Prof Panos Vostanis

Prof. Panos Vostanis




  • Impact of trauma on child central health
  • Evaluation of child mental health interventions for vulnerable children
  • Evaluation of child mental health services



 logo for WACITCurrently working on this global initiative started in 2015. Its vision is to raise awareness on child mental health worldwide, and to establish ways of helping children who have suffered trauma and live in the most adverse life circumstances. Read all about the visits made so far and Panos's future plans and more about WACIT on the project portfolio.






  Panos's new book **Panos's latest Publication**

 A Practical Guide: To Helping Children and Young People Who Experience Trauma (2016) Speechmark, London.

This is a concise and practical resource for a range of carers and practitioners working with children who experienced trauma. A Practical Guide to Helping Children and Young People Who Experience Trauma will highlight their characteristics in contrast with those for children living in stability, and will describe specific techniques and strategies to help them in different environments and situations.


New publication **Publication by Panos**

Helping Children and Young People who Experience Trauma: Children of Despair, Children of Hope (2014), London: Radcliffe Publishers.  Read more about it by clicking the link below:


In press

Butterworth, S., Singh, Swaran P, Birchwood, M., Islam, Z., Munro, ER, Vostanis, P., Paul, M., Khan, A. and Simkiss D. (in press) Transitioning care-leavers with mental health needs: "they set you up to fail!".  Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

Bone, C., Dugard, P., Vostanis, P. and Dogra, N. (in press) Students understandings of mental health and their preferred learning platforms. Journal of Public Mental Health.

Vostanis, P. (in press) "Healthcare Professionals in War Zones are Vulnerable too". Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing.

Thabet, A.A., Punamaki, R-J and Vostanis, P. (in press) Prevalence and mental health function of resilience in condition of military siege and violence in a Palestinian community sample
Journal of Psychiatry: Open Access.

Majumder, P., Sharma, I., Vostanis, P. and Bone, C. (in press) The effect of aerobic exercise in the maintenance treatment of depression. International Psychiatry.


Sharpe, H., Patalay, P., Vostanis, P., Belsky, J., Humphrey, N. and Wolpert, M. (2016) Use, acceptability and impact of booklets designed to support mental health self-management and help seeking in schools: Results of a large randomised controlled trial in England.  European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (ECAP) (doi:10.1007/s00787-016-0889-3)

Townsend, E., Wadman, R., Sayal, K., Armstrong, M., Harroe, C., Majumder, P., Vostanis, P. and Clarke, D. (2016) Uncovering key patterns in self-harm in adolescents: Sequence analysis using the Card Sort Task for Self-harm (CaTS), Elsevier,

Stevanovic, D., Olayinka, A., Vostanis, P., Balhara, Y.P., Avicenna, M., Kandemir, H., Knez, R., Franic, T., Petrov, P., Maroco, J., Supic, Z.T. & Bagheri, Z. (2016) Cross-cultural measurement invariance of the Revised Child Anxiety and Depression Scale across 11 world-wide societies. Epidemiology & Psychiatric Sciences. doi: 10.1017/S204579601600038X

O’Reilly, M. Bowlay-Williams, J., Svirydzenka, N. and Vostanis, P. (2016). A qualitative exploration of how adopted children and their parents conceptualise mental health difficulties. Adoption and Fostering.

Vostanis, P. (2016) New approaches to interventions for refugee children.  World Psychiatry, 15(1), 75-77.


Sharpe, H., Patalay, P., Fink, E., Vostanis, P., Deighton, J. and Wolpert, M. (in press) Exploring the relationship between quality of life and mental health problems in children: Implications for measurement and practice.  European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

Thabet, A.A., Tawahina, A.A., Henley, D., Pelling, H., Vostanis, P. and Abu Qamar, K. (2015)  Mental Health of Disabled Palestinian Adults in the Gaza Strip. British Journal of Education, Society and Behavioural Science, Article no.BJESBS.18268, 10(3), 1-10. 


Patalay, P., Belsky, J., Fonagy, P., Vostanis, P., Humphrey, N., Deighton, J. and Wolpert, M. (2015) The extent and specificity of relative age effects on mental health and functioning in early adolescence.  Journal of Adolescent Health, 1-7

Shamia, N.A, Thabet, A.A. and Vostanis, P. (2015) Exposure to war traumatic experiences, PTSD and post traumatic growth among nurses in Gaza. Journal of Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing. doi: 10.1111/jpm.12264

Wolpert, M., Humphrey, N., Deighton, J., Patalay, P., Fugard, F., Fonagy, P., Belsky, J. and Vostanis, P. (2015) An Evaluation of the Implementation and Impact of England’s Mandated School-Based Mental Health Initiative. School Psychology Review, 44(1), 117-138.

Thabet, A.A., Abu Sneada, N., Khayyat, D.K. and Vostanis, P. (2015) Prevalence of Psychosomatic symptoms among traumatized Palestinian adolescents in the Gaza Strip, BJESBS, 8(2).

Vostanis, P., Martin, P., Davies, R., De Francesco, D., Jones, M., Sweeting, R., Ritchie, B., Allen, P. and Wolpert, M. (2015) Development of a framework for prospective payment for child mental health services. Journal of Health Services Research & Policy, 0(0), 1-8.

Patalay, P., Fonagy, P., Deighton, J., Blesky, J., Vostanis, P. and Wolpert, M. (2015) A general psychopathology factor in early adolescence. British Journal of Psychiatry, 206, 1–8. doi: 10.1192/bjp.bp.114.149591

Stevanovic, D., Atilola, O., Singh Balhara, Y.P., Avicenna, M., Kandemir, H., Vostanis, P., Knez, R. and Petrov, P. (2015) The relationships between alcohol/drugs use and quality of life among adolescents: An international, cross-sectional study. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, doi: 10.1080/1067828X.2013.773864

Thabet, A.A. and Vostanis, P. (2015) Impact of trauma on Palestinian children's and the role of coping strategies. British Journal of Medicine & Medical Research, 5(3), 330-340.


Atilola, O., Stevanovic, D., Urban, R., Balhara, Y.P., Avicenna, M., Kandemir, H., Knez, R., Petrov, P., Franic, T. and Vostanis, P. (2014) Role of personal and family factors in alcohol and substance use among adolescents: An international study with focus on developing countries. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 21, 609-617.

Bone, C., O'Reilly, M., Karim, K. and Vostanis, P. (2014) "They're not witches...": Young children and their parents' perceptions and experiences of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. Child: Care, Health and Development, doi:10.1111/cch.12161.

Clipsham, L., Vostanis, P., O'Reilly, M. and Faull, C. (2014) Exploring hospice nurses' experiences of identifying children's bereavement needs before the death of a parent. BMJ Support Palliant Care, 4(Suppl 1), 1-10.

Majumder, P., O’Reilly, M., Karim, K., and Vostanis, P. (2014). “This doctor, I not trust him, I’m not safe”: The perceptions of mental health and services by unaccompanied refugee adolescents. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, DOI: 10.1177/0020764014537236

Patalay, P., Deighton, J., Fonagy, P., Vostanis, P. and Wolpert, M. (2014) Clinical validity of the Me and My School questionnaire: A self-report mental health measure for children and adolescents. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, 8:17 doi:10.1186/1753-2000-8-17

Ratnayake, A., Bowlay-Williams, J. and Vostanis, P. (2014) When are attachment difficulties an indication for specialist mental health input?  Adoption and Fostering, 38(2), 159 - 170.

Stevanovic, D., Atilola, O., Singh Balhara, Y.P., Avicenna, M., Kandemir, H. and Vostanis, P. (2014) Substance use and quality of life among adolescents in developing countries. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing.

Stevanovic, D., Atilola, O., Singh Balhara, Y.P., Avicenna, M., Kandemir, H., Vostanis, P., Knez, R., Franic, T. and Petrov, P. (2014) Quality of Life and Psychopathology in Adolescence: Different or Similar Measuring Constructs? Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics, 17, S23-S23.

Stevanovic, D., Urbán, R., Atilola, O.,Vostanis, P., Singh Balhara, Y. P., Avicenna, M., Kandemir, H., Knez, R., Franic, T. and Petrov, P. (2014) Does the Strengths and Difculties Questionnaire – self report yield invariant measurements across different nations? Data from the International Child Mental Health Study Group. Epidemiology and Psychiatric Sciences, DOI: 10.1017/S2045796014000201, Published online: 30 April 2014.

Thabet, A.A., Abu-Khusah, A.A. and Vostanis, P. (2014) The relationship between mother's mental health and the prevalence of depression and anxiety of preschool children after the war on Gaza Strip, The Arab Journal of Psychiatry, 25(1), 61-70.

Thabet, A.A., El-Buhaisi, O. and Vostanis, P. (2014) Trauma, PTSD, anxiety and coping strategies among Palestinians adolescents exposed to war in Gaza.  The Arab Journal of Psychiatry, 25(1), 71-82.

Vostanis, P. (2014) Editorial: Meeting the mental health needs of refugees and asylum seekers. British Journal of Psychiatry, 204, pp. 176-177


O’Reilly, M., Vostanis, P., Taylor, H., Day, C., Street, C. and Wolpert, C. (2013) Service user perspectives of multiagency working: A qualitative study with children with educational and mental health difficulties and their parents. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 18(4), pp. 202-209.

Deighton, J., Patalay, P., Belsky, J., Humphrey, N., Vostanis, P., Fugard, A., Fonagy, P. and Wolpert, M. (2013) Targeted mental health provision in primary schools for children with behavioural difficulties: Results of a national randomized controlled trial. Psychology of Education Review, 37(2), 40-46.

Hussein, S.A. and Vostanis, P. (2013) Teacher training intervention for early identification of common child mental health problems in Pakistan, Emotional and Behavioural Disorders, 18(3), 284-296.

Vostanis, P. (2013) School mental health: recent advances and future directions.  Emotional and Behavioural Disorders. 18(3), 238-240.

Vostanis, P., Humphrey, N., Fitzgerald, N., Deighton, J. and Wolpert, M. (2013) How do schools promote emotional well-being among their pupils? Findings from a national scoping survey of mental health provision in English schools,  Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 18(3), 151-157.

Thabet, A.M., Tawahina, A.A., El Sarraj, E., Henely, D., Pelleick, H. and Vostanis, P. (2013)  Comorbidity of post traumatic stress disorder, attention deficit with hyperactivity, conduct, and oppositional defiant disorder in Palestinian children affected by war on Gaza.  Health,  5(6), 994-1002.

Vostanis, P., Svirydzendka, N., Dugard, P., Singh, S. and Dogra, N. (2013) Mental Health Service Use by Adolescents of Indian and White Origin.  Archives of Disease in Childhood, 98, 764-767.

Thabet, A.A., Khayyat Dajani, K.J. and Vostanis, P. (2013) Palenstinian mother' and pre-school children's mental health problems.  International Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences, 3(2), 371-375.

Dogra, N., Svirydzenka, N, Dugard, P., Singh, S. and Vostanis, P. (2013) Characteristics and rates of mental health problems among Indian and White adolescents in two English cities.  British Journal of Psychiatry, 203, 44-50.

Hussein, S.A., Bankart, J. and Vostanis, P. (2013) School based survey of psychiatric disorders amongst Pakistani children: A feasibility study. International Psychiatry, 10(1), 15-17.


Vostanis, P. (2016) A Practical Guide: To Helping Children and Young People Who Experience Trauma.  Speechmark, London.

Vostanis, P. (2014) Helping Children and Young People Who Experience Trauma: Children of Despair, Children of Hope.  Milton Keynes, UK: Radcliffe Publishers

Edited by Panos Vostanis (2007) Mental Health Interventions and Services for Vulnerable Children and Young People.  London: Jessica Kinglsley Publishers.


Karnik, N., Vostanis, P., Huemer, J., Kjelsberg, E., Kaltiala-Heino, R. & Steiner, H. (2013) Epidemiology of psychiatric and substance use disorders among young offenders: current research, implications and future directions. Chapter in: C. Thomas & K. Pope, Eds.: The origins of antisocial behaviour: a developmental perspective. Oxford University Press, pp 197-217.

Humphrey, N., Lindley, E., Sapin, K., Parkinson, G., Squires, G. & Vostanis, P. (2013) Adolescent Counselling Psychology: Theory, Research and Practice. Chapter in Hanley, T., Humphrey, N. & Lennie, C., Eds: Allied Interventions.  East Sussex: Routledge, 44-66.

Shivram, R. & Vostanis P. (2011) Adolescent mental health care. Chapter in: P. Casey & R. Byng, Eds: Psychiatry in primary care. Cambridge University Press, 228-242.

Huemer, J., Vostanis P. Child refugees and refugee families. (2010) Chapter in Bhugra, D., Craig, T., Bhui, K. Eds. Mental health of refugees and asylum-seekers. Oxford: University Press, 225-242.

Elliot, V., Vostanis P.  Working with vulnerable children and young people. (2010) Chapter in Dogra, N., Leighton, S. Child andadolescent mental health nursing. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 145-154.

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