Annette is an economist within CPEC. Her research interests include the (economic) evaluation of preventative and early intervention in mental health and social care over the life course. This includes interventions that build on strengths and assets of individuals and communities, and which seek to address the complex social determinants of poor mental health. Annette currently works on a large government-funded project in Tyrol (Austria) that seeks to develop, implement, and evaluate a social-network intervention for children of parents with a mental illness.
A particular interest of Annette's is prevention of transgenerational transmission of poor mental health during the perinatal period and in childhood. In recent years, she has led research projects to estimate the economic impact of perinatal mental-health problems and on the return on investment in interventions. Annette’s current work is concerned with estimating the economic costs of perintal mental-health problems globally for various low- and middle-income countries.
Annette has an interest in the interface between research, policy, and practice. She led the economic work for social-care guidelines for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Annette conducted policy and service research in various areas concerned with evidence-based policy and practice, as well as on system changes and social innovation. She currently leads the impact work for CHANCES-6, a project that seeks to provide knowledge on how to improve the mental health and life chances of young people living in poverty.
Annette has published her work in high-impact academic journals and presents at national and international conferences and events. Her work on the costs of perinatal mental illness has had a major impact on policy and practice in the United Kingdom and beyond.