I have over 20 years of experience developing, implementing, and evaluating social interventions for children and families in over 25 countries around the world.
My research is focused the implementation, effectiveness, and scale-up of programmes that improve child and family wellbeing and mental health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries.
I am a senior research officer at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at the University of Oxford and a research fellow at the University of Glasgow’s MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit Complexity in Health and Relationships and Health Programmes.
I am currently a principal investigator on research projects in Malaysia, Moldova, North Macedonia, Philippines, Romania, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, and Uganda.
I am also a co-founder, steering committee member, and master trainer of the World Health Organisation and UNICEF-led initiative called Parenting for Lifelong Health (PLH). This initiative is focused on developing, testing and disseminating parenting programmes in low- and middle-income countries.
I am also the co-leader of an international, multi-agency response that has provided open-source and freely available evidence-based parenting resources to over 155 million people in more than 182 countries to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on increased risks of violence against children and poor child wellbeing.
I am also the former executive director and founder of Clowns Without Borders South Africa (www.cwbsa.org), a humanitarian arts-based intervention that provides psychosocial support to vulnerable children and families through humour and play.
I hold a DPhil in Social Intervention at the University of Oxford’s Department of Social Policy and Intervention. I also hold degrees from the University of Oxford (MSc with distinction), Yale University (BA with distinction), and the Dell’Arte International School for Physical Theatre.
I am also a storyteller, banjo-player, singer-songwriter, clown, director, and facilitator.