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‘Future research leader’ Dr. Rebecca Anthony selected for GW4 Crucible 2024

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Dr. Anthony was one of 30 researchers chosen to take part in the early career researcher leadership development programme

GW4 announced the new cohort in January 2024, adding that ‘(The) Crucible offers an opportunity for future research leaders across a broad range of disciplines to come together to foster conversations and initiate new collaborations.’  To date, GW4 Crucible has supported over 200 early career researchers.

This year’s theme is Tackling health inequalities and driving social justice through radical interdisciplinarity. Dr. Anthony’s research has evidenced growing inequalities in young people’s mental health, with a recent article in The Conversation highlighting that young people’s emotional problems were getting worse even before 2020.

‘This is a particularly concerning trend as it predates COVID, which is known to have exacerbated mental health problems. Girls and those from poorer families experienced steeper increases in emotional problems,’ Dr. Anthony explains. ‘In addition to population health, I have a particular interest in the mental health and well-being of children and young people who have been in care.’ Dr. Anthony’s Health and Care Research Wales-funded Fellowship examines care-experienced children and young people’s social support, perceptions of relationships and the association with their mental health and wellbeing.

Crucible participants will take part in a hybrid programme consisting of two in-person residential labs and four online masterclasses with expert speakers, with the first workshop taking place in mid February. Dr. Anthony says:

‘I’m looking forward to the first lab and meeting the cohort. I’m confident our varied disciplines and combined experience will offer fresh perspectives on our individual research but also generate radical new approaches to tackling health inequalities.’

Meet the researchers taking part in Crucible 2024 and follow programme updates on GW4 LinkedIn