Mr Marcus Bull

Research project: The Parental Experience of Raising a Child with Conduct Disorder


Conduct Disorder is a highly prevalent mental and behavioural disorder in children and adolescents with a lasting impact into adulthood. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and the National Health Service both acknowledge that parents are hugely influential in the development, maintenance, and intervention of this disorder. However, in focusing on parental impact, research, theory, and practice often overlook their experiences as individuals and potential victims. As such, this Ph.D. project aims to tackle these issues; to gain a rich understanding of how parents experience raising a child with Conduct Disorder, and ways in which this population can be better supported.

  • Research degree: PhD
  • Title of project: The Parental Experience of Raising a Child with Conduct Disorder
  • Research supervisor: Dr Delphine Theobald


I completed a BSc in Psychology at the University of Southampton in 2018. I then completed the Forensic Psychology MSc at Kingston in 2019. During this time I have gained experience working as a student support worker at a high secure psychiatric hospital, a research assistant for a child and adolescent support consultancy firm, a social prescribing link worker within a GP-care-network, and a support volunteer for a children's rehabilitation charity. I have since been awarded a scholarship with Kingston University and am working to complete my Ph.D. in the area of Conduct Disorder. I have since taken on an hourly paid lectureship role at the university, have co-produced and presented at numerous conferences, presented my research at the 2022 European Psychiatric Association Conference, am on the board of trustees for a learning disability charity, and have designed and delivered my own Forensic Psychology course for A-Level students in Ealing.

Areas of research interest

  • Conduct Disorder
  • Behavioural Disorders
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Emotional Disorders
  • Parental Experience
  • Children and adolescents
  • Qualitative Research


  • BSc in Psychology, University of Southampton
  • MSc in Forensic Psychology, Kingston University

Funding or awards received

  • PhD studentship, Kingston University
  • CResCID Grant, Kingston University


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