Professor Antonia Bifulco

Research interests

  • Investigating lifetime psycho-social risk and resilience factors associated with psychological disorder in women, families and adolescents in the community. Professor Bifulco and her team are currently engaged in publishing a large MRC programme of data collected throughout the 1990s as well as preserving the large qualitative aspects - Particular interest in maternal mental health, attachment approaches, parenting and adolescent experience and disorder.
  • Applied research work in health and social care involving evaluations of services focused both on mental health and children and family services funded by PCTs, social services and voluntary organisations.
  • Training in research-based assessment interview tools, for social workers and psychologists in research based interview assessments. This includes the  Attachment Style Interview for use in adoption-fostering and child care services  and the Childhood Experience of Care and Abuse interview for clinical psychologists, forensic psychologists and child protection workers. This is in conjunction with partners at Child and Family Training. Prof Bifulco also provides training and research supervision in these methods to research teams in Europe (Italy, Portugal, Belgium, France) as well as in Asia (Japan).
  • Research in victims of trauma and abuse. Prof Bifulco is co-director of the Centre for Abuse and Trauma Studies (CATS) with Prof Julia Davidson at Kingston University. Professor Bifulco is also a co-director and founder of the Centre, in an initiative with Kingston University which is dedicated to Knowledge Exchange between universities and health, social care and criminal justice services. The Centre is a partner in a recently funded European Community internet safety project grant run by the National Centre for Social Research, together with partners in Norway, Belgium and Italy.      

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