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Bettina Moltrecht

Bettina Moltrecht

Bettina Moltrecht


Post-doctoral researcher

  • Parental mental health and child well-being
  • COVID-19 research project with Blackpool Better Start to support parents during the pandemic

I am a post-doctoral researcher working in  Professor Alan Stein's group. Our group focuses on elucidating the key mechanisms underpinning child development including the intergenerational transmission of mental health difficulties in the context of adversity.

Parents mental health & child well-being

I am working with young parent's affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to identify how they have been affected and how we can support them better during these difficult times. We know that COVID-19 has disrupted both informal and professional support networks for parents. Fathers have frequently been excluded from important pregnancy "milestones", such as antenatal scans, thereby having a huge impact on both mothers' and fathers' experiences of becoming a parent.

We are exploring with the parents what support would help them the most, especially in terms of its mode of delivery. For this project I am working closely with the Better Start Team in Blackpool, who are  already providing valuable support services to parents. (

I am also working with families affected by parental mental illness.Together with OurTime we have started our Special Interest Research Group, which received funding from the Emerging Minds network, to bring together families and professionals working with them to explore new research idea and priorities. 

Emotion regulation & digital interventions

I am exploring the role of emotion regulation as a transdiagnostic factor in the development, treatment and prevention of psychopathology, which was the main focus of my PhD research, and for which I received funding from the Marie Sklodovka-Curie scheme under the EU Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation program. 

During my PhD I explored the temporary and conceptual relationships between emotion dysregulation and psychopathology over childhood. Secondly, I developed a new emotion regulation app for children, for which I utilized cross-disciplinary methods from the field of human-computer-interaction and psychology. After conducting a series of user-centred-design workshops and prototype testing, I evaluated the usability, acceptability and implementation of the app across 4 primary schools as part of a 3-month exploratory feasibility trial. 

When I am not doing research, I am continuing my clinical training to become a registered counselling psychologist in the UK.

Recent publications

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