Brioney Gee, Research Development Lead (Children, Families and Young People’s Services)

Brioney Gee

My role as Research Development Lead for CFYP services involves working with children and young people, their family members, health and social care practitioners and academics, to develop new research and evaluation projects. Because our research priorities are guided by the needs and preferences of our local communities and the services we work alongside, I have been lucky to be involved in the development and delivery of research spanning a broad range of clinical presentations, settings and methodologies. Most of our projects are funded by the National Institute for Health and Social Care Research (NIHR), and in recent years we have been awarded competitive funding via their Research for Patient Benefit (RfPB), Health Services and Delivery Research (HSDR), Invention for Innovation (i4i) and Mental Health Implementation Network (MHIN) programmes.  

I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Cambridge from 2007-2010, and a PhD in clinical psychology at UEA from 2013-2017 alongside continuing to work as an Assistant Psychologist within NSFT. My doctoral research was conducted in collaboration with Early Intervention in Psychosis services and aimed to contribute towards understanding negative symptoms during a first episode of psychosis and their relationship to social recovery. My research now spans early intervention across a wide range of mental health presentations, and I have developed a particular interest in how we can improve access to mental health support through approaches to intervention that sit outside of mental health services (e.g. within schools and colleges, social care, the voluntary sector and community organisations). I have experience with both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, and favour mixed methods approaches where appropriate. I have also led a number of systematic reviews and evidence synthesis projects relevant to our primary research.   

One of the aspects of my job I enjoy most is teaching. I deliver training for clinicians and public collaborators on research design, evidence-based practice, qualitative approaches and applied statistics. I also offer bespoke support to individuals and teams planning their own research or service evaluation projects, or looking to develop their research careers.

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