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Name Dr Patricia Lucas
Job title Reader, Child Health Research
Department School for Policy Studies University of Bristol
Contact details This expert can be contacted via the University of Bristol Public Relations Office.

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Qualifications Phd
Professional details
Membership of professional bodies Book reviews editor for the journal Psychology, Health and Medicine.
Keywords early childhood development
child disability
child poverty
child deprivation
inequalities in health
educational interventions
nutritional interventions
social interventions
Areas of expertise My interests have ranged from poor readers, to breast feeding, growth in infancy, nutrition intervention, depression in fathers of young children, to mentoring and CBT for conduct disordered youth. I am currently collaborating on research with academics in the UK and internationally.

My research falls into two main categories:

Early childhood development.
• Primary focus on educational, nutritional and social interventions and outcomes for children.
• Secondary areas of research have included child disability, poverty and deprivation, and inequalities in health.

Systematic reviews and the development of an evidence base for policy
• completed systematic reviews on infant growth and outcomes and population interventions for improving nutrition and diet.
• currently working on a review for the Cochrane Collaboration of the benefits to children of increased welfare payments to families and a knowledge review of evidence on challenging behaviour in children’s residential care with Professor David Berridge.