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Dr Maria Livanou PhD

Lecturer in Psychology

Biography

I joined King’s as a Lecturer in Psychology in June 2022. My primary research interests lie in transitions of young people across mental health services (i.e., adolescent forensic hospitals to adult care) and, specifically from CAMHS to adult settings, eating disorders, conduct disorder, and neurodiversity. I have a deep passion for public engagement and have organised or participated in events and webinars focused on youth mental health. My advocacy extends to promoting lived experience research, emphasising the importance of first-hand perspectives in understanding, and addressing mental health challenges among young people. Further to this, I hold a strong interest in exploring emerging personality disorders in relation to past trauma and self-harming behaviours. I completed my PhD at Warwick Medical School in 2018. My thesis was funded by NIHR CLAHRC West Midlands and was adopted as a NIHR Portfolio study and considered young people moving from adolescent forensic services to adult-oriented settings including adult forensic inpatient care and community accommodations.

After I completed my PhD studies, I taught for 4 years both undergraduate and postgraduate students at Kingston University where I was a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology and the Course Director of the BSc Programme in Forensic Psychology. I supervised 3 PhD students (primary supervisor), working in conduct disorder, eating disorders and autism. During my PhD, I worked as a research fellow at UCL and project manager at the Anna Freud Centre (Evidence Based Practice Unit) in two national evaluations.

Research Interests

  • Eating disorders (e.g., co-production, lived experience)
  • Healthcare and educational transitions (e.g., primary to secondary education transitions)
  • Conduct disorder
  • Youth mental health, neurodiversity, autism, policy & practice
  • Psychotherapy research

Teaching

  • BSc Psychology: Understanding talking therapies: from classical theory to contemporary practice,
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • MSc in Mental Health studies supervision

Expertise and Public Engagement

  • Participating in public lectures and webinars
  • Organising public dissemination events for young people with eating disorders and carers
  • Involvement in charities outside KCL
  • Organising community training events

Key Publications

    Research

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    Centre for Research in Eating And Weight Disorders (CREW)

    The Eating Disorders Research Group aims to find out more about the neurobiological, genetic and psychological causes and consequences of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and other eating disorders, and to use that knowledge to develop new and better treatments.

      Research

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      Centre for Research in Eating And Weight Disorders (CREW)

      The Eating Disorders Research Group aims to find out more about the neurobiological, genetic and psychological causes and consequences of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and other eating disorders, and to use that knowledge to develop new and better treatments.