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Rachel is a Professor in Evidence Synthesis within CRD.
A psychiatric epidemiologist and mental health services researcher, dedicated to improving healthcare decision-making with people experiencing mental health problems. She works in methodological development (design, conduct, reporting and implementation of evidence synthesis), as well as knowledge translation and mobilisation. Her research interests include evaluating the effectiveness of a range of interventions, particularly psychological therapies, for people with mental health problems. Over the last 25 years, she has worked at the interface between research and policy to ensure that evidence informs policy and practice. She has been a Clinical Evidence Specialist at the Center for Evidence-based Policy at Oregon Health and Science University in the US, and has established clinical question-answering and knowledge translation services in the UK and in several other countries. She is Coordinating Editor of the Cochrane Common Mental Disorders Group (CCMD) and has been a member of the Cochrane Steering Group, the Board of Trustees of Cochrane. She is a Standing Member of a NICE Guideline Updating Committee.
She leads the Mental Health theme within CRD and, with Dr Peter Coventry, co-leads the Evidence Synthesis theme in Mental Health and Addictions Research within Health Sciences.