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 Anna Freud; 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.