Ann holds a personal chair in Public Health and Psychiatry and is based in Population Data Science in the Medical School. She is an 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 is a Principal Investigator of the National Centre for Mental Health and MRC Mental Health Pathfinder.

Ann has a interest in the translation of research into evidence-based policy and practice. She chairs the Welsh Government advisory committee on suicide and self-harm prevention and sits on the Healthcare Quality Improvement Programme Mental Health Independent Advisory Group, UK Biobank Mental Health Adjudication Group and is a trustee of the Mental Health Foundation. Ann has led and been involved in the development of several government or NHS-commissioned reports, policy documents and community resources.  

Areas of Expertise

  • Epidemiology
  • Suicide and self-harm
  • Common mental disorders
  • Public Health Research
  • Population health
  • Public Mental Health

Publications

  1. John, A. The incidence of suicide in University students in England and Wales 2000/2001–2016/2017: Record linkage study Journal of Affective Disorders 261 113 120
  2. Wood, R., John, A. Epidemiology of eating disorders in primary care in children and young people: a Clinical Practice Research Datalink study in England BMJ Open 9 8 e026691
  3. John, A. Current eating disorder healthcare services – the perspectives and experiences of individuals with eating disorders, their families and health professionals: systematic review and thematic synthesis BJPsych Open 5 4
  4. John, A. Is screen time associated with anxiety or depression in young people? Results from a UK birth cohort BMC Public Health 19 1
  5. John, A. How data science can advance mental health research Nature Human Behaviour

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Teaching

  • PM-239F Doctor as Scholar and Scientist 1

    This module provides medical students with the foundation of scientific knowledge, which is required for the practice of medicine. Focusing on the principle of the Doctor as Scientist and Scholar (Tomorrow's Doctors, GMC 2009), this module enables students to develop their scientific knowledge within a clinical context.

  • PM-349D Doctor as Scholar and Scientist 2

    This module further develops the student's scientific knowledge, building on the foundations laid in Year 1. Focusing on the principle of the Doctor as Scientist and Scholar (Tomorrow's Doctors, GMC 2009), this module enables students to enhance their scientific knowledge and understanding of its importance to clinical practice within a clinical context.

  • PM-358I Doctor as Scholar and Scientist 3

    This module enables medical students to integrate their scientific knowledge and clinical skills in order to apply it within the context of clinical practice, thus enhancing their ability to practice medicine. This module builds on the knowledge learned in the previous years, focusing on the notion of the Doctor as a Scientist and Scholar (Tomorrow's Doctors, GMC 2009).

  • PM-367C Doctor as Scholar and Scientist 4

    This module enables medical students to consolidate their scientific knowledge within the context of clinical practice, and prepares them for the Foundation Year training programme. This module builds on the knowledge learned in the previous years, focusing on the notion of the Doctor as Scientist and Scholar (Tomorrow's Doctors, GMC 2009).

  • PM-M01 Evidence-based health and social care

    This module provides a broad overview of evidence based practice. This includes formulating answerable questions, searching for evidence and critical appraisal. The knowledge and competencies acquired in this module are core to studying at master's level by are also transferable into health and social care professionals clinical practice where they are required to keep up to date and to adopt a proces of life-long, self directed learning.

Supervision

  • Self-HArm Research UK (SHARE-UK) (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Keith Lloyd
    Other supervisor: Prof Ann John
  • The Role and Effects of Self-harm in Adults (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Keith Lloyd
    Other supervisor: Dr Alison Porter
    Other supervisor: Prof Ann John
  • The Impact of Optic Nerve Disorders on Sleep Wake (current)

    Student name:
    MD
    Other supervisor: Prof Hayley Hutchings
    Other supervisor: Prof Ann John
  • A case study investigation into a children's human rights approach to health services. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Paul Rees
    Other supervisor: Prof Ann John
    Other supervisor: Dr Simon Hoffman
  • The Impact of ‘Non-Clinical Patient Factors’ (NCpF) in Clinical Decision-Making: Uncovering Impact on Mental Health. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Ann John
    Other supervisor: Dr Ana Sergio Da Silva
  • Supporting Reduction of Suicide in the General Population of Wales via the use of Structured Professional Judgement (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Ann John
    Other supervisor: Prof Ann John
    Other supervisor: Prof Nicola Gray
  • Champions for Health: A feasibility study of a web-delivered acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) intervention to enhance subjective wellbeing and encourage engagement with lifestyle behaviour changes. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Matt Jones
    Other supervisor: Prof Ann John
  • Paramedics' perceptions and experiences of caring for those who self harm using evolved gorunded theory (awarded 2019)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Ann John
    Other supervisor: Dr Alison Porter
  • 'The SMS (Short-Messaging for Self-harm) study to develop a complex intervention to reduce repeat self-harm among young people presenting to emergency departments.' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Ann John
    Other supervisor: Prof Keith Lloyd

External Responsibilities

Key Grants and Projects

  • MRC Pathfinder Mental Health Informatics in Children, Adolescents and young Adult 2018 - 2021

    , £708,000.00

  • MQ Adolescent Mental Health Data Platform 2018 - 2021

    , with Lyons R, Lloyd K, Ford D, Berridge D, Ellwood-Thompson S, Thapar A, £800,000

  • ESRC Mental Health Network, Emerging Minds: Action for Child Mental Health 2018 - 2022

    , with Creswell C, Jay C, Bonell C, , Halligan S, Stark J, Martin J, Chambers D, Walker S, £999,896

  • MQ ‘Making visible the mental health needs of children and young people from Gypsy and traveller communities by advanced data linkage’ 2018 - 2019

    , with Condon l,, £50,000

  • Wellcome Trust, The Phenotypic Expression of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Adults 2018 - 2019

    , with Hall J, Underwood J, 29,984

  • Arts Council of Wales, ‘Darkness Enlightened’- virtual reality and young people’s mental health 2016 - 2017

    , with Ingham K, £5,000

  • Gamble Aware, Gambling related Suicide 2019 - 2019

    , with Dymond S, , £22,000

  • Cross Research council, HDRUK - Bid 2018 - 2023

    , with et al

  • The role of Childhood Adversities and their subsequent impact on mental ill-health and Suicidal behaviour (CHASE) The Scottish Government 2018 - 2019

    , with et al, £80,064

  • HQIP, ‘Child Health Clinical Outcome Review Programme’ 2015 - 2018

    , with Mason M, Kemp A, Wilkinson K, Maguire S, £1,400,823

  • HCRW, ‘National Centre for Mental Health’ 2015 - 2020

    , with Jones I, Owen M, Lloyd K, Robinson C, Jackson M, £300,000

  • NISCHR, ‘Suicide Information Database-Cymru’ 2012 - 2015

    , with Gunnell D, Scourfield J, Dennis M, £196,000

  • MRC, ‘CIPHER-Centre for Improving Population Health through E-Health Research’ 2012 - 2015

    , with et al , £4,373,292

  • ABMU Health Board Suicide Information Artificial Intelligence, Predicting Suicide Using Routinely Collected Electronic Data 2016 - 2017

    , with Spencer S, Berridge D, Petkov N, Travieso CM, DelPozo-Banos M , £15,695

  • Samaritans Cymru, ‘Evaluation of Valleys project’ 2016 - 2017

    , £9,000

  • WG, ‘Review of prescribing of medication and antidepressant use in children and young people’ 2015 - 2017

    , £25,000

  • NISCHR Social Care Studentship, ‘Self Harm electronic Portal (SHeP)’ 2014 - 2017

    , £66,000

  • NISCHR social care studentship, ‘Emotional and mental well-being through Champions for Health’ 2014 - 2017

    , £65,000

  • NISCHR, ‘Understanding suicide clusters through exploring self harm behaviours – CHERISH’ 2013 - 2015

    , with Gunnell D, Scourfield S, Dennis M, Lloyd KR , £202,496

  • MRC, ‘Using linked health and administrative data to reduce bias due to missing data and measurement error in observational research’ 2014 - 2017

    , £197,300

  • WECC Co-applicant, NISCHR, ‘WECC Dynamic Wales Electronic Cohort for Children (D-WECC): a dynamic e-cohort to assess the impact of health and social factors on inequalities in educational outcomes and child health in Wales’ 2012 - 2015

    , with Hyatt M, Lyons R, Rodgers S, Fone D, Paranjothy S, Hutchings H, Dunstan F, Brophy S, Platt L, £249,000

  • A MINI perspective 2006 - 2008

    , Wales Office of Research and Development for Health and Social Care

  • MINISAIL 2008 - 2011

    , WORD/MRC

  • Suicide Information Database-Wales (SID-Cymru) 2012

    , NISCHR

  • Understanding suicide Clusters tHrough ExploRIng Self Harm behaviours (CHERISH) 2013 - 2015

    Funded by NISCHR

  • Centre for the Improvement of Population Health through E-health Research (CIPHER) 2012 - 2017

    , £4,373,292

  • Proposal to provide core data for a comprehensive survey of digestive health in Europe 2013 - 2014

    , £200,000