I have over 20 years of experience developing, implementing, and evaluating social interventions for children and families in over 25 countries around the world.
I am a senior research and teaching fellow based at the University of Oxford Department of Social Policy and Intervention. 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 the principal investigator of the Global Parenting Initiative which is a 5-year $22 million project aimed at expanding the evidence and impact of human-digital playful parenting interventions in the Global South. I am also a principal investigator on multiple research projects in Jamaica, Malaysia, Moldova, North Macedonia, Philippines, Romania, South Africa, Sri Lanka, 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 210 million people in more than 196 countries and territories to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on violence against children and poor child wellbeing.
I am also the former executive director and founder of Clowns Without Borders South Africa, 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.