BSc, MSc, MA, DPhil
My research focusses on understanding the mechanisms which lead to poor educational and psychological outcomes for people who have experience multiple adversities in childhood, including children in care and refugee children. Specifically, I am interested in identifying risk and protective factors to inform the development of evidence based social interventions. My work draws on methods from social epidemiology, developmental psychology, evaluation and social work.
I am currently working on a project funded by the Calleva Foundation through Magdalen College, with Professor Lucy Bowes (Department of Experimental Psychology) and Professor Siân Pooley (Department of History). The project aims to chart life course psychological, social and health outcomes and their comorbidity for children exposed to interpersonal trauma, taking into account other forms of adversity, and to understand mechanisms that account for variability in later functioning.
I am also committed to knowledge exchange to bridge the gap between research, policy and practice in the local community. I am vice-chair of governors in a local primary school, I lead a project on maternal mental health in Oxfordshire and I support the Oxford Refugee Health Initiative.
What is the Impact of Placement Type on Educational and Health Outcomes of Unaccompanied Refugee Minors? A Systematic Review of the Evidence.
O'Higgins A. et al, (2018), Clin Child Fam Psychol Rev, 21, 354 - 365
Analysis of care and education pathways of refugee and asylum-seeking children in care in England: Implications for social work
O'Higgins AA., (2018), International Journal of Social Welfare
Neglect, educational success, and young people in out-of-home care: Cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses.
Tessier NG. et al, (2018), Child Abuse Negl, 75, 115 - 129
What is the relationship of being in care on the educational outcomes of children? An international systematic review
O'Higgins AA. et al, (2015)
Safeguarding Children from Abroad: Refugee, Asylum Seeking and Trafficked Children in the UK
O'Higgins A., (2015), International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, 11, 71 - 72