Mental Health IntergenerationNal Transmission (MHINT) focuses on understanding the intergenerational transmission of mental health risk and role of parent- child interactions
Rebecca Pearson is Professor of Psychology at Manchester Metropolitan University. Her first degree was in Applied Psychology from Cardiff University with a placement year in the Institute of Child Health/ UCL. Professor Pearson’s PhD was hosted in Bristol Medical School, where upon graduation in 2011, she remained as a Research Associate, Fellow and then Senior Lecturer in 2017, before taking up a Professorship in Psychology in Manchester Metropolitan in 2021. She has developed an interdisciplinary program of research, investigating the mechanisms underlying the intergenerational transmission of mental health disorders. This is funded by the ERC, MRC and WT grants, and includes work across the world in Brazil, South Africa and the US. She has published over 90 papers which have contributed to real world impact and new understanding and cited in policy documents. Professor Pearson’s research combines Psychology and Epidemiology and has a particular focus on novel observational and computational methods to understand parenting relationships and working with a diverse research team.
The MHINT program aims to understand:
Why if a parent suffers from a mental health problem, are their children also more likely to ?
How to target parent-child interactions to break intergenerational transmission of mental health
These question and aims are at the core of all our work much like the text in a stick of Blackpool rock.
MHINT aims to challenge stigma and unhelpful assumptions through interdisciplinary research , including the voices of those with lived experience, developing new methods to provide less biased research tools and supporting new models for prevention and intervention in order to harness the potential of parenting to improve child and parent mental health.
The worked is hosted within the Department of Psychology and Health, Psychology and Communities Research Centre Health, Psychology and Communities | Manchester Metropolitan University and links to the Mental Health and Stress , Health and Performance Research Clusters as well as the Faculty for Education Faculty of Education · Manchester Metropolitan University (mmu.ac.uk)
Professor Pearson also continues her affiliation and work with University of Bristol, including key partners :Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children | Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children | University of Bristol the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research | Elizabeth Blackwell Institute for Health Research | University of Bristol and We The Curious |
As well as holding an honorary research position in South Africa Home – Wits University collaborating on key parenting and child mental health research.