5 minutes with Ruth Wadman
What is your role within YH ARC?
Mental and Physical Multimorbidity (MPM) Theme Manager
What’s your background?
I am a research psychologist with a focus on youth mental health. I have expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research methods and I’m passionate about involving people meaningfully in the research process. I joined the Mental Health and Addiction Research Group at the University of York in 2017, as a Research Fellow and Theme Manager for the CLAHRC Mental Health and Co-Morbidities theme. Prior to this, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Durham University and the University of Nottingham.
What current YH ARC projects are you working on?
I am supporting The Closing the Gap: Health and Wellbeing Cohort (CTG:HWB Cohort). This is a unique national cohort study looking at lifestyle and physical health in people with severe mental ill health. I have also been setting up the youth version of this study – the CtG Youth Study, which will benchmark current health-related behaviours in young people with severe mental ill health and hopefully provide a platform for future research with this population.
What are you most excited about in YH ARC?
Firstly, that our theme is starting to focus on younger people with severe mental ill health. Most serious mental health problems develop before the age of 25, so this is a really important group for early intervention to improve health and wellbeing.
Secondly, our theme is expanding into a new area focused on the natural environment and improving mental health. I’m really interested to see where this work leads us.
What 3 things inspire you?
My family, music and the North Yorkshire coast and moors.