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Holly Bear


Postdoctoral Researcher

I am a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Psychiatry. My current research focuses on how implementation science can be leveraged to enhance the adoption and sustainability of evidence-based digital interventions in child and adolescent mental health.

As part of the ECoWeB Project, I am using implementation frameworks to inform the evaluation and sustainability of a smartphone based self-help intervention MyMoodCoach. The randomised controlled trial (RCT) aims to improve mental health and wellbeing by developing and evaluating the app to assess deficits in three major components of emotional competence (EC) (production, regulation, knowledge) and to selectively augment EC abilities.

Using qualitative methods, we are interviewing young people participating in the trial to better understand the barriers and facilitators to adoption, usage, and sustainability. To clarify adaptations that might be needed for the app to be used by vulnerable or underserved groups, a further embedded study is being carried out to understand the views and experiences of these young people.

Prior to joining the University of Oxford, I worked as a Research Project Manager at the Anna Freud Centre in London. I completed a PhD in Evidence Based Child and Adolescent Mental Health at University College London in 2019, during which I explored the role of illness belief models in how young people experience and respond to anxiety and depression. I hold an MSc in Health Psychology from King's College London (2016) and a BSc (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Glasgow (2013).