Professor Panos Vostanis

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Impact of trauma on child mental health, with particular focus on low-income countries, under four research themes:

  • Needs analysis
  • Establishment of resilience factors
  • Evaluation of interventions and services
  • Capacity-building and service transformation

World Awareness for Children Trauma

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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 and capacity-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

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**Panos's latest Publication**

Hope for Children of Trauma: An International Perspective (2018) London: Routledge

This is Panos' third book in the last five years on helping children who experience complex trauma. This new book links current evidence, innovative approaches and cross-cultural perspectives in informing practitioners, volunteers and caregivers in the most adverse conflict contexts. The book provides strategies in enhancing awareness, recognising mental health problems, developing evidence-based interventions and services, and feeding into policy. It will also be of great interest to researchers involved with vulnerable groups.

Selected Recent Research Publications

Vostanis, P., O’Reilly, M., Duncan, C., Maltby, J. & Anderson, E. (2019) Interprofessional training for resilience-building for children who experience trauma: Stakeholders’ views from six low- and middle-income countries. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 33, 143-152.

Vostanis, P. (2019) World Awareness for Children in Trauma: Capacity-building activities of a psychosocial program. International Journal of Mental Health doi: 10.1080/00207411.2019.1602019

Eruyar, S., Maltby, J. & Vostanis, P. (2019) How do Syrian refugee children in Turkey perceive relational factors in the context of their mental health? Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry doi: org/10.1177/1359104519882758

Vostanis, P., Eruyar, S., Smit, E. & O’Reilly, M. (2019). Development of child psychosocial framework in Kenya, Turkey and Brazil. Journal of Children’s Services doi: org/10.1108/JCS-02-2019-0008

Jalal, E., O'Reilly, M., Bhakta, T., & Vostanis, P. (2019) Barriers to implementing learning from child protection training in Saudi Arabia. International Social Work, in press.

Hodes, M. & Vostanis, P. (2018) Mental health problems of refugee children and adolescents and their management. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry doi: 10.111/jcpp.130.02

Skokauskas, N., Fung, D., Flaherty, L., von Klitzing, K., Pūras, D., Servili, C., Dua, T., Falissard, B., Vostanis, P., Moyano, M.B., Feldman, I., Clark, C., Boričević, V., Patton, G., Leventhal, B. & Guerrero, A. (2019) Shaping the future for child and adolescent psychiatry. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 13, 19 doi: 10.1186/s13034-019-0279-y

Wadman, R., Vostanis, P., Sayal, K., Majumder, P., Harrow, C., Clarke, D., Armstrong, M. & Townsend, E. (2018) An interpretative phenomenological analysis of young people’s self-harm in the context of interpersonal stressors and supports: Parents, peers and clinical services. Social Science and Medicine, 212, 120-128.

Baldwin, R., Biehal, N., Cusworth, L., Wade, J., Allgar, V. & Vostanis, P. (2019) Disentangling the effect of out-of-home care on child mental health. Child Abuse and Neglect, 88, 189-200.

Majumder, P., Vostanis, P., Karim, K. & O’Reilly, M. (2019) Potential barriers in the therapeutic relationship in unaccompanied minors in mental health. Journal of Mental Health, 28, 372-378.

Vostanis, P. (2018) Hope for Children of Trauma: An International Perspective. London: Routledge.

Tamburino, I., Getanda, E., O’Reilly, M. & Vostanis, P. (2018) “Everybody’s responsibility”: Conceptualisation of youth mental health in Kenya. Journal of Child Health Care doi: 10.1177/1367493518814918

Vostanis, P., Maltby, J., Duncan, C. & O’Reilly, M. (2018) Stakeholder perspectives on children’s psychosocial needs in six low- and middle-income countries. Children and Society32, 457-469.

Eruyar, S., Huemer, J. & Vostanis, P. (2018) How should refugee services respond to the refugee crisis? Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 23, 303-312.

Eruyar, S., Maltby, J. & Vostanis, P. (2018) Mental health problems of Syrian refugee children: The role of parental factors. European Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 27, 401-409.

Deighton, J., Humphrey, N., Patalay, P., Belsky, J., Vostanis, P. & Wolpert, M. (2018) Longitudinal pathways between mental health difficulties and academic performance during middle childhood and early adolescence. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 36, 110-126.

Vostanis, P. (2017) Global child mental health: Emerging challenges and opportunities. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 22, 177-178.

Getanda, E., O’Reilly, M. & Vostanis, P. (2017). Exploring the challenges of meeting child mental health needs through community engagement in Kenya. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 22, 201-208.

Butterworth, S., Singh, S., Birchwood, M., Islam, Z., Munro, E., Vostanis, P., Paul, M., Khan, A. & Simkiss, D. (2017) Transitioning care-leavers with mental health needs: “They set you up to fail”. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 22, 138-147.

Wadman, R., Clarke, D., Sayal, K., Armstrong, M., Harrow, C., Majumder, P., Vostanis, P. & Townsend, E. (2017) A sequence analysis of patterns in self-harm in young people with and without experience of being looked after in care. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 56, 388-407.

Wolpert, M., Vostanis, P., Martin, K., Munk, S., Norman, R., Fonagy, P. & Feltham, A. (2017) High integrity child mental health: Focusing on the person, not the problem. British Medical Journal, 22, 138-147.

Wadman, R., Clarke, D., Sayal, K., Vostanis, P., Armstrong, M., Harroe, C., Majumder, P. & Townsend, E. (2017) An interpretative phenomenological analysis of the experience of self-harm repetition and recovery in young adults. Journal of Health Psychology, 22, 1631-1641.

Martin, P. Davies, R., MacDougall, A., Ritchie, B., Vostanis, P., Whale, A. & Wolpert, M. (2017) Developing a case-mix classification for child and adolescent mental health services: The influence of presenting problems, complexity factors and services on number of appointments. Journal of Mental Health, doi:10.1080/09638237.2017.1370631.

Maltby, J., Day, L., Flowe, H., Vostanis, P. & Chivers, S. (2017) Psychological traits resilience within ecological systems theory: The Resilient Systems Scales. Journal of Personality Assessment, doi: org/10.1080/00223891.2017.1344985

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

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

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 and Policy, 20, 202-209.

Vostanis, P. (2015) (Editorial) Healthcare professionals in war zones are vulnerable too. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 22, 747–748.

Vostanis, P. (2014) Helping Children and Young People who Experience Trauma: Children of Despair, Children of Hope. London: Radcliffe Publishing.

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

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