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Dr Maria Livanou

Lecturer in Forensic Psychology


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.

Areas of specialism

  • Forensic youth mental health
  • Transition of care
  • Forensic child and adolescent psychology
  • Eating disorders and borderline traits in young people
  • Forensic mental health policy and practice
  • Developmental psychopathology


  • 2015-2018 PhD in Medicine, (Forensic Psychology-Psychiatry), Warwick Medical School
  • 2011-2014 BA Hon (summa cum laude) in Forensic Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice


Currently supervising one PhD project on Dance Movement Therapy effectiveness in secure services


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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Livanou, Maria, Singh, Swaran P, Liapi, Fani and Furtado, Vivek (2019) Mapping transitional care-pathways among young people discharged from adolescent forensic medium secure units in England. Medicine, Science and the Law, ISSN (print) 0025-8024 (In Press)

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

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