Tavistock Research and Development Unit

Welcome to the Tavistock Research and Development Unit.

We are a research unit based at the Tavistock Centre, and part of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.

We run and collaborate on applied research projects that take place within and outside of the NHS, with national and international collaborators. Most of our work is focused on children and young people’s mental health and development, although we are interested in mental health and wellbeing across the life-course.

Increasingly, our research takes a systematic approach towards the prevention of mental ill-health, and looks at ways that we can better tailor or personalise interventions to improve and promote psychological wellbeing. We have a strong inter-disciplinary focus that allows us to integrate insights from a range of perspectives and build on this knowledge to inform innovation in practice.

As well as our core areas of expertise in children and young people’s mental health, we also lead and collaborate on research exploring the interface between physical and mental health. In addition, we contribute to work that focuses on training and skills development for the NHS workforce in collaboration with the National Workforce Skills Development Unit and the Tavistock Centre’s Department for Education and Training.

We are committed to working together with partners, including third-sector organisations, policy makers, and those with lived experience to ensure that our work has impact, and is translated into practice.

The research projects that we are involved in are listed below. 

Our people

Dr Eilis Kennedy, MB Bch, BAO, MRCPsych

eilis kennedy headshotI am a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Trust Director of Research and Development. I am also an Honorary Reader at the Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, University College London.

After completing psychiatry training in Glasgow, I moved to London to take up a Clinical Academic Training post at the Royal Free and UCL Medical School, and an Honorary Higher Specialist Training post in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Tavistock Clinic. Since this time, I have combined clinical work in child and adolescent mental health with research.

I am lead or co-investigator on a range of externally funded research studies focused on mental health, wellbeing, and development from the perinatal period through childhood and adolescence. I am particularly interested in interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary approaches to mental health across the prevention and treatment continuum, and also stratification approaches that help us to improve the precision of interventions and maximise their benefits. From 2015 – 2019, I was joint Editor in Chief of the journal Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

Dr Jane Petty, PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons)

Jane Petty headshotI am an experienced mixed-methods researcher with a background in the fields of intellectual disability and long-term conditions. My PhD was in the field of intellectual disability and looked at factors associated with self-injurious behaviour in children with severe intellectual disability and I maintain a strong interest in understanding and managing difficult behaviour in children and young adults.

My later work has moved into the field of long-term conditions and I am interested in understanding the impact of living with a long-term condition or disability on psychological well-being and factors that can improve outcome such as self-efficacy and social support. I am also interested in research ethics and ensuring that research participants are provided with a safe and enjoyable experience.

I joined the R&D Unit at the Tavistock in April 2019 as a Research Coordinator. My role involves supporting the set-up and running of externally funded projects within the Unit as well as supporting staff research across the Trust. More information about doing research at the Tavistock is available here.

Dr Kathy McKay, PhD, BA (Hons), LLB (Hons)

kathy mckay headshotI am an experienced qualitative researcher whose research has focused on how people survive and live well after trauma or other life-changing circumstances using sociological, community-embedded, and lived experience methodologies. In Australia, this research was primarily embedded in suicide prevention work, particularly with women and people living in remote Aboriginal communities.

My PhD explored how women with and without histories of self-harm and suicide attempt perceived and spoke about their bodies. Both before my PhD submission and in the years since, I worked on studies exploring the experiences of people who have attempted suicide, who are bereaved, who remain suicidal and ambiguous about survival, some of whom fit into more than one of these categories. My work has identified considerable unmet support needs among marginalised groups, with direct implications for policy and practice.

Alongside my primary research activities, I am an experienced lecturer in qualitative methodologies, human rights, and mental healthcare pathways, and have supervised several successful PhD and Honours students. I have been employed by the University of Liverpool and based at the Tavistock R&D Unit since I moved to the UK in May 2017.

At present, I work on the qualitative components of the Personalised Programmes for Children (PPC) Study, the PSC Wellbeing Study, and the Longitudinal Outcomes of Gender Identity (LOGiC) in Children Study. These projects have continued to strengthen my interest in understanding how to translate lived experiences into more appropriate support within the healthcare system. 

Dr Lauren Spinner, PhD, MSc, PGCE, BSc

Lauren spinner headshotI am a post-doctoral researcher and Research Co-ordinator of the NIHR-funded ‘Longitudinal Outcomes of Gender Identity in Children’ (LOGiC) study.

My research interests are in children’s gender development and children’s socio-cognitive development more broadly. My MSc and PhD theses, completed at the University of Kent, examined how children come to understand and develop gender stereotypic beliefs through socialisation by parents, peers, and the media. I use quantitative research methods, and I am particularly interested in the role of implicit (unconscious) gender stereotyping and the impact this has on children’s and parent’s gender-related cognitions: I have used eye-tracking techniques to examine this previously. Some of my work has also been with primary schools to develop interventions to tackle sexism in the classroom.

After completing my PhD, I worked as a post-doctoral researcher on a Leverhulme-funded project examining parent-child perfectionism. I then joined the R&D Unit at the Tavistock in April 2019 to begin co-ordinating the LOGiC study.

Dr Chloe Lane, PhD, BSc

Chloe Lane headshotI am a post-doctoral researcher interested in neurodevelopmental and mental health conditions. I obtained a BSc and PhD from the Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield. My doctoral research focused on cognitive abilities and autistic traits associated with Sotos syndrome, a rare congenital overgrowth condition. Following completion of my PhD, I was awarded a study visit grant from the Experimental Psychology Society to visit the University of Amsterdam for two months. I then returned to the University of Sheffield to work as a post-doctoral research associate for 18 months. This involved working on projects related to the cognitive and behavioural phenotypes and sensory profiles associated with rare genetic syndromes.

I joined the Tavistock Research and Development Unit in October 2019 and am currently working on a range of different projects, including the Longitudinal Outcomes of Gender Identity in Children (LOGiC) study and one of our emerging research themes of emotional wellbeing in parents of preterm babies. 

Dr Liz O’Nions, PhD, MSc, BSc

liz o'nions headshotI am a post-doctoral researcher with a particular interest in developmental psychopathology.

After completing a BSc in Psychology at UCL, and an MSc in Cognitive Neuropsychology and Neuroscience at Birkbeck, I was accepted onto the MRC Social, Genetic, and Developmental Psychiatry 1+3 MSc/PhD programme. My PhD research focused on behaviour and neurocognitive processing in children with autism spectrum disorder and children with conduct problems and callous-unemotional traits. As part of my PhD, I also studied children with extreme/‘pathological’ demand avoidance – a profile found in some children on the autism spectrum, characterised by obsessive resistance to everyday demands and requests.

After my PhD, I worked as a post-doctoral research associate at the Developmental Risk and Resilience Unit (UCL) on an MRC-funded functional brain imaging study investigating the neurocognitive basis of adolescent conduct problems. I then worked as a post-doctoral fellow funded by the Marguerite Marie Delacroix Foundation, based at the Parenting and Special Education Research Unit at KU Leuven, Belgium. My project involved investigating parenting strategies, cognitions, and behaviours in parents of children with a range of profiles, including autism spectrum disorder and extreme/’pathological’ demand avoidance.

I joined the Tavistock Research and Development Unit in October 2019. I am now working on several projects within the Unit, including our emerging research theme on the long-term sequelae of preterm birth.

Hannah Stynes, HDip Psych, MSc

Hannah Stynes profile picI am a senior research assistant with an interest in atypical child development. I completed my undergraduate degree in Communication Studies at Dublin City University, and followed on from this with a postgraduate diploma in Psychology from University College Dublin. I then came to London to complete my MSc in Clinical Neurodevelopmental Sciences at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience.

My MSc research focused on mapping the brain structure of individuals with co-occurring Autism Spectrum Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, using voxel based morphometry and correlating volumes to core ASD and OCD symptomatology. I then worked at the IOPPN for several months on projects related to brain development in babies and conduct disorder in children before joining the Research and Development Unit at the Tavistock in December 2017.

At the Tavistock, the main focus of my work has been on the NIHR funded LOGiC study. I have been involved in the study from its earliest stages, and currently contribute to recruitment and data collection for the longitudinal cohort study.

Millie Witcher, BSc (Hons), MSc

Millie witcher headshotI am a research assistant working on the NIHR-funded ‘Longitudinal Outcomes of Gender Identity in Children’ (LOGiC) study.

I completed both my undergraduate degree in Psychology and an MSc in Research Methods in Psychology at the University of Liverpool. After my MSc, I worked for two years as an Assistant Psychologist within a variety of services. One of these posts was within a Child and Adolescent Mental Health service, where I was privileged to work with children and young people with neurodevelopmental conditions (Autism Spectrum Condition and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).

My research interests include gender identity development, particularly in individuals with neurodevelopmental conditions.

I joined the Tavistock Research and Development Unit in March 2019 to work as part of the LOGiC study team.

Research activities

Externally funded projects currently underway in our Unit are listed below.

Logic logoLongitudinal Outcomes of Gender Identity in Children (LOGiC) is a longitudinal study that looks at the development of gender identity in children and young people aged between 3 and 13 years. Conducted in the UK, the study began in 2019 and is following participating families at three time points over a 2-year period. Dr Kennedy is Chief Investigator on the LOGiC study, which is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). More information is available here. 

ppc logoThe Personalised Programmes for Children (PPC) study is looking at personalised approaches to the treatment of behavioural difficulties in children. In this project we work with families to develop a programme that is tailored to both parents' and children's needs, and find out whether this approach works better than current parent training programmes. Dr Kennedy is a Co-Investigator on the PPC study, which is funded by the NIHR. More information is available here.

psc logoThe Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC) Wellbeing Study aims to investigate the impact of Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, a rare but serious liver condition that increases the chances of developing cancer, on mental health and wellbeing. Our aim is to develop a framework that will help people affected by PSC to get the psychological support they need. Dr Kennedy is the Chief Investigator on the PSC Wellbeing Study,  run in partnership with and funded by the UK-based charity PSC SupportMore information is available here.

Nurturing Change (VIPP Foster Care Study)

nurturing logoThis research aims to evaluate a new form of support, called Video-feedback Intervention to promote Positive Parenting (VIPP), which is designed to help foster and kinship carers better understand and respond to their child’s emotions and behaviour. This research is led by Prof. Pasco Fearon  at the Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, University College London, in partnership with several other universities and five NHS trusts. Dr Kennedy is a Co-Investigator on this study. More information is available here. 

Evaluating the real-world implementation of the Family Nurse Partnership: a data linkage study 

The Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) is a home visiting programme designed to improve the outcomes of teenage pregnancies in terms of child health and development. This study aims to improve our understanding of the context in which FNP is currently delivered in the UK, and the factors that influence results, to find out who might benefit most from FNP and how service delivery may be improved. This project, funded by the NIHR, is led by Dr Katie Harron who is based at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health. Dr Kennedy is a Co-Investigator on this study. More information is available here. 

Selected journal publications authored by Unit members

Tighe J, Shand F, McKay K, Mcalistair T, Mackinnon A, and Christensen H. (in press). Usage and Acceptability of the ibobbly App: A pilot trial for suicide prevention in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth. JMIR Mental Health (Accepted 1st November 2019).

Bartik W, McKay K, and Maple M. (in press) Youth Suicide Bereavement and the Continuum of Risk. Crisis (Accepted 29th September 2019).

Ranieri V, Kennedy E, Walmsley M, Thorburn D, McKay K. (2020) The Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC) Wellbeing Study: Understanding psychological distress in those living with PSC and those who support them. PLoS One. 2020;15(7):e0234624.

Lane, C., Robinson, L., & Freeth, M. (2020). Autistic traits and cognitive abilities associated with two molecular causes of Silver-Russell syndromeJournal of Abnormal Psychology, 129(3):312-319.

Lane, C., Tatton-Brown, K., & Freeth, M. (2020). Tatton-Brown-Rahman syndrome: cognitive and behavioural phenotypesDevelopmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 62(8), 993-998.

Cavallaro, F.L., Gilbert, R., Wijlaars, L., Kennedy, E., Swarbrick, A., van der Meulen, J. & Harron, K. (2020) Evaluating the real-world implementation of the Family Nurse Partnership in England: protocol for a data linkage study. BMJ Open, 10:e038530.

O’Nions, E., Ceulemans, E., Happé, F., Benson, P., Evers, K., & Noens, I. (2020) Parenting strategies used by caregivers of children with ASD: differential links with child problem behaviour. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 50, 386–401. 

Ranieri V, Stynes H, Kennedy E. (2019). To CAG or not to CAG? Difficulties in determining submission to the Confidentiality Advisory Group - a commentary. Research Ethics.

Ranieri V, Kennedy E, Walmsley M, Thornburn D, McKay K. (2019). Rare but Heard: Using Asynchronous Virtual Focus Groups, Interviews and Roundtable Discussions to Create a Personalized Psychological Intervention for Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis: A protocol. BMJ Open, 9, e031417.

Ranieri V, Stynes H, Kennedy E. (2019). Navigating multisite research set-up and approvals: helping researchers on the ground—a commentary. Research Ethics, 15 (3-4), 1-5.

Calderon, A., Schneider, C., Target, M., Midgley, N., Goodyer, I. M., Reynolds, S., Barrett, B., Byford, S., Dubicka, B., Hill, J., Holland, F., Kelvin, R., Roberts, C., Senior, R., Widmer, B., Wilkinson, P., & Fonagy, P. (2019). ‘Interaction structures’ between depressed adolescents and their therapists in short-term psychoanalytic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 24(3), 446–461.

Maple M, McKay K, Sanford R. (2019). The Attempt Was My Own! Suicide attempt survivors respond to a community-based suicide exposure survey. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16, 4549.

Van de Vyver, J., Abrams, D., Spinner, L., Pelletier, J., Ali, S. Y., & Kapantai, I. (2019). Participatory arts interventions promote interpersonal and intergroup prosocial intentions in middle childhood. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 65, 101069.

Maple M, Frey L, McKay K, Coker S, Gray S. (2019). “Nobody Hears a Silent Cry for Help” - Suicide attempt survivors experience of finding their voice. Archives of Suicide Research, 1 – 19.

Lane, C., Milne, E., & Freeth, M. (2019). The cognitive profile of Sotos syndrome. Journal of Neuropsychology, 13 (2), 240–252.

Kennedy A, Maple M, McKay K, Brumby S. (2019). Suicide and Accidental Death for Australia’s Farming Families: How context influences individual response. Omega – Journal of Death and Dying, 0030222819854920.

Lane, C., Van Herwegen, J., & Freeth, M. (2019). Parent-reported communication abilities of children with Sotos syndrome: Evidence from the Children’s Communication Checklist-2. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 49 (4), 1475–1483.

Maple M, McKay K, Hess N, Wayland S, and Pearce T. (2019). Providing Support Following Exposure to Suicide: A mixed method study. Health and Social Care in the Community, 27(4), 965-972.

Lane, C., Van Herwegen, J., & Freeth, M. (2019). Exploring the approximate number system in Sotos syndrome: insights from a dot comparison task. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 63 (8), 917–925.

Egan, V., Linenberg, O., & O’Nions, E. (2019). The measurement of adult pathological demand avoidance traits. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 49(2), 481-494.

Lyons, M. & Witcher, M. (2019). Birds of odd feather flock together? Assortative partner preferences, and attractiveness of schizotypy in long and short term partners. Personality and Individual Differences, 138, 385-388.

French L, Kennedy E. (2018). Annual Research Review: Early intervention for infants and young children with, or at-risk of, autism spectrum disorder: a systematic review. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 59(4), 444-456.

Kennedy E. (2018). Stratified medicine and child psychology and psychiatry: An old or new paradigm? Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 23(3), 361-364.

Ranieri V, McKay K, Walmsley M, Thorburn D, Senior R, and Kennedy E. (2018). Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis and Psychological Wellbeing: A Scoping Review. Seminars in Liver Disease, 39, 104-110.

Ranieri V, McKay K, Stynes H, and Kennedy E. (2018). Uncorking the Bottleneck in Gaining Sponsorship for Clinical Research. Research Ethics, 14, 1-4.

Adams, D., Clarke, S., Griffith, G., Howlin, P., Moss, J., Petty, J., Tunnicliffe, P., & Oliver, C. (2018). Mental Health and Well-Being in Mothers of Children With Rare Genetic Syndromes Showing Chronic Challenging Behavior: A Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Study. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 123(3), 241–253.

Spinner, L., Cameron, L., & Calogero, R. (2018). Peer toy play as a gateway to children’s gender flexibility: The effect of (counter) stereotypic portrayals of peers in children’s magazines. Sex roles, 79(5-6), 314-328.

O’Nions, E., & Noens, I. (2018) Conceptualising demand avoidance in an ASD context: a reply to Malik & Baird’s commentary on O’Nions et al., Dimensions of difficulty in children reported to have an autism spectrum diagnosis and features of extreme/‘pathological’ demand avoidance. Child and Adolescent Mental Health. 23, (4), 389-390.

O’Nions, E., Viding, E., Floyd, C., Quinlan, E., Pidgeon, C., Gould, J. Happé, F. (2018) Dimensions of difficulty in children reported to have an autism spectrum diagnosis and features of extreme/‘pathological’ demand avoidance. Child and Adolescent Mental Health. 23 (3), 220–227

Page A, Boyle C, McKay K, and Mavropoulou S. (2018). Teacher Perceptions of Inclusive Education in the Cook Islands. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 47(1), 81-94.

Wark S, McKay K, Ryan P, and Muller A. (2018). Suicide Amongst People with Intellectual Disability: An Australian online study of disability support staff experiences and perceptions. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 62(1), 1-9.

O’Nions, E., Happé, F., Viding, E., Gould, J. & Noens, I. (2018) Demand avoidance is not necessarily defiance: Correspondence on Green et al., Pathological Demand Avoidance: symptoms but not a syndrome. The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, 2(7), e14.

Sethi*, A., O’Nions*, E., McCrory, E., Bird, G. & Viding, E. (2018) An fMRI investigation of empathic processing in boys with conduct problems and varying levels of callous-unemotional traits. Neuroimage: Clinical, 18, 298-304.

van Esch, L., O’Nions, E., Hannes, K., Ceulemans, E., Van Leeuwen, K. & Noens, I. (2018) Parenting Early Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder Before and After Transition to Secondary School. Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 2(2) p. 179-189.

O’Nions, E., Happé, F., Evers, K., Boonen, H. & Noens, I. (2018) How do parents manage irritability, challenging behavior, non-compliance and anxiety in children with autism spectrum disorders? A meta-synthesis. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 48(4), 1272-1286.

Kennedy E, French L, Roberts C. (2017). Personalised interventions for subgroups of children with conduct problems [Cochrane Protocol]. The Cochrane Database for Systematic Reviews. 2017(8).

Kennedy, E and Senior, R. (2017). Poor investment in child mental health research should not be tolerated. BMJ, 357, j2264.

Goodyer, I. M., Reynolds, S., Barrett, B., Byford, S., Dubicka, B., Hill, J., Holland, F., Kelvin, R., Midgley, N., Roberts, C., Senior, R., Target, M., Widmer, B., Wilkinson, P., & Fonagy, P. (2017). Cognitive behavioural therapy and short-term psychoanalytical psychotherapy versus a brief psychosocial intervention in adolescents with unipolar major depressive disorder (IMPACT): a multicentre, pragmatic, observer-blind, randomised controlled superiority trial. The Lancet Psychiatry, 4(2), 109–119.

Midgley N, Parkinson S, French L, Kennedy E. (2017). Psychodynamic psychotherapy for children and adolescents: an updated narrative review of the evidence base. Journal of Child Psychotherapy, 43(3), 307-329.

McKay K, and Shand F. (2017). Advocacy and Luck: Australian healthcare experiences following a suicide attempt. Death Studies.

O’Nions, E.*, Lima, C.*, Scott, S., Roberts, R., McCrory, E. & Viding, E. (2017) Reduced laughter contagion in boys at risk for psychopathy. Current Biology. 27(19):3049-3055.e4

McKay K. (2017). ‘I am Learning Peacefulness’: Sylvia Plath’s liminal art of (un)living. Journal of Poetry Therapy, 30, 44-52.

Lane, C., Milne, E., & Freeth, M. (2017). Characteristics of autism spectrum disorder in Sotos syndrome. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 47 (1), 135–143.

Boyle C, and McKay K. (2016). A Wonderful Lie. Lancet Psychiatry, 3, 1110-1111.

McKay K, and Shand F. (2016). Child-Sized Gaps in the System: Case studies of child suicidality and support within the Australian healthcare system. The Educational and Developmental Psychologist.

Cousins, L., Whitaker, K. J., Widmer, B., Midgley, N., Byford, S., Dubicka, B., Kelvin, R., Reynolds, S., Roberts, C., Holland, F., Barrett, B., Senior, R., Wilkinson, P., Target, M., Fonagy, P., & Goodyer, I. M. (2016). Clinical characteristics associated with the prescribing of SSRI medication in adolescents with major unipolar depression. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 25(12), 1287–1295.

O’Nions, E., Happé, F., Viding, E. (2016). Extreme/’pathological’ demand avoidance. DECP Debate, 160.

Lane, C., Milne, E., & Freeth, M. (2016). Cognition and behaviour in Sotos syndrome: A systematic review. PloS one, 11 (2), e0149189

Wark S, MacPhail C, McKay K, and Mueller A. (2016). Informed Consent in a Vulnerable Population Group: Supporting individuals ageing with intellectual disability to participate in developing their own health and support programs. Australian Health Review.

O’Nions, E., Gould, J., Christie, P., Gillberg, C., Viding, E., & Happé, F. (2016) Identifying features of ‘Pathological Demand Avoidance’ using the Diagnostic Interview for Social and Communication Disorders (‘DISCO’). European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 25, 407-419.

McKay K, and Boyle C. (2016). Ways of Escape. Lancet Psychiatry, 3, 8, 712-713.

Wayland S, McKay K, and Maple M. (2016). Retelling, Reliving, and Remembering: Using narrative inquiry method to explore the lived experience of being left behind after missing. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 15.

MacPhail C, and McKay K. (2016). Social Determinants in the Sexual Health of Adolescent Aboriginal Australians: A systematic review. Health and Social Care in the Community.

Wayland S, McKay K, and Maple M. (2016). Those Who Walk Away. Lancet Psychiatry, 3, 4, 327-329.

Kennedy E. (2015). Developing Interventions In Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services: Do We Really Know What Works for Whom? Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 20(4)529-53.

McKay K, Wark S, Dune T, Mapedzahama V, Rahman S, and MacPhail C. (2015). Sticks and Stones: How words and language impact upon social inclusion. Journal of Social Inclusion, 6, 1, 146-162.

Wayland S, Maple M, and McKay K. (2015). Holding on to hope: A Review of the Literature Exploring Missing Persons, Hope, and Ambiguous Loss. Death Studies.

White, C. M., Hadden, R. D., Robert-Lewis, S. F., McCrone, P. R., & Petty, J. L. (2015). Observer blind randomised controlled trial of a tailored home exercise programme versus usual care in people with stable inflammatory immune mediated neuropathy. BMC Neurology, 15(1), 147.

O’Nions, E.*, Tick, B.*, Rijsdijk, F., Happé F., Plomin, R., Ronald, A. & Viding, E. (2015) Examining the Genetic and Environmental Associations Between Autistic Social and Communication Deficits and Psychopathic Callous-unemotional Traits. PLoS One, 10(9): e0134331.

Bartik W, Maple M, and McKay K. (2015). Youth Suicide: Bereavement and Stigma in Rural Australia. Advances in Mental Health. 04/2015.

Hill J, Wren B, Alderton J, Burck C, Kennedy E, Senior R, Aslam N, Broyden N. (2014). The application of a domains-based analysis to family processes: implications for assessment and therapy. Journal of Family Therapy, 36(1), 62-80.

Maple M, Cerel J, Jordan JR, and McKay K. (2014). Uncovering and Identifying the Missing Voices in Suicide Bereavement. Suicidology Online, 5

Reilly, C., Atkinson, P., Menlove, L., Gillberg, C., O’Nions, E., Happé, F, & Neville, B.G. (2014) Pathological Demand Avoidance in a population-based cohort of children with epilepsy: four case studies. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35, 3236-3244.

Ridani R, Shand FL, Christensen H, McKay K, Tighe J, Burns J, and Hunter E. (2014). Suicide Prevention in Australian Indigenous Communities: A review of past and present programs. Suicide & Life-Threatening Behavior.

Petty, J. L., Bacarese-Hamilton, M., Davies, L. E., & Oliver, C. (2014). Correlates of self-injurious, aggressive and destructive behaviour in children under five who are at risk of developmental delay. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 35(1), 36–45.

O’Nions, E.*, Sebastian, C.*, McCrory, E., Chantiluke, K., Happé, F. & Viding, E. (2014) Neural bases of Theory of Mind in children with autism spectrum disorders and children with conduct problems and callous-unemotional traits. Developmental Science, 17, 786-796.

O’Nions, E., Christie, P., Gould, J., Viding, E. & Happé, F. (2014) Development of the ‘Extreme Demand Avoidance Questionnaire’ (EDA-Q): Preliminary observations on a trait measure for Pathological Demand Avoidance. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 55, 758-768.

Kennedy A, Maple M, McKay K, and Brumby S. (2014). Suicide and Accidental Death in Australia's Rural Farming Communities: A review of the literature. Rural and Remote Health, 14, 2517.

O’Nions, E., Viding E, Greven CU, Ronald A & Happé F (2014) Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA): exploring the behavioural profile. Autism: The International Journal of Research and Practice, 8, 538-544.

McKay K, and Tighe J. (2014). Talking Through the Dead: The impact and interplay of lived grief after suicide. Omega – Journal of Death and Dying, 68(2), 111-121.

Kennedy E. (2013). Orchids and dandelions: How some children are more susceptible to environmental influences for better or worse and the implications for child development. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 18(3), 319-321.

Moss, J., Howlin, P., Hastings, R. P., Beaumont, S., Griffith, G. M., Petty, J., Tunnicliffe, P., Yates, R., Villa, D., & Oliver, C. (2013). Social Behavior and Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder in Angelman, Cornelia de Lange, and Cri du Chat Syndromes. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 118(4), 262–283.

Tighe J, McKay K, and Maple M. (2013). ‘I’m Going to Kill Myself if You Don’t…’: Contextual aspects of suicide in Australian Aboriginal communities. International Journal of Culture and Mental Health.

McKay K, Milner, A, and Maple M. (2013). Women and Suicide: Beyond the gender paradox. International Journal of Culture and Mental Health

Kennedy E, Kumar A, Datta SS. (2007; updated 2012). Antipsychotic medication for childhood-onset schizophrenia. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews(3), CD004027.

Oliver, C., Petty, J., Ruddick, L., & Bacarese-Hamilton, M. (2012). The Association Between Repetitive, Self-Injurious and Aggressive Behavior in Children With Severe Intellectual Disability. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 42(6), 910–919.

McKay K, and Maple M. (2012). Vampires Love Differently to Humans: What does Bella teach us about (un)orthodox love in the Twilight series? Monsters and the Monstrous, 2(2), 21-34.

Huys QJM, Eshel N, O’Nions, E., Sheridan L, Dayan P and Roiser JP. (2012) Bonsai trees in your head: How the Pavlovian system sculpts goal-directed choices by pruning decision trees. PLoS Computational Biology 8(3): e1002410

McKay K. (2012). Hungry, Angry Ghosts: A construction of female suicide in traditional China. Monsters and the Monstrous, 2(1), 41-46.

Tighe J, and McKay K. (2012). Alive and Kicking Goals: Preliminary findings from a Kimberley suicide prevention program. Advances in Mental Health, 10(3), 240-245.

Midgley N, Kennedy E. (2011). Psychodynamic Psychotherapy for Children and Adolescents: A Critical Review of the Evidence Base. Journal of Child Psychotherapy, 37(3), 1-29.

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