Emma Howarth

Emma Howarth

Senior Lecturer

Department of Psychological Sciences , School of Psychology

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Emma Howarth is a senior lecturer in the School of Psychology, University of East London. Her primary research focus is on domestic abuse and responses to children who experience it. She is currently leading a feasibility trial (FReDA: Family Recovery After Domestic Abuse) to evaluate a group-based psycho-educational programme for children and their female caregivers, and to consider whether this type of intervention would be helpful for victimised male caregivers. https://fundingawards.nihr.ac.uk/award/NIHR127793.

As an honorary member of the Children and Families and Research Policy Unit, hosted by UCL, she is leading a study to explore outcome measurement in the context of evaluation of targeted psycho-social interventions for children and families experiencing domestic abuse and/or child maltreatment. She is also a co-investigator on the Violence Abuse and Mental Health Network led by colleagues at King's College London. 



  • Howarth, E, .Feder, G. Protocol for developing Core Outcome Sets for evaluation of psychosocial interventions for children and families with experience or at risk of child maltreatment or domestic abuse. (in review). BMJ Open
  • Soneson, E, Howarth, E. (in review) School-based identification of mental health difficulties: a Delphi study. Journal of School Psychology. 
  • Howarth E. Preventing and Responding to Children’s Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence. In: Tremblay RE, Boivin M, Peters RDeV, eds. MacMillan HL, topic ed. Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development [online].http://www.child-encyclopedia.com/maltreatment-child/according-experts/preventing-and-responding-childrens-exposure-intimate-partner.

Published January 2021. Accessed January 15, 2021.


  • Childs-Fegredo, J., Burn, A. M., Duschinsky, R., Humphrey, A., Ford, T., Jones, P. B., & Howarth, E. (2020). Acceptability and Feasibility of Early Identification of Mental Health Difficulties in Primary Schools: A Qualitative Exploration of UK School Staff and Parents' Perceptions. School Mental Health, 1–17. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12310-020-09398-3
  • Burn, AM, Vainre, M., Humphrey, A., Howarth, E. (2020) Evaluating the CYP-IAPT transformation of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in Cambridgeshire, UK: a qualitative implementation study. Implementation Science Communications. 
  • Anderson, J. K., Howarth, E., Vainre, M., Humphrey, A., Jones, P.B., Ford, T.J. (2020). Advancing methodology for scoping reviews: recommendations arising from a scoping literature review (SLR) to inform transformation of children and adolescent mental health services. BMC Medical Research Methodology
  • Soneson, E., Howarth, E., Ford, T., Humphrey, A., Jones, P. B., Thompson Coon, J., Rogers, M., & Anderson, J. K. (2020). Feasibility of School-Based Identification of Children and Adolescents Experiencing, or At-risk of Developing, Mental Health Difficulties: a Systematic Review. In Prevention Science (pp. 1–23). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11121-020-01095-6


  • Gregory, A, Arai, L, Macmillan, HL, Howarth, E & Shaw, ARG, (2019), 'Children's Experiences and Needs in Situations of Domestic Violence: A Secondary Analysis of Qualitative Data from Adult Friends and Relatives of Female Survivors'. Health and Social Care in the Community.
  • Arai, L, Shaw, ARG, Feder, G, Howarth, E, Macmillan, HL, Moore, T, Stanley, N & Gregory, A. (2019) Hope, agency, and the lived experience of violence: A qualitative systematic review of children's perspectives on domestic violence and abuse'. Trauma, Violence, and Abuse.
  • Howarth, E. ., Vainre, M., Humphrey A., Lombardo, C., Hannafiah, A., Anderson, J., & Jones, P. B. (2019.). Consensus study to identify key features of a community based child and adolescent mental health and well-being service. In review.


  • Soneson E, Childs-Fegredo J, Anderson JK…Howarth E. Acceptability of screening for mental health difficulties in primary schools: a survey of UK parents. BMC Public Health 2018;18:1404. doi:10.1186/s12889-018-6279-7
  • Howarth, E., Moore, T. H., Stanley, N., MacMillan, H. L., Feder, G., & Shaw, A. (2018). Towards an ecological understanding of readiness to engage with interventions for children exposed to domestic violence and abuse: Systematic review and qualitative synthesis of perspectives of children, parents and practitioners. Health & Social Care in the Community. http://doi.org/10.1111/hsc.12587
  • Lewis, N. V, Feder, G. S., Howarth, E., Szilassy, E., McTavish, J. R., MacMillan, H. L., & Wathen, N. (2018). Identification and initial response to children's exposure to intimate partner violence: a qualitative synthesis of the perspectives of children, mothers and professionals. BMJ Open, 8(4), e019761. http://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-019761
  • Galante, J., Dufour, G., Vainre, M., Wagner, A. P., Stochl, J., Benton, A., Jones, P. B. (2018). A mindfulness-based intervention to increase resilience to stress in university students (the Mindful Student Study): a pragmatic randomised controlled trial. The Lancet. Public Health, 3(2), e72–e81. http://doi.org/10.1016/S2468-2667(17)30231-1


  • Anderson, J. K., Howarth, E., Vainre, M., Jones, P. B., & Humphrey, A. (2017). A scoping literature review of service-level barriers for access and engagement with mental health services for children and young people. Children and Youth Services Review, 77, 164–176. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.04.017
  • Bacchus LJ, Colombini M, Contreras Urbina M, Howarth E, Gardner F, Annan J, Ashburn K, Madrid B, Levtov R, Watts C. (2017) Exploring opportunities for coordinated responses to intimate partner violence and child maltreatment in low and middle income countries: a scoping review. Psychology, Health and Medicine 


  • Howarth E, Moore THM, Welton NJ, Lewis N, Stanley N, MacMillan H, et al. IMPRoving Outcomes for children exposed to domestic ViolencE (IMPROVE): an evidence synthesis. Public Health Res 2016; 4(10)
  • Galante J, Dufour G, Benton A, Howarth, E, Vainre, M, Croudace, TJ, Wagner, AP, Stich, J, Jones, PB. (2016) Protocol for the Mindful Student Study: a randomised controlled trial of the provision of a mindfulness intervention to support university students' well-being and resilience to stress. BMJ Open; 6: e012300.
  • R. Raine, R. Fitzpatrick, H. Barratt, G. Bevan, N. Black, R. Boaden, P. Bower, M. Campbell, J.-L. Denis, K.Devers, M. Dixon-Woods, L. Fallowfield, J. Forder, R. Foy, N. Freemantle, N. J. Fulop, E. Gibbons, C. Gillies, L. Goulding, R. Grieve, J. Grimshaw, E. Howarth, R. J. Lilford, R. McDonald, G. Moore, L. Moore, R. Newhouse, A. O'Cathain, Z. Or, C. Papoutsi, S. Prady, J. Rycroft-Malone, J. Sekhon, S. Turner, S. I. Watson, and M. Zwarenstein, "Challenges, solutions and future directions in the evaluation of service innovations in health care and public health," Heal. Serv. Deliv. Res., vol. 4, no. 16, pp. 1–136, 2016.
  • G. Ferrari, R. Agnew-Davies, J. Bailey, L. Howard, E. Howarth, T. J. Peters, L. Sardinha, and G. S. Feder, "Domestic violence and mental health: a cross-sectional survey of women seeking help from domestic violence support services," Global Health Action, vol. 9. 08-Feb-2016.
  • M. Evans, A. Gregory, G. Feder, E. Howarth, and K. Hegarty, 'Even "Daily" is Not Enough' : How Well Do We Measure Domestic Violence and Abuse?-A Think-Aloud Study of a Commonly Used Self-Report Scale.,” Violence Vict., vol. 31, no. 1, pp. 3–26, Jan. 2016. 


  • Howarth E  and  Robinson, A "Responding Effectively to Women Experiencing Severe Abuse: Identifying Key Components of a British Advocacy Intervention," Violence Against Women, 2015.
  • E. Howarth, T. H. M. Moore, A. R. G. Shaw, N. J. Welton, G. S. Feder, M. Hester, H. L. Macmillan, and N. Stanley, "The Effectiveness of Targeted Interventions for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence: Measuring Success in Ways that Matter to Children, Parents and Professionals," Child Abus. Rev., vol. 24, pp. 297-310, 2015.


  • G. Brierley, R. Agnew-Davies, J. Bailey, M. Evans, M. Fackrell, G. Ferrari, S. Hollinghurst, L. Howard, E. Howarth, A. Malpass, C. Metters, T. J. Peters, F. Saeed, L. Sardhina, D. Sharp, and G. S. Feder, "Psychological advocacy toward healing (PATH): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial," Trials, vol. 14, no. 1, p. 221, 2013.


  • A. L. Robinson and E. Howarth, "Judging Risk: Key Determinants in British Domestic Violence Cases," Journal of Interpersonal Violence, vol. 27, no. 8. pp. 1489–1518, 2012.


  • M. Rivett, E. Howarth, and G. Harold, "'Watching from the stairs': towards an evidence-based practice in work with child witnesses of domestic violence.," Clin. Child Psychol. Psychiatry, vol. 11, no. 1, pp. 103-125, 2006.

Chapters and reports

  • Feder, G & Howarth, E. (2014). The epidemiology of gender-based violence. In The ABC of domestic and sexual violence. London: Wiley
  • Howarth, E., & Feder, G. Prevalence and physical health impact of domestic violence. In Howard, L., Feder, G., & Agnew-Davies, R. (eds.). Domestic Violence and Mental Health. London: RCPsych publications. 2013
  • Howarth, E., Stimpson, L., Barran, D., & Robinson, A. (2009). Safety in Numbers: A MultisiteEvaluation of Independent Domestic Advisor Services. Funded by the Sigrid Rausing Trust, Hestia Fund and Henry Smith Charity.
  • Harold, G. T., & Howarth, E. L. (2004). How Marital Conflict and Violence Affects Children: Theory, Research and Future Directions. Calder, M. C. (Ed). Children living with domestic violence: Towards a framework for assessment and intervention. Russell House Publishing: Lyme Regis, Dorset.