Dr Camilla Rosan



Camilla works at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families as Head of Early Years. Camilla is a consultant clinical psychologist and couple therapist by background and across her clinical career has held a range of therapeutic roles related to the early years in the NHS, local authority and other third sector organisations. She has a specialist research interest in developing the field of co-parenting from pre-conception across the transition to parenthood and beyond, and is involved in several research projects to develop the evidence-base in this area.

Previous to her current role, Camilla worked at NHS England leading their national transformation programme for perinatal mental health services and in this position was critical in ensuring that perinatal mental health and parent-infant work received significant additional investment in the NHS Long Term Plan. Prior to this, she worked at the Mental Health Foundation and the NSPCC leading a national portfolio of intervention and research programmes related to families, parenting, infants, children and young people.

Camilla completed an undergraduate degree in psychology and neuroscience at Sussex University. After working for a number of years in the social care field related to parenting and child protection, she was awarded a quality improvement leaders fellowship with NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC). After training as a clinical psychologist at Oxford University and completing her doctoral thesis on co-parenting approaches in the early years at Imperial College London, she moved into the third sector to lead national service development work related to perinatal and infant mental health. Camilla has published extensively in peer-review journals, therapy manuals, book chapters, policy reports and national guidelines. Camilla teaches on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, supervises extensively and sits on many government level expert advisory groups for perinatal and infant mental health. She lives in South London with her partner, daughter and Westie Terrier.

A selection of recent published works:

Eisenstein, C., Zamperoni, V., Humphrey, N., Deighton, J., Wolpert, M., Rosan, C., ... & Edbrooke-Childs, J. (2019). Evaluating the Peer Education Project in secondary schools. Journal of Public Mental Health.

Stephenson, L. A., Beck, K., Busuulwa, P., Rosan, C., Pariante, C. M., Pawlby, S., & Sethna, V. (2018). Perinatal interventions for mothers and fathers who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Child Abuse & Neglect, 80, 9-31.

Foye, U., Satinsky, E., Rosan, C., & Breedvelt, J. (2018). Assisting young people in care. Community Practitioner, 91(4), 44-46.

Webb, R., Rosan, C., Ayers, S. (2018). A systematic review of measures of mental health and emotional wellbeing in parents of children aged 0-5. Journal of Affective Disorders, 1, 608-617

Gardner, R., & Rosan, C. (2017). Child protection in the community: recognising and responding to signs of child neglect in infants. In P. Leach (Ed.), Transforming infant wellbeing: research, policy and practice for the first 1001 critical days (pp. 47-55). London: Routledge.

Rosan, C. (2017). Good Practice Points: Supporting families after a traumatic event. London: Institute of Health Visiting.

Iles, J., Rosan, C., et al. (2017). Adapting and developing a video-feedback intervention for co-parents of infants at risk of externalising behaviour problems (VIPP-Co): A feasibility study. Journal of Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry, 22, 483-499.

Lake, A., & Rosan, C. (2017). Being a Military Child: best practice guidance for engagement and early intervention with military families, International Journal of Birth and Parenting Education, 4, 3.

Bateson, K., Darwin, Z. J., Galdas, P. M., & Rosan, C. (2017). Engaging fathers: acknowledging the barriers. Journal of Health Visiting, 5, 122-128 Rosan, C., & Grimas, E. (2016). The power of couple-focused approaches in the perinatal period. Journal of Family Health, 25, 10-13.

Rosan, C., Finnis, S., Biaggi, A., Pawlby, S., & Pariante, C. (2016). Perfectionism as a warning sign for postnatal mental health difficulties. Journal of Health Visiting, 4(8), 400-406.

Richards, P. K., Sanger, C., De Sousa, C., & Hogg.,S. (2015). Coping with Crying: an innovative new programme to support positive parenting and prevent child abuse. International Journal of Birth and Parenting Education, 2, 19-22.

Sanger, C., Iles, J., Andrew, C., & Ramchandani, P. (2015). Associations between postnatal maternal depression and psychological outcomes in adolescent offspring: a systematic review. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 18, 147 – 162.

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