Mental Health Research

The Mental Health portfolio designs, conducts and supports feasibility and definitive trials of behavioural and psychological interventions, currently in the areas of child & adolescent mental health, self-harm and chronic pain. The team is willing and has the expertise, developed through the implementation of existing complex intervention trials, to consider research in other areas of mental health.  

The portfolio works collaboratively with the methodology division within LICTR.


The portfolio collaborates locally with the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences and the Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.  Nationally there is collaboration with the University of Manchester, Kings College London, Royal Holloway University of London, and with the Clinical Research Networks.  There are international links with the University of Ottawa.

Mental Health Complex Intervention Trials  

 Trial Acronym  Title  Status
 SHIFT  Self-Harm Intervention, Family Therapy: a randomised controlled trial of family therapy vs. treatment as usual for young people seen after second or subsequent episodes of self-harm  Follow up
 MIDSHIPS  Multicentre Intervention Designed for Self-Harm using Interpersonal Problem Solving: A feasibility study  Closed
 OBI  Testing the credibility, feasibility and acceptability of an Optimised Behavioural Intervention for avoidant chronic low back pain patients (pilot study)  Closed

Mental Health Applied Health Research

 Trial Acronym   Title  Status
 Psychiatric Liaison  Liaison mental health services for older people: a literature review, service mapping and in-depth evaluation of service models  Closed