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Mina Fazel

DM FRCPsych


Professor of Adolescent Psychiatry

The main focus of my research is on how to improve access to mental health interventions for children and adolescents. I have a particular interest in school-based mental health interventions and each year since 2019 my team has been running the OxWell Student Survey in order to better understand what school pupils need and what. In 2021 we collected data on over 30,000 young people from 180 schools across 10 regional authorities. We work closely with young advisors to ensure that our findings are shared with pupils. We have recently started working on our new Brainwaves project- an ambitious plan to better understand adolescent mental health trajectories, needs and approaches to interventions.

I also work with an incredible group of researchers on some other projects, all of which involve interventions and implementation - hence we call ourselves 'Team Intervene' and we welcome you to join us if you have interests in this area. The ATTUNE project is exploring the impact of multiple adversities and working with partners in the visual and performing arts as well as with neurodivergent communities. We have recently completed two interesting projects- the MindKind Study, funded by the Wellcome Trust examining which data governance models are most acceptable to adolescents for the collection and curation of data. We work on the implementation of digital interventions and the EcoWeb trial also concluded in 2022 and will have some interesting findings shared soon. I am also part of the Excluded Lives research team, which explores the causes and consequences of school exclusion, fully informed by the experiences of young people.

The Oxford and Thames Valley ARC has supported the majority of my recent work. I am particularly interested in barriers young people face in accessing mental health services and have previously spent some time at the Ethox Centre to explore some of the ethical challenges of mental health provision in schools. The findings of this work are very interesting and currently being written up for publication.

Our Lancet Psychiatry series on school mental health interventions is freely available online. Our poster for schools on 'COPING WITH YOUR LOW MOOD' is free to download and share. 

Refugee mental health needs have been a longstanding interest and I have previously examined the epidemiology of (and the risk and protective factors for) mental health difficulties in refugee children, I am concerned about the psychological impacts of immigration detention and have an active interest in Narrative Exposure Therapy for PTSD. For Children's Mental Health Week 2019 we made a 6-part Podcast Series on Mental Health Interventions for Refugee Children aimed at anyone wanting to learn more about the needs of these children. Do listen! I support the amazing Oxford Clinical Medical Students in their work with the Oxford Refugee Health Initiative

I previously completed an NIHR post-doctoral fellowship, during which I developed a mental health toolbox for schools that can be used by any front-line worker in the school setting (online).

I work clinically as a Consultant in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Children's Psychological Medicine at Oxford University Hospitals. 

Links to my publications can be found here or via ResearchGate