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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 project was a national NIHR Portfolio study and involved young people discharged from all nationally funded inpatient FCAMHS 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
  • Transitions of care
  • Forensic child and adolescent psychology
  • Policy on transitions in Forensic CAMHS and AMHS


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



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