Our current research programme

The centre has a thriving and growing programme that seeks to improve our understanding of the impact of trauma and of the experiences and outcomes of people who come into contact with services. Our current programme represents a number of key strands of trauma research and service development that encompasses systemic, staff and service user needs.  In order to ensure that our research meets the diverse needs of hetrogeneous populations we have adopted a mainstreaming approach, whereby the four key intersections of gender, ethnicity, age and neurotypical status are reflected and considered within the research cycle and process. 

We frequently collaborate with universities and charities in the development and delivery of our programmes, including undertaking invited pieces of work. 

Conference papers for 2021

Morris, D. J., Webb, E. L., Greenwood, A., Steen, S., & Ma, K. (2021). Gendered pathways to moral injury in mental health practitioners: Practice and support implications, Oral paper at the Comprehensive Moral Injury Conference, Moral Injury Support Network for Servicewomen, Online. 

Webb, E. L., Fox, E., & Sibley, V. (2021). Which complex PTSD symptoms predict functional impairment in females with comorbid EUPD? [Poster]. Trauma and Complex PTSD lecture series, Italian Society of Traumatic Stress Studies and TraumaLivingLab, Rome, Italy. 

Webb, E. L., Morris, D. J., Fox, E., & Kamath, S. (2021). The importance of measuring functional impairment in the assessment of PTSD and CPTSD [Poster]. Trauma and Complex PTSD lecture series, Italian Society of Traumatic Stress Studies and TraumaLivingLab, Rome, Italy. 

Morris, D. J., Webb, E. L., Fox, E., & Sibley, V. (2021). Which complex PTSD symptoms predict functional impairment in females with comorbid EUPD? [Poster]. Trauma and Complex PTSD lecture series, Italian Society of Traumatic Stress Studies and TraumaLivingLab, Rome, Italy. 

Morris, D. J., Webb, E. L., & Greenwood, A. (2021). Trauma-informed care for healthcare professionals: Features risk factors and intervention approaches for secondary trauma. Oral paper at the Trauma and Complex PTSD lecture series, Italian Society of Traumatic Stress Studies and TraumaLivingLab, Rome, Italy. 

Trauma-Related Publications

2021

Webb, E. L., Greenwood, A., Hamer, A., & Sibley, V. (in submission). Profiling referrals to a trauma support service: Needs and outcomes for staff working in a secure adult developmental disorder pathway. Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities.

Webb, E. L., Lamplough, H., & Morris, D. J. (in submission). A differential pathway into secure care: Compulsory care orders as a marker of elevated adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in adolescents with a developmental disorder, Forum, British Psychological Society.

Morris, D. J., Webb, E. L., Foster-Davies, L., Parmar, E., Gibbs, D., Wallang, P., & Shaddel, F. (in submission) Ethnic disparity in the use of the Mental Health Act with adolescents with developmental disorders at the point of admission into secure services: The outcomes of a pilot review. The Journal of Forensic Practice.

Webb, E. L., Moffatt, A., Morris, D. J., & Sati, F. (in submission). Untangling the relationship between early adversity, placement breakdowns, and obesity in a secure adolescent developmental disorder service: A cross-sectional study. Journal of Disability and Health.

Morris, D. J., Webb, E. L., Fox, E., Holmes, J., Reynolds, K., Head, M., Lunn, A., Canterbury, R., McAllister, P.L., Dionelis, K., & Kamath, S. (2021). Examining the prevalence of complex PTSD in an inpatient DBT service for females with a primary diagnosis of EUPD, Abuse, 2(1).

Webb, E. L., Girardi, A., & Stewart, I. (2021). Exploring coproduction of patient care in a secure mental health setting. Nursing Times, 117(4), 34-38. 

Morris, D. J., Webb, E. L., Stewart, I., Galsworthy, J., & Wallang, P. (2021) Comparing co-production approaches to dynamic risk assessments in a forensic intellectual disability population: Outcomes of a clinical pilot, Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour, early cite.

Morris, D.J., Webb, E.L., (2021), Understanding multiple inequalities and trauma needs through a gendered lens: The case for inclusive gendered approaches to trauma informed care. In P. Mullen (Ed.) The Knot: Responding to Poverty, Trauma & Multiple Disadvantage, Revolving Doors Agency, London.

2020

Morris D, J. & Beber, E. (2020) Developmental Trauma and Intellectual Disability: A question of causality? Oral Paper presented at Trauma informed Care in practice conference, British Psychological Society, November, Northampton

Moffatt, A., Webb, E.L. & Parmar, E. (2020) The relationship between Adverse Childhood Experiences, Placement Breakdown and BMI in Adolescent Secure inpatient populations with Developmental disorders. Poster presented at Trauma informed Care in practice conference, British Psychological Society, November, Northampton.

Morris, D.J., Webb, E.L., Dionelis, K., Parmar, E., & Wallang, P. (2020) Adverse Childhood Experiences and their relationship to BMI in a developmental disorder adolescent population, Abuse: An International Impact Journal, Vol. 1, No.2.

Morris D, J., Webb, E., Parmar, E., Trundle, G., & McLean, A. (2020) Troubled beginnings: The Adverse Childhood Experiences and placement histories of a detained adolescent population with Developmental Disorders. Advances in Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, Vol. 14, No. 6.  

Morris D, J., Camden-Smith C. & Batten, R., (2020) Self-reported experiences of Intimate Partner Violence in a Female forensic ID population". Advances in Mental health and Developmental Disabilities, Vol. 14 No. 1, pp. 1-13.

2018-2019

Morris D, J., Shergill S. & Beber, E (2019) The prevalence of Developmental Trauma in secure forensic LD services: Re thinking service models? Journal of intellectual disabilities and offending behaviour, 11 No. 1, pp. 35-48.

Morris, D, J., (2018) ‘Developmental Trauma in LD forensic services: The hidden epidemic’, Invited Oral Paper presented at the Complex Trauma Conference, British Psychological Society, January, Northampton

2016-2017

Morris D, J., & Camden-Smith C., (2107) Adaptation or Adherence in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy for the Learning Disability Population: The clinical outcomes of an Adherent approach. Oral paper at the International XVII Annual Meeting & Conference, International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services, Split, Croatia, June.

Morris D, J., & Taylor, J. (2017) It takes one to know one…embracing patient knowledge of risk and restrictive practices. Paper presented at the 16th International Conference on the Care and Treatment of Offenders with a Learning and/or Developmental Disability, Manchester, April.

Morris D, J. (2016) Forensic services for LD populations in the UK.  Paper presented at the International XVI Annual Meeting & Conference, International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services, New York, USA. June.(invited paper)

Morris D, J., Beber, E Shergill S. (2016) Prevalence of Developmental Trauma Disorder in secure forensic Learning Disability Services. Paper presented at the International XVI Annual Meeting & Conference, International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services, New York, USA. June.

Morris D, J., Beber, E Hancock -Johnson. (2016) Assessing Autism and ADHD in women with complex co morbid mental health, forensic and developmental disorder needs Paper presented at the International XVI Annual Meeting & Conference, International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services, New York, USA. June.

Morris D, J., Beber, E Shergill S. (2016) Developmental Trauma and Developmental Trauma Disorder in secure forensic Intellectual Disability Services. Paper presented at the 15th International Conference on the Care and Treatment of Offenders with a Learning and/or Developmental Disability, Manchester, April.

Batten R., Morris D, J., & Gray, N. (2016) Gender Symmetry of aggressive behaviour in an inpatient forensic Intellectual Disability Service. Poster presented at the 15th International Conference on the Care and Treatment of Offenders with a Learning and/or Developmental Disability, Manchester, April.

Batten R., Morris D, J., & Gray, N. (2016) Gender Symmetry of sexual behaviour in an inpatient forensic Intellectual Disability Service. Poster presented at the 15th International Conference on the Care and Treatment of Offenders with a Learning and/or Developmental Disability, Manchester, April.

Morris D, J., Camden-Smith C., & Jackson, N., & Brewer, R., (2016) The prevalence & nature of experienced and perpetrated IPV in women with an ID detained in secure forensic services Oral Paper presented at the 15th International Conference on the Care and Treatment of Offenders with a Learning and/or Developmental Disability, Manchester, April.

Hancock-Johnson, E., Keirle, E., Brewenn, R., & Morris D, J. (2016) The clinical utility of a 'Coping Skills Practice Group' for women with Intellectual Disabilities detained in a secure forensic inpatient setting. Poster presented at the 15th International Conference on the Care and Treatment of Offenders with a Learning and/or Developmental Disability, Manchester, April.

2014-2015

Morris, D. J., & Fox, E. (2015) Adherence or Adaptation? A systematic review of the literature for DBT in specialist populations, Oral paper presented at the SfDBT conference, Dublin, December.

Morris, D. J. & Gray N., (2015) Enhancing motivation and reducing barriers to engagement in DBT at the pre commitment stage of therapy, oral paper presented at the SfDBT conference, Dublin, December.

Morris D, J. & Gray, N. (2015) Increasing knowledge of Personality Disorders in detained women with an Intellectual Disability, Journal of intellectual disabilities and offending behaviour, 6, 1, 23-32.

Morris D, J. & Beber, E (2015) The Impact of stabilisation therapies on IQ and cognitive functioning: Themes and possibilities. Paper presented at the International XV Annual Meeting & Conference, International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services, Manchester. June.

Morris D, J. & Kenworthy, N. (2015) Increasing knowledge of personality disorders and developing recognition of personal strengths: a psycho-education programme on personality disorders for adults with mild learning disabilities. Paper presented at the 14th International Conference on the Care and Treatment of Offenders with a Learning and/or Developmental Disability, Leeds, April.

Morris D, J.  Beber, E., Keirle, E., & Wallang, P. (2015) Assessing autism and ADHD in women with complex co morbid mental health, forensic and developmental disorder needs:  the first 15 months of a neurodevelopmental disorder assessment clinic. Paper presented at the 14th International Conference on the Care and Treatment of Offenders with a Learning and/or Developmental Disability, Leeds, April.

Morris D, J, Camden-Smith C., & Brewer, R., (2015) Use of the Conflict Tactics scale version 2 in women with a learning disability admitted to secure services. Poster presented at the RCPsych Faculty of Forensic Psychiatry Annual Conference, Budapest, March.

Morris, D. J., Tompkins, K., & Brandon, Z. (2014) Adapting the delivery of DBT for Women with intellectual disability, personality disorder and ADHD. Poster presented at the SfDBT conference, London, December.

Morris, D. J., Brewer, R., & Keirle, E. (2014) Decreasing risk and increasing adaptive pro social behaviour: Outcomes of a Pilot group in a specialist Women’s Learning Disability Service. Poster presented at the SfDBT conference, London, December.

Morris, D. J. & Beber, E (2014). Trauma, stabilisation & cognitive functioning in women with an intellectual disability: A case series demonstrating the impact of DBT on WAIS-IV scores. Poster presented at the SfDBT conference, London, December.

Morris, D. J. & Beber, E (2014) Does stabilization have an impact on IQ in women with a developmental disorder, personality disorder and a traumatic history? Poster presented at the 13th International Conference on the Care and Treatment of Offenders with a Learning and/or Developmental Disability, Newcastle, April.

2012-2013

Morris, D. J. & Beber, E. (2013) Applying Neurodevelopmental Principles to Account for the Efficacy of DBT:  The impact of DBT and stabilization on IQ and cognitive functioning, Paper presented at the iSfDBT conference, London, November.

Morris, D. J. & Cooper, L. (2013) Initial outcomes of a specialist Learning Disability inpatient forensic service, Paper presented at the inaugural SfDBT conference, London, November.

Morris, D. J. Cooper, L., Beber, E, Tompkins, K., & Chinnock, B. (2013) St Andrews Women’s Service Learning Disability pathway, Northampton: Review of the first 8 months of a DBT programme in an inpatient Forensic Learning Disability service. Poster presented at the inaugural SfDBT conference, London, November.

Morris, D. J (2013) Theoretical Models of Female Sexual Offending, Paper presented at the East of England Academic Forum, Newmarket, September.

Morris, D. J., Woodhams, J., & Dickens G. (2013) The predictive Validity of the START in a female forensic inpatient population.  Does the START predict institutional aggression? Paper presented at the Division of Forensic Psychology, BPS National Conference, Belfast, June.

2010-2011

Morris, D. J. (2011) ‘Living with a Personality disorder’. Facilitator Manual, St Andrews Healthcare, UK.

Morris, D. J. (2011) ‘Living with a Personality disorder’ service user workbook, St Andrews Healthcare, UK. 

Morris, D. J., & Fox, E. (2011) Working therapeutically with Older People with Personality Disorders. Oral Paper presented at the Essentials for Older Adults Series. Andrew Sims Centre – Leeds. October

Morris, D. J. (2009) Older People and Personality Disorders: Assessment and Intervention considerations. PSIGE Newsletter, 108, 4-10.

Morris, D. J. (2007) “Using health psychology models to inform formulations of capacity” paper presented at the British Psychological Society National Flag Ship Conference. “Theoretically driven approaches to the Mental Capacity Act 2007”. London, BPS.