Professor Martin Knapp (King’s College, London School of Economics and Political Science) is specialized to applying economics to social services and mental health. Knapp has also developed ways to facilitate the dissemination of research results to policy making. Martin Knapp is Professor of Social Policy and Director of the Personal Social Services Research Unit at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He has also been Director of the NIHR School for Social Care Research since 2009. His current research emphases are primarily dementia, child and adult mental health, autism and long-term social care; much of his work has an economic focus, and in all of it he seeks to tease out the policy implications. He has published almost 500 peer-review journal papers and 15 books. His work has had numerous impacts on policy and practice in these areas. He is a member of the World Dementia Council.

Assistant professor Denise Bodden, (Social and Behavioural Sciences, University of Utrecht and Radboud University of Nijmegen), has been in charge of the economic analyses in several research projects aiming at promoting the mental health of children, adolescents and families. Her research focus is directed at the (cost)effectiveness of interventions, anxiety and depression. In her PhD research, she investigated the (cost)effectiveness of the think, dare, do protocol in children with anxiety disorders (with Susan Bögels). Afterwards, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Utrecht and investigated the effectiveness of intensive home-based treatment for multi-problem families (with Maja Dekovic). She just finished a research with Yvonne Stikkelbroek (Phd) on the (cost)effectiveness of the Coping with depression course for clinically depressed adolescents. Currently, she’s working on the cost-effectiveness of two prevention trials for high anxious children and for high depressed adolescents, one intervention trial for blended CBT in depressed adolescents (a combination of face-to-face sessions and online sessions)  and trials investigating the efficacy of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (parent counseling, family therapy and individual) with Denise Matthijssen (ACT therapist).

MNSc, psychotherapist Terja Ristkari has been working as a project manager in Voimaperheet intervention study targeted to parents of pre-school children with conduct problems since 2009. She has a long background in developing low threshold digitalized interventions for families in different transition stages. Together with researcher, psychotherapist Tarja Korpilahti-Leino Ristkari is developing Voimaperheet Huolet hallintaan – a  cognitive–behavioural intervention for anxious children and their parents. This CBT-based program is piloted during spring and the RCT study is launched at autumn 2017.