I have been a trustee on the Board of the Brazelton Centre UK for 4 years and its Chair for the past year. I am both NBAS and NBO trained, first using the NBAS when it was in its infancy in 1976. I trained as a developmental psychologist gaining my clinical and academic doctorate at the University of Nottingham and have over 40 years of experience working with mothers and babies both in clinical and research contexts. I trained in observational methodology and have pioneered the use of the NBAS and video feedback techniques in supporting the developing relationship between mothers with severe mental illness and their infants.
Until December 2016 I was a Lecturer in the Section of Perinatal Psychiatry at King’s College London (KCL), Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, and a member of the Multi-Disciplinary Team on the Channi Kumar Mother and Baby Unit at the Bethlem Royal Hospital, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. Since my retirement, I hold a Visiting Senior Research Fellow appointment at KCL and an honorary contract with SLaM.
I have undertaken several research studies, notably the South London Child Development Study (SLCDS). Over a period of 25 years I have worked on the SLCDS, a prospective, longitudinal community study begun in pregnancy, looking at the effects of the mother’s experience of childhood maltreatment, maternal depression in pregnancy and child maltreatment on the offspring into young adulthood. I have published widely on this subject in peer-reviewed journals and presented research findings at international and national conferences. I provided expert advice to the NSPCC’s All Babies Count Campaign and am a member of the Early Years’ Champions working group dedicated to pushing forward the all-party manifesto on the First 1001 Critical Days from conception to 2 years. I gave expert evidence before the All Party Parliamentary Group Inquiry committed to the prevention of problems in childhood and adolescence, through early intervention in pregnancy and the first years. Currently I am one of the experts advising the Ministerial Early Years Family Support Group and am a member of the NHS England Perinatal Parent Infant Pathway Expert Reference Group.