Tamsin Ford

Tamsin Ford

Tamsin Ford is Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Exeter Medical School. She completed her core training in psychiatry on the Royal London Hospital Training rotation and her specialist training in child and adolescent psychiatry at the Bethlem and Maudsley Hospitals.

Her PhD was completed at the Institute of Psychiatry and she moved to Exeter in 2007. She leads a group of researchers whose work focuses on the effectiveness of services and interventions to support mental health and well-being of children and young people.

In addition, Tamsin is the lead for the medical school for academic careers among medical students and junior doctors; she is also an honorary consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist at Devon Partnership Trust and a visiting senior lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry. She is the Editor in Chief of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, a journal aimed at child mental health practitioners and researchers published by the Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, the Chair of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Surveillance Service, and a founder member of the CAMHS Outcome Research Consortium.

Tamsin's research focuses on the interface between schools and mental health, such the influence of child teacher relationships, ways to support teachers to manage behaviour in primary school, and non- drug interventions for ADHD in schools.

When asked about her own interpretation of inspiring change Tamsin said: “The prospect of change often raises anxiety, but actually represents opportunities. We cannot fix everything that needs fixing immediately, but the combination of a lot of individuals making small changes to what they do and how they do it could add up to a great deal of positive change. Inspiring people to change processes and behaviours in a way that benefits women or other particular groups of people is likely to benefit everyone in the longer term.”