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Katie Fletcher

Research Administrator

Responsible for the administration of Professor Cathy Creswells group

I am a senior administrator with 20 years experience both at a corporate and academic level. I have been working with the University for 10 years,  having now been with the Department of Psychiatry since April 2017.

In March 2022 I joined Professor Cathy Creswells Group, provding administrative support for the TOPIC group (The Oxford Psychological for Children and Adolescents Research Group). The group is focused on improving access and effectiveness of psychological interventions for the prevention and treatment of common mental health problems (particularly but not exclusively anxiety disorders) in children and young people. We seek to do this by improving understanding of (i) the experiences of children, young people and their families, (ii) how common mental health disorders present, and (iii) the psychological factors (cognitive, behavioural, interpersonal)  that create a risk for and/or maintain common mental health problems in children and young people (and how they may vary with development).

I previously worked in Professor Willem Kuykens research group to co-ordinate all the administration for the group. The groups work focussed on the potential of mindfulness training delivered as a universal intervention in schools through the a Wellcome Trust funded strategic award Mindfulness and Resilience in Adolescence (MYRIAD).

This programme of research explored the impact of mindfulness training on adolescent cognition and social and emotional processing,the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of this training in improving adolescent wellbeing and reducing risk of depression and emotional /behavioural dysfunction and the most effective methods of training classroom teachers in its delivery. I was responsible for the administration for this grant well as co-ordinating the Public Engagement grant associated with the MYRIAD grant.

In my spare time I volunteer with Pets As Therapy, visting schools and taking part in the Read2Dogs scheme, providing support for primary school children with their reading and emotional needs.

I enjoy yoga, running, cooking and travelling.