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Dr Angela Underdown

Dr Angela Underdown is a researcher and health visitor specialising in the perinatal period.

Angela Underdown was Associate Professor of Public Health in the Early Years and Deputy Director of Warwick Infant and Family Wellbeing Unit at the University of Warwick Medical School, where she was involved in research and teaching about Infant Mental Health.

Angela works as a Video Interaction Guidance supervisor and practitioner, recently working with families whose babies were born two months or more preterm. She created “Baby Steps”, an interactive relationship-based group programme that aims to support new parents in the emotional transition to parenthood and to build healthy relationships with their infants. The programme has been developed and evaluated by the NSPCC and has engaged with over 3,500 higher-risk parents and is now piloting in four NHS Trusts. Angela has recently been involved in writing and producing a series of film clips about bonding, reflective function, baby sleep/ wake states and interaction during the perinatal period. She also teaches on a wide range of postgraduate courses aimed at promoting healthy development within early parent-infant relationships and has published widely on infant mental health topics.

Angela supported the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) with the production of a number of learning resources, including Good Practice Points for Health Visitors and Parent Tips as well as the development and delivery of the Infant Mental Health Health Visitor Champions training.