Biography

Richard Meiser-Stedman has studied PTSD in children and teenagers since 2000. He studied for his PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry, where he was funded by a Medical Research Council (MRC) research studentship. He was awarded a Peggy Pollak Research Fellowship in Developmental Psychiatry to undertake further postdoctoral research into childhood PTSD, with a particular focus on PTSD in young and preschool children. He completed his clinical psychology training at the Institute of Psychiatry.

From 2009 to 2014 Dr Meiser-Stedman was an MRC Clinician Scientist Fellow at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge. While there he led the ASPECTS study, looking at whether PTSD in children and adolescents can be successfully treated using cognitive therapy in the early aftermath of a trauma. He was also awarded an MRC Centenary Award Grant to conduct a pilot trial looking at the treatment of PTSD following multiple traumas in children and adolescents.

He is a co-investigator on the PYCES trial (the treatment of PTSD in preschool children) and the PROTECT study (looking at how families shape children’s responses to trauma). Dr Meiser-Stedman joined University of East Anglia in October 2014.

From January 2016 Dr Meiser-Stedman will be undertaking an NIHR Career Development Felowship. This Fellowship will focus on evaluating the efficacy of cognitive therapy for PTSD in children and adolescents who have been exposed to multiple traumas.

All Publications

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Hiller, R. M., Meiser-Stedman, R., Lobo, S., Creswell, C., Fearon, P., Ehlers, A., Murray, L., Halligan, S. L.

(2017)

A longitudinal investigation of the role of parental responses in predicting children's post-traumatic distress,

in Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

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Shearer, J., Papanikolaou, N., Meiser-Stedman, R., McKinnon, A., Dalgleish, T., Smith, P., Dixon, C., Byford, S.

(2017)

Cost-effectiveness of cognitive therapy as an early intervention for post-traumatic stress disorder in children and adolescents: a trial based evaluation and model,

in Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

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Meiser-Stedman, R., Smith, P., McKinnon, A., Dixon, C., Trickey, D., Ehlers, A., Clark, D. M., Boyle, A., Watson, P., Goodyer, I., Dalgleish, T.

(2017)

Cognitive therapy as an early treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder in children and adolescents: a randomized controlled trial addressing preliminary efficacy and mechanisms of action,

in Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

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pp. 623–633

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Goodall, B., Chadwick, I., McKinnon, A., Werner-Seidler, A., Meiser-Stedman, R., Smith, P., Dalgleish, T.

(2017)

Translating the Cognitive Model of PTSD to the Treatment of Very Young Children: A Single Case Study of an 8-Year-Old Motor Vehicle Accident Survivor,

in Journal of Clinical Psychology

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pp. 511-523

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Meiser-Stedman, R., McKinnon, A., Dixon, C., Boyle, A., Smith, P., Dalgleish, T.

(2017)

Acute stress disorder and the transition to posttraumatic stress disorder in children and adolescents: Prevalence, course, prognosis, diagnostic suitability, and risk markers,

in Depression and Anxiety

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pp. 348–355

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Meiser-Stedman, R., Allen, L.

(2017)

Start as you mean to carry on: the emerging evidence base for the treatment of conflict-related mental health difficulties in children and adolescents,

in The British Journal of Psychiatry

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(4)

pp. 243-244

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Iyadurai, L., Blackwell, S. E., Meiser-Stedman, R., Watson, P. C., Bonsall, M. B., Geddes, J. R., Nobre, A. C., Holmes, E. A.

(2017)

Preventing intrusive memories after trauma via a brief intervention involving Tetris computer game play in the emergency department: a proof-of-concept randomized controlled trial,

in Molecular Psychiatry

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Meiser-Stedman, R., Smith, P., Yule, W., Glucksman, E., Dalgleish, T.

(2017)

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Young Children 3 Years Posttrauma: Prevalence and Longitudinal Predictors,

in Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

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(3)

pp. 334–339

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McKinnon, A., Brewer, N., Meiser-Stedman, R., Nixon, R.

(2017)

Trauma memory characteristics and the development of acute stress disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder in youth,

in Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry

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pp. 112-119

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McKinnon, A., Meiser-Stedman, R., Watson, P., Dixon, C., Kassam-Adams, N., Ehlers, A., Winston, F., Smith, P., Yule, W., Dalgleish, T.

(2016)

The latent structure of Acute Stress Disorder symptoms in trauma-exposed children and adolescents,

in Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

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pp. 1308–1316

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Coleman, J. R. I., Lester, K. J., Keers, R., Roberts, S., Curtis, C., Arendt, K., Bögels, S., Cooper, P., Creswell, C., Dalgleish, T., Hartman, C. A., Heiervang, E. R., Hötzel, K., Hudson, J. L., In-Albon, T., Lavallee, K., Lyneham, H. J., Marin, C. E., Meiser-Stedman, R., Morris, T., Nauta, M. H., Rapee, R. M., Schneider, S., Schneider, S. C., Silverman, W. K., Thastum, M., Thirlwall, K., Waite, P., Wergeland, G. J., Breen, G., Eley, T. C.

(2016)

Genome-wide association study of response to cognitive–behavioural therapy in children with anxiety disorders,

in The British Journal of Psychiatry

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pp. 236-243

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Hiller, R. M., Meiser-Stedman, R., Fearon, P., Lobo, S., McKinnon, A., Fraser, A., Halligan, S. L.

(2016)

Research Review: Changes in the prevalence and symptom severity of child posttraumatic stress disorder in the year following trauma – a meta-analytic study,

in Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

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(8)

pp. 884–898

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McKinnon, A., Smith, P., Bryant, R., Salmon, K., Yule, W., Dalgleish, T., Dixon, C., Nixon, R., Meiser-Stedman, R.

(2016)

An update on the clinical utility of the children's post-traumatic cognitions inventory,

in Journal of Traumatic Stress

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pp. 253–258

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Meiser-Stedman, R.

(2016)

Commentary – The doctor will not see you now: therapist-light therapy for PTSD in children as the way ahead? Reflections on Salloum et al. (2016),

in Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry

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pp. 623-624

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Keers, R., Coleman, J. R. I., Lester, K. J., Roberts, S., Breen, G., Thastum, M., Bögels, S., Schneider, S., Heiervang, E., Meiser-Stedman, R., Nauta, M., Creswell, C., Thirlwall, K., Rapee, R. M., Hudson, J. L., Lewis, C., Plomin, R., Eley, T. C.

(2016)

A genome-wide test of the differential susceptibility hypothesis reveals a genetic predictor of differential response to psychological treatments for child anxiety disorders,

in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics

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pp. 146-158

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de Haan, A., Petermann, F., Meiser-Stedman, R., Goldbeck, L.

(2016)

Psychometric Properties of the German Version of the Child Post-Traumatic Cognitions Inventory (CPTCI-GER),

in Child Psychiatry and Human Development

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pp. 151-158

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Amone-P'Olak, K., Lekhutlile, T. M., Ovuga, E., Abbott, R. A., Meiser-Stedman, R., Stewart, D. G., Jones, P. B.

(2016)

Sexual violence and general functioning among formerly abducted girls in Northern Uganda: the mediating roles of stigma and community relations - the WAYS study,

in BMC Public Health

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Brown, H., Meiser-Stedman, R., Woods, H., Lester, K.

(2016)

Cognitive vulnerabilities for depression and anxiety in childhood: Specificity of anxiety sensitivity and rumination,

in Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy

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pp. 30-42

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Hiller, R. M., Halligan, S. L., Ariyanayagam, R., Dalgleish, T., Smith, P., Yule, W., Glucksman, E., Watson, P., Meiser-Stedman, R.

(2016)

Predictors of posttraumatic stress symptom trajectories in parents of children exposed to motor vehicle collisions,

in Journal of Pediatric Psychology

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pp. 108-116

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Morris, L., Salkovskis, P., Adams, J., Lister, A., Meiser-Stedman, R.

(2015)

Screening for post-traumatic stress symptoms in looked after children,

in Journal of Children's Services

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pp. 365-375

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Key Research Interests

My main research interest is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children and adolescents. I mainly utilise prospective longitudinal, case control and clinical trial study designs. My research looks at:

- the natural course of post-traumatic stress

- early identification of youth at high risk of chronic difficulties

- the cognitive psychological mechanisms shaping responses to trauma in this age group

- the effects of genetic and psychophysiological factors in moderating responses to trauma

- psychological therapies for PTSD in youth

- PTSD in children and adolescents exposed to multiple traumatic stressors

- PTSD in preschool children