Sarah Halligan
University of Bath, United Kingdom

Sarah Halligan is Professor of Child and Family Mental Health at the University of Bath. Her research examines the development of psychological disorders, particularly posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression, with a focus on young people. In the PTSD field, Professor Halligan has studied the cognitive-behavioural, biological and social factors that contribute to disorder following trauma exposure, working with both national and international populations. She is particularly interested to learn how parents and others can support children and adolescents who are struggling with mental health problems, and to identify potential intervention targets.

 KEYNOTE on 07.09.2018, 17:30-18:30:

Children’s posttraumatic distress: understanding the role of social factors

Following traumatic experiences (e.g., physical or sexual assault, serious accidental injuries, natural disasters), young people are at risk of developing posttraumatic stress disorder and other adverse outcomes. For many young people exposed to trauma, psychological services are not available and they must rely on informal sources of support. This talk will consider the factors that influence child psychological adjustment posttrauma, with a focus on the role that families may play in determining outcomes. In addition to studies of relatively low risk UK samples, preliminary work in a high risk international setting will be described.