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Kirsty Lee (Assistant Professor)

Kirsty Lee


Adolescents, bullying, sexual harm, dating violence, child maltreatment, mental health, physical health, epidemiology, longitudinal analysis.

I conduct basic and applied research on the link between violence and health. Specifically, I research the developmental processes and mechanisms that lead to psychopathology (e.g., anxiety, depression, eating disorders, borderline personality disorder) and physical health problems (e.g., obesity, pain), with a special focus on the role of violence and trauma (e.g., peer bullying, child maltreatment, teen dating violence). I am also interested in understanding the development of multimorbidity (i.e., two or more physical or mental health problems). I am predominantly a quantitative researcher who uses a range of statistical modelling approaches (e.g., structural equation models, mediation analysis, multilevel models, path analysis, trajectory modelling) on large-scale epidemiological and longitudinal data.


I am happy to consider supervising PhD and MSc research degrees in any of the above or related areas. Please email me at for further information


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 Representative Publications:

  • Lee, K. S. & Vaillancourt, T. (In press). The role of childhood generalized anxiety in the internalizing cluster. Psychological Medicine.
  • Lee, K. S. & Vaillancourt, T. (2019). Body mass index, peer victimization, and body dissatisfaction across 7 years of childhood and adolescence: Evidence of moderated and mediated pathways. Developmental Science, 22(2), e12734.
  • Lee, K. S. & Vaillancourt, T. (2018). Longitudinal associations among bullying by peers, disordered eating behavior, and symptoms of depression during adolescence. JAMA Psychiatry, 75(6), 605-612.
  • Lee, K. S., Brittain, H., & Vaillancourt, T. (2018). Predicting dating behavior from aggression and social preference in adolescence. Aggressive Behavior, 44(4), 372-381.
  • Lee, K. S., Guy, A., Dale, J., & Wolke, D. (2017). Does psychological functioning mediate the relationship between bullying involvement and weight loss preoccupation in adolescents? A two-stage cross-sectional study. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 14(38), 1-11.
  • Lee, K. S., Guy, A., Dale, J., & Wolke, D. (2017). Adolescent desire for cosmetic surgery: Associations with bullying and psychological functioning. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 139(5), 1109–1118.

A full list of publications can be found on Google Scholar

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Supervisor to:

Rebecca Plimmer
Yuyao Cheng
Ahmad Valikhani