Marsh Award for Mental Health Work

This Award, run in partnership with Rethink Mental Illness, recognises an outstanding contribution by an individual working or volunteering in the field of mental health.

The Award was presented for the first time in 2006, and runs annually.

The 2011 winner is Professor Roz Shafran

Professor Shafran’s research has focused in two areas. The first is the development of new psychological therapies for a range of severe mental health problems such as obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and eating disorders. The research has involved trying to understand what maintains the problem, and then developing new interventions to help improve symptoms and quality of life. Professor Shafran has worked with colleagues in the UK and abroad in this endeavour, resulting in the development of new cognitive behavioural methods to treat OCD.

The second is the training of mental health professionals to be able to implement evidence-based psychological treatments. She has done this by setting up the Charlie Waller Institute of Evidence Based Psychological Treatment which uses world experts to train clinicians in therapies with a sound research base which are recommended by National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). The research has evaluated the impact of the training on clinicians’ knowledge and skills. The two areas of research are linked together, with Professor Shafran disseminating the research findings at local and national conferences for mental health professionals and also for service-users and their families.


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