1. Dr Alice Haynes
  2. Giunia Scotto di Minico
  3. Dr Grace Baptie
  4. Hannah Wright
  5. Dr Kim Alyousefi-van Dijk
  6. Lydia Barge

Dr Alice Haynes

Deputy Head of Early Years Programme - Systems

Leadership team

Alice joined in December 2019 and oversees the Early Years Programme’s evaluation, communications, policy and research work. She specialised in the perinatal period at the NSPCC, and was Development Manager for the national A Better Start programme which aims to promote good early childhood development in economically deprived areas of England. She has a PhD in social work and psychology. Alice represents AFNCCF on the First 1001 Days Movement Steering Group.



Giunia Scotto di Minico

Evaluation Officer - Early Years Programme

Evaluation team

Giunia is a child and developmental psychologist trained in Italy and is studying to become a Transactional Analysis psychotherapist.  At the Anna Freud Centre she is part of the evaluation team in the Early Years Programme and has been working on developing and supporting the different services with the implementation of a new evaluation framework.

Dr Grace Baptie

COSI Trial Co-ordinator & Evidence and Policy Associate - National Centre for Family Hubs


Grace works across two projects in the Early Years Programme: the COSI trial, coordinating a clinical trial to test the effectiveness of ‘Circle of Security’ group therapy for parents’ perinatal mental health and parent-infant bond, and the National Centre for Family Hubs, where Grace is part of the evaluation team working as Evidence and Policy Associate.

She has a PhD in Applied Psychology and her research specialises in perinatal mental health and postnatal trauma.

Hannah Wright

COSI Trial Research Assistant


Hannah is a Research Assistant and PhD student working on the COSI Trial. Hannah has a background in child development research including attachment, mental health difficulties, and substance abuse.

Dr Kim Alyousefi-van Dijk

COSI Trial Manager


Kim is a Researcher who joined the team in March 2021. She has completed two BSc and a MSc in Psychobiology, Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience. She specialised in perinatal neurobiology and behaviour, and studied a prenatal VIPP programme in first time fathers during her PhD in Amsterdam.

At AFC, she is the trial manager of the COSI study, which examines the effects of the Circle of Security Parenting programme on maternal mental health and child development.

Additionally, she is involved with the evaluation team.

Lydia Barge

Evaluation Officer - Early Years Programme

Evaluation team

Lydia is part of the evaluation team in the Early Years Programme. She is completing a PhD at UCL which is examining attachment disorders in children looked after. She was a researcher on a project examining the feasibility of VIPP (Video-feedback Intervention to promote Positive Parenting and Sensitive Discipline) with foster carers and the children in their care and is trained as a VIPP intervenor.

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