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Dr Jess Deighton, Director of Innovation, Evaluation and Dissemination

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Dr Jess Deighton is Director of Innovation, Evaluation and Dissemination at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and Director of the Evidence Based Practice Unit and Associate Professor in Child Mental Health and Wellbeing at UCL. Her expertise focus on: 1) the evaluation of interventions and multifaceted programmes to support mental health and well-being in children; 2) factors that promote resilience in children and young people; 3) the interplay between mental health and educational outcomes.  She leads a range of large scale national research programmes including the national evaluation of the National Lottery Community Fund’s HeadStart programme and the Department for Education funded Education for Wellbeing Programme.  She is also a senior researcher for the Department of Health’s Child Policy Research Unit.