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Camila Perera Aladro

Researcher (Children and Digital Technology)

Camila is a mixed methods researcher working on Disrupting Harm research investigating online child sexual exploitation and abuse. Before joining UNICEF, she worked at the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies researching the use of mental health interventions in humanitarian settings. Camila has experience and training in a wide range of methodological skills, including qualitative and quantitative analyses and systematic reviews. Her main research interests include adverse childhood experiences and their impact on mental health. She holds a PhD in Psychology (Trinity College Dublin), a MSc in Public Health (University of Copenhagen) and a BA in Development Studies (Dalhousie University).

Publications

Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Psychosocial Wellbeing Across the Life Course: Towards an Integrated Conceptual Framework for Research and Evidence Generation
Publication

Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Psychosocial Wellbeing Across the Life Course: Towards an Integrated Conceptual Framework for Research and Evidence Generation

Mental health conditions affect about 1 in 7 adolescents globally. In the context of COVID-19, the importance of mental health and psychosocial support for all has been undoubtedly confirmed. Despite the increased attention to mental health issues, there is a dearth of evidence on what determines child and adolescent mental health, who is most at risk, and what works to foster mental health across contexts, cultures and distinct population groups. This conceptual framework aims to inform research on child and adolescent mental health. It incorporates children’s developmental stages and the dynamic environment in which they live and grow. Informed by a review of existing theoretical frameworks on mental health and child development, this framework integrates elements of the socio-ecological model; the life course approach; the social determinants of health approach; and Innocenti Report Card’s Worlds of Influence Framework. Combining diverse aspects of these frameworks and approaches, we propose an integrated model to guide UNICEF’s research in this area.

Journal articles

Impact of social protection on gender equality in low- and middle-income countries: A systematic review of reviews
Journal Article

Impact of social protection on gender equality in low- and middle-income countries: A systematic review of reviews

Protocol: Impact of social protection on gender equality in low‐ and middle‐income countries: A systematic review of reviews
Journal Article

Protocol: Impact of social protection on gender equality in low‐ and middle‐income countries: A systematic review of reviews