Our People: Jess Deighton

Professor Jess Deighton, Professor in Child Mental Health and Wellbeing 

Jess Deighton

Professor Jess Deighton is Professor in Child Mental Health and Wellbeing at UCL, Director of Innovation, Evaluation and Dissemination at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families and Director of the Evidence Based Practice Unit. 

Her expertise focuses on: the evaluation of interventions and multifaceted programmes to support mental health and wellbeing in children; factors that promote resilience in children and young people; the interplay between mental health and educational outcomes. 

She leads the national evaluation of the National Lottery Community Fund’s HeadStart programme and the Department for Education-funded Children and Young People’s Mental Health Research and Evaluation Programme. She is also a theme lead for the Department of Health’s Child Policy Research Unit.