Dr Eoin McElroy

Lecturer in Psychology

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Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour
University of Leicester
George Davies Centre (GDC)
University Road
Leicester, LE1 7RH
Tel: 0116 229 7151
E-mail: em447@le.ac.uk
Twitter: @EMcElroy_90
Research Gate: Eoin_Mcelroy2

Personal Statement:

I completed my BSc and PhD in Psychology at Ulster University, Northern Ireland. I began working at Leicester as a lecturer in 2019. Prior to this I held postdoctoral positions at University College London and the University of Liverpool.

My research focusses on the development of mental illness across the life course. I use large epidemiological datasets, particularly cohort studies, to investigate risk factors and outcomes that are associated with mental illness at the population level. I am also interested in the structure and measurement of mental health, and the reliability and validity of our most commonly used diagnostic systems.




I am a member of the Health & Wellbeing research group.

Funding: ESRC Secondary Data Analysis Initiative (October 2019; £199,709.86). A Population Accountability Approach to special educational need (SEN) in Northern Ireland: Using administrative data to reach and support the most vulnerable in society. O’Connor Bones, U., Murphy J., Taggart, L., McElroy, E., & Adamson, G.

University of Liverpool Early Career: Researchers and Returners Fund (£2,000). Using network analysis to examine symptom change in a large clinical sample of children and adolescents.



  • Hyland, P., Murphy, J., Shevlin, M., Bentall, R.P., Karatzias, T., Ho, G., Boduszek, D., & McElroy, E. (Manuscript accepted). On top or underneath: Where does the general factor of psychopathology fit within a dimensional model of psychopathology? Psychological Medicine
  • Hirota, T., Deserno, M., & McElroy, E. (2020). The network structure of irritability and aggression in individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 1-11
  • Newby, J. M., & McElroy, E. (2020). The impact of internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy for health anxiety on cyberchondria. Journal of anxiety disorders, 69, 102150
  • McElroy, E., & Patalay, P. (2019). In search of disorders: internalizing symptom networks in a large clinical sample. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 60(8), 897-906
  • McElroy, E., McIntyre, J. C., Bentall, R. P., Wilson, T., Holt, K., Kullu, C., ... & Saini, P. (2019). Mental health, deprivation, and the neighborhood social environment: A network analysis. Clinical Psychological Science, 7(4), 719-734
  • McElroy, E., Shevlin, M., Murphy, S., Roberts, B., Makhashvili, N., Javakhishvili, J., ... & Hyland, P. (2019). ICD‐11 PTSD and complex PTSD: structural validation using network analysis. World Psychiatry, 18(2), 236
  • McElroy, E., Kearney, M., Touhey, J., Evans, J., Cooke, Y., & Shevlin, M. (2019). The CSS-12: Development and validation of a short-form version of the cyberchondria severity scale. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 22(5), 330-335
  • McElroy, E., Napoleone, E., Wolpert, M., & Patalay, P. (2019). Structure and connectivity of depressive symptom networks corresponding to early treatment response. EClinicalMedicine, 8, 29-36
  • McElroy, E., Fearon, P., Belsky, J., Fonagy, P., & Patalay, P. (2018). Networks of depression and anxiety symptoms across development. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 57(12), 964-973
  • McElroy, E., Shevlin, M., Murphy, J., & McBride, O. (2018). Co-occurring internalizing and externalizing psychopathology in childhood and adolescence: a network approach. European child & adolescent psychiatry, 27(11), 1449-1457
  • McElroy, E., Belsky, J., Carragher, N., Fearon, P., & Patalay, P. (2018). Developmental stability of general and specific factors of psychopathology from early childhood to adolescence: dynamic mutualism or p‐differentiation? Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 59(6), 667-675
  • Murphy, S., McElroy, E., Elklit, A., Shevlin, M., Murphy, J., Hyland, P., & Christoffersen, M. (2018). Parental risk factors for childhood maltreatment typologies: A data linkage study. European Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 2(4), 189-195
  • McElroy, E., Casey, P., Adamson, G., Filippopoulos, P., & Shevlin, M. (2018). A comprehensive analysis of the factor structure of the Beck Depression Inventory-II in a sample of outpatients with adjustment disorder and depressive episode. Irish journal of psychological medicine, 35(1), 53-61
  • Murphy, S., Shevlin, M., Elklit, A., McElroy, E., Murphy, J., Hyland, P., & Christoffersen, M. (2018). Validating childhood maltreatment typologies using data linkage. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 23(2), 99-112
  • Shevlin, M., McElroy, E., & Murphy, J. (2017). Homotypic and heterotypic psychopathological continuity: a child cohort study. Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology, 52(9), 1135-1145
  • Hyland, P., Murphy, J., Shevlin, M., Vallières, F., McElroy, E., Elklit, A., ... & Cloitre, M. (2017). Variation in post-traumatic response: The role of trauma type in predicting ICD-11 PTSD and CPTSD symptoms. Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology, 52(6), 727-736
  • McElroy, E., Shevlin, M., & Murphy, J. (2017). Internalizing and externalizing disorders in childhood and adolescence: A latent transition analysis using ALSPAC data. Comprehensive psychiatry, 75, 75-84
  • Shevlin, M., McElroy, E., Bentall, R. P., Reininghaus, U., & Murphy, J. (2016). The psychosis continuum: testing a bifactor model of psychosis in a general population sample. Schizophrenia bulletin, 43(1), 133-141
  • Shevlin, M., McElroy, E., Murphy, J., Hyland, P., Vallieres, F., Elklit, A., & Christoffersen, M. (2017). Cannabis and psychosis: the impact of polydrug use. Drugs and Alcohol Today
  • McElroy, E., Shevlin, M., Elklit, A., Hyland, P., Murphy, S., & Murphy, J. (2016). Prevalence and predictors of Axis I disorders in a large sample of treatment-seeking victims of sexual abuse and incest. European journal of psychotraumatology, 7(1), 30686
  • Shevlin, M., McElroy, E., Christoffersen, M. N., Elklit, A., Hyland, P., & Murphy, J. (2016). Social, familial and psychological risk factors for psychosis: A birth cohort study using the Danish Registry System. Psychosis, 8(2), 95-105
  • Shevlin, M., McElroy, E., & Murphy, J. (2015). Loneliness mediates the relationship between childhood trauma and adult psychopathology: evidence from the adult psychiatric morbidity survey. Social psychiatry and psychiatric epidemiology, 50(4), 591-601
  • McElroy, E., & Shevlin, M. (2014). The development and initial validation of the cyberchondria severity scale (CSS). Journal of anxiety disorders, 28(2), 259-265



I currently teach on undergraduate modules related to psychopathology, health and wellbeing, and applied statistics.

PhD supervision: Ahmad Alastal (with Professor Panos Vostanis)




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