Dr Hope Christie (BSc Psychology, MRes Psychology, PhD)

Global Challenges Research Fellow


I am currently a Global Challenges Research Fellow working within the Department of Clinical Psychology.  This early career fellowship is allowing me to build on work from my PhD, focusing specifically on the psychological support needs of traumatised parents in South Africa. I carried out my PhD at the University of Bath within the Department of Psychology. My PhD focused on investigating the impact of trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) on parents; subsequent impacts on their parenting and their wider family dynamic. My PhD research utilised mixed methodologies and was carried out in South Africa (working with colleagues at the Institute of Life Course Health Research, Stellenbosch University) and in the United Kingdom.


University of Bath, 2015 – 2019 Doctorate of Philosophy in Psychology Thesis title: ‘An Investigation of Parental PTSD: How and Why Parental Trauma Impacts the Parent and the Family Dynamic’

Queen Margaret University, 2013 – 2014 Masters in Research (MRes) Masters, with Distinction

Queen Margaret University, 2009 – 2013 Degree of Bachelor of Science with Honours in Psychology, Upper Second Class Division