Bethan joined MindTech as a Research Fellow within their Children & Young Person’s theme in April 2015, shortly after completing her PhD within the Division of Psychiatry & Applied Psychology at the University of Nottingham. Prior to her PhD, Bethan completed a BSc (Psychology, 2009) from Bangor University, and obtained an MSc in Health Psychology (2011) from the University of Nottingham. The latter involved research with children about their perceptions of behaviour management techniques used by dentists to manage anxiety in the dentistry environment.

Bethan’s PhD focused on the mental health of university students, and in particular in how online resources may help improve their mental health literacy and self-management of mental health issues. She continues to have a great interest in student mental health and in how digital technologies may help in the recognition, management and treatment of mental health issues in this population. Bethan’s other interests include how people help others experiencing a mental health issue (also known as ‘mental health first aid’) and psychological factors influencing this, the evaluation of digital interventions (e.g. internet interventions) for physical and mental health issues, and children and young people’s experiences and perceptions of receiving health services and treatments. Bethan has experience of using online methodologies to recruit participants and administer outcome measures.