Research and impact
CEDAR is nationally and internationally recognised for its strengths in implementation research and evaluation. Our international research partnerships include Australia, Canada, Europe, UAE, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, USA, Sweden and Japan.
Our translational research bridges basic science (mechanisms level), evaluation with implementation (innovative treatment and training approaches), across the lifespan with research groups focusing on Children and Young People (CAN), Adults (APTIA and SmartLab) and Older Adults.
Our research directly informs our training programmes, ensuring that the training we provide is consistent with the latest evidence-base and can inform latest developments in the delivery of evidence-based psychological therapies and practice. Our research also informs evidence-based intervention development and evaluation, and provides the basis of service development and transformation
CEDAR impact is facilitated through excellent relationships with provider healthcare organisations, professional bodies and NHS England and Improvement and Health Education England (HEE), alongside our workforce training expertise in evidence-based psychological therapies and practice.
Our impact is achieved through consolidation of our main areas of activity concerned with Education, Development, and Research resulting in significant benefits to service provision alongside more effective and acceptable interventions for service users.
Case study: CBT for Armed Forced veterans
One example of the impact that can arise when our separate areas of activity come together arises from a research project funded by the Armed Forces Covenant (Libor) through Help for Heroes. The focus of the project was on informing adaptation, development, and implementation of ‘Hidden Wounds’: a Step 2 ‘low-intensity CBT’ mental health service for Armed Forces veterans and family members experiencing common mental health difficulties.
The impact of the research undertaken within this project is now being applied to inform a training package to improve the acceptability of NHS Improving Access to Psychological (IAPT) services and enhance the competency of the psychological therapies workforce when working with this population.