Thanos Karatzias

Thanos Karatzias

Prof Thanos Karatzias



Professor Karatzias, is a Professor of Mental Health at Edinburgh Napier University, UK and a Clinical & Health Psychologist at the Rivers Centre for Traumatic Stress, Edinburgh, UK. He is the Director of Research at Edinburgh Napier University. He is a former Chair of the British Psychological Society Scotland Working Party for Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse (BPSSS) and is a current member of the Committee of the British Psychological Society (BPS) Crisis, Disaster & Trauma Section and UK Psychological Trauma Society (UKPTS). He has spent his entire clinical and academic career working in the field of psychological trauma. In collaboration with national and international research partners he has developed a special interest in the effects and treatment of psychological trauma on physical and mental health; on prison populations; and on people with learning disabilities. He has published widely in these areas.


Research Areas


Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Committee Member - Chief Scientist Office Health Improvement, Protection and Services Research Committee
  • Board Member - Research Grants Council, Hong Kong Standing Review Board
  • Board Member - British Psychological Society (BPS) Research Board
  • Board Member - UK Posttraumatic Stress Society (UKPTS)
  • Committee Member - BPS Crisis, Disaster & Trauma Section
  • Changing Faces Scotland Advisory Board
  • Committee Member - BPS Scotland


Conference Activity

  • Keynote and Conference Chair - UKPTS Annual Conference. Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Keynote: St. Andrews Health Care Conference - The Introduction CPTSD as a New Diagnosis in ICD-11
  • Classification, Assessment and Treatment of PTSD and CPTSD
  • The Impact of Interpersonal Trauma on Health & Wellbeing. United Nations, N 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence
  • Treating Traumatic Stress and PTSD in People with LDs
  • PTSD and CPTSD Using the Newly Developed ICD-TQ
  • Evidence of distinct profiles on PTSD and Complex PTSD
  • PTSD & complex PTSD: ICD -11 updates on concept and measurement
  • Phenomenology and Treatment of Traumatic Stress in People with Intellectual Disabilities: Preliminary Results from a Randomised Controlled Trial on the effectiveness of EMDR for DSM 5 PTSD
  • Psychological trauma and criminal behaviour
  • Childhood Sexual Abuse Across The Lifespan.
  • Symptom profiles of people attending a trauma service: Is there evidence that PTSD and complex PTSD are two distinct disorders
  • Disruptive, Optimistic, Progressive and Entrepreneurial: Is Survive and Thrive D.O.P.E.?
  • Effectiveness & Acceptability of Group Psychological Interventions for Interpersonal Trauma.
  • Keynote: Psychological trauma: Treatment & trauma informed care
  • Keynote: Male Survivors Conference: Health & Well-being
  • Keynote: Child Sexual Abuse: Impact & Recovery


Editorial Activity

  • Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health


External Examining/Validations

  • MSc Psychological Trauma - External Examiner
  • Doctoral Programme in Clinical Psychology - External Examiner
  • MSc Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy - External Examiner


Grant Reviewer

  • Grant reviewer for MRC
  • Grant reviewer for Carnegie Trust
  • Member of Russian Science Foundation (RSF) College Of Experts
  • Member of Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Peer Review College
  • Grant reviewer for Health Technology Assessment (HTA) – Clinical Evaluation and Trials (NIHR)
  • Grant reviewer for National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)


Invited Speaker

  • UKPTS Annual Conference. Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Psychological Trauma: Impact and Treatment
  • Child sexual abuse impact and interventions: A critical review of the existing evidence


Media Activity

  • CBC News Radio
  • Glasgow Sunday Herald
  • Herald Scotland (web).
  • Irish Independent (web).
  • The Sun (Eire).
  • The Sun (Scotland)


Membership of Professional Body

  • Chartered Clinical Psychologist
  • Member of the Health Professions Council
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • Chartered Scientist (CSci), Science Council
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Chartered Health Psychologist, British Psychological Society
  • Graduate Member, British Psychological Association



  • Journal of Affective Disorders
  • British Journal of Psychiatry
  • European Journal of Psychotraumatology
  • Journal of Traumatic Stress
  • Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
  • Journal of Anxiety Disorders
  • Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences
  • International Journal of Forensic Mental Health
  • Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice & Policy
  • Stress & Health
  • Children and Youth Services Review
  • Journal of Nervous & Mental Disease
  • Psychology, Health & Medicine
  • Journal of Anxiety Disorders
  • Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Journal of Intellectual Disabilities
  • Traumatology
  • Behaviour Research & Therapy
  • Journal of Behaviour Therapy & Experimental Psychiatry
  • Women’s Studies International Forum
  • Psychiatria Danubina
  • European Review of Applied Psychology
  • Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
  • Child Abuse & Neglect
  • Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry
  • British Journal of Guidance & Counselling
  • Journal of Happiness Studies
  • British Journal of General Practice
  • British Journal of Health Psychology
  • Psychiatry Research
  • Psychology and Psychotherapy; Theory, Research and Practice
  • Quality of Life Research
  • Aggressive Behaviour


Visiting Positions

  • Visiting Professor in Mental Health


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