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.