Brian Ching

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Cohort 2022

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My PhD research investigates the longitudinal impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the mental health of children and young people with pre-existing mental health and neurodevelopmental conditions, such as depression, anxiety, autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) using data linkage, epidemiological, and qualitative methods.


I completed my BSc Psychology at King’s College London and MSc Clinical Mental Health Sciences at University College London. Prior to the PhD, I worked clinically with autistic children and provided low-intensity psychological intervention for emotional and behavioural difficulties in children and young people with long-term physical health conditions. I also worked as a research assistant across multiple clinical trials on treatments for emotional and behavioural difficulties in children and young people, and depression and anxiety in adults in primary care. My other research interests include causal inferencing of predictors of mental health problems in childhood and adolescence, developing and evaluating interventions for mental health problems in children and young people, and increasing treatment access in minoritised groups.

I have completed many exceptional training opportunities funded by the MRC DTP Flexible Supplement Fund, including longitudinal data analysis, structural equation modelling, and latent growth curve modelling. This has equipped me with the essential skills to answer my core PhD research questions.


Recent publications:
Ching, B. C. F., Parlatini, V., Downs, J., & Simonoff, E. (2023). Long-term Covid research priorities for children and young people’s mental health informed by lived experiences. Nature Mental Health.

Ching, B. C. F., Badaoui, A., Abou Seif, N., Al Hallal, R., Bundies, G. L., Campbell, A., & Billings, J. (2023). “The phoenix that always rises from the ashes”: an exploratory qualitative study of the experiences of an initiative informed by principles of psychological first aid following the Beirut blast. European Journal of Psychotraumatology.

Ching, B. C. F., Bennett, S. D., Rojas, N. K., Heyman, I., Liang, H., Catanzano, M., & Shafran, R. (2022). Feasibility of low-intensity psychological interventions for emotional and behavioural difficulties in children and young people with genetic conditions: a case series. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist, 15, E59.

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