Professor Panos Vostanis

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Impact of trauma on child mental health, with particular focus in low-income countries

  • Evaluation of interventions for vulnerable children (in care, homeless, refugee)
  • Evaluation of child mental health services
  • Global child mental health
  • Evaluation of inter professional training

World Awareness for Children in Trauma (WACIT)

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This global initiative has the objective of developing an evidence-based psychosocial model for children who experience complex trauma, particularly in low-income countries and in the absence of specialist resources. The programme incorporates research, inter professional training and network-building. Target groups are street children, orphaned, victims of war, refugee, and living in slums. For more information on recent events and activities, visit the blog and project website:

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:


Butterworth, S., Singh, S., Birchwood, M., Islam, Z., Munro, E., Vostanis, P., Paul, M., Khan, A. & Simkiss, D. Transitioning care-leavers with mental health needs: “They set you up to fail”. Child & Adolescent Mental Health, DOI: 10.1111/camh.12171

Wadman, R., Clarke, D., Sayal, K., Vostanis, P., Armstrong, M., Harroe, C., Majumder, P. & Townsend, E. An interpretative phenomenological analysis of the experience of self-harm repetition and recovery in young adults. Journal of Health Psychology, in press.


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

Vostanis, P. (2016) A Practical Guide to Helping Children and Young People who Experience Trauma. London: Speechamark.

O’Reilly, M., Bowlay-Williams, J., Svirydzenka, N. & Vostanis, P. (2016) A qualitative exploration of how adopted children and their parents conceptualise mental health difficulties. Adoption & Fostering, 40, 60-76.

Sharpe, H., Patalay, P., Fink, E., Vostanis, P., Deighton, J. & Wolpert, M. (2016) Exploring the relationship between quality of life and mental health problems in children: implications for measurement and practice. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 6, 659-667.

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:

Townsend, E., Wadman, R., Sayal, K., Armstrong, M., Harroe, C., Majumder, P., Vostanis, P. & Clarke, D. (2016) Uncovering key patterns in self-harm in adolescents: Sequence analysis using the Card Sort Task for Self-harm (CaTS). Journal of Affective Disorders, 206, 161-168.


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

Wolpert, M., Humphrey, N., Deighton, N., Patalay, P., Fugard, A., Fonagy, P., Belsky, J. and Vostanis, P. (2015) Into the swamp: Impact and implementation evaluation of government-mandated targeted school-based mental health provision in England. School Psychology Review, 44, 117-138.

Majumder, P., Sharma, I., Vostanis, P. & Bone, C. (2015). The effect of aerobic exercise in the maintenance treatment of depression. International Psychiatry, 61, 129-136.

O’Reilly, M., Majumder, P., Karim, K. & Vostanis, P. (2015) “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, 61, 129-136.

Patalay, P., Fonagy, P., Deighton, J., Belsky, J., Vostanis, P. & Wolpert, M. (2015) A general psychopathology factor in early adolescence. British Journal of Psychiatry, 207, 15-22.

Thabet, A.A., Tawahina, A. Henley, D., Pelling, H., Vostanis, P. & Qamar, K.A. (2015) Mental health of disabled Palestinian adults in the Gaza Strip. British Journal of Education, Society & Behavioural Science, 10, 1-10.

Stevanovic, D., Atilola, O., Balhara, Y.P., Avicenna, M., Kandemir, H., Vostanis, P., Knez, R. & Petrov, P. (2015) The relationship between alcohol/drugs use and quality of life among adolescents: An international cross-sectional study. Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, 24, 177-185.

Bone, C., O’Reilly, M., Karim, K. & Vostanis, P. (2015) “They’re not witches…” Young children and their parents’ perceptions and experiences of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. Child: Care, Health and Development, 15, 450-458.

Vostanis, P., Martin, P., Davies, R., De Francesco, D., Jones, M., Sweeting, R., Ritchie, B., Allen, P. & Wolpert, M. (2015) Development of a framework for prospective payment for child mental health services. Journal of Health Services Research & Policy, 20, 202-209.

Shamia, A.N., Thabet, A.A. & Vostanis, P. (2015) Exposure to war traumatic experiences, PTSD and post traumatic growth among nurses in Gaza. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 22, 749-745.

Patalay, P., Belsky, J., Fonagy, P., Vostanis, P., Humphrey, N., Deighton, J. & Wolpert, M. (2015) The extent and specificity of relative age effects on mental health and functioning in early adolescence. Journal of Adolescent Health, 57, 475-481.

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. (2015) Cross-Cultural Measurement Invariance of Adolescent Self-Report on the Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory. Journal of Research on Adolescence. doi: 10.1111/jora.12218.

Bone, C., Dogra, N. & Vostanis, P. (2015) Students’ understandings of mental health and their preferred learning platforms. Journal of Public Health, 14, 185-195.

Butterworth, Islam, Z., Vostanis, P., Munro, E., Paul, M., Birchwood, M., Singh, S., Khan, A. & Simkiss, D. (2015) How can health services effectively improve the mental health of young people leaving public care? Archives of Disease in Childhood, 100 (Suppl 3), A212.

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