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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.

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 2019

Research Output 1995 2018

A longitudinal investigation of the role of parental responses in predicting children's posttraumatic distress

Hiller, R., Meiser-Stedman, R., Lobo, S., Creswell, C., Fearon, P., Ehlers, A., Murray, L. & Halligan, S. 23 Oct 2017 (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

7 Citations
Open Access
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders
Wounds and Injuries
Longitudinal Studies
1 Citations

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
1 Citations

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. May 2015 In : Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 56, 5, p. 540-548

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Longitudinal Studies
Postpartum Depression
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162 Citations

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.

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

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