Dr Maria Livanou


My PhD Thesis was titled "Transition of care in young offenders with ongoing mental health problems across England." This research was a national NIHR Portfolio study and involved young people discharged from all nationally funded medium secure units in England and followed them up to adult services.Transitions have been described as highly problematic in the UK and young people in forensic settings present with multiple-complex needs and mental health problems that worsen during periods of transition. Therefore, we need to bridge the gap between child and adult services to improve transition and mental health outcomes. 

In the past, I have worked in numerous projects in forensic experimental psychology including lie detection, interrogation techniques, and false confessions. I am particularly interested in youth mental health and developmental psychopathology, transition of care and policy and practice, emerging personality disorders in young populations and eating disorders.

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in Forensic Psychology & Course Leader BSc in Forensic Psychology


  • 2015-2018 PhD in Medicine, (Forensic Psychology-Psychiatry), Warwick Medical School
  • 2017-2019 MSc in Psychodynamics of Human Development, Birkbeck University of London with British Psychotherapy Foundation
  • 2011-2014 BA Hon (summa cum laude) in Forensic Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

Teaching and learning


Currently supervising three PhD projects:

1. Dance Movement Therapy effectiveness in secure services

2. Resilience Factors for young people at risk of conduct disorder(s)-fully funded scholarship student

3. Eating disorders, attitudes and stigma

  • 1st Grants Scheme for Early Career Researchers, Kingston University
  • NIHR CLAHRC West Midlands in collaboration with the University of Warwick,
  • PhD studentship at Warwick Medical School, Mental Health and Wellbeing, 2015-2018


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El-Asam, Aiman, Katz, Adrienne, Street, Cathy, Nazar, Nijina M. and Livanou, Maria (2020) Children’s services for the digital age : a qualitative study into current procedures and online risks among service users. Children and Youth Services Review, p. 105872. ISSN (print) 0190-7409 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Livanou, Maria, Singh, Swaran P, Liapi, Fani and Furtado, Vivek (2020) Mapping transitional care-pathways among young people discharged from adolescent forensic medium secure units in England. Medicine, Science and the Law, 60(1), pp. 45-53. ISSN (print) 0025-8024

Livanou, Maria, Lane, Rebecca, D'Souza, Sophie and Singh, Swaran (2020) A retrospective case note review of young people in transition from adolescent medium secure units to adult services. Journal of Forensic Practice, 22(3), pp. 161-172. ISSN (print) 2050-8794

Livanou, Maria, Furtado, Vivek, Winsper, Catherine, Silvester, Annabelle and Singh, Swaran P. (2019) Prevalence of mental disorders and symptoms among incarcerated youth : a meta-analysis of 30 studies. International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, 18(4), pp. 400-414. ISSN (print) 1499-9013

Dubad, M., Winsper, C., Meyer, C., Livanou, M. and Marwaha, S. (2018) A systematic review of the psychometric properties, usability and clinical impacts of mobile mood-monitoring applications in young people. Psychological Medicine, 48(2), pp. 208-228. ISSN (print) 0033-2917

Livanou, Maria I., Furtado, Vivek and Singh, Swaran P (2017) Mentally disordered young offenders in transition from child and adolescent to adult mental health services across England and Wales. Journal of Forensic Practice, 19(4), pp. 301-308. ISSN (print) 2050-8794

Rampling, J., Furtado, V., Winsper, C., Marwaha, S., Lucca, G., Livanou, M. and Singh, S.P. (2016) Non-pharmacological interventions for reducing aggression and violence in serious mental illness : a systematic review and narrative synthesis. European Psychiatry, 34, pp. 17-28. ISSN (print) 0924-9338


Mundy, Nicola, Gurner-Smith, Noreen, Livanou, Maria, Oddoye, Mayvis, Veness, Vicki, Phillips, Stephen, Boodhoo, Amanda and Stanley, Nanu (2020) Thematic review : deaths of children and young people through probable suicide 2014- 2020. (Discussion Paper) Leatherhead, U.K. : Surrey Safeguarding Children Partnership (SSCP). 39 p.

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