Dr Jess Deighton
Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families (EBPU)
Dr Jess Deighton is a Deputy Director and Research Programme Lead for the Evidence Based Practice Unit (EBPU).
Jess’s research concerns the relationship between social, emotional and educational outcomes for children and the effectiveness of interventions to improve children’s mental health and wellbeing in school- and health-based settings. She leads and collaborates on studies funded by the Department of Health, Department for Education and the Health Foundation that focus on the evaluation of large-scale interventions aimed at improving mental health outcomes for children and young people across health and education settings.
Jess is currently leading the evaluation of HeadStart, a prevention programme aiming to improve the mental wellbeing of 10- to 16-year-olds through six partnerships across England over the course of seven years.