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Camila Perera Aladro

Consultant

Camila Perera joined UNICEF Office of Research – Innocenti in June 2020 as a Research Consultant. She is currently conducting a systematic review investigating the impact of social protection programmes on gender outcomes in LMICs as part of the Gender-Responsive and Age-Sensitive Social Protection (GRASSP) programme. Prior to this, she was working on her PhD in Psychology at Trinity College Dublin, investigating the use of scalable or low-intensity psychological interventions in humanitarian settings. She has also worked at the IFRC Reference Centre for Psychosocial Support on projects exploring mental health and psychosocial support interventions in high and low-resource settings. Camila has experience and training in a wide range of methodological skills, including qualitative and advanced quantitative analysis, systematic reviews and implementation research. Her main research interests and recent work focus on global mental health, adverse childhood experiences and cultural adaptations of psychological interventions.

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