The MICE hub has been established to promote research and projects in the field of mental health in childhood/education. The Hub brings together researchers across the University of Portsmouth and beyond with a specific interest in this highly topical and constantly developing area - from play therapy and wellbeing in early years, to bullying in schools, wellbeing of care leavers and mental health literacy in HE.

As a central site for research around mental health in childhood/education, the hub highlights and promotes the research in which members are engaged in, including local, national and international collaborations and networks.

Contemporary interpretations of mental health are informed by two major epistemological positions about psychological distress, namely medical naturalism and social constructionism; neither provides a usable solution for practitioners The MICE hub plays a role in informing and reframing debates around mental health. 

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Pathways to impact

These include:

Academic impact

Contribution to scientific advances, across and within disciplines (education, psychology, social work and sociology), in the specific area of mental health in childhood and education, through publications, conferences, public engagement, and networking events.

Economic and Societal impact

The forum will contribute to policy and practice in relation to mental health in childhood and education. In the current challenging financial climate, early intervention, support and promotion of mental health have been identified as reducing healthcare costs in the long run. At the same time, ongoing stigma, controversy and misunderstandings around this topic mean that support and multi-agency teamwork is fractured.

Current projects

  • Mental health and wellbeing of young care leavers.
  • Safeguarding practices in the Netherlands and England.
  • Bullying and Mental health.
  • Mental Health Literacy in HE.
  • Family narratives and children’s lives at home and at school.
  • Childhood and bereavement.

We have engaged in external collaborations with organisations including:

  • Portsmouth City Council
  • Wiltshire Racial Equality Council
  • Roberts Centre
  • Children’s Society
  • British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa
  • Atma Jaya University, Indonesia
  • Surabaya University, Indonesia. 

A central site

For research around mental health in childhood/education, the hub highlights and promotes the research in which members are engaged in, including local, national and international collaborations and networks.

Contemporary Interpretations

Contemporary interpretations of mental health are informed by two major epistemological positions about psychological distress, namely medical naturalism and social constructionism; neither provides a usable solution for practitioners The MICE hub plays a role in informing and reframing debates around mental health.

Vision

We want to facilitate the creation and implementation of solutions surrounding debates about mental health and wellbeing in childhood and education and become the main providers of research in this field. We aim to facilitate and support the discussion around the reframing of debates in mental health and wellbeing in childhood and education through the promotion and provision of various research platforms, including events, conferences and workshops.

Mission

To give everyone a ‘voice’ to talk about mental health and wellbeing.

Purpose

To promote research projects and provide platforms for open and honest discussion around the topic of mental health and wellbeing in childhood and education; through publications, conferences, public and professional engagement, networking, events and workshops.

Aim

We want to make an impact academically and in the context of society and the economy. We aim to become the main providers of leading research in the field and use this to facilitate communication and collaboration between professionals, researchers, students and service users alike; to empower people to talk about mental health in childhood and education openly and honestly.

Outcome

We’re here to facilitate conversation and action for the mental health and wellbeing in childhood and education, and assist the translation from academic research in to real world contexts; including influencing policy and practice. We will host events, conferences, workshops, networking and web-based resources designed to assist collaboration between professionals, researchers, students and service users alike to share experiences and ideas and develop best practice.

Research group leads

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Dr Wendy Sims-Schouten

  • Job Title Reader in Childhood Studies and Director of Postgraduate
  • Email Address Wendy.Sims-Schouten@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Education and Sociology
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Emma Maynard

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer
  • Email Address emma.maynard@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Education and Sociology
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Members

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Dr Sukh Hamilton

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer
  • Email Address ecs80050@myport.ac.uk
  • Department School of Education and Sociology
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Simon Edwards

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer in Youth Studies
  • Email Address simon.edwards@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Education and Sociology
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Dr Francesca Salvi

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies
  • Email Address Francesca.Salvi@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Education and Sociology
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Charlotte Morris

  • Job Title Lecturer
  • Email Address Charlotte.Morris@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Education and Sociology
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Mrs Sarah Barton

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer
  • Email Address sarah.barton@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Education and Sociology
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Ms Laura Hyman

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer in Sociology
  • Email Address Laura.Hyman@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Education and Sociology
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Jacqueline Priego Hernandez

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology
  • Email Address jacqueline.priego@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Education and Sociology
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Professor Jane Creaton

  • Job Title Professor of Higher Education Associate Dean (Academic)
  • Email Address Jane.Creaton@port.ac.uk
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Dr Paul Gorczynski

  • Job Title Senior Lecturer
  • Email Address paul.gorczynski@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Sport Health and Exercise Science
  • Faculty Faculty of Science and Health
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Dr Katy Sivyer

  • Job Title Lecturer
  • Email Address katy.sivyer@port.ac.uk
  • Department Department of Psychology
  • Faculty Faculty of Science and Health
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor
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Miss Cody Porter

  • Job Title Teaching Fellow in Psychology and Offending Behaviour
  • Email Address cody.porter@port.ac.uk
  • Department Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
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Dr Valentina Migliarini

  • Job Title Lecturer
  • Email Address Valentina.Migliarini@port.ac.uk
  • Department School of Education and Sociology
  • Faculty Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • PhD Supervisor PhD Supervisor

Research Associate

Megan Pound – TRIF Project “Mental Health, Wellbeing  & Coproduction – Making Sense of the Needs of Young People from a Variety of Backgrounds”

PhD Students

  • Patricia Gilbert; PhD (2017-2021)
  • Roy Hanney; PhD (past PhD in 2019)
  • Yvette Stainsby; EdD (2020-2022)
  • Nicole Wilke; PhD by Publication (2021-2022)

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