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 at UCL. I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

In my clinical work, I specialise in child and adolescent mental health with a special interest in looked after and adopted children, trauma, attachment and mentalization.


  • Academic Tutor
  • Lecturer

Research interests

  • The role of trauma, attachment and mentalizing in the experience of long-term physical health conditions.
  • The impact of Complex PTSD and developmental trauma in children who are looked after or adopted.
  • Mental health needs and trauma in paediatric settings, e.g. surgery.
  • Mental health and suicidality in the construction industry.
  • Mental health and PTSD in military veterans.
  • Occupational stress, burnout and vicarious trauma in the workplace, e.g. police, mental health professionals, nurses.


  • 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)
  • British Psychological Society (BPS)

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences