Dr Vashti Berry

Dr Vashti Berry

Honorary University Fellow

Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry


I joined the NIHR CLAHRC South West Peninsula (PenCLAHRC) in March 2014 as a Senior Research Fellow to undertake and lead research in the area of complex intervention design/development and evaluation. My research is particularly focused on the promotion of children's mental health and family functioning, although my remit within PenCLAHRC also extends to physical health conditions.


PhD Social and Policy Sciences, University of Bath
MSc Psychology (cum laude), University of Natal, South Africa
BA (Hons) (cum laude) Psychology, University of Natal, South Africa

Research interests

I have worked for the past 12 years in children's services research, working with organisations to design and develop services as well as evaluate their impact. My research has focused on interventions delivered in different contexts (home, school and community) that have the potential to prevent or reduce mental health and behavioural difficulties in children and young people, for example parenting interventions and school-based social emotional learning. In addition, I am interested in the factors that facilitate the use and sustainability of these interventions in mainstream services and systems. My work has largely been carried out with universal children's services, education, social care and youth justice, and the move to Plymouth signifies an opportunity to work more closely with health services.

Other academic activities

In addition to my core research role, I also provide consultancy to external organisations on evaluation design and clinical trials.