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 Franki Mathews

Franki Mathews

Researcher and Lecturer in Public Mental Health


 South Cloisters 


South Cloisters, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


Franki’s passion for working in public health is driven by the desire to help improve lives of those affected by poor mental health, and improve access and availability of effective evidence-based services and treatments. After a number of years teaching sports abroad and studying a degree in Psychology, the desire to develop resulted in completion of a MRes in Health and Wellbeing in 2018 at the University of Exeter. Experience within different disciplinary teams at the University of Exeter Medical School includes work on randomised controlled trials, case studies and mixed methods studies which have involved a variety of solo and interdisciplinary approaches. Her current projects involves working with citiesRISE, an international organisation, alongside other stakeholders to develop an impact-facing programme of research. The focus of this work is children and young people in international contexts.


  • BSc
  • MRes


Research interests

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Mental Health
  • Mental health services
  • Physical and mental health of children and young people

Research projects

  • Understanding time trends in child and adolescent mental health and the implications for service planning
  • RESHAPE MHCYP follow-up data collection Wave 2 and 3 - collaboration with University of Cambridge and Kings University

Research networks

  • Committee Member: Association of Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH) Devon and Cornwall Branch
  • Member: CYP Wellbeing@Exeter 


Journal articles

Evans R, Parker R, Russell AE, Mathews F, Ford T, Hewitt G, Scourfield J, Janssens A (In Press). Adolescent self-harm prevention and intervention in secondary schools: a survey of staff in England and Wales. Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Newlove-Delgado T, Mathews F, Ukoumunne OC, Ford T, White S (2024). Children and young people’s reported contact with professional services for mental health concerns: a secondary data analysis. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Abstract.
Mathews F, Benham-Clarke S, Ford TJ, Hill S, Sadler K, Newlove-Delgado T (2024). Experiences of help-seeking from professional services for a child or young person’s mental health concerns during the pandemic: a qualitative study. PLOS ONE, 19(4), e0297417-e0297417. Abstract.
Newlove-Delgado T, Mathews F, Ford T (2023). Mental health related service contacts in children with ‘sub-threshold/sub-clinical’ psychopathology in the Mental Health of Children and Young People in England national survey. European Psychiatry, 66(Suppl 1), s466-s466.
Newlove‐Delgado T, Russell AE, Mathews F, Cross L, Bryant E, Gudka R, Ukoumunne OC, Ford TJ (2022). Annual Research Review: the impact of Covid‐19 on psychopathology in children and young people worldwide: systematic review of studies with pre‐ and within‐pandemic data. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 64(4), 611-640. Abstract.
O'Logbon J, Newlove-Delgado T, McManus S, Mathews F, Hill S, Sadler K, Ford T (2022). How does the increase in eating difficulties according to the Development and Well-Being Assessment screening items relate to the population prevalence of eating disorders? an analysis of the 2017 Mental Health in Children and Young People survey. Int J Eat Disord, 55(12), 1777-1787. Abstract.  Author URL.
Bowman P, Mathews F, Barbetti F, Shepherd MH, Sanchez J, Piccini B, Beltrand J, Letourneau-Freiberg LR, Polak M, Greeley SAW, et al (2021). Long-term Follow-up of Glycemic and Neurological Outcomes in an International Series of Patients with Sulfonylurea-Treated ABCC8 Permanent Neonatal Diabetes. Diabetes Care, 44(1), 35-42. Abstract.  Author URL.
Mathews F, Newlove-Delgado T, Finning K, Boyle C, Hayes R, Johnston P, Ford T (2020). Teachers' concerns about pupil's mental health in a cross-sectional survey of a population sample of British schoolchildren. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, TBC(TBC). Abstract.
Bowman P, Sulen Å, Barbetti F, Beltrand J, Svalastoga P, Codner E, Tessmann EH, Juliusson PB, Skrivarhaug T, Pearson ER, et al (2018). Effectiveness and safety of long-term treatment with sulfonylureas in patients with neonatal diabetes due to KCNJ11 mutations: an international cohort study. Lancet Diabetes Endocrinol, 6(8), 637-646. Abstract.  Author URL.


Newlove-Delgado T, Mathews F, Cross L, Wooding E, Ford T (2023). Chapter 5 the COVID-19 pandemic and child and adolescent mental health—what has been learned and lessons for the future. In  (Ed) Shaping the Future of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Elsevier, 111-144.


Trethewey SP, Mathews F, Russell A, Newlove-Delgado T (2023). Mental health of children and young people aged 5-16 in England: socio-demographic and clinical characteristics associated with support and service contact.  Author URL.
Mathews F, Ford T, Newlove-Delgado T (2022). P35 Are children who need help in contact with services?/what do we know about patterns of service contact?. SSM Annual Scientific Meeting.

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