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I joined KCL in 2020. I was previously working clinically in secure forensic services. I am particularly interested in service user involvement in research and coproduction.


Research Interests

  • Service user led research in forensic settings
  • Trauma informed approaches
  • ASC and Suicidality


Expertise and Public Engagement

Providing training in trauma informed care to the NHS and 3rd sector organisations. 

Key publications

Holden, R., Stables, I., Brown, P., & Fotiadou, M. (2021). Adverse childhood experiences and adult self-harm in a female forensic population. BJPsych Bulletin, 1-5. doi:10.1192/bjb.2021.34

Holden, Rachel & Mueller, Joanne & Mcgowan, John & Sanyal, Jyoti & Kikoler, Maxim & Simonoff, Emily & Velupillai, Sumithra & Downs, Johnny. (2020). Investigating Bullying as a Predictor of Suicidality in a Clinical Sample of Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Research. 10.1002/aur.2292.


I am the course lead for the MSc in Clinical Forensic Psychology