Marcia Brophy

Fellow

Marcia is a Child Psychologist, and Wellbeing and Mental Health Specialist.

Currently she is working as Regional Technical Advisor for ChildFund International, based in Sri Lanka, advising on their youth programmes across Asia. Prior to this she worked for 18 months on a voluntary basis as a Mental Health Training Advisor for Shanthiham, a not-for-profit charity in Jaffna, North of Sri Lanka, and for the Sri Lankan Government’s Department of Health as part of VSO’s mental health and wellbeing programme.

Dr Marcia Brophy was the Young Foundation’s programme leader for Wellbeing and Resilience and led on all work related to wellbeing, resilience and families. During her time at Young Foundation she ran the Local Wellbeing Project, partnering with Lord Richard Layard from the London School of Economics, the IDeA and three leading local authorities, Hertfordshire, Manchester and South Tyneside, to look at the different ways in which local government and its local partners can promote wellbeing. This unique initiative set up in 2006 tested out practical ways of increasing individual and community wellbeing in areas such as parenting, emotional resilience training for children and older people, neighbourhood empowerment, environmental sustainability, and how local authorities could measure wellbeing.

Marcia also worked on expanding the Young Foundation’s emotional resilience work across a range of populations, such as Emotional Resilience for Gangs, a piece of work commissioned by Harrow Metropolitan Police to develop and pilot an emotional resilience programme targeting 14 -19 year olds who are offending or at risk of offending; Full of Life, funded by Comic Relief, developed and piloted a service to improve the wellbeing and resilience of people aged 65 and over who were experiencing isolation, mild anxiety or depression; and WARM (Wellbeing and Resilience Measure) a new tool to help communities understand their underlying needs and capacities.

Previously Marcia led the first ever UK-wide Inquiry into Self-harm among Young People, funded by the Mental Health Foundation and the Camelot Foundation. This influential Inquiry identified and commissioned innovative approaches to react and influence current knowledge, practice and policy in this field. She has also been the Research Manager at Safe in the City, an action research programme established to pilot new ways of preventing youth homelessness in London by working with young people and their families.

Marcia has also worked as a researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry on a longitudinal examination of outcomes for English and Romanian Adoptees; at the Institute of Education examining the impact of parents on their children’s employability; and has worked freelance as a consultant for PACE helping them evaluate the effectiveness of a therapeutic group work approach to HIV prevention with gay men in North London. Marcia holds a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the Institute of Education and the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Research Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, respectively.