Quynh Pham wins Janice Sinson Award

21 October 2015

The Janice Sinson Award, an achievement that highlights key research contributions in mental health research by postgraduate researchers has been awarded to, Quynh Pham.

Quynh completed her MSc in Transcultural Mental Healthcare at Queen Mary University of London just last year and submitted her dissertation for consideration for the award.

Quynh Pham said:

"This recognition is incredibly meaningful to me as a young researcher - it is heartening to have my work assessed so positively, and I am grateful to have my work validated at this early stage in my career.

"I hope to continue doing research that brings good to the people who need it most - similar to Janice Sinson's work on children with Down's syndrome. I thank the Mental Health Foundation for this wonderful opportunity."

The judging panel unanimously agreed that Quynh's research was strong, relevant and had potential of scale for a large audience. The work was particularly innovative and included co-production and participation from the start, fitting in well with the Mental Health Foundation's approach to research.

Prof. Dr. Woody Caan, Professor of Public Health at Anglia Ruskin University, and member of the judging panel said:

"I gave my top marks to Quynh Pham whose research was innovative, participatory and likely to improve services for some people with anxiety."

Dr. Steve Beyer, Deputy Director of the Welsh Centre for Learning Disabilities at Cardiff University, said:

"While not the biggest, nor the most technically difficult study, the Pham study had sophistication, intervention, engagement of lived experience, the prospect of large volume gains, publication and some roll-out already underway."

As well as attending a small award ceremony and winning a sum of £500 pounds, Quynh's work will be published and promoted by the Mental Health Foundation.

About the Janice Sinson Award

During her lifetime, Dr Janice Sinson made a significant contribution to research. In the early 1980s she was awarded a PhD from Nottingham University for work into the socialisation and education of children with Down's syndrome.

To highlight and promote the work of the Mental Health Foundation and the next generation of researchers, her husband Dr John Sinson set up a fund after his wife's death in 2009.

The judging panel was comprised of a range of experts:

  • Isabella Goldie (Head of Development and Delivery at the Mental Health Foundation)
  • Dr. Steve Beyer (Deputy Director of the Welsh Centre for Learning Disabilities at Cardiff University)
  • Dr. Ann John (Honorary consultant in Public Health Medicine for Public Health Wales and an associate Professor of Public Mental Health in the College of Medicine at Swansea University)
  • Prof. dr. Mark Cropley (Professor of Health Psychology, MSc Health Psychology Course Director, Director of Research for the School of Psychology at the University of Surrey)
  • Prof. dr. Woody Caan (Professor of Public Health, Department of Child and Family Health, Anglia Ruskin University)