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Visiting Fellow

Liz Halstead

University of Warwick


Research profile

Children and young people with disabilities (including intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism) and their families, specifically associated factors of well-being and mental health, such as resilience, coping mechanisms, and other psychological aspects in response to life’s positives and negatives.

Teaching based research projects to focus on improving student experience and engagement during taught programmes and establishing stronger links between research students and taught students to encourage a supportive online learning environment.


Liz joined CEDAR as a visiting fellow in July 2015, jointly in her role as a Lead Research Officer for Cerebra, a charity for children with neurological conditions. After completing a BSc (Hons) in Psychology at Bangor University she is currently in the final processes of completing her PhD from Bangor University titled ‘Resilience in Children and Young People with Disabilities’. Liz also completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education and was awarded Fellowship Status to the Higher Education Academy whilst lecturing during her PhD.

Throughout Liz’s studies she has maintained a connection to a variety of UK charities, including voluntary work with children and adults with and without disabilities, and/ or in need of mental health support, this has provided a privileged first-hand experience which is important to connect into research.

Liz has experience in systematic reviewing (including NICE guidelines and Cochrane), qualitative and quantitative data collection, analysis and dissemination.

Current Research Projects

Liz is involved in the Family Research Ambassador Project, which is designed to enable family members to become critical and independent users, consumers, and disseminators of research that is relevant to them and their families, and also the 1,000 Families Study, a large scale UK survey study of families of children with intellectual disabilities (including autism). Liz is also focusing on outputs from her own doctoral research.

Publications to date

  • Turley R, Weightman A, Halstead E, Morgan H, Morgan F, Noyes J, Brophy S, Kipping R,Whitehead S. NICE Guidance title: Managing overweight and obesity among children and young people: lifestyle weight management services. Review 2: The barriers and facilitators to implementing lifestyle weight management programmes for children and young people. 2013
  • Turley R, Morgan H, Noyes J, Weightman A, Morgan F, Whitehead S, Halstead E. NICE Guidance title: Tobacco: harm-reduction approaches to smoking. Short title: Tobacco: harm reduction. Review 4: Barriers and facilitators to implementing smoking cessation and tobacco harm reduction approaches; including user and provider perspectives . 2012.
  • Parahoo K, McDonough S, McCaughan E, Noyes J, Semple C, Halstead EJ, Neuberger MM, Dahm P. Psychosocial interventions for men with prostate cancer. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 12. Art. No.: CD008529. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD008529.pub3.

Liz Halstead