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I am interested in hearing from students who have an interest in PhD study in areas related to childhood adversity research, and/ or the neurodevelopmental factors in psychotic disorders.


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Research Interests

My research falls within the area developmental psychopathlogy with particualar expertise in developmental neuropsychology. I completed my PhDin 1996  on the neuropsychology of schizophrenia at the Institute of Psychaiatry in London under the supervision of Sir Robin Murray. Since then I have published widely in the area of psychosis, with a particular focus on understanding the neurodevelopmental origins and I was the PI on the Northern Ireland First Episode Psychosis study which I set up in 2002. My expertise in developmental neuropsychology was developed during my post-doctoral research at the Institute of Psychiatary when I collaborated with paediatricians from University College Hospital on a longitudinal study investigating the long-term outcome of very preterm birth. At the University of Manchester (2004-2008) I was able to develop my research interests in developmental psychopathology and to use state of the art structural and funcional neuroimaging techniques to understand both normal and abnormal brain development. More recent projects include the North West Adolescence Study which I set up with colleagues at Ulster University to explore the incidence and antecedents of self harm and other risk behaviours in adolescents. I am currently working on several projects exploring the impact of childhood adversity on adult outcomes. I am a Co-Investiagator on the Care Pathways and Outcomes Study investigating the psychological and neuropsychological outcomes in young people who were in care in early childhood, as well as the mediators and moderators of outcome. 

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R1583SSP: Care Pathways and Outcomes Study: The teenage years

McSherry, D. & Rushe, T.

09/12/2015 → …

Project: Research

Research Output

Comparing Self-Harm (SH) Thoughts and Behaviours Among a Community Sample of Younger and Older Adolescents in Northern Ireland

Gillen, A. M. C., Kirby, K., McBride, O., McGlinchey, E. & Rushe, T., 03 Apr 2019, In : Child Care in Practice. 25, 2, p. 189-199 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Predictors of deliberate self harm in young adults with high levels of adverse childhood experiences

    Rushe, T. & O'Neill, T., 15 Oct 2019, In : Developmental Psychology. 61, S1, 1 p., P1-74.

    Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting abstract

  • Informing the structure of executive function in children: a meta-analysis of functional neuroimaging data

    McKenna, R., Rushe, T. & Woodcock, K. A., 07 Apr 2017, In : Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 11, 154.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 18 Citations (Scopus)
    229 Downloads (Pure)

    A closer look at Carver and White's BIS/BAS scales: Factor analysis and age group differences

    Gray, J. D., Hanna, D., Gillen, A. & Rushe, T., Jun 2016, In : Personality and Individual Differences. 95, p. 20-24 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 12 Citations (Scopus)
    205 Downloads (Pure)

    Adverse Childhood Experiences and Negative Outcomes in Early Adulthood

    Rushe, T., Fletes-Houston, P. & Redmond, D., 10 Nov 2016.

    Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

  • Activities

    Kick-off meeting-Recognised

    Teresa Rushe (Participant)
    27 Jan 2020

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

    Scottish Government

    Teresa Rushe (Visiting researcher)
    05 Feb 2020

    Activity: Visiting an external institution typesVisiting an external academic institution

    Parliament for researchers-Northern Ireland

    Teresa Rushe (Participant)
    13 Nov 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    Longitudinal data across the life course

    Teresa Rushe (Participant)

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

    ESRC Peer Review College (External organisation)

    Teresa Rushe (Reviewer)

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of peer review panel or committee


    Environmental Context in Child Behavioural Difficulties: Exploring the role of Executive Function (EF) and Emotion Regulation (ER)

    Author: McKenna, R. C., 2019

    Supervisor: Woodcock, K. (Supervisor) & Rushe, T. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy