Thanos Karatzias
Thanos Karatzias

Prof Thanos Karatzias

Professor

Biography

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.

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Research Areas

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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 Organising Activity

  • Keynote: St. Andrews Health Care Conference - The Introduction CPTSD as a New Diagnosis in ICD-11
  • Keynote and Conference Chair - UKPTS Annual Conference. Edinburgh, Scotland.
  • Treating Traumatic Stress and PTSD in People with LDs
  • Evidence of distinct profiles on PTSD and Complex PTSD
  • PTSD & complex PTSD: ICD -11 updates on concept and measurement
  • PTSD and CPTSD Using the Newly Developed ICD-TQ
  • 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
  • Psychological trauma and criminal behaviour
  • 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
  • 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
  • The Sun (Scotland)
  • The Sun (Eire).
  • Glasgow Sunday Herald
  • Herald Scotland (web).
  • Irish Independent (web).

 

Membership of Professional Body

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

 

Reviewing

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

 

Visiting Positions

  • Visiting Professor in Mental Health

 

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226 results

Prevalence and Validity of ICD-11 Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complex PTSD: A Population-Based Survey of Hong Kong Adults

Journal Article
Ho, G. W., Chan, K. L., Karatzias, T., Hyland, P., Fung, H. W., & Shevlin, M. (2024)
Prevalence and Validity of ICD-11 Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complex PTSD: A Population-Based Survey of Hong Kong Adults. Asian Journal of Psychiatry, 96, Article 104045. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ajp.2024.104045
The present study aimed to report the prevalence of ICD-11 posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex PTSD (CPTSD) in the general adult Hong Kong population, and examine...

Childhood adversity and mental health admission patterns prior to young person suicide (CHASE): a case-control 36 year linked hospital data study, Scotland UK 1981-2017

Journal Article
Dougall, N., Savinc, J., Maxwell, M., Karatzias, T., O’Connor, R. C., Williams, B., …Murray, J. (in press)
Childhood adversity and mental health admission patterns prior to young person suicide (CHASE): a case-control 36 year linked hospital data study, Scotland UK 1981-2017. BJPsych Open,
Background Childhood adversity (CA) is associated with increased later mental health (MH) problems and suicidal behaviour. Opportunities for earlier healthcare identification ...

Physical, mental, and behavioral health after adverse and benevolent childhood experiences: a comparison of two adversity conceptualizations

Journal Article
Ho, G. W., Ling Chan, K., Ho Wong, K., Fong Leung, S., & Karatzias, T. (in press)
Physical, mental, and behavioral health after adverse and benevolent childhood experiences: a comparison of two adversity conceptualizations. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy,
Objective: Adverse and benevolent childhood experiences (ACEs, BCEs) impact health across the lifespan. No known study has investigated these associations across different hea...

Mental health in Ukraine in 2023

Journal Article
Martsenkovskyi, D., Shevlin, M., Ben-Ezra, M., Bondjers, K., Fox, R., Karatzias, T., …Hyland, P. (2024)
Mental health in Ukraine in 2023. European Psychiatry, 67(1), Article e27. https://doi.org/10.1192/j.eurpsy.2024.12
Background Very little is known about the mental health of the adult population of Ukraine following Russia’s full-scale invasion in February 2022. In this study, we estimated...

Prevalence and correlates of ICD-11 prolonged grief disorder among adults living in Ukraine during the war with Russia

Journal Article
Redican, E., Hyland, P., Shevlin, M., Martsenkovskyi, D., Karatzias, T., & Ben-Ezra, M. (2024)
Prevalence and correlates of ICD-11 prolonged grief disorder among adults living in Ukraine during the war with Russia. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 149(5), 425-435. https://doi.org/10.1111/acps.13678
Background: Although high rates of bereavement are evident in war-affected populations, no study has investigated the prevalence and correlates of probable ICD-11 Prolonged Gr...

Enhanced Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation (ESTAIR) vs. Treatment as Usual (TAU) for ICD-11 Complex PTSD: A pilot randomised controlled trial (The RESTORE trial)

Journal Article
Karatzias, T., Shevlin, M., Cloitre, M., Busuttil, W., Graham, K., Hendrikx, L., …Murphy, D. (in press)
Enhanced Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation (ESTAIR) vs. Treatment as Usual (TAU) for ICD-11 Complex PTSD: A pilot randomised controlled trial (The RESTORE trial). Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics,
Introduction Complex PTSD (CPTSD) is a relatively new condition in ICD-11. This pilot randomised controlled trial aimed to compare a four-module intervention developed to tar...

Parental Influence on Child Social and Emotional Functioning

Journal Article
Zhu, X., Dou, D., & Karatzias, T. (2024)
Parental Influence on Child Social and Emotional Functioning. Frontiers in Psychology, 15, Article 1392772. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2024.1392772

Correlates of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in the Aftermath of the February 2023 Earthquake in Turkey

Journal Article
Han Alpay, E., Redican, E., Hyland, P., Karatzias, T., & Shevlin, M. (in press)
Correlates of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in the Aftermath of the February 2023 Earthquake in Turkey. Journal of Loss and Trauma, https://doi.org/10.1080/15325024.2024.2314306
On February 6, 2023, an earthquake registering 7.8 on the Richter scale struck southeast Turkey, and this was followed by a second earthquake of magnitude 7.5. The earthquake ...

ICD-11 Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complex PTSD (CPTSD) in mental health support-seeking former-serving Australian Defence Force Veterans

Journal Article
Bressington, D., Hyland, P., Steele, H., Byrne, M., Mitchell, D., Keane, C., …Karatzias, T. (in press)
ICD-11 Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complex PTSD (CPTSD) in mental health support-seeking former-serving Australian Defence Force Veterans. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, https://doi.org/10.1177/00048674241230197
Background ICD-11 complex posttraumatic stress disorder (CPTSD) is a more severe condition than PTSD, and recent studies indicate it is more prevalent among military samples. ...

Cumulative risk exposure is associated with increased risk for PTSD but not depression or anxiety. Results from a UK clinical sample of children and adolescents

Journal Article
Turgoose, D., Wilkinson, S., Shevlin, M., & Karatzias, T. (in press)
Cumulative risk exposure is associated with increased risk for PTSD but not depression or anxiety. Results from a UK clinical sample of children and adolescents. Developmental Child Welfare, https://doi.org/10.1177/25161032241230980
Background Childhood adversity can include traumatic experiences and exposure to other risk factors; consistently predicting poorer psychosocial outcomes in adulthood. Relativ...

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