‘Innovations in Practice: A randomised controlled feasibility trial of Behavioural Activation as a treatment for young people with depression’

Matt Kempen
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Video abstract from Dr. Charlotte Kitchen on her CAMH paper ‘Innovations in Practice: A randomised controlled feasibility trial of Behavioural Activation as a treatment for young people with depression’

Authors; Charlotte E. W. Kitchen, Paul A. Tiffin, Sue Lewis, Lina Gega, David Ekers

First published: 28 July 2020


Dr. Charlotte Kitchen
Dr. Charlotte Kitchen


Dr. Charlotte Kitchen is an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) White Rose Post-Doctoral Fellow based in the Public Health and Society Research Group in the University of York’s Department of Health Sciences, working with Dr Stephanie Prady. Her Fellowship seeks to understand the variation in adolescent’s experience of psychotherapy using social inequalities as an explanatory framework to contribute to the on-going debate about how best to deliver psychotherapy to greater numbers of young people without excluding those who may need it the most.

Charlotte’s background is in Psychology and her PhD focused upon evaluating an intervention called Behavioural Activation for young people with depression in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. During her PhD she was awarded the British Psychological Society Postgraduate Fellowship Award which enabled her to undertake a three month placement in the Houses of Parliament, where she was based in the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.

Charlotte joined the Mental Health and Addictions Research Group in 2017 as a Trial Support Officer on the CASPER (collaborative care for older adults with major depressive disorder) and CHEMIST (community pharmacies mood intervention) research projects. Her next post was as a Research Fellow with the Diabetes and Mental Illness Improving Services and Outcomes (DIAMONDS) team.

Bio and image from University of York

Please note – C.E.W.K. was in receipt of a NHS Doctoral Studentship (2013‐2017) and is currently an Economic and Social Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow (2020-2021); the support of both funders is gratefully acknowledged. P.A.T. is supported in his research by a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Career Development Fellowship. The views and opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the ESRC, NIHR, NHS, or the Department of Health. The sponsor (the NHS Trust) played no role in the analysis or interpretation of the results, or preparation of the article. This research did not receive any specific grant from funding agencies in the public, commercial or not‐for‐profit sectors.



thank you for sharing this research study. This study does not acknowledge the diverse team of clinicians (and models of practices) in CAMHS and specifically the role of Occupational Therapy in CAMHS. The core skill of the Occupational Therapist is to support the young person/client to engage in meaningful occupations/activities to support their well-being.


It is rather an interesting feasibility study that has usual flaws with a study of such type in a field with known high placebo effect, is there any plans to to attempt to replicate or power up a more definitive follow up RCT? If so I would certainly be interested in being contacted to consider participation. I do not have any conflict of interest, in offering such participation, but participation in any trial in Eire, would obviously also have to be passed by relevant REC in this jurisdiction. I quite understand if that is seen as an unnecessary complication.

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