Professor Ann John


Swansea University and Consultant in Public Health Medicine, Public Health Wales


Ann is a Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry at Swansea University and a Consultant in Public Health Medicine, Public Health Wales. She has a research focus on suicide and self- harm prevention and children and young people's mental health. 

She leads the MQ funded Adolescent Mental Health Data Platform and chairs the National Advisory Group on Suicide and Self-harm prevention to Welsh Government. She is a Trustee of the Mental Health Foundation and a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and Learned Society for Wales. 

Ann leads a research programme with a focus on mental health informatics with a cross disciplinary team of data scientists, engineers, computer scientists, psychologists and clinicians. Ann led the Thematic Child Death Review of probable suicides in Wales which focused on adverse childhood experiences and the MRC funded Mythical project which assessed the recording of child maltreatment in electronic records and the trajectories of children who experienced them. She is passionate about the translation of research into policy and practice. 

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