With undergraduate degrees in Italian and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and research experience in primate behaviour and orthopaedics, I might seem at first a bit of an unusual candidate for a PhD in Psychiatry. Originally a pre-medical student, I developed through my work at Yale and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development an interest in population health research. I am particularly passionate about child and adolescent mental health, and about the role of schools in mental health promotion and prevention. This past year, I completed my MPhil in Public Health at Cambridge, and wrote my thesis on the acceptability of school-based identification of mental health difficulties. For my PhD, I will continue to work with Professor Peter Jones and Dr Emma Howarth on this project as we design, implement, and evaluate different models of school-based identification. By increasing rates of identification, we hope to improve access to care and support for children and young people who are experiencing mental health difficulties, and ultimately improve their long-term psychosocial outcomes. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to spend another three years in Cambridge surrounded by inspiring mentors, colleagues, and friends, and am honoured and excited to join the Gates Cambridge community!