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


Membership of Professional Body

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


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
  • Committee Member - BPS Crisis, Disaster & Trauma Section
  • Board Member - UK Posttraumatic Stress Society (UKPTS)
  • Committee Member - BPS Scotland
  • Changing Faces Scotland Advisory Board


External Examining/Validations

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


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



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


Media Activity

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


Editorial Activity

  • Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health


Visiting Positions

  • Visiting Professor in Mental Health


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


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