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Gordon Harold
Andrew and Virginia Rudd Chair in Psychology (Psychology)
Professor of Child and Adolescent Mental Health
T: +44 (0)1273 876652


My primary research interests focus on (1) examining the impact of family and wider social adversities (e.g. inter-parental conflict, negative parenting, parent mental health, family stress and transition) on child and adolescent mental health (e.g. depression, anxiety, conduct problems), (2) the interplay between genetic factors, pre-natal, post-natal rearing experiences and children’s mental health, (3) utilising advanced statistical methods to examine longitudinal data/cohort longitudinal resources, and (4) promoting research-led practice/policy recommendations focusing on early rearing influences on child and adolescent mental health.

Recent Research Grant Awards (2015 - Present)

Harold, G. T., Hampden-Thompson, G., Watters, C., Cassell, J. (2017-2022). Developing an Integrated and Interdisciplinary Practice-Based Training Model aimed at Improving Mental Health Outcomes for Children, Parents and Families. Rudd Family Foundation (£1.5 million).

Sellers, R., Harold, G. T. (2015-18). Understanding how family processes affect children's mental health: Implementing an international and interdisciplinary programme of research. The Economic and Social Research Council (£135,000)

Harold, G. T., Thapar, A., Leve, L. D., Neiderhiser, J. (2015-17). Utilising adoption-based research designs to examine the interplay between family relationship processes and child developmental outcomes. Economic and Social Research Council, (£199,605).

Harold, G. T., Hampden-Thompson, G. (2015-16). An evaluation of the AdOpt parenting programme. National Implementation Service (NIS) and Department for Education (DfE), (£202,000).

Harold, G. T. (2015-16). Inter-parental relations and child mental health outcomes: A policy-based evidence review. Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Early Intervention Foundation (EIF), £33,000.

Harold, G. T. (2015-16). Implementing a parent support programme aimed at improving psychological outcomes for child witnesses of domestic abuse. Barnardos Wales (£80,000).

Harold, G. T. (2015-16). Establishing a new pregnancy cohort longitudinal study of children and parents: Feasibility for assessment of mothers and children conceived through IVF. Tomsk State University/Russian Academy of Sciences, (£21,000).

Harold, G. T. (2015-16). Updating the CAFCASS Cymru Child and Adolescent Welfare Assessment Checklist (CC-CAWAC). The Welsh Government, (£4,990).

Collishaw, S., Harold, G. T., Aria, R., Gardner, F., Maughan, B. (2013-2016). Psychosocial resilience in adolescent offspring of mothers with depression: Testing competing mechanisms. The Economic and Social Research Council (£285,700)

Fergusson, D. F., Wells, E., Kennedy, M., Horwood, J., Mulder, R., Boden, J., Harold, G. T., McFarlane, A., & Gibb, S. (2011-2016). The Christchurch Health and Development Study – Birth to 35 years. Health Research Council of New Zealand ($NZ 3,914,157).