Mr Marcus Bull

Research project: Buffering Protective Factors among Children and Adolescents at Risk of Developing 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 more research and service development is needed to improve prevention methods for this group. To inform prevention methods, more information is needed regarding the variables which reduce the development of conduct disorder in individuals who are specifically at risk (buffering protective factors). My project aims to conduct mixed-method research which will establish and identify buffering protective factors within this at-risk population.

  • Research degree: PhD
  • Title of project: Buffering Protective Factors among Children and Adolescents at Risk of Developing Conduct Disorder
  • Research supervisor: Dr Maria Livanou
  • Other 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 Brent GP practice, and a support volunteer for a childrens' rehabilitation charity. I have since been awarded a scholarship with Kingston University and working to complete my Ph.D. research project in the area of Conduct Disorder risk, protection, and prevention. I am also now enjoying working at the university as an hourly paid lecturer.

Areas of research interest

  • Conduct Disorder
  • Behavioural Disorders
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Emotional Disorders
  • Prevention services
  • Children and adolescents


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

Funding or awards received

  • PhD studentship, Kingston University


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