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Dr. Jamie Lachman

Dr. Jamie Lachman

Dr. Jamie Lachman has over 15 years’ experience developing, implementing, and evaluating social interventions for children and their caregivers in areas of crisis throughout sub-Saharan Africa. His research is focused on building the evidence of effectiveness for programmes that improve child and family wellbeing and mental health outcomes in low- and middle-income countries. He is on the steering committee of the World Health Organisation and UNICEF-led initiative called Parenting for Lifelong Health (PLH). This initiative is focused on developing, testing and disseminating parenting programmes in low- and middle-income countries (http://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/violence/child/plh/en/). He is currently a principal investigator or co-investigator working at the Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at the University of Oxford on a number of projects (see below). As a Clarendon Scholar, his doctoral research examined the development and pilot feasibility randomised controlled trial of the PLH prototype programme for families with children ages 2 to 9 in South Africa. He also hold degrees from the University of Oxford (MSc with distinction), Yale University (BA with distinction), and the Dell’Arte International School for Physical Theatre. As director and founder of Clowns Without Borders South Africa (www.cwbsa.org), he has developed, implemented, and provided technical support and advice on social interventions that have reached over 400,000 beneficiaries in partnership with international nongovernmental organisation, national governments, and local community organisations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Haiti, Kenya, Lebanon, Lesotho, South Africa, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.

WP: 2, 3, 6
Organization: University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Relevant publications:
  1. Lachman, J. M., Sherr, L., Cluver, L., Ward, C. L., Hutchings, J., & Gardner, F. (2016). Integrating evidence and context to develop a parenting program for low-income families in South Africa. Journal of Child and Family Studies. 25(7), 2337-2352.
  2. Lachman, J. M., Cluver, L., Kelly, J., Ward, C. L., Hutchings, J., Gardner, F. (2016). Process evaluation of a parenting program for low-income families in South Africa. Research on Social Work Practice.
  3. >Mejia, A., Leijten, P., Lachman, J. M., & Parra-Cardona, J. R. (2016). Different strokes for different folks? Contrasting approaches to cultural adaptation of parenting interventions. Prevention Science, 1-10.
  4. Lachman, J. M., Cluver, L., Ward, C. L., Hutchings, J., Gardner, F., Wessels, I., & Mlotshwa, S. (in revision). Randomized controlled trial of a parenting program to reduce the risk of child maltreatment in South Africa. Child Abuse & Neglect.
  5. Cluver, L., Lachman, J. M., Ward, C., Gardner, F., Petersen, T., Meinck, F., Hutchings, J., Mikton, C., Tsoanyane, S., Doubt, J., Boyes, M., Redfern, A. A. (2016). Developing a parenting programme to prevent child abuse in South Africa: A pre-post pilot study. Research on Social Work Practice.