Dr Jamie M. Lachman

 

I have over 16 years’ experience developing, implementing, and evaluating social interventions for vulnerable children and their caregivers in low- and middle-income countries. 

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. 

I am a Research Officer at the Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at the University of Oxford and a Research Associate at the University of Glasgow’s MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit Complexity in Health Programme. 

I am currently a principal investigator on research projects in Macedonia, Moldova, the Philippines, Romania, South Africa, Tanzania, and Thailand.

I am also a co-founder and steering committee member 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 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. 

As director and founder of Clowns Without Borders South Africa (www.cwbsa.org), I have developed, implemented, and provided technical advice child and family interventions that have reached over 1 million beneficiaries in over 20 countries. 

I am also a storyteller, banjo-player, singer-songwriter, clown, director, and facilitator.

Research

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) RISE: Prevention of child mental health problems in Southeastern Europe - Adapt, Optimize, Test, and Extend Parenting for Lifelong Health (Co-PI, Horizon2020)

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; UNICEF Thailand); 

3) 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; UNICEF Philippines & UBS Optimus Foundation);

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

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

6) Parenting for Lifelong Health SUPER (Scale-Up of Parenting Evaluation Research) Study

Publications
  • Preventing child mental health problems through parenting interventions in Southeastern Europe (RISE): Protocol for a multi-country cluster randomized factorial study

  • Parenting for Lifelong Health for young children: a randomized controlled trial of a parenting program in South Africa to prevent harsh parenting and child conduct problems.

  • Parenting Programs for Underserved Populations in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Issues of Scientific Integrity and Social Justice

  • Prevention of child mental health problems in Southeastern Europe: a multicentre sequential study to adapt, optimise and test the parenting programme 'Parenting for Lifelong Health for Young Children', protocol for stage 1, the feasibility study.

  • Parenting programs for underserved populations: Issues of scientific integrity and social justice

  • Strengthening a Culture of Prevention in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Balancing Scientific Expectations and Contextual Realities.

  • Cash plus Care: parenting support and violence reduction programme associated with reductions in adolescent HIV-risks in South Africa: a cluster randomized trial of a DREAMS and 4Children-implemented programme 'Parenting for Lifelong Health'

  • 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

  • More
Supervision
  • 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
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