Integrating mental health: innovative approaches in paediatric care

Integrating mental health: innovative approaches in paediatric care

Integrating mental health: innovative approaches in paediatric care

event Saturday, September 28, 2024 schedule 3.00pm - 4.00pm BST
event Saturday, September 28, 2024 schedule 3.00pm - 4.00pm BST
  • Paediatric care
In-person at Sidgwick | £15
Open to: 
Alumni and guests
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Join us for an enlightening session exploring the integration of mental health care in paediatrics, a key focus for the upcoming Children's Hospital.  

Professor Isobel Heyman from Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will discuss the holistic treatment approach and research into innovative ways to achieve earlier diagnosis. She sometimes brings her dog along to aid child communication.  

Professor Hatice Gunes will present her joint research with the Department of Psychiatry on using robots, such as the child-like robot, Nao, to facilitate emotional expression in children.  

Discover how these unique approaches are bridging the gap in paediatric mental health care. 


Professor Isobel Heyman

Photograph of Isobel Heyman

Professor Isobel Heyman is a consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and the clinical co-lead for the Cambridge Children’s Hospital development project, which aims to fully integrate physical and mental health care. She treats some of the most unwell children in her Cambridge and London clinics. An Affiliated Professor at the University of Cambridge and Honorary Professor at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, Professor Heyman has authored over 250 publications. Her expertise includes neuropsychiatry, epilepsy, Tourette Syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and integrating physical and mental health. Recognized nationally and internationally, she received the UK Royal College of Psychiatrists' ‘Psychiatrist of the Year’ award in 2015, CAMHS Team of the Year award in 2018, and the BMJ ‘Mental Health Team of the Year’ award in 2021. In 2023, she was awarded an MBE for Services to Child and Adolescent Mental Health. 

Professor Hatice Gunes

Photograph of Hatice Gunes

Professor Hatice Gunes is an internationally recognized scholar in affective robotics, focusing on developing social robots that interact with humans by measuring, processing, and responding to emotions. Her work aims to improve wellbeing and resilience through this technology. She directs the Affective Intelligence and Robotics Lab at the University of Cambridge's Department of Computer Science and Technology, leading research on social and affective intelligence for AI systems. This includes developing algorithms for robots to sense and interpret human nonverbal behaviours, such as facial expressions and body language, enabling meaningful responses. 

Her research has garnered widespread interest, particularly in using social robots to assess and promote mental wellbeing in adults and children. Professor Gunes obtained her PhD in Computer Science from the University of Technology Sydney, where she received the Australian Government International Postgraduate Research Scholarship. She contributed to EU research on the ‘Sensitive Artificial Listener’ during her postdoc at Imperial College London and was a Senior Lecturer at Queen Mary University of London before joining Cambridge where she is a Professor of Affective Intelligence and Robotics.

Booking information

In-person lectures at the Sidgwick Site as part of Alumni Festival cost £15 per person.



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