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Durham University

Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

Previous Events

List of months

Monday 30 June 2014

WASP 4: Multi-level model (4 day course)

10:00am to 4:30pm, D026, Ebsworth Building, Queen's Campus Stockton

Thursday 19 June 2014

POSTPONED - WASP 2: Applied Linear Regression

10:00am to 4:30pm

This course has been postponed to the next academic year


This four-day (Wolfson Applied Short Programme) workshop will be run by Dr Adetayo Kasim, Statistician and Dr Alison Copeland, Post-Doctoral Research Associate (Quantitative Social Science). The course content was developed with Dr Nick Vivyan.

This module will introduce advanced concepts and applications of linear regression models. It will start with simple linear regression with only one predictor. The difference between correlation and regression models will be revisited. For categorical predictors, linear regression models will be compared to analysis of variance, with emphasis on the generalisation of the methods as linear models. Regression assumptions and remedials will be discussed. The module will introduce multiple linear regression models with more than one predictor. The implication of multiple predictors on the interpretation of the regression results will be highlighted. Regression diagnosis for outliers and influential cases will be presented with suggestion on how to minimise their effects. The final part of the module will emphasise the principle of model building and variable reduction with focus on parsimony without loss of research question.


This module requires participants to have previous knowledge of basic statistics and quantitative methods such as t-test, simple linear regression and ANOVA. Participants would be required to demonstrate they have taken our course on Basic Stats or any other relevant quantitative course.

Timings over the four days


Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4


Simple Linear Regression

Multiple linear regression (I)

Multiple linear regression (III)

Model building (II)







Diagnostic and remedial measures

Multiple linear regression (II)

Model building (I)

Model building (III)


Tea/Coffee break

Tea/coffee break

Tea/coffee break

Group presentations


Group work

Group work

Group work

Group presentations

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Tuesday 10 June 2014

POSTPONED 'Playing politics with the health of our children’? A debate on school food

Portcullis House (Room M), Houses of Parliament

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Thursday 5 June 2014

Youth Mental Health Research: Engagement and Focus

12:00pm to 2:00pm, F009, Wolfson Building, Queen's Campus, Stockton-on-Tees, Dr Helen Stain, Dr Lauren Mawn and Dr Patrick Welsh

The WRIHW are pleased to host a joint Tomorrow’s Healthy Adults and Mental Health Research Centre Seminar Hosted by Dr Helen Stain, Dr Lauren Mawn and Dr Patrick Welsh

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child require that children should be informed, involved and consulted about all decisions that affect their lives. However this right does not always equate to meaningful involvement in research (Kellett, 2010). In particular young people with mental health difficulties are rarely consulted or actively involved in research, possibly due to a perception that young people may find it difficult to articulate experiences (because of their illness) or due to a perceived inability to accurately recall events or experiences (Schimmelmann & Schultze-Lutter, 2012; Booth & Booth,1996). However evidence suggests that research that involves patients and members of the public is more robust, is likely to increase participation and recruitment as well as facilitating translation of research findings into practice (Staley, 2009, Ennis et al., 2013). In recognition of this evidence many funding bodies (e.g. the National Institute for Health Research; NIHR) rightly encourage patients and the public to be actively involved in all stages of the research process.

Established in late 2013 through a Wolfson Research Institute small grant, Youth Speak is an enhanced Patient and Public Involvement group model focusing on youth mental health research. The group comprises young people (aged 14-24 years) who have experienced mental health problems themselves OR been a carer/sibling of someone with mental health problems OR have had no personal experience of mental health issues. Youth Speak has three primary objectives:

  • Giving young people a voice and skills in mental health research
  • Reducing mental health stigma for young people through research and action
  • Shaping research to influence mental health services for young people.

The seminar will discuss the benefits and challenges of engaging young people in mental health research, and demonstrate the application of this engagement within our own research program. We welcome discussion for research collaboration on youth mental health.

A buffet lunch will be provided.


It is essential to book your place for catering purposes. Please click here to take you to the online booking form.

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Wednesday 4 June 2014

Wolfson Coffee Morning

11:00am to 11:30am, The Wolfson Street, Wolfson Building, Durham University, Queen's Campus, Stockton

Wolfson Coffee Morning will be held on Wednesday 4 June 2014 in the Wolfson Street from 11.00am - 11.30am.

Professor Jan Illing, Co-Director Optimising Population Health will be on hand to discuss her role/opportunities relating to the OPH theme.

Please do come along and network with colleagues over a cake and a coffee.

Everyone is welcome!

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Tuesday 3 June 2014

Assessing Mental Health Stigma in Adolescents

12:30pm to 2:30pm, Joachim Room, College of Hild and Bede, Durham University, Dr Sara Evans-Lacko and Yvonne Collins



This seminar is supported by funding from the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing and has been organised by Dr Patrick Welsh (Mental Health Research Centre).

Dr Sara Evans-Lacko: Stigma and other barriers to care for young people with mental illness

Sara Evans-Lacko is currently a lecturer in the department of Health Service and Population Research at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London. She has a particular interest in the role of health services and social support in the prevention and treatment of mental illness and also works on the evaluation of public health interventions such as England's Time to Change anti-stigma campaign. Prior to joining the IoP, she worked as a health care consultant for the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH, USA). She has an M.H.S. in psychiatric epidemiology and PhD in Health Policy and Management, from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg Shcool of Public Health. To date she has authored or co-authored more than 40 peer reviewed publications.

Yvonne Collins: Labels Are 4 Products, Not 4 People

Yvonne Collins has wored with YoungMinds for the last four years and during that time has worked directly with young people and partners at YouthFocus: NE to build the NE Youth Board on Mental Health (now known as Change Ur Mind). The main functions of Change Ur Mind are to increase the level of participation of young people in the development of their mental health services both locally and nationally; to campaign for better services and to challenge stigma. Several members of the group are also involved with research activities at Durham University.

Yvonne is currently involved in implementing the YoungMinds national campaign in addition to supporting members of Change Ur Mind to deliver their own locally devised anti-stigma campaign: "Labels are 4 Products, not 4 People".

There will be a buffet lunch prior to the seminar from 12:30. The seminar will commence at 13:00 - 14:30.


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Monday 2 June 2014

Wolfson Seminar - The Onkapringa Clinical Education Programme (OCEP) by Dr Sarah Mahoney

12:00pm to 1:45pm, D111 Ebsworth Building, Dr Sarah Mahoney