Dr Maria Livanou


My PhD Thesis was titled Transition of care in young offenders with ongoing mental health problems across England. This research was funded by NIHR CLAHRC West Midlands and was adopted as a NIHR Portfolio study. This mixed-methods and multicentre study explored prospectively the transition experiences of young people, parents/carers, and key workers across all nationally funded adolescent medium secure services in England. My expertise lies in (forensic) applied health research and has primarily focused on young people moving from adolescent forensic services to adult-oriented settings including adult forensic inpatient care and community accommodations. Delayed transitions, lack of emotional and developmental readiness, and lack of specialist care for young people with neurodiversity have been clearly identified as transition barriers and challenges. Transitions have been described as highly problematic in the UK and young people in forensic services present with multiple and complex needs which need to be adequately addressed during periods of transition. This group presents with high-risk and high-vulnerability and necessitates person-centred care. Therefore, we need to bridge the gap between child and adult services to improve transition and mental health outcomes. I am particularly interested in mental health policy, transition policy and practice, youth mental health, autism, neurodiversity and transitional care, emerging personality disorders, self-harming and eating disorders. I have collaborated with numerous NHS forensic services to produce evidence-based research and I have been involved in the development of national transition guidelines to revamp current policy and processes. In the past, I have worked in several projects in forensic experimental psychology exploring lie detection, interrogation techniques, and false confessions. 

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 Lead Supervisor for two PhD projects:

1. Buffering/Protective Factors for young people at risk of conduct disorder(s)-fully funded scholarship student

2. Eating disorders, attitudes and stigma


  • EdiRF Award: Exploring the service experiences of LGBTQ+ youth with special education needs and disabilities: A multi-perspective focus group study
  • CResCID Research Grant Proposals 2020/21: The impact of Covid-19 on the wellbeing of young people with conduct disorder and their families
  • 1st Grants Scheme for Early Career Researchers, Kingston University 2020/2021: 

    MOVING FORWARD: Developing and assessing the feasibility of a multicentre transition intervention model across adolescent secure services in England

  • NIHR CLAHRC West Midlands in collaboration with the University of Warwick, Warwick Medical School, Mental Health and Wellbeing, 2015-2018: Young offenders in transition of care

Research student supervision


Number of items: 22.


D'Souza, Sophie, Lane, Rebecca, Jacob, Jenna, Livanou, Maria, Riches, Wendy, Rogers, Andrew, Ullman, Roz, Rashid, Anisatu, Singleton, Rosie, Wheeler, James, Bevington, Dickon, Deighton, Jessica, Fonagy, Peter, Fuggle, Peter, Law, Duncan and Edbrooke-Childs, Julian (2021) Realist Process Evaluation of the implementation and impact of an organisational cultural transformation programme in the Children and Young People's Secure Estate (CYPSE) in England : study protocol. BMJ Open, 11(5), e045680. ISSN (online) 2044-6055

Livanou, Maria, Bull, Marcus, Lane, Rebecca, D'Souza, Sophie, El Asam, Aiman and Singh, Swaran P. (2021) Transition outcomes for young people discharged from adolescent medium secure services in England : a qualitative study exploring adolescents' and carers' experiences. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, ISSN (print) 1359-1045 (In Press)

El-Asam, Aiman, Katz, Adrienne, Street, Cathy, Nazar, Nijina M. and Livanou, Maria (2021) Children’s services for the digital age : a qualitative study into current procedures and online risks among service users. Children and Youth Services Review, 122, p. 105872. ISSN (print) 0190-7409

Livanou, Maria, D'Souza, Sophie, Lane, Rebecca, La Plante, Breanna and Singh, Swaran P. (2021) Challenges and facilitators during transitions from adolescent medium secure units to adult services in England : interviews with mental healthcare professionals. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, ISSN (print) 0894-587X (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

Conference or Workshop Item

Livanou, Maria and Singh, Swaran P. (2019) Transitional pathways among young people discharged from forensic inpatient services in England : a retrospective national case note audit. In: 23rd Congress of the World Association of Social Psychiatry (WASP 2019) : “Social determinants of mental health and access to care”; 25-28 Oct 2019, Bucharest, Romania. (Unpublished)

Livanou, Maria, Furtado, Vivek and Singh, Swaran P. (2017) Exploring the experiences of young people and health-care professionals involved in transitions from forensic adolescent mental health services : a national qualitative study. In: 4th International Conference on Youth Mental Health (IAYMH 2017); 24-26 Sept 2017, Dublin, Ireland. (Unpublished)

Livanou, M., Singh, S. and Furtado, V. (2016) Young offenders with mental health problems in transition of care across England. In: 22nd Congress of the World Association of Social Psychiatry (WASP 2016) : “Social Psychiatry in a Rapidly Changing World”; 30 Nov - 04 Dec 2016, New Delhi, India.

Livanou, Maria, Furtado, Vivek, Winsper, Catherine, Silvester, Annabelle and Singh, Swaran (2016) Prevalence and nature of mental health problems in young offenders : a meta analysis. In: International Conference on Forensic Psychiatry : “Forensic Psychiatry and Prison Psychiatry between Medicine and Law”; 13-15 Oct 2016, Ohrid, Macedonia. (Unpublished)

Livanou, Maria, Furtado, Vivek and Singh, Swaran (2016) Young offenders with ongoing mental health problems in transition of care across England. In: International Conference on Forensic Psychiatry : “Forensic Psychiatry and Prison Psychiatry between Medicine and Law”; 13-15 Oct 2016, Ohrid, Macedonia. (Unpublished)

Livanou, Maria, Furtado, Vivek, Singh, Swaran and Silvester, Annabelle (2016) Prevalence and nature of mental health problems among juvenile offenders in custodial and community settings : a meta-analysis. In: 16th Annual IAFMHS Conference : Keeping Abreast of Changing Times : Education, Training, & Practice to enhance Forensic Mental Health; 20-24 Jun 2016, New York, U.S..

Livanou, M., Furtado, V., Silvester, A. and Singh, S. (2016) Prevalence of mental health problems including suicidality and learning disabilities among young offenders in detention : a meta-analysis. In: 5th EFCAP Congress 2016 : Mental Health Needs of Young Offenders and Victims : Assessment, Intervention and Legal Issues; 11-13 May 2016, Porto, Portugal. (Unpublished)

Livanou, M., Furtado, V. and Singh, S. (2016) Prevalence and nature of psychiatric disorders among young offenders in custody and community : a meta-analysis. In: 24th European Congress of Psychiatry; 12-15 Mar 2016, Madrid, Spain.

Livanou, Maria and Pastrana, Antonio (2014) How socio-demographics intersect with lack of social resources and inadequate access to the health-care system for LGBT youth of color. In: International Conference : The Rule of Law in an Era of Change : Security, Social Justice and Inclusive Governance; 10-14 Jun 2014, Athens, Greece. (Unpublished)


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.

White, Oliver, Cartwright, Julia, Davies, Louise, Ebbutt, Michael, Gralton, Ernest, Irani, Tina, Kenny-Herbert, Jeremy, Livanou, Maria and McKnight, Jillian (2020) Transitions from adolescent secure to adult secure inpatient services : practice guidance for all secure services. (Manual) NHS England and NHS Improvement Publishing. 18 p.


Livanou, Maria (2018) Transition of care among young offenders with ongoing mental health problems in England : young offenders in transition. (PhD thesis), Warwick University, .

This list was generated on Sun Jul 25 06:47:38 2021 BST.

Social media