Dr David Turgoose

Dr David Turgoose


I joined the University of Leeds in 2021 as a Lecturer in Clinical Psychology and Academic Tutor on the Clinical Psychology Training Programme. I completed my undergraduate degree at Leeds before going on to complete my professional training in Clinical Psychology in 2015. I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

In my clinical work, I specialise in child and adolescent mental health and most recently worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. I also specialise in trauma and attachment needs in children, as well as in the impact of trauma in specific sub-groups, such as military veterans and the police.


  • Academic Tutor
  • Lecturer

Research interests

  • The role of trauma and attachment in the development of self-harm behaviours in childhood and adolescence.
  • The impact of Complex PTSD and developmental trauma in children who are looked after or adopted.
  • Mental health and PTSD in military veterans.
  • Mental health needs and trauma in paediatric settings, e.g. surgery.
  • Occupational stress, burnout and vicarious trauma in the workplace, e.g. police, mental health professionals, nurses.
  • Mental health and suicidality in the construction industry.


  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) - University College London, 2015
  • Psychology and Philosophy (Bsc, Hons), University of Leeds, 2008

Professional memberships

  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
  • Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH)
  • UK Psychological Trauma Society (UKPTS)

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences