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Research interests

My research examines the development of psychological disorders, particularly posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression, with a focus on young people. In the PTSD field, I study the cognitive-behavioural, biological and social factors that contribute to disorder following trauma exposure, working with both national and international populations. In the depression field, my research focuses on understanding how parental depression may be associated with child development and risk of psychological disorder. Across both of these areas, I am particularly interested to learn how parents and others can support children and adolescents who are struggling with mental health problems, and to identify potential intervention targets.

Willing to supervise PhD

I am interested in applications particularly for projects relating to the impacts of trauma on child and adolescent mental health. 

Education/Academic qualification

Natural Sciences, Bachelor of Arts, University of Cambridge

Clinical Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford


  • clinical psychology
  • post-traumatic stress disorder
  • PTSD
  • depression
  • children
  • adolescents
  • parents

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Projects 2013 2023

Research Output 1995 2020

7 Citations (Scopus)

A longitudinal investigation of the role of parental responses in predicting children's post-traumatic distress

Hiller, R. M., Meiser-Stedman, R., Lobo, S., Creswell, C., Fearon, P., Ehlers, A., Murray, L. & Halligan, S. L., 19 Jun 2018, In : Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 59, 7, p. 781-789 9 p., 12846.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
33 Citations (Scopus)

Research Review: Changes in the prevalence and symptom severity of child post-traumatic stress disorder in the year following trauma – a meta-analytic study: a meta-analytic study

Hiller, R. M., Meiser-Stedman, R., Fearon, P., Lobo, S., MacKinnon, A., Fraser, A. & Halligan, S. L., 22 Jul 2016, In : Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 57, 8, p. 884-898 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
Wounds and Injuries
Longitudinal Studies
1 Citation (Scopus)

Caregiver Responses to Child Posttraumatic Distress: A Qualitative Study in a High Risk Context in South Africa

Williamson, V., Butler, I., Tomlinson, M., Skeen, S., Christie, H., Stewart, J. & Halligan, S., 27 Oct 2017, In : Journal of Traumatic Stress. 30, 5, p. 482-490

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
South Africa
Wounds and Injuries
32 Citations (Scopus)
51 Downloads (Pure)

Insecure attachment during infancy predicts greater amygdala volumes in early adulthood

Moutsiana, C., Johnstone, T., Murray, L., Fearon, P., Cooper, P. J., Pliatsikas, C., Goodyer, I. & Halligan, S. L., 1 May 2015, In : Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 56, 5, p. 540-548 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Longitudinal Studies
Postpartum Depression
Child Development
217 Citations (Scopus)

Maternal postnatal depression and the development of depression in offspring up to 16 years of age

Murray, L., Arteche, A., Fearon, P., Halligan, S. L., Goodyer, I. & Cooper, P., May 2011, In : Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 50, 5, p. 460-470 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Postpartum Depression
Longitudinal Studies


How do children and their families react following a traumatic event?

Williamson, V. (Creator), Halligan, S. (Creator), University of Bath, 2017



An investigation of parental responses to child experiences of trauma

Author: Williamson, V., 11 Jan 2017

Supervisor: Halligan, S. (Supervisor), Creswell, C. (External person) (Supervisor) & Butler, I. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Doctorate in Clinical Psychology: Main Research Portfolio

Author: Dixon, C., 30 Aug 2016

Supervisor: Halligan, S. (Supervisor), Hiller, R. (Supervisor), Hogg, L. (Supervisor), Randle-Phillips, C. (Supervisor), Salkovskis, P. (Supervisor) & Stott, L. (External person) (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)


Investigating the pathways between Developmental Language Disorder and increased social and emotional difficulties in adolescents

Author: Forrest, C., 19 Jun 2019

Supervisor: Halligan, S. (Supervisor) & St Clair, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD

Research portfolio submitted in part fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

Author: Fiddick, L., 30 Sep 2017

Supervisor: Wilkinson-Tough, M. (External person) (Supervisor), Halligan, S. (Supervisor) & Gregory, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)