in Psychiatry at the University of Birmingham
  369. Anne-Laura van Harmelen, Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge
  370. Wouter van Ballegooijen, Lecturer / Assistnt Professor, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  371. Kathryn Walsh, Research Associate at the University of Birmingham
  372. Joanne Wallace, Graduate Entry Medical Student at The University of Warwick
  373. Michael Walton, PhD student at Manchester Metropolitan University
  374. Jingyi Wang, Research Associate at UCL
  375. Fiona Warner-Gale, Joint Director of Associate Development Solutions Ltd
  376. Andrew Watson, Clinical Research Fellow in Psychiatry at the University of Edinburgh
  377. Sarah Watts, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and Clinical Lead with the Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust South Staffordshire IAPT teams
  378. Jasmin Wertz, PhD Student at Kings College London
  379. Simon Wessely, Chair of Psychological Medicine at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neurosciences (IoPPN), King’s College London
  380. Karen Wetherall, Researcher at the Suicidal Behaviour Research Lab, University of Glasgow
  381. Beccy White, PhD student, University of Manchester
  382. Danny Whiting, Forensic Psychiatrist and NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow with the Forensic Psychiatry Research Group at the University of Oxford
  383. Alice Wickersham, PhD student at the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre
  384. Michael Wigelsworth, Senior Lecturer at the Manchester Institute of Education, University of Manchester
  385. Lucy Willetts, Chartered Clinical Psychologist and Accredited CBT Therapist
  386. Jess Williams, PhD researcher, University of Birmingham, University of Nottingham
  387. Sarsha Wilson, Research Assistant at the NIHR Oxford Cognitive Health Clinical Research Facility
  388. Emma Wincup, Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice, School of Law at the University of Leeds
  389. Katrina Witt, Research Fellow with the Centre for Suicide Research at the University of Oxford
  390. Stephen Wood, Professor of Adolescent Brain Development and Mental Health at the University of Birmingham
  391. Emma Yapp, Research Assistant in the Section of Women’s Mental Health in the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience at King’s College London
  392. Vanessa Yim, Research assistant at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience
  393. Tiago Zortea, Post-doctoral researcher in the Suicidal Behaviour Research Lab, University of Glasgow
  394. Fabio Zucchelli, Sport and Exercise Psychology MSc student

Groups who have blogged

In addition to the individuals who blog for us, we sometimes publish blogs written by groups of people. These are often written as part of a training session or introduction to blogging; sometimes by students, sometimes by health professionals or academics. Here are some of the groups who have written Mental Elf blogs:

  1. CAMSTRAND Conference delegates
  2. Centre for Affective Disorders, King’s College London
  3. Child and Adolescent Mental Health MSc, UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
  4. Clinical Mental Health Sciences MSc, University College London
  5. EQUATOR Publication School
  6. Mental Health Studies MSc, King’s College London
  7. NPNR Conference delegates
  8. PenCLAHRC: NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South West Peninsula
  9. Psychology and Neuroscience of Mental Health MSc/PGDip/PGCert, King’s College London
  10. University of Edinburgh Division of Psychiatry
  11. University of Glasgow, Institute of Health and Wellbeing MSc Courses

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Who decides what evidence is included on the website?

We scour over 400 databases, journals, websites and other feeds to bring you the best available mental health evidence.  Items are selected using an evidence-based inclusion criteria to ensure they are relevant to UK practice and based on high quality research, policy and guidance.

The selection process has no input from any external bodies, publishers, sponsors or commercial organisations.

We critically appraise the material we find using the CASP critical appraisal checklists.

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The Woodland is getting busier every year.