About the authors

Alison Wood, MBChB, MRCPsych, MD, MSc, DRCOG, DCH, DIPHSM

Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, Stockport.


Dr Wood trained and worked as a child and adolescent psychiatrist in Manchester, taking up her first consultant post in District CAMHS in 1995. She worked in Tier 4 services from 2001–2017, specialising in depression, self-harming and eating disorders. She currently works in a community eating disorder service and has also been involved in research. This includes the RASH study and the ASSIST study, both of which looked at the benefits of group treatment for adolescents who repeatedly self-harm.


Email: alisonwood6@nhs.net


Declaration of interests: None; I work entirely for the NHS and the psychological intervention that I co-designed is not income generating.


Gemma Trainor, Phd, MA, Dip, RMN

Senior Lecturer in Mental Health Nursing, Liverpool John Moores University.


Dr Trainor has over 35 years of direct clinical experience working within Tier 3 and Tier 4 CAMHS, latterly as a nurse consultant. She was Manager and Clinical Lead for a specialist outreach/out-patient/day service attached to a Tier 4 adolescent in-patient unit. She has spent over 20 years as an active researcher and designed developmental group psychotherapy (DGP) with Dr Alison Wood, which she has presented nationally and internationally. Additionally, she has authored and co-authored chapters in books and articles in leading journals and other peer reviewed publications. Dr Trainor is also a professional core member of the NICE Guidelines Committee currently producing the updated guideline: 'Self harm: assessment, management and preventing recurrence', which is due to be published in 2021.


Since 2016 Gemma has held the post of lecturer in Mental Health at Kings College, London before taking up her present position as Senior Lecturer in Liverpool in 2020.


Email: gemma.trainor@outlook.com


Declaration of interests: None.



Justine Rothwell, BSC, PGDIP, PhD

Senior Psychological Therapist (Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist) with Looked After Children, Meadows Care, Egerton House, Rochdale.


Dr Rothwell was in a research post for 20 years in the division of neuroscience and experimental psychology, University of Manchester. Her PhD focused on the mental health needs of boys in secure care, following this cohort up for 2 and 7 years of their lives. Dr Rothwell then secured research positions on the RASH and ASSIST trials, looking at the effectiveness of group treatment with adolescents who self-harm. This led to being part of an even larger trial looking at family therapy as an intervention for self-harming adolescents (SHIFT). Working with adolescents motivated her to become a clinician and she went on to qualify as a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist, working with adolescents in the Looked After Care system.


Email: justinerothwell@meadowscare.co.uk


Declaration of interests: None.

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