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My main research interest is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children and adolescents. I mainly utilise prospective longitudinal, case control and clinical trial study designs. My research looks at:
- the natural course of post-traumatic stress
- early identification of youth at high risk of chronic difficulties
- the cognitive psychological mechanisms shaping responses to trauma in this age group
- the effects of genetic and psychophysiological factors in moderating responses to trauma
- psychological therapies for PTSD in youth
- PTSD in children and adolescents exposed to multiple traumatic stressors
- PTSD in preschool children
Richard Meiser-Stedman has studied PTSD in children and teenagers since 2000. He studied for his PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, where he was funded by a Medical Research Council (MRC) research studentship. He was awarded a Peggy Pollak Research Fellowship in Developmental Psychiatry to undertake further postdoctoral research into childhood PTSD, with a particular focus on PTSD in young and preschool children. He completed his clinical psychology training at the Institute of Psychiatry.
From 2009 to 2014 Dr Meiser-Stedman was an MRC Clinician Scientist Fellow at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge. While there he led the ASPECTS study, looking at whether PTSD in children and adolescents can be successfully treated using cognitive therapy in the early aftermath of a trauma. He was also awarded an MRC Centenary Award Grant to conduct a pilot trial looking at the treatment of PTSD following multiple traumas in children and adolescents.
He is a co-investigator on the PYCES trial (the treatment of PTSD in preschool children) and the PROTECT study (looking at how families shape children’s responses to trauma). Dr Meiser-Stedman joined University of East Anglia in October 2014.
From 2016 to 2020 Dr Meiser-Stedman undertook an NIHR Career Development Fellowship. This Fellowship focused on evaluating the efficacy of cognitive therapy for PTSD in children and adolescents who have been exposed to multiple traumas.
I would be pleased to consider applications from prospective PhD students.
Doctor of Philosophy, University of London
Award Date: 1 Jan 2004
Bachelor of Science, University of Nottingham
Award Date: 1 Jan 2000
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Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in youth exposed to multiple traumatic stressors: A phase 2 randomised controlled trial
1/01/16 → 31/07/22
Internet-delivered Cognitive Therapy (iCT) for young people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
27/11/17 → 27/08/21
A core role for cognitive processes in the acute onset and maintenance of post-traumatic stress in children and adolescentsMeiser-Stedman, R., McKinnon, A., Dixon, C., Boyle, A., Smith, P. & Dalgleish, T., Aug 2019, In: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 60, 8, p. 875-884
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile19 Citations (Scopus)26 Downloads (Pure)
Cognitive therapy as an early treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder in children and adolescents: a randomized controlled trial addressing preliminary efficacy and mechanisms of actionMeiser-Stedman, R., Smith, P., McKinnon, A., Dixon, C., Trickey, D., Ehlers, A., Clark, D. M., Boyle, A., Watson, P., Goodyer, I. & Dalgleish, T., May 2017, In: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 58, 5, p. 623–633 11 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile32 Citations (Scopus)15 Downloads (Pure)
The DECRYPT trial: Study protocol for a phase II randomised controlled trial of cognitive therapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in youth exposed to multiple traumatic stressorsAllen, L., Ashford, P-A., Beeson, E., Byford, S., Chow, J., Dalgleish, T., Danese, A., Finn, J., Goodall, B., Grainger, L., Hammond, M., Humphrey, A., Mahoney-Davies, G., Morant, N., Shepstone, L., Sims, E., Smith, P., Stallard, P., Swanepoel, A., Trickey, D. & 3 others, , 1 Jul 2021, In: BMJ Open. 11, 7, e047600.
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The early course and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder in very young children: Diagnostic prevalence and predictors in hospital-attending children and a randomized controlled proof-of-concept trial of trauma-focused cognitive therapy, for 3-8 year oldsHitchcock, C., Goodall, B., Wright, I. M., Boyle, A., Johnston, D., Gillard, J., Griffiths, K., Humphrey, A., McKinnon, A., Panesar, I. K., Werner-Seidler, A., Watson, P., Smith, P., Meiser-Stedman, R. & Dalgleish, T., 14 Jun 2021, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.
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A meta-analysis of dropout from evidence-based psychological treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children and young peopleSimmons, C., Meiser-Stedman, R., Baily, H. & Beazley, P., 5 Aug 2021, In: European Journal of Psychotraumatology. 12, 1, 1947570 .
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile19 Downloads (Pure)