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Dr Laura Palmer is a Lecturer at King’s Centre for Military Health Research, King’s College London. Laura teaches on transgenerational, cultural and geographical legacies of trauma for the MSc War & Psychiatry and other postgraduate courses within the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience and the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy.

Laura completed her degree in BA Social & Political Sciences, specialising in Social Anthropology, at the University of Cambridge in 2009. She completed a MSc in Psychology at the University of Greenwich in 2014. Laura joined KCL in 2015 to study her PhD in alcohol misuse among UK Armed Forces personnel. Since then, Laura has worked as a postdoctoral researcher leading a number of projects, including an exploration into the trajectories and phenomenology of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in the UK Armed Forces.

Laura currently supervises PhD students in the field of military and forensic mental health. Laura has also led modules within the MSc War & Psychiatry on extreme trauma in civilian contexts, as well as supervising MSc dissertations for the MSc Mental Health Studies and MSc Psychiatric Research, teaching research methods for MBBS students and lecturing on the BSc Psychology module War in the Mind.

Laura is a mixed-methods researcher, blending epidemiological and qualitative approaches.

Research Interests

Laura’s research interests are in social and cultural psychiatry, the diversity and cultural manifestations of traumatic stress and anthropological perspectives of mental health problems.


  • MSc War & Psychiatry