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Louise Aukland

Researcher and SEEN Project Lead

I am currently leading the SEEN Oxford Project, which aims to embed the key principles of early child development and neuroscience into the curriculum for secondary schools. The project is part of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Group, funded by Kindred2. We are researching the feasibility and acceptability of introducing Key Stage 3 lessons (age 11-14) into the science curriculum. The project draws on my background in research, policy and education (I have 15 years experience working as a science teacher).

My research interests are focussed on the prevention of mental health difficulties through education based interventions during adolescence. Prior to leading the SEEN project I was a researcher with the MYRIAD project (University of Oxford Mindfulness Research Centre). I was researching the social and emotional learning of the schools participating in the main trial. I collected and analysed data on PSHE (Personal and Social Health Education).

Alongside my research with MYRIAD, I managed the project's public engagement programme. We developed interactive workshops on the teenage brain; ran a young researcher challenge; put together teacher and student resources around the analysis of data (MYPAD); used focus groups to inform the research; and worked with young people to explore their experiences of mindfulness.

In addition to my work with the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Group, I run my own teaching and training consulting company (Mindcraft Consulting), I teach mindfulness and am an author on Oxford University Press' International Curriculum on Wellbeing.