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Althea Valentine

Research Fellow, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences

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Biography

Althea Valentine (Thea) is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Thea joined the CLAHRC in January 2012 as a Research Fellow in the Children and Young People's Theme working on the PATCHWORK project (PArents, Teachers, and CHildren WORKing together). This study assessed the feasibility and effectiveness of a school based early intervention parenting programme, in reducing common childhood behavioural difficulties such as inattention, overactivity and hyperactivity.

In her current post, Thea is a researcher on the AQUA-Trial (Assessing QbTest Utility in ADHD). This randomised controlled trial investigates the clinical utility and economic cost of the QbTest in aiding the diagnostic and medication management process in ADHD.

Prior to this, Althea completed a BSc in Psychology and MSc in Health Psychology at the University of Derby. She then moved to the Institute of Work, Health & Organisations, University of Nottingham to complete a PhD exploring children's understanding and experience of stress from 4- to 11-years of age.

Teaching Summary

Althea has taught on the MSc Health Psychology programme and the MSc/PGDip Psychology & Health programme

Research Summary

The AQUA-Trial is a randomised controlled trial comparing the effects of providing clinicians and patients with the results of an objective measure of activity and attention (QbTest) versus usual… read more

Current Research

The AQUA-Trial is a randomised controlled trial comparing the effects of providing clinicians and patients with the results of an objective measure of activity and attention (QbTest) versus usual care on diagnostic and treatment decision making in children and young people with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Past Research

Thea worked on the PATCHWORK (PArents, Teachers and CHildren WORKing together) project. This research aimed to study the behavioural and emotional development of 4- to 8-year old children, particularly common childhood behaviours such as overactivity, inattention, and impulsivity. The PATCHWORK study explored whether different approaches to managing these behaviours were acceptable to parents and teachers.

Thea's PhD explored children's understanding and experience of stress from 4- to 11- years of age. She has also worked on projects relating to quality of life in families living with a severe food allergy.

School of Medicine

University of Nottingham
Medical School
Nottingham, NG7 2UH

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