Dr Emma Ashworth is a Chartered Psychologist and Lecturer in Psychology at LJMU. Emma's research focuses on child and adolescent mental health, with a particular emphasis on risk and resilience, examining the factors that predict and prevent the development of difficulties. A key focus of Emma's research is the trialling and evaluating of school-based mental health prevention and promotion interventions; specifically, implementation evaluations and the differential effects of interventions for at-risk children.
Emma has been involved in several large, national trials of school-based social and emotional interventions including the Good Behaviour, PATHS and FRIENDS, funded by the Education Endowment Foundation. She is also an honorary researcher at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, where she is part of a Government-funded national evaluation of the Education for Wellbeing programme, trialling mental health promotion interventions in c.400 schools across England.
Dr Ashworth currently co-leads the Children, Young People and Families interest group in the LJMU Institute for Health Research, and is deputy lead of the Implementation Science methodological research subgroup as part of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) North West Coast. She is also a scientific committee member for Mental Health Research UK.
Emma is student Disability Coordinator for the School of Psychology at LJMU, and is an 'LJMU Connector' - staff are welcome to get in touch with her for confidential peer advice and mental wellbeing support.
2018, University of Manchester, United Kingdom, PhD Education
2014, Lancaster University, United Kingdom, BSc Psychology in Education
Lecturer in Psychology, School of Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University, 2019 - present
Senior Tutor, Manchester Institute of Education, University of Manchester, 2019 - 2019
Research Assistant, Manchester Institute of Education, University of Manchester, 2015 - 2019
Humphrey N, Panayiotou M, Hennessey A, Ashworth E. 2021. Treatment effect modifiers in a randomized trial of the good behavior game during middle childhood. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 89 :668-681 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url
Ashworth E, Putwain D, McLoughlin S, Saini P, Chopra J, Rosser B, Eames C. 2021. Ordinary magic in extraordinary circumstances: Predictors of positive mental health outcomes for early adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic Research Square. Preprint., DOI Author Url Publisher Url
Ashworth E, Demkowicz O, O'Neill A, Hanley T, Pert K. 2021. “Will my young adult years be spent socially distancing?”: A qualitative exploration of UK adolescents’ lockdown experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic Research Square. Preprint., DOI Author Url
Ashworth E, Schiöth H, Brooks S. 2021. Neural activation of anxiety and depression in children and young people: A systematic meta-analysis of fMRI studies Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url
Demkowicz O, Hanley T, Ashworth E, O'Neill A, Pert K. 2021. Teenagers' experiences of life in lockdown: Implications for college and university support University & College Counselling Journal, Author Url Publisher Url Public Url
Ashworth E, Hunt A, Chopra J, Eames C, Putwain D, duffy K, Kirkby J, mcloughlin S, Saini P. 2021. Adolescents' lockdown-induced coping experiences (ALICE) study: A qualitative exploration of early adolescents' experiences of lockdown and reintegration Advance Preprint, DOI
Demkowicz O, Ashworth E, Mansfield R, Stapley E, Miles H, Hayes D, Burrell K, Moore A, Deighton J. 2020. Children and young people’s experiences of completing mental health and wellbeing measures for research: learning from two school‑based pilot projects Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, 14 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url
Ashworth E, Humphrey N. 2020. More than the sum of its parts: Cumulative risk effects on school functioning in middle childhood British Journal of Educational Psychology, 90 :43-61 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url
Ashworth E, Panayiotou M, Humphrey N, Hennessey A. 2020. Game On — Complier Average Causal Effect Estimation Reveals Sleeper Effects on Academic Attainment in a Randomized Trial of the Good Behavior Game Prevention Science, 21 :222-233 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url
Ashworth E, Humphrey N, Hennessey A. 2020. Game Over? No Main or Subgroup Effects of the Good Behavior Game in a Randomized Trial in English Primary Schools Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url
Ashworth E, Humphrey N, Lendrum A, Hennessey A. 2020. Beyond "what works": A mixed-methods study of intervention effect modifiers in the Good Behavior Game Psychology in the Schools, 57 :222-246 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url
Demkowicz O, Panayiotou M, Ashworth E, Humphrey N, Deighton J. 2019. The Factor Structure of the 4-Item Perceived Stress Scale in English Adolescents European Journal of Psychological Assessment, :1-5 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url
Hayes D, Moore A, Stapley E, Humphrey N, Mansfield R, Santos J, Ashworth E, Patalay P, Bonin EM, Moltrecht B, Boehnke JR, Deighton J. 2019. Promoting mental health and wellbeing in schools: Examining Mindfulness, Relaxation and Strategies for Safety and Wellbeing in English primary and secondary schools: Study protocol for a multi-school, cluster randomised controlled trial (INSPIRE) Trials, 20 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url
Hayes D, Moore A, Stapley E, Humphrey N, Mansfield R, Santos J, Ashworth E, Patalay P, Bonin E, Boehnke JR, Deighton J. 2019. School-based intervention study examining approaches for well-being and mental health literacy of pupils in Year 9 in England: study protocol for a multischool, parallel group cluster randomised controlled trial (AWARE) BMJ Open, 9 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url
Ashworth E, Demkowicz O, Lendrum A, Frearson K. 2018. Coaching Models of School-Based Prevention and Promotion Programmes: A Qualitative Exploration of UK Teachers' Perceptions School Mental Health, 10 :287-300 DOI Author Url Publisher Url Public Url
Brooks S, Titova O, Ashworth E, Bylund S, Feldman I, Schiöth H. Multivariate Analysis of Psychosomatic Complaints as Predictors of Conduct Problems in Swedish Adolescents Research Square. Preprint., DOI Author Url
Chopra J, Ashworth E, Saini P, Putwain D, McLoughlin S, Kirkby J, Eames C, Hunt A, Duffy K. Adolescents’ Lockdown-Induced Coping Experiences (ALICE) study: A qualitative exploration of early adolescents’ experiences of lockdown and reintegration Journal of Early Adolescence, Public Url
Ashworth E, Saini P, Chopra J, McLoughlin S, Eames C, Hunt A, Kirkby J. 2021. “No Covid plan” Department for Education “surprisingly resistant” to lessons-learned exercise amid concerns over catchup offer and scale of “hidden harm” “No Covid plan” Department for Education “surprisingly resistant” to lessons-learned exercise amid concerns over catchup offer and scale of “hidden harm”
Demkowicz O, Richie B, Ashworth E, Tait N, Miles H, Panayiotou M, Patalay P, Burrell K, Deighton J. 2021. Mental health questionnaire research with children and young people in schools: Recommendations for good practice Author Url Publisher Url Public Url
Ashworth E, McLoughlin S, Saini P, Chopra J, Eames C, Hunt A. 2021. Young people's mental health and wellbeing in the north west during the COVID-19 pandemic: The ALICE study evidence briefing Public Url
Ashworth E, Saini P, Chopra J, Hunt A. 2020. Caring for your wellbeing during COVID-19: Advice for young people
Humphrey N, Hennessey A, Ashworth E, Frearson K, Black L, Petersen K, Wo L, Panayiotou M, Lendrum A, Wigelsworth M, Birchinall L, Squires G, Pampaka M. 2018. Good Behaviour Game: Evaluation report and executive summary Author Url
Wigelsworth M, Squires G, Birchinall L, Kalambouka A, Lendrum A, Black L, Troncoso P, Santos J, Ashworth E, Britteon P. 2018. FRIENDS for life: Evaluation report and executive summary Author Url
Humphrey N, Wigelsworth M, Black L, Symes W, Frearson K, Ashworth E, Petersen K, McCaldin T, Runacres J, Demkowicz O, Pert K, Tronsco P, Anders L. 2017. Social, Psychological, Emotional, Concepts of self, and Resilience outcomes: Understanding and Measurement (SPECTRUM) Author Url
Humphrey N, Lendrum A, Ashworth E, Frearson K, Buck R, Kerr K. 2016. Implementation and process evaluation (IPE) for interventions in educational settings: A synthesis of the literature Author Url
Humphrey N, Lendrum A, Ashworth E, Frearson K, Buck R, Kerr K. 2016. Implementation and process evaluation (IPE) for interventions in education settings: An introductory handbook Author Url
Research Grants Awarded:
Champs Public Health Collaborative, Evaluation of an NHS self-harm prevention toolkit for young people across Merseyside, Pooja Saini, Grant value (£): 4,433, Duration of research project: 3 months. 2021
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), A Rapid cross-sectional mixed methods study to scope, understand and co-develop the policy priorities for reducing inequalities and mitigating the long-term impacts of COVID-19 for CYP with SEND, Prof Lucy Bray (Edge Hill University), Prof Amel Alghrani (University of Liverpool, Grant value (£): 84,651. 2021
Youth Endowment Fund, Community by Nature Capacity Building and Enrichment Project, Grant value (£): 9000. 2021
Economic and Social Research Council, The TELL Study: Teenagers’ Experiences of Life in Lockdown (impact acceleration), Dr Ola Demkowicz and Dr Terry Hanley (University of Manchester), Grant value (£): 8,601. 2020
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, Informing the development of NICE guidance on Social, emotional and mental wellbeing in primary and secondary education, Dr Ola Demkowicz (University of Manchester), Dr Alexandra Hennessey (University of Manchester), Prof. Jessica Deighton (Anna Freud Centre), Grant value (£): 15,682, Duration of research project: 1 year. 2020
QR Strategic Policy Fund, Young people's presentations at A&E for suicidal crisis: Coding, admissions, and resultant care pathways, Pooja Saini, Grant value (£): 9004, Duration of research project: 6 months. 2020
https://www.ljmu.ac.uk/about-us/news/articles/2021/1/11/covid-teenagers-on-emotional-rollercoaster--study, Covid teenagers tell of 'emotional rollercoaster' - study. 2021
https://www.womenadvancenc.org/2021/03/10/the-quarantines-effects-hit-adolescents-especially-hard-heres-how-parents-can-help/, Women Advance: "The Quarantine’s Effects Hit Adolescents Especially Hard — Here’s How Parents Can Help". 2021
BBC Radio Merseyside 'Happy Heads' campaign - children's mental health: Ask an Expert. 2021
BBC Radio Merseyside - supporting children's mental health when returning to school during the COVID-19 pandemic. 2020
https://email-bulletins.ljmu.ac.uk/staff-bulletin/articles/default.aspx?utm_source=Staff_Bulletin&utm_medium=Email&articleID=1337&issue=May%2015%202020, LJMU News Bulletin. The TELL Study: Supporting teen wellbeing during COVID-19. 2020
https://email-bulletins.ljmu.ac.uk/staff-bulletin/articles/default.aspx?utm_source=Staff_Bulletin&utm_medium=Email&articleID=1503&issue=October%2013%202020, LJMU News Bulletin. Study into how students are adjusting. 2020
https://theconversation.com/lockdown-has-been-hard-on-teenagers-but-they-have-shown-remarkable-adaptation-149603, The Conversation Article - Lockdown has been hard on teenagers, but they have shown remarkable adaptation. 2020
https://www.ft.com/content/0dec0291-2f72-4ce9-bd9f-ae2356bd869e, The Financial Times - The kids aren’t alright: How Generation Covid is losing out, coverage of the TELL Study. 2020
Policy@Manchester, One year on: Lessons from lockdown, Blog, Policymakers, Author, https://policyatmanchester.shorthandstories.com/one-year-on/. 2021
University of Manchester online webinar, What has changed for teenagers’ mental health and opportunities since the UK COVID-19 outbreak?, Learning Lunch Seminar Series, Policymakers, Invited Speaker, https://www.policy.manchester.ac.uk/activities/events/policymanchester-presents-in-conversation-with-dr-ola-demkowicz/. 2020
National Elf Service, Mental Elf, Overcoming barriers: why adolescents don’t seek mental health support, Blog, Public, Author, https://www.nationalelfservice.net/populations-and-settings/child-and-adolescent/barriers-support-mental-health-adolescents/. 2020
Policy@Manchester, Teenagers’ experiences of life in lockdown – and lessons for COVID-19 recovery plans, Blog, Public, Author, http://blog.policy.manchester.ac.uk/health/2020/10/teenagers-experiences-of-life-in-lockdown-and-lessons-for-covid-19-recovery-plans/. 2020
University of Manchester, Research Matters Seminar: Measuring children's mental health for research in schools, Seminar, Academics, Speaker. 2019
University of Manchester, SEL practices in the classroom, Knowledge exchange workshop, School teachers, Organiser. 2018
MIE BEE Blog, Exposure to multiple risks is worse for children’s outcomes than the nature of specific risks, Blog, Educators, Author, http://blogging2.humanities.manchester.ac.uk/miebee/exposure-to-multiple-risks-is-worse-for-childrens-outcomes-than-the-nature-of-specific-risks/. 2018
Other Professional Activity:
Co-I on The TELL Study: Teenagers' experiences of life in lockdown. 2020
Co-lead for the Children, Young People, and Families interest group in the LJMU Institute for Health Research. 2020
Member of the wider research team on the Education for Wellbeing programme. Funded by the Department for Education and led by the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. Consists of 2 randomised controlled trials of school-based mental health and wellbeing interventions in 400 schools nationwide..
PI on project looking at short and long term impact of Covid-19 lockdown on school age children.
NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) North West Coast, Deputy lead of the implementation science methodology research sub-group. 2020
Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, Evidence Based Practice Unit.
Mental Health Research UK, Scientific Committee Member.
Other invited event:
Research in child and adolescent mental health, Liverpool Health Partners' Starting Well Programme Research Seminar, Presenter. 2020
Education for Wellbeing, Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, Talk delivered as part of the "Evenings at Rodney Street" seminar series.. 2019
Children and young people’s experiences and perceptions of completing mental health measures, BERA Special Interest Group Conference: Researching mental health and education: Where are we now?, London, England, Oral presentation. 2019
All in the game: Improving pupil behaviour in the classroom, European Network for Social and Emotional Competencies, Stockholm, Sweden, Oral presentation. 2017
Differential effects of the Good Behaviour Game on pupils’ school functioning: Cumulative risk exposure as a moderator of intervention outcomes., British Psychological Society’s Psychology of Education Section, Edinburgh, Scotland, Poster presentation. 2017
PGR Distinguished Achievement Award, Faculty of Humanities, University of Manchester. 2019
Getting research into schools: A workshop on engaging with educators, Organiser. 2018
Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 2017
Membership of professional bodies:
Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society.
Scientific Committee Member, Mental Health Research UK.