Angela's research interests are in the effectiveness of early interventions in the primary prevention of mental health problems. She is particularly interested in the evaluation of interventions that are directed at promoting career-infant interactions and has conducted an evaluation of the processes and outcomes of infant massage programmes. Angela has conducted a Cochrane Systematic Review into the effects of infant massage on mental and physical health of infants under 6 months. Angela' current research focuses on identifying effective support for families when infants are born pre-term. Angela received a MacQueen Award for research excellence from the Community Practitioners' and Health Visitors' Association.
Angela Underdown completed her PhD using a realist approach to evaluate an intervention to support infant mental health. She originally trained as a health visitor and spent a number of years working with young children and families. She has a specific interest in health inequalities and the impact on infant mental health and well-being. Angela is interested in methods of supporting families and positive parenting. She previously worked at the University of Surrey Roehampton and City University, London. Prior to this she worked as a health policy advisor at The Children's Society and was involved in aspects of Children's Rights work particularly involving children who were young careers and children with faltering growth.