Helen Dodd

(University of Reading, UK)


"Risk factors for children's anxiety: Could adventurous play offer a solution?"


Helen is a Professor of Child Psychology in the Anxiety and Depression in Young People (ANDY) research unit at the University of Reading. She is one of only a handful of psychologists to have been awarded a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship. Her research examines risk factors for child anxiety and cognitive mechanisms underpinning children's anxiety. She takes a multimethod approach, combining novel experimental and longitudinal methods. Helen's work has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Royal Society, British Academy, Australian Research Council, and UKRI. She has received awards from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) and the British Psychological Association (BPS) and holds an honorary position at Macquarie Universities Centre for Emotional Health. Her Future Leaders Fellowship takes a unique approach to the prevention of anxiety and asks whether adventurous play could be used to target some of the risk mechanisms that we know underpin anxiety in children.

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