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Dr Maria Livanou PhD

Lecturer in Psychology


Maria joined King’s as a Lecturer in Psychology in June 2022. Her 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, trauma and eating disorders, conduct disorder, and neurodiversity. Further to this, Maria holds a strong interest in exploring emerging personality disorders in relation to past trauma and self-harming behaviours. Maria completed her PhD at Warwick Medical School in 2018. Her 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 Maria completed her PhD studies, she taught for 4 years both undergraduate and postgraduate students at Kingston University where she was a Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology and the Course Director of the BSc Programme in Forensic Psychology. She supervised 3 PhD students (primary supervisor), working in conduct disorder, eating disorders and autism. During her PhD, Maria 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

  • Mental health policy, transition policy and practice
  • Conduct disorder
  • Youth mental health, autism, neurodiversity and transitional care
  • Emerging personality disorders, self-harming and eating disorders


BSc Psychology Year 1 Module, Psychology and Society