Dr David Turgoose

Dr David Turgoose


I joined the University  in 2021 as a Lecturer in Clinical Psychology and Academic Tutor on the Clinical Psychology Doctorate Programme. I completed my undergraduate degree at Leeds before going on to complete the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) in 2015 at UCL. I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).

I currently act as Deputy Lead for Postgraduate Research Studies in Leeds Institute of Health Sciences (LIHS). I am also a board member of the UK Psychological Trauma Society (UKPTS).

Outside of the University, I currently work in the NHS as Principal Clinical Psychologist for Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust.


  • Academic Tutor
  • Lecturer
  • Deputy Lead for Postgraduate Research Studies

Research interests

  • Complex PTSD and developmental trauma in children, including those who are looked after or adopted.
  • Mental health needs and trauma in paediatric settings, e.g. surgery, major trauma.
  • Psychological welfare and needs of refugees and asylum seekers.
  • The role of trauma, attachment and mentalizing in the experience of long-term physical health conditions.
  • Mental health and PTSD in military veterans.
  • Occupational stress, burnout and vicarious trauma in the workplace, e.g. police, mental health professionals, nurses.

Current/recent research supervision

Liam Smith (DClinPsy; 2022-25). Psychological adjustment and post-traumatic growth in adolescents with physical injuries sustained following major trauma.

Charlotte Fell (DClinPsy; 2022-25). Adolescents’ experiences of transitioning to self-management of Type 1 Diabetes.

Emily-Beth Patton (DClinPsy; 2022-25). Trauma risk and protective factors in parents accessing neonatal services.

Ana Sula (DClinPsy; 2022-25). Investigating the impact of re-settlement and Home Office interviews in refugees affected by trauma.

Emily Samuels (DClinPsy; 2021-24). Exploring the psychological impact of colorectal malformation in children and young people.

Nick Barry (DClinPsy; 2021-24). Investigating mental health and risk factors in young people training in the construction industry.

Laura Edmeade (DClinPsy; 2021-24). How do CBT therapists in IAPT experience and navigate work with therapy-experienced clients?

Marina Beckwith (DClinPsy; 2020-23). Adverse childhood experiences and moral injury in UK military veterans with PTSD.

Hessa Akram (MBchB; 2022-23). The role of attachment in cardiovascular outcomes and experiences in adulthood: A systematic literature review.

Abdul Ali (MBchB; 2022-23). The role of neglect and abuse in the development of eating disorders: A systematic review.

Bethany Thompson (MSc Psychology; 2023). ​​Food insecurity, substance abuse and psychological wellbeing in looked after children: A secondary analysis.​ 


  • 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