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.
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
  • 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 Complex PTSD in military veterans.
  • Occupational stress, burnout and vicarious trauma in the workplace, e.g. police, mental health professionals, 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)

Student education

My current and recent research supervision includes several Doctorate in Clinical Psychology students in Leeds Institute of Health Sciences (LIHS), one PhD student in LIHS, one MSc student in the School of Psychology, and two ESREP students in the School of Medicine.

I also act as strand leader for child and adolescent mental health teaching on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology programme.

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Health Sciences
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