Claire Fraser, BSc (Hons), MSc


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  • Current role: Co-Applicant and HS&DR Research Associate on the CAMH-Crisis2 study which is led by Cardiff University where I hold an Honorary Contract. This NIHR funded study aims to explore the types of mental health crisis services currently available to children and young people up to the age of 25 in England and Wales, and to examine how they are organised, perceived and integrated within other local care systems. We will use a range of methods including service mapping and qualitative case studies to draw out clear implications for the design and delivery of future crisis responses for children and young people and their families. This study will build on previous projects including the CAMH-Crisis evidence synthesis: and the Blueprint project:
  • January 2019 - July 2022: HS&DR Research Associate on the Blueprint study which aims to develop a model (or models) for high quality service design for children and young people with common mental health problems. This 3-year programme of research will explore out of hospital services in England & Wales for children & young people with common mental health problems. We will use a range of methods including evidence synthesis, service mapping & case studies and work closely with children and young poeple to find out what services exist and how accessible and acceptable these are to service users and how cost effective they are.
  • December 2017 - December 2018: Research Associate, Mental Health Research Group, School of Health Sciences working on various studies including MAmMOTH (RCT aiming to prevent onset of chronic widespread pain); EQUITy (Programme grant aiming to improve the way psychological interventions are delivered by telephone); EDITION (Study aiming to develop and evaluate a de-escalation techniques training package to reduce staff-patient conflict in in-patient mental health settings).
  • May 2013 - November 2017: Programme Manager on the NIHR EQUIP programme grant working with Professor Karina Lovell and EQUIP colleagues. EQUIP aims to enhance the quality of user involved care planning in mental health services by developing a user/carer-led training intervention for mental health professionals.
  • 2012 - 2013: Research Associate on a RfPB funded study with University of Manchester colleagues Professor Sue Kirk and Dr Debbie Fallon along with Dr Grace Vassallo and Gillian Robinson at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital to explore families' needs following severe traumatic brain injury in childhood.
  • 2011 - 2012: Research Associate on a hospice funded study with Professor Sue Kirk exploring how children's hospices can support young adults with life-limiting conditions and their families.


Claire Fraser is a mixed methods researcher with over 20 years experience of undertaking research, evaluation and feasibility studies for the academic, statutory and third sectors. She has particular interest and expertise in the following areas: research with children and young people; research on family support and parenting; mental health; outcome/process evaluation; feasibility studies and needs assessments; child protection and abuse prevention; and generally, researching sensitive topics. Between 1999 and 2005 she was employed as an academic researcher at the Universities of Huddersfield and then York and in 2005 began working as a freelance researcher in order to provide timely, accessible and cost-effective research and evaluation solutions to a range of clients, including national charitable organisations, local voluntary sector services and statutory agencies. During this period she maintained a commitment to academic research and since 2011 has been employed as Research Associate and Programme Manager in the Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work, School of Health Sciences, University of Manchester. 

Research interests

My research interests include:

  • Research with children and young people on a range of topics and using a range of methodological approaches
  • Research with parents and families, particularly in the context of complex family situations; evaluating parenting support interventions
  • Child protection and abuse prevention; service provision for survivors of abuse
  • Mental health research
  • More generally, researching sensitive topics and the broader research areas of health and social care
  • Programme evaluation and outcome measurement

My collaborations

Professor Steven Pryjmachuk

Professor Sue Kirk

Professor Karina Lovell

Dr Debbie Fallon

Professor Penny Bee

Professor Pete Bower

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

British Psychological Society

Social Research Association

Methodological knowledge

Qualitative research

Quantitative research

Child-friendly methodologies


JBI Comprehensive Systematic Review Training

ILM Researchers into Management

MSc Social Research & Evaluation

BSc (Hons) Psychology

Social responsibility

In my spare time I enjoy volunteering with local community projects to improve the river Holme and the wider Holme Valley:

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

External positions

Honorary Research Associate, Cardiff University

19 Dec 202231 Dec 2025

Areas of expertise

  • H Social Sciences (General)


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