LECTURE | “Promoting youth voices in mental health interventions” with Gabriela Pavarini, MPhil, PhD, Oxford University

Date & Time: 
Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
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230 S. Frontage Road
New Haven, Connecticut 06520-7900
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Effective and ethical mental health interventions require young people to be understood as not only beneficiaries, but as active agents in civil society. In this talk, the audience will learn about innovative ways of engaging young people in the design, delivery and evaluation of mental health interventions. 

This virtual lecture will cover the following three objectives: 

  1. To present an argument for young people’s participation in the development, delivery and evaluation of mental health and wellbeing interventions 
  2. To discuss the value of digital innovation in promoting scalable and meaningful youth participation and citizenship 
  3. To present and discuss results from two studies: (a) a study that used an online game to investigate adolescents’ preferences and values around predictive mental health; and (b) a study that designed and tested the impact of an online peer support training on UK adolescents’ wellbeing, civic engagement and ability to support their peers during COVID-19.   


  • Dr Gabriela Pavarini is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Oxford, affiliated to the Department of Psychiatry and the Wellcome Centre for Ethics and Humanities. Her work is motivated by a commitment to empowering young people as agents of change for an inclusive, fair and healthy future. Combining psychiatry, ethics and digital innovation, Dr Pavarini has co-designed and tested a number of digital tools to promote young people’s civic participation and engagement with mental health. This includes digital games, videos and online peer support programmes. Dr Pavarini is also an expert consultant for the Early Childhood Peace Consortium, where she is supporting the development of a Youth Task Force with Prof. Jim Leckman and Dr Angelica Ponguta.  Before joining the University of Oxford, Dr Pavarini completed a PhD in Psychology at the Centre for Music and Science, University of Cambridge. Learn more about her work.

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This Yale Child Study Center Grand Rounds lecture is open to the public.


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