Dr. Karen Goodall



I joined the section of Clinical and Health Psychology in June 2015. I am Programme Director for the MSc Children and Young People's Mental Health and Psychological Practice programme and Senior Tutor for the School of Health in Social Science. I contribute to teaching across a range of programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level, mainly in the areas of attachment and developmental theory. Previously I was Senior Lecturer at Queen Margaret University Edinburgh from 2002- 2015. There, the focus of my teaching was on developmental psychology, atypical development and emotion regulation.

I gained an MA in Psychology and PhD in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Edinburgh. My PhD was focused on collaborative learning in children with Down syndrome and other learning disabilities and was funded by the Down Syndrome Association of Scotland.

I am a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Undergraduate teaching

MA Health, Science and Society programme

  • Psychological Perspectives on Psychological Perspectives on Health and Care (Attachment and mental and physical health)

Postgraduate teaching

  •  Programme Director  for the MSc in Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Psychological Practice programme 

I contribute to teaching on the following programmes/courses:

MSc in Children and Young People’s Mental Health and Psychological Practice

  • Attachment: Theory and Application (course organiser) 
  • Dissertation (course organiser)

MSc in Psychology of Mental Heath (conversion course)

  • Conceptual and Theoretical Psychology (Course organiser)

MSc Psychological Therapies

  • Developmental theory and CBT

MSc in Applied Psychology for Children and Young People

  • Developmental theories

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

I am willing to supervise Masters in Research and PhD students in the following areas: emotion regulation; attachment; developmental psychopathology; adult mental health

Current PhD students supervised


David Carmichael (2016-present) The Relationship Between Childhood Trauma, Negative Core Schema and Paranoia in People with Persecutory Delusions: A Mediation Analysis

 PhD (Queen Margaret University)

Anna Trejnowska (2015 - present) Adult attachment and coping with a brain tumour diagnosis

Zara Brodie  (2013-present)  The relationship between adult attachment and the regulation of anger

Melissa Akoral (2014-present)  Mediators of the relationship between attachment and distress from psychosis: Emotion regulation and metacognitive factors                                                

 MSc by Research

  2016-17    Daria Karbainova                                       

Past PhD students supervised

2016-17 Jingya Yuan Attachment as a Mediator between Childhood Emotional Maltreatment and Adulthood Regulation in Positive Emotion (MSc by Reseach)

2009-2015 Louise Cotton  'Mind the Gap: An Investigation into Disfluency and Hesitation Phenomena in Adults with Dyslexia (PhD)      

2009-2013 Rahul Sambaraju Immigration and Unemployment in the Financial Recession: A Discours Analytic Study on Exclusion of Immigants (PhD)

2008-2014 Clare Uytman Living With Limb Loss: Individuals' and Prosthetists' Perceptions of Amputation, Prosthesis Use and Rehabilitation(PhD)

2008-2014 Michael McCreadie   Prof. Doctorate in Health Psychology 


Research summary

I have am primarily interested in how early experiences in childhood exert an effect on later mental health/well-being. Within this broad scope, I have interests in the following areas:

  • Attachment as an organising framework for the understanding of mental health and well-being
  • The regulation of internal mental processes and affect, including metacognitive processes and the regulation of positive, as well as negative emotion
  • Correlates of dispositional (naturally occurring) mindfulness, including attachment, metacognition and attentional control
  • Effects of childhood trauma, especially emotional abuse
  • Attachment-related factors in the negotiation of terminal and life-long conditions

I also have a further interest in interactions between individuals and their healthcare professionals with a view to understanding how interpretations of these interactions impact on assessment of risk and decision-making processes. I am happy to discuss applications with potential PhD students in any of these areas.

Research activity

I am a member of the research group Developmental Psychopathology, which is focused on investigating developmental trajectories of mental health and well-being in children and young people and the development of current psychological models of emotional distress and mental health.  

We are further focused on the development and evaluation of psychological interventions for young people with significant mental health difficulties and emotional distress.  

I am also a member of the Edinburgh Child and Adolescent Research Network (ECAP), which brings together child psychologists based in Clinical Psychology, Psychology and Education.  

Recent and ongoing projects include:

Attachment, emotion regulation and attentional control as predictors of dispositional mindfulness in adolescents

Perceptions of emergency calls by bystanders at out-of-hospital cardiac arrests http://www.rrg-edinburgh.com/projects/the-first-first-responder/

Attachment and the regulation of positive emotion

Attachment and distress in psychosis

Research themes


Centre for Applied Developmental Psychology

  • Risk and Resilience
  • Developmental Psychopathology and Wellbeing

Research groups

  • Developmental Psychology
  • Health​

Affiliated research centres

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