Dr Anita Schrader McMillan

Anita is a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Evidence-Based Interventions,  She is a social psychologist working in both the UK and low to middle income countries on the following areas: 1)    Promotion of child mental health within public health 2)    Prevention of child abuse and neglect 3)    Children with limited or no parental care, including street and working children, child migrants, and children in institutions, with a focus on family reintegration Anita combines the production of evidence base for public mental health of children in the UK, development of new approaches to work with families, with support to projects and research in low income countries.   She has a background in cultural anthropology and social psychology and has worked extensively in Central and South America and more recently, sub-Saharan Africa on a series of research programmes. Her doctoral dissertation was on the impact of parent education on social capital in post-war Guatemala.  This involved in-depth work in communities with high levels of violence and poverty.     Before coming into academic life she worked as director of two NGOs and was for six years the director of the Consortium for Street Children.  Anita is also committed to environmental conservation. 

Primary current projects: 

(i) Feasibility study – implementation of the “Steps to Safety” conjoint therapy for domestic abuse (NSPCC funded, ongoing to 2018).  Anita is co-author of the Steps to Safety programme.  
(ii) Impact evaluation of “A Better Start” (Big Lottery funded, ongoing to 2025)

Other current research projects: Early intervention Foundation, Local Government Association and NSPCC:  Improving the Effectiveness of the Child Protection system. (2017) Oxford Policy Management & Oak Foundation: Integration of Child Protection in the Healthcare System, Eastern Europe and CIS counties. (2017) Toybox : Changing patterns of children’s use of the street for survival – Guatemala 1996 - 2016.   (2017) 

Schrader McMillan A, Herrera E (2016) "Successful family reintegration of boys who have lived on the street: what works?", Journal of Children’s Services  

Schrader McMillan A, Borg L (2016) "Girls and young women with "street connections": broad themes to emerge from the academic and NGO literature, 2000 – 2013", Children and Youth Services Review  

Barlow, J. Schrader-McMillan, A., Axford, N., Wrigley, Z., Sonthalia, S., Wilkinson, T., Rawsthorn, M., Toft, A., Coad, J (2016) "Review: Attachment and attachment-related outcomes in preschool children - a review of recent evidence", Child and Adolescent Mental Health 21: 1 11-20

Schrader McMillan A, Fabian A & Burton M (2013) "“Educando con Amor: La pedagogía crítica aplicada a la promoción de la crianza con cariño en la ciudad de Guatemala", Revista Venezolana de Psicología Clínica Comunitaria 8 

Stewart-Brown S & Schrader McMillan A (2011) "Parenting for mental health: what does the evidence say we need to do?", Journal of European Public Health.  26: (suppl 1)  i10-i28

Schrader McMillan A & Paul M (2011) ""It was good to learn how to show affection" Central American men who reject hypermasculinity", Journal of Community, Work and Family 14: 3 367-382

Schrader McMillan A & Burton, M (2011) "From Parent Education to Collective Action: ‘Childrearing with Love’ in Post-War Guatemala", Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology  19: 3 198-211

Stewart-Brown S & Schrader McMillan A (2011) "Parenting for mental health: what does the evidence say we need to do?", Journal of European Public Health  26 (suppl 1) i10-i28.

Barlow J & Schrader McMillan A  (2010)Psychological Maltreatment of Children. London: Jessica Kingsley

Barlow, J., Schrader McMillan, A., Kirkpatrick, S., Ghate, D., Barnes, J. and Smith, M (2010) "'Health-led interventions in the early years to enhance infant and maternal mental health: a review of reviews.'", Child and Adolescent Mental Health  15: 4 178 – 185

Schrader McMillan A & Simkiss D (2009) "Implications of a Child Rights Framework for prevention of HIV/AIDS", Journal of Tropical Paediatrics 55 71-72

Schrader McMillan A (2007) "‘Learning at the Edges: Participatory Action Research on Violence towards Children in Urban Guatemala’", Bulletin of Latin American Research 26: 4 516-532

Barker, G., Knaul, F., Cassaniga, N. & Schrader, A  (2000)Urban Girls: Empowerment in Especially Difficult Circumstances. London: Intermediate Technology Development Group

Schrader, A. (1999) "‘La Esclavitud de Deuda’ ", Hernández Delgado ed.,Esclavitudes de ayer y hoy. Cordoba: Secretariado Trinitario

Byrne, I ed., (1998)The Human Rights of Street and Working Children. London: Intermediate Technology Development Group


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