Ann holds a personal chair in Public Health and Psychiatry and is based in Population Data Science. She is a clinical epidemiologist with a background in public health and general practice. Her research focuses on suicide and self-harm prevention and the risks, protective factors and life course outcomes of children and young adults’ mental health. She leads the MQ funded Adolescent Mental Health Data Platform (www.adolescentmentalhealth.uk ) and the Suicide Information Database-Cymru. She is a Principal Investigator of the National Centre for Mental Health and the Wolfson Centre for Young People’s Mental Health.
Ann leads a research programme with a focus on mental health data science. She is passionate about the translation of research into policy and practice. She is co-director of the Cochrane satellite for suicide and self-harm prevention and chairs the National Advisory Group on suicide and self-harm prevention to Welsh Government. Ann is a trustee of the Mental Health Foundation and a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and Learned Society of Wales.
Ann has led and been involved in the development of several government and NHS-commissioned reports, policy documents and community resources.