Dr Emma Ashworth

School of Psychology

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 processes and mechanisms that contribute to the emergence 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.

Emma is currently co-lead of 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.

Degrees

2018, University of Manchester, United Kingdom, PhD Education
2014, Lancaster University, United Kingdom, BSc Psychology in Education

Academic appointments

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

Journal article

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

Report

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

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

Ashworth E, Demkowicz O. 2020. Teenagers' Experiences of Life in Lockdown (TELL): Caring for your wellbeing Publisher Url Public Url

Demkowicz O, Ashworth E, O'Neill A, Hanley T, Pert K. 2020. Teenagers' Experiences of Life in Lockdown: The TELL study briefing Publisher Url 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

Award:

Community By Nature Consultancy Project. Dr Newson (PI); Dr Ashworth (CO-I), Community by Nature (consultancy contract). 2021

PGR Distinguished Achievement Award, Faculty of Humanities, University of Manchester. 2019

Media Coverage:

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

Public engagement:

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

Research Grants Awarded:

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

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.

External collaboration:

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.

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

Conference presentation:

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

Conference organisation:

Getting research into schools: A workshop on engaging with educators, Organiser. 2018

Teaching qualification:

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 2017

Membership of professional bodies:

Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society.

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