The Applied Social Science Group (ASSG) was established within the Primary Care Unit in 2016, and is headed by Dr Robbie Duschinsky. Our work has three main strands:
Leading grant-funded interdisciplinary studies addressing the integration of health and social care, with a particular focus on mental health, family relationships and safeguarding.
Teaching social science research, methods and theory within the Cambridge Clinical School, recognised for excellence by the University of Cambridge.
Contributing social science input to other research within the Primary Care Unit.
Our teaching and research are highly collaborative. Crucial to both is the involvement from experts-by-experience and clinicians. The policy-relevance and impact of our research also benefits from ongoing collaboration with the National Children’s Bureau.
Our work is guided by some core values:
Attention to inequalities and intersectionality informs everything we do.
We try to take nothing for granted about the current state of services in our research or the current state of medical education in our teaching.
We are focused on change: conducting research and teaching to improve outcomes for patients and service-users.
Building for the future is a core purpose for the group, especially in supporting early career researchers and Allied Health Professionals.
COACHES is a study of mental health care for children and young people with social work involvement.
A Collaborative Award in Medical Humanities from Wellcome (2020-2025) is supporting research into the impact of health and social care assessments on children and families.
Applied Social Science Group News
New study begins decades-long work to improve mental health and wellbeing support for children and young people
A ground-breaking new research collaboration launches today to transform mental health and wellbeing support received by children and young people…
Dr Robbie Duschinsky awarded Pilkington Prize for outstanding teaching
Dr Robbie Duschinsky is a 2022 winner of the University of Cambridge’s highest teaching award, the Pilkington Prize. Robbie is Associate…
PCU profile: meet Dr Barry Coughlan
Barry is research associate at the Applied Social Science Group, established within the Primary Care Unit in 2016 by Dr…
Mentalising, Epistemic Trust and Attachment: Changing Theories and their Practice Implications Webinar, 15 July 2021
This online panel discussion, held on 15 July 2021, celebrated the publication of Dr Robbie Duschinsky and Sarah Foster’s new…
New analysis of early help for struggling children and families underlines challenge facing Government’s social care rethink
New report ‘Supporting and strengthening families through provision of early help: A rapid review of evidence’, highlights problems the Government…