Dr Jamie Lachman

Jamie Lachman
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Co-Principal Investigator, Malezi ne Kilimo – Skilful Parenting and Agribusiness Child Abuse Prevention Study

Co-Principal Investigator, Parenting for Lifelong Health - Philippines

Co-Principal Investigator, Parenting for Lifelong Health - Thailand

Co-Investigator; Optimising Parenting Interventions through Methodological and Programmatic Innovation to Reduce the Risk of Child Maltreatment and Improve Child Wellbeing in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

15 years’ experience developing, implementing, and evaluating social interventions for children and their caregivers in areas of crisis throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

University of Oxford (DPhil in Social Intervention, MSc with distinction), Yale University (BA with distinction), and the Dell’Arte International School for Physical Theatre (Certificate).

Member of the steering committee of the World Health Organisation and UNICEF-led initiative called Parenting for Lifelong Health (www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/violence/child/plh/en/).

Executive director and founder of Clowns Without Borders South Africa (www.cwbsa.org), a storyteller, banjo-player, singer-songwriter, clown, director, and facilitator.

My research is focused on building the evidence of effectiveness for programmes that improve child and family wellbeing and mental health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries: 

1) Parenting for Lifelong Health – Philippines, an adaptation, feasibility pilot, and randomised controlled trial of the PLH prototype parenting programme for children ages 2 to 6 years (Co-PI); : 

2) Parenting for Lifelong Health – Thailand, an adaptation, feasibility pilot, and randomised controlled trial of the PLH prototype parenting programme for children ages 2 to 9 years (Co-PI); 

3) Malezi ne Kilimo – Skilful Parenting and Agribusiness Child Abuse Prevention Study, a pilot cluster randomised controlled trial in rural Tanzania (Co-PI); and 

4) Optimising Parenting Interventions, a pilot to optimise parenting programmes based on effectiveness, cost efficiency, and scalability (Co-I).

Lachman, J. M., Sherr, L., Cluver, L., Ward, C. L., Hutchings, J., & Gardner, F. (2016) "Integrating evidence and context to develop a parenting program for low-income families in South Africa", Journal of Child and Family Studies 25: 7 2337-2352. doi: 10.1007/s10826-016-0389-6

Mejia, A., Leijten, P., Lachman, J. M., & Parra-Cardona, J. R. (2016) "Different strokes for different folks? Contrasting approaches to cultural adaptation of parenting interventions", Prevention Science  1-10. doi: 10.1007/s11121-016-0671-2

Lachman, J. M., Cluver, L., Kelly, J., Ward, C. L., Hutchings, J., Gardner, F. (2016) "Process evaluation of a parenting program for low-income families in South Africa", Research on Social Work Practice  . doi: 10.1177/1049731516645665

Cluver, L., Lachman, J. M., Ward, C., Gardner, F., Petersen, T., Meinck, F., Hutchings, J., Mikton, C., Tsoanyane, S., Doubt, J., Boyes, M., Redfern, A. A. (2016) "Developing a parenting programme to prevent child abuse in South Africa: A pre-post pilot study", Research on Social Work Practice  . doi: 10.1177/1049731516628647

Cluver, L., Meinck, F., Shrenderovich, Y, Ward, C., Romero, R., Redfern, A., Lombard, C., Doubt, J., Steinert, J., Catanho, R., Wittesaele, C., De Stone, S., Salah, N., Mpimpilashe, P., Lachman, J. M., Loening, H., Gardner, F., Blanc, D., Nocuza, M., Lechowicz, M. (2016) "A parenting programme to prevent abuse of adolescents in South Africa: Study protocol of a randomised controlled trial", Trials 17: 1 328. doi: 10.1186/s13063-016-1452-8

Cluver, L., Meinck, F., Yakubovich, A., Doubt, J., Redfern, A., Ward, C. L., Salah, N., De Stone, S., Petersen, T., Mpimpilash, P., Romero, R. H., Ncobo, L., Lachman, J. M., Tsoanyane, S., Shrenderovich, Y., Loening, H., Byrne, J., Sherr, L., Kaplan, L. & Gardner, F. (2016) "Reducing child abuse amongst adolescents in low- and middle-income countries: A pre-post trial in South Africa", BMC Public Health 16: 1 567

Skeen, S., Tomlinson, M., Ward, C. L., Cluver, L., & Lachman, J. M. (2015) "Early intervention: A foundation of lifelong violence prevention. ", South African Crime Quarterly 51 5-8. doi: 10.4314/sacq.v51i1.1

Casale, M., Cluver, L., Crankshaw, T., Kuo, C., Lachman, J. M., & Wild, L. G. (2015) "Direct and Indirect Effects of Caregiver Social Support on Adolescent Psychological Outcomes in Two South African AIDS-Affected Communities", American Journal of Community Psychology 55: 3-4 336-346

Lachman, J, Cluver L, Boyes, M, Kuo, C, Casale, M (2014) "Positive Parenting for positive parents: HIV/AIDS, poverty, child behaviour and parenting in South Africa. ", AIDS Care.  26: 3 304-313. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2013.825368. URL: www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09540121.2013.825368Download

Ward, C. L., Mikton, C., Cluver, L., Cooper, P., Gardner, F., Hutchings, J., Lachman, J. M., Murray, L., Tomlinson, M., Wessels, I.M. (2014) "Parenting for Lifelong Health: From South Africa to other low-and middle-income countries", Early Childhood Matters: Responsive parenting: a strategy to prevent violence (Vol. 49). The Hague, Netherlands: Bernard van Leer Foundation

McClaren, J. (2010) "Storytelling, drama and play in psychosocial interventions for communities affected by HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa-developing pathways to locally sustainable care: report.", SATJ: South African Theatre Journal: Movement and Physical Theatre in South Africa: Special Edition 24 67-82

Other Outputs

Building a Rondavel of Support: Using a systematic approach to culturally adapting evidence-based principles in order to develop a parenting program for disadvantaged families in South Africa.. Lachman, J. M. Cluver, L., Ward, C. L., Wessels, I. M., Hutchings, J., Gardner, F. (2015). Paper presented at the Society for Prevention Research 2015 Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., United States.

Sinovuyo Caring Families Project: Development of a parenting programme to reduce the risk of child maltreatment in South Africa.. Lachman, J. M. Cluver, L., Ward, C. L., Gardner, F., Hutchings, J., Wessels, I. M. (2015). Paper presented at The First Annual Ugandan Child and Adolescent Mental Health Conference, Kampala, Uganda.

Parenting for Lifelong Health Ages 2-9: Development and evaluation of a parenting programme to reduce the risk of child maltreatment n Cape Town, South Africa. . Lachman, J. M., Cluver, L., Ward, C. L., Mikton, C., Gardner, F., Hutchings, J. (2014, September). Poster presented at WHO and University of Cambridge Global Violence Reduction Conference, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Qaphela! Applying mindfulness in South African communities affected by HIV/AIDS, poverty, and violence. . Lachman, J. M. & Kretzmer, J. (2014, September). Paper presented at Mindfulness Matters: Science and Application in an Emerging Society, Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Reducing Child Maltreatment in South Africa: Feasibility of a Locally Developed Parenting Program for At-Risk Low-Income Families.. Lachman, J. M., Kelly, J., Ward, C. L., Cluver, L., Hutchings, J., Gardner, F. (2014, May). Paper presented at the Society for Prevention Research 2014 Annual Meeting, Washington D.C., United States.

Development of a parenting programme to reduce the risk of child maltreatment in low-income families in South Africa: Results from a pilot randomised controlled trial. . Lachman, J. M., Cluver, L., Ward, C. L., Hutchings, J., Gardner, F., Wessels, I. M., & Mlotshwa, S. (2014, August). Paper presented at the 21st World Congress of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions, Durban, South Africa.

  • Research on parenting interventions in low- and middle-income countries
  • Implementation and cultural adaptation research
  • Intervention development and feasibility piloting
  • Randomised controlled trials and factorial experiments
  • Combining agribusiness and skillful parenting to reduce the risk of violence against children in rural Tanzania: A small-scale cluster randomized controlled trial

  • Process Evaluation of a Parenting Program for Low-Income Families in South Africa

  • Parenting for Lifelong Health: a pragmatic cluster randomised controlled trial of a non-commercialised parenting programme for adolescents and their families in South Africa.

  • Development of a Parenting Support Program to Prevent Abuse of Adolescents in South Africa: Findings From a Pilot Pre-Post Study

  • Randomized controlled trial of a parenting program to reduce the risk of child maltreatment in South Africa.

  • Different Strokes for Different Folks? Contrasting Approaches to Cultural Adaptation of Parenting Interventions.

  • A parenting programme to prevent abuse of adolescents in South Africa: study protocol for a randomised controlled trial.

  • Reducing child abuse amongst adolescents in low- and middle-income countries: A pre-post trial in South Africa.

  • Integrating Evidence and Context to Develop a Parenting Program for Low-Income Families in South Africa

  • Direct and Indirect Effects of Caregiver Social Support on Adolescent Psychological Outcomes in Two South African AIDS-Affected Communities.

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